Marvel got the Star Trek license in 1996 and started up an imprint called Paramount Comics. In less than two years, the license had been pulled, but Marvel still had a little fun with it. I came up with the idea for various Marvel books when I wanted to put together various crossover issues (starting with Star Trek/X-Men), but discovered that the dimensions of the Marvel comics were significantly smaller than from other publishers, and could have resulted in too much trimming. So I started coming up with themed volumes and expanding from there.
Star Trek: Mythology
Star Trek Unlimited #7 (TOS/TNG crossover)
Star Trek Unlimited #10 (TNG sequel to TOS episode “A Piece of the Action”)
Star Trek: The Next Generation/X-Men: Second Contact
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine #14 (Tribbles)
Star Trek Unlimited #8 (Klingon Day of Honor special)
Star Trek: Mirror, Mirror
I noticed a theme of stories that were sequels or expansions of earlier stories, and that is how this book developed.
- Star Trek/X-Men follows up on the episode “Where No Man Has Gone Before” (stardate 4740.5 puts it in the late second or early third season).
- Star Trek Unlimited #7 sees the original crew team up with the TNG crew as the Enterprise-E is launched. (stardate 49827.5)
- Star Trek Unlimited #10 is a TNG sequel to the TOS episode “A Piece of the Action”. (stardate 50812.5)
- Star Trek: The Next Generation/X-Men: Second Contact picks up from the end of First Contact. (stardate 50893.5)
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine #14 follows up on the DS9 episode “Trials and Tribble-lations”. It takes place two months after the Telepathy War crossover (stardate 50796.2), which roughly places it near the end of the fifth season of DS9.
- Star Trek Unlimited #8 has three stories about the Klingon Day of Honor starring Worf’s son, Worf (while he is part of the DS9 cast), and Sulu sometime after the opening scene of Genertations.
- Star Trek: Mirror Mirror is a Mirror Universe sequel to the TOS episode of the same name from the second season. I put it at the end because it didn’t involve the “regular” universe characters. Otherwise, as the direct continuation of the TV episode, it would go at the beginning if sorting by stardate.
Star Trek Unlimited
There are any number of ways to configure the stories in this series. The first five issues each contained an Original Series story and a Next Generation story. Issue #8 contained three stories tied into the Klingon Day of Honor. The rest of the issues contained a single story. Fortunately, none of the stories share pages, so it would be easy to separate out for each crew.
#1 – TOS: 5970.3 / TNG: 479905.2 (sic)
#2 – TOS: 5973.5 / TNG: 48293.5
#3 – TOS: 5989.6 / TNG: 48293.5
#4 – TOS: no date given / TNG: 482942.7 (sic)
#5 – TOS: 5993.2 / TNG: 48303.6
#6 – TNG: 50796.2 (Telepathy War crossover)
#7 – TOS/TNG crossover: 49827.5
#8 - Klingon Day of Honor special – 3 stories – Worf’s son, Worf circa DS9, and Sulu sometime after the opening scene of Generations
#9 – TOS: 5997.1
#10 – TNG: 50812.5
Issues #7, 8, and 10 are included in the Mythology book above. Issue #6 is included with Starfleet Academy. My own Star Trek Unlimited volume looks like this:
Star Trek Unlimited #1-5 (TOS stories)
Star Trek Unlimited #9
Star Trek: Untold Voyages #1-5
Star Trek Unlimited #1-5 (TNG stories)
I would have included the Riker special if I could have found it for a reasonable price.
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy #1-11
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy #12 (Telepathy War part 1)
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine #12-13 (Telepathy War parts 2-3)
Star Trek Unlimited #6 (Telepathy War part 4)
Star Trek: Telepathy War #1 (Telepathy War conclusion)
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy #13-17
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy #18 (Klingon edition)
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy #18 (English edition)
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy #19
The Telepathy War crossover is very much an extension of the Starfleet Academy plotlines, and is completely necessary in this volume. There is an issue of Voyager that tied in, but only for a few panels and not in any meaningful way as they were stranded on the other side of the universe at the time.
Star Trek: Early Voyages
Star Trek: Early Voyages #1-17
Since this series was set during the Pike era, there is no crossover with the other series. Unfortunately, the last two issues are part of an unfinished arc due to premature cancellation. I actually bought the IDW omnibus version of this series, which is smaller than normal comic size.