In an announcement released today, Wednesday, May 19th, 2021, IDW unveiled an upcoming year-long comic event: Star Trek: The Mirror War, beginning with issue #0 on September 8th, 2021!

Long live the Terran Empire! Star Trek: The Mirror War #0.

Star Trek: The Mirror War

Written by Scott and David Tipton, the crossover event will continue the groundwork laid in previous Mirror Universe stories like Mirror Broken, Through the Mirror, and Terra Incognita, illustrated by J.K. Woodward. The official press release from IDW promises that threads from past Mirror Universe stories will be deftly woven into this one (and considering the many interesting elements that are included in the Terran tapestry at this point, that’s very tantalizing).

Star Trek: The Mirror War #0 will be illustrated by Carlos Nieto and will be released on September 8th, 2021, the 55th anniversary of the original airdate of the pilot episode of TOS (that’s “those old scientists”). The issue will feature a main cover by Nieto, an alternate cover by Ejiwa “Edge” Ebenebe and a Retailer Incentive cover by Rex Glendining.

Star Trek: The Mirror War #1.

Then, the story will continue in Star Trek: The Mirror War #1. Beginning with this issue, Woodward will provide cover art.

Once the event has officially begun, readers can follow the main story in Star Trek: The Mirror War #1 – 8, along with four tie-in one-shot specials interspersed over the course of the year, each highlighting a different member of the Mirror Picard’s Enterprise crew. The first of these four tie-ins is scheduled for release in December and will focus on Mirror Data.

Year of Mirror

All said and done, the event will comprise 13 issues… lucky us!

Terran Emperor Georgiou.

Which Mirror Universe characters do you hope to see referenced in Star Trek: The Mirror War? Personally, I’m hoping to hear mention of either of my favorite Terran Emperors: Empress Hoshi Sato or Emperor Phillipa Georgiou! Let The Beat know what you’re hoping for, either here in the comment section or over on social media @comicsbeat.

IDW Announces Star Trek: The Mirror War,
A Year-Long Comic Book Event

Captain Picard’s Dark Reflection Thirsts for Power in
Scott and David Tipton’s Mirror Universe Magnum Opus

SAN DIEGO, CA (May 19, 2021) – For decades, Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek: The Next Generation has represented an ideal of greatness to science fiction fandom, a character of intelligence, authority, and empathy. Beginning on “Star Trek Day” (September 8th), comic book and graphic novel publisher IDW invites readers to witness what the galaxy could be like at the mercy of a Captain Picard whose greatness is measured in cunning and cruelty, courtesy of an all-new event, Star Trek: The Mirror War.

Celebrated Star TrekTM comic writers Scott and David Tipton delve deep into the lore of the Mirror Universe, a perennial favorite concept amongst fans, in Star Trek: The Mirror War #0, illustrated by Carlos Nieto. This zero issue features a new story of “Mirror Picard” as he’s summoned to Earth to face the wrath of his emperor, deftly weaving threads from past Mirror Universe tales in a way entertaining to newcomers and the initiated alike.

Following September’s #0 launch, the series will continue to build year-long tension with issues #1-8 and four interspersed tie-in specials, each highlighting a different member of the Next Generation cast. The first spin-off one-shot, slated for December, will focus on Data. Once complete, the 13-part saga will chart Mirror Picard’s path of conquest across all of the Mirror Universe, stoking the wrath of the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance along the way.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to return to the Mirror Universe,” says Scott Tipton. “What’s in store for our Mirror Jean-Luc Picard and his Enterprise crew? New faces, new places, and old grudges. Picard’s ambitions are grander than ever, and nothing short of the throne itself will satisfy him!”

“In The Mirror War, we’ll be seeing what happens when Picard gets hold of information that can change the fortunes of the debilitated Terran Empire,” says David Tipton. “The Enterprise crew will find themselves in positions of potential power and wealth like never before.”

“With Mirror BrokenThrough the Mirror, and Terra Incognita, Scott and David Tipton — along with our Mirror War series cover artist J.K. Woodward — crafted a compelling and wholly original corner of the Star Trek universe. We’re excited to continue that tradition with The Mirror War, all while bringing new artists and storytellers into those Trek landscapes that fans love,” says editor Megan Brown.

Star Trek: The Mirror War #0 will be available with multiple cover variants for retailers and fans to enjoy, including Cover A by series artist Carlos Nieto, Cover B by Ejiwa “Edge” Ebenebe, and a Retailer Incentive edition by Bex Glendining. Starting with issue #1, J.K. Woodward will be providing cover artwork for every issue.

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