New ‘Star Trek: Holo-Ween’ comic miniseries ushers in the spooky season (images) (Image Credit: Space.com)
“Star Trek” might not be the first pop culture franchise you think about once the autumn leaves start turning and Halloween approaches.
That might change, however, after you see the spectacularly eerie new covers for IDW Publishing‘s bold new holiday comics offering, “Star Trek: Holo-Ween.”
Written by seasoned writer Chris Sequeira (“Justice League Adventures,” “Sherlock Holmes: Dark Detective”) and featuring haunting interior artwork from Eisner-nominated illustrator Joe Eisma (“Morning Glories,” “Engineward”), the intrepid crew of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” encounters a frightening force emanating from the holodeck in this superb four-issue miniseries starting Oct. 4.
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Here’s the official synopsis:
“After enduring an anxiety-ridden passage through a solar storm, Captain Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise take to celebrating Halloween to reset the mood. But while the Earth holiday involves sweet treats and other festivities, they soon learn that fear is in season when crew members begin to go missing one by one.”
One of the atmospheric highlights of this spine-tingling series is the selection of striking covers that masterful Italian horror illustrator Francesco Francavilla has conjured up.
His signature color-saturated style has earned the acclaimed artist numerous international accolades for his work on dozens of titles over the years, including “The Black Beetle,” “Batman: The Black Mirror,” “Afterlife with Archie,” “Star Wars Adventures: Tales From Vader’s Castle,” and, most recently, DC Comics’ “The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing.”
These four Halloween-themed covers by Francavilla reveal Redjac as a terrifying Jack the Ripper/Borg hybrid and monsterized versions of “The Next Generation’s” crew. There’s a mummified Deanna Troi, for example, a werewolf Commander Riker, Captain Jean-Luc Picard as Mr. Hyde, Worf as an amphibious Klingon Mkr’an, and Data as a stitched-up Frankenstein’s monster.
Anyone for a live-action rendition based on this concept?
IDW’s “Star Trek: Holo-Ween #1” emerges from the shadows on Oct. 4 and continues as a weekly series throughout the entire month.