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  • Seamus Connor O'Dubhghaill
    http://www.action-figure.com/index.php? name=News&file=article&sid=22905 -- Created by New York Times Best-Selling novelist Peter David, New Frontier features
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      Created by New York Times Best-Selling novelist Peter David, New
      Frontier features all-new stories and the official continuation of
      the books...

      New York Times best-selling novelist Peter David, author of the first
      Star Trek® series designed exclusively for print, celebrates the 10th
      anniversary of the Star Trek: New Frontier saga with its first-ever
      comic book series. The five-part epic, debuting from IDW Publishing
      (www.idwpublishing.com) in March with artist Stephen Thompson
      (Beneath the Valley of Rage), features all-new stories and the
      official continuation of the runaway hit novels from Pocket Books.

      Star Trek: New Frontier #1 also marks the debut of IDW's Star Trek:
      Second Stage, an all-new publishing lineup for the company's
      sophomore year of Star Trek storytelling, showcasing some of the top
      Star Trek storytellers in comics, books and television, including
      legendary comics artist John Byrne, IDW's new rising stars Scott and
      David Tipton and the grande dame of Star Trek writing, D.C. Fontana.
      The new lineup takes flight following IDW's launch year, which
      included marquee titles like Star Trek: Year Four, the hit miniseries
      Klingons: Blood Will Tell and the fan-favorite Alien Spotlight one-
      shots.

      To mark the debut of the Second Stage lineup, IDW will launch Star
      Trek: New Frontier with a special limited edition retailer incentive
      that includes a new Quad Cover™ format, with four separate covers
      bound directly onto the same issue, "so people can get four covers
      without having to buy the issue four times," says Andrew Steven
      Harris, Star Trek editor at IDW Publishing. The first cover is
      painted, while the other three are drawn. Another limited edition
      incentive cover will feature David as a Starfleet captain on the
      bridge of his ship, crewed by a number of notable guest stars.

      New Frontier
      In the new story, Turnaround, the most dangerous experimental vessel
      in the galaxy-a prototype time ship-has vanished, and it appears that
      the man who stole it is none other than Starfleet Admiral Edward
      Jellico. Only Captain Mackenzie Calhoun and the crew of the Excalibur
      have a hope of finding him before the ship, intended purely for
      scientific exploration, is used to disrupt the space-time continuum.

      "Peter has written a cracking good story for us," says Harris. "It's
      like a Star Trek version of The Hunt for Red October, with all sorts
      of gripping sequences and a number of remarkable twists. The moment I
      read the pitch, I was totally hooked. Peter is an incredible writer,
      so you can pick up this book if you've never read New Frontier
      stories before and you'll be able to follow it right away. At the
      same time, if you're familiar with the stories and characters, it
      feels like it's being written for the long-time fans."

      This is the first time this crew has been featured in a comic book
      series, though they appeared in a one-shot published by Wildstorm in
      2000, also written by David. Paired with David this time is artist
      Stephen Thompson, a relative newcomer who previously worked for
      Fangoria Comics before the horror publisher discontinued its comics
      line.

      "He's a real find for us," says Harris. "He's almost a complete
      unknown here in the States, and he really delivers the goods. He's
      taken a lot of people by surprise, and fans online are already raving
      about him when we post previews of his work. It's got a slightly
      darker, grittier look than if we were doing a typical Kirk-and-Spock
      story, and it's exactly what we were looking for. This is everything
      that New Frontier should be in comics form."
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