- Posted by Johanna on July 23, 2011 at 7:07 pm
- Category: Comic News
This came out of nowhere for me, but it hits all the right buttons for a preorder:
IDW has announced that new miniseries Memorial will debut next February ($3.99 for 32 color pages). Written by Chris Roberson (iZombie, Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love) and illustrated by Rich Ellis (a Periscope Studio member), they’re plugging it as “a kind of cross between Doctor Who and Sandman by way of Miyazaki.”
The plot, based on the publicity description, involves Em, an amnesiac in Portland who inherits a magical shop, the kind you’ve seen in stories that appear down the right alley. They continue, “Em finds herself drawn into a supernatural conflict between immortal beings representing the fundamental aspects of the universe itself. All of existence is at stake, and the only things standing in the way of total oblivion are Em, the magical shop, and a talking cat.”
Talented creators? Check. Intriguing concept? Check. Eye-catching promo description? I like all three of the elements they’re evoking. The promise of a limited run, meaning the story should actually have an ending, is a good thing, too.
The other IDW project goes in a very different direction. It’s two long-running brands paired up: Star Trek will cross over with the Legion of Super-Heroes for a six-issue series starting in October ($3.99 for 32 color pages). From the press release:
STAR TREK/LEGION OF SUPERHEROES tells the tale of the original crew of the Starship Enterprise, who beam down to a planet only to discover that the planet isn’t their intended destination, or even in the right universe. At the same time, a group of “Great Darkness Saga” Legionnaires inside a time sphere find themselves cast into the 23rd century, but it’s not the 23rd century as they know it, either. [This] galaxy-spanning adventure draws both teams together to face a menace that includes Khunds, Klingons, Borg, and other threats that aren’t quite as they should be.
This will also be written by Roberson, with art by two old friends: Jeffrey and Philip Moy. Covers are by Phil Jimenez. I’m a little concerned that they’re describing the story as dark and foreboding, since I prefer my Legion light-hearted, but I guess plenty of people did die on Star Trek. DC Comics, owner of the Legion, previously published a number of Star Trek comics, while the license is currently held by IDW, making this a cross-company effort.