This October, IDW Publishing's Star Trek: Boldly Go is going past the Mirror Universe and into even more shocking alternate universes with everything from a Klingon Starfleet, a robot James T. Kirk,to a Spock that isn't Vulcan, and more.
Series creators Mike Johnson and Tony Shasteen begin this arc with October's Star Trek: Boldly Go #13, planning for it to run through March's #18. Johnson is scheduled to be appearing the Official Star Trek Convention in August, and will be talking about this and the new Star Trek: Discovery title with edior Sarah Gaydos.
Newsarama spoke with Johnson about the infinite possibilities this has, and how it's based on a key tenant of Vulcan philosophy.
Newsarama: Mike, there's a lot going on here - even some possible fan service. How exactly is this trip to different dimensions happening?
Mike Johnson: #13 kicks off a big six-part event in Boldly Go called "I.D.I.C.," which stands for "Infinite Diversity (in) Infinite Combinations". It's the core tenet of Vulcan philosophy that celebrates diversity in all its forms. We are running with that idea of infinite variations by showing different versions of Kirk, Spock, and the crew as they collide with each other in the face of a multi-dimensional threat.
Nrama: How did you hit on this story idea, and of "Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations"?
Johnson: I'm in love with the Mirror Universe, but we've already visited that version of the characters. I realized that the "I.D.I.C." concept meant that there were many other versions of the characters that we could explore. What about a robot Kirk and crew? A version where Klingons started Starfleet? A versions where Earth never recovered from the Eugenics Wars? The possibilities are literally infinite.
Nrama: What else is going on in this storyline?
Johnson: This story gives us a natural way to bring back our gender-swapped crew from the previous Star Trek comic. Jane Tiberius Kirk and her crew will return to team up will the other versions of herself to save the day.
Also, we're saving the identity of the main villain for later, but fans who have been following the comics for years will begin to recognize the fingerprints of an old nemesis (no pun intended.)
Nrama: Unless it's too much spoiling, can you pick out one of the most surprising 'bendings' of a popular character into something different?
Johnson: One of the most surprising is the version we meet in the first part of the story in issue #13. I don't want to spoil it, but the Spock we meet here does not have pointed ears.
Nrama: Big picture, what are your goals for event?
Johnson: I hope fans get a thrill out of seeing all these different versions of the characters, and that the story proves to be a real celebration of Gene Roddenberry's belief that we all benefit when we take delight in the differences between us, rather than fearing each other.