Star Trek is launching a new Star Trek series but is it a sequel to Deep Space Nine?
IDW has re-numbered the Star Trek comic series, effectively ending the last line of stories and replacing it with a new #1 but an old face. Benjamin Sisko is being brought back to Star Trek with the first issue of IDW’s new line of Trek comics, and he’s not coming alone. He’ll be joined by The Next Generation stars Dr. Beverly Crusher and Lt. Commander Data on a new ship called the USS Theseus
The book is set at the tail end of Voyager’s time in the Delta Quadrant, 2378, three years since Sisko and Gul Dukat were swallowed up by a fire pit on Bajor. Sisko was seemingly saved by the Prophets while Dukat was presumed dead.
Some fans were happy with the completion of the show, but others wanted a sequel. That’s where IDW comes in.
"Its stardate 2378, and Benjamin Sisko has finally returned from the Bajoran Wormhole omnipotent. But his godhood is failing with every minute. Sent by the Prophets on a mission to the deepest parts of space aboard the U.S.S. Theseus, he witnesses the unthinkable: Someone is killing the gods. And only Sisko and his motley crew of Starfleet members from every era of Trek can stop them."
According to one of the creators of the new IDW series of Trek comics, Jackson Lanzing, the new line of Trek books will in fact serves as a Deep Space Nine sequel.
Is the new Star Trek comic canon?
So Star Trek #1 is part in parcel of a sequel to Deep Space Nine. Cool, but is it canon? Technically yes, technically no. Ever since Star Trek The Animated Series was deemed non-canon, anything can and isn’t canon until it becomes live-action.
Star Trek comics are generally not canon but more of an unofficial expansion pack for the story, so to speak. Some comics are created with the intent of them further exploring the story of a movie or show, but the comics are never brought into consideration when new seasons or series get created.
So the comics are very much in the same vein as the fan-made projects. They’re ancillary to more prominent Trek storylines. So buy the comic, just don’t be mad if the new series or films do something that changes the comic storyline.