In the world of comics, there are a lot of so-called science bros. The term has been most recently applied to Tony Stark and Bruce Banner from the Avengers, but there are other duos out there who also deserve the moniker. But few of those friends are as deserving of the title than Data and Geordi LaForge - and the duo are about to star in a brand-new comic to prove it.
Star Trek: Waypoint is set to kick-off its run with Issue #1 and explore a sherlockian space mystery. The story finds Captain Geordi LaForge answering an intergalactic space call alongside his crew of Datas. Yes, that’s right - his entire crew is comprised of the fan-favorite android.
Titled “Puzzles,” the issue’s first story follows the two Next Generation icons after they reach a mysterious ship stranded at the edge of space. Trying to translate the ship’s indecipherable signal, Data and his clone cohort discover that the blockish starship is one from the very distant future. The strange ship, which refuses help from Starfleet due to the Prime Directive, seems willing to sacrifice its crew to keep Captain LaForge away - a fact that truly puzzles the man.
Created by Donny Cates and Mack Chater, “Puzzles” will throw Trekkies back into a canon universe that’s ready to accept visitors. If you want to read the official synopsis of the story, then you can read it below:
“Unable to decipher a mysterious ship’s coded messages, Starfleet has enlisted its two greatest scientific minds, Captain Geordi La Forge and his best friend Data, to investigate. What they discover will alter the course of scientific human history as we know it!”
As an anthology, Star Trek: Waypoint will contain two stories per issue. The first release will house “Puzzles” and another story by Sandra Lanz that’s set in the Original Series. The second story will focus on Lieutenant Uhura once she becomes stranded on a strange planet and meets a bizarre alien creature.
In a recent interview with io9, Donny Cates spoke about his anticipated story and said he thinks “Geordi and Data are the stone cold coolest two dudes in the galaxy.”
“When I thought about this story I asked myself “If this is the first and last Trek story you ever write, what would it be?” and the answer was obviously Geordi and Data being awesome science bros solving space-science mysteries with ethics and math together across the universe. It doesn’t get much better than that. To me at least.”
Of course, this new series is just one of many projects that are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek.
CBS confirmed they would return Star Trek to the small screen with a new series from Bryan Fuller. Star Trek Discovery was originally set to air at the beginning of 2017, but recent post-production concerns pushed the series back until May. Star Trek: Discovery will premiere first on CBS, and then all episodes will follow exclusively in the U.S. on CBS All Access.
At ComicBook.com, we’ve also done our part to honor the sci-fi classic. If you’ve wondered what a world without Star Trek would be like, then feel free to check out a recent article detailing the (very sad) world we would live in.
Star Trek: Waypoint #1 will be published on September 28, 2016.