Greg Hildebrandt to Help Tell Comic Book Story Of Star Trek: The Original Series’ Final Fifth Year

The original series of Star Trek never made it to the end of its final mission. The show was cancelled, though it lived on in so many other forms. But what would have happened in that fifth and final year?

In April 2019, IDW Publishing will tell that story.  Star Trek: Year Five, telling the story of their final year and their return home to Earth.

Like a TV show, the comic will be written with a writers room, consisting of Brandon Easton, Jody Houser, Jim McCann, Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing. The latter two will be responsible for the opening arc of the series, to be drawn by Stephen Thompson.

Lanzing tells THR that the story will have “a vital, hard-hitting, character-focused look at Captain Kirk on his last year in command” and that Kirk’s actions “will have huge ripple effects, from the outbreak of war in the Alpha Quadrant to an unprecedented strain of trust with Spock. We’ll turn a mirror on modern society, just as [the original television series] did in the 1960s, and go boldly towards meaningful, heartfelt stories.”

The comic will also feature Greg Hildebrandt working on Star Trek for the first time. Here’s his first cover for the series…

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