IDW has announced a new deluxe comic series, called Star Trek: Picard-Countdown, set to release in November.
The books are written by Mike Johnson and series Supervising Producer Kirsten Beyer. The books are set to be a three issue miniseries, that will “lead directly into” the events of the new Star Trek series. The series will follow the famous Jean-Luc Picard, who is the lead in the upcoming TV series.
Following this three book series is a novel, called The Last Best Hope. This book is also meant to lead up to the new series. The book will be written by Una McCormack, who has written eight other Star Trek novels, including The Lotus Flower and Hollow Men. The novel will also introduce brand new characters to fans, according to McCormack.
Other books announced for the rest of the year. Dayton Ward, posting to his Facebook account, shares details on announcements from Star Trek Vegas:
- February: The Last Best Hope (Picard) by Una McCormack
- March: The Higher Frontier (TOS) by Christopher Bennett
- April: The Order of Peace (Kelvin) by Alan Dean Foster
- June: Agents of Influence (TOS) by Dayton Ward
- August: More Beautiful Than Death (Kelvin) by David Mack
The Kelvin timeline books are two of the four that were originally set in motion after the 2009 reboot film, but they were later put on hold. According to Ward, the two books have been “freshened up” in anticipation of their release.
Also in the works: a 40th anniversary re-issue of Gene Roddenberry’s novelization of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the first Trek novel released by Pocket Books in 1979. That’s due to arrive October 1st.
October 8th sees the release of David Mack’s already announced TNG novel, Collateral Damage, which follows Ward’s Available Light. There’s also an untitled Discovery novel in the works from John Jackson Miller and the next Voyager novel from Kirsten Beyer.
No plot details have been revealed for these books at this time.
The new Star Trek television series is set to premiere in early 2020.