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IDW - Star Trek - Year Four

Gene Roddenberry’s science fiction classic Star Trek first hit the airwaves in September 1966, chronicling the Starship Enterprise’s legendary five-year mission. But with The Original Series cancelled after only three seasons, the events of the fourth year remained unrealized… until now. Join IDW Publishing and the familiar faces of the Star Trek crew—as well as additions from the Star Trek animated series of the 1970s—as the Enterprise continues to explore strange new worlds. By David Tischman and Steve Conley.

Issue 1
The Enterprise encounters an immense planetary mass, capable of supporting 800 billion inhabitants, with only twenty life signs. Beaming down to investigate, Kirk finds Dr. Othello Beck, renowned medical researcher and Phlox prize winner, working in a vast scientific laboratory left by a dead civilization. With Beck are the B'nai, creatures he created to assist in the lab. Kirk and McCoy discover that Beck's ethics are questionable. He's hiding a terrible secret which ends tragically.
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Writer: David Tischman
Artist: Steve Conley
Colors: Leonard O'Grady
Letters: Robbie Robbins
Editor: Dan Taylor
Cover Artist: Steve Conley
Cover Price: $3.99
Issue Date: 5 July 2007

IDW Star Trek Year Four #1A Cover Artist: Joe Corroney
Cover Price: $3.99
IDW Star Trek Year Four #1B
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Cover Artist: Joe Corroney
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Issue 2
The Enterprise detours to Aarak 3 to replenish their supply of dilithium crystals. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy are entertained by King Marat when terrorists attack and nearly succeed in killing the king and his guests. Kirk learns that rapid change since the Federation began buying dilithium has split Aarakaian society. Spock believes that overthrow of the government is inevitable. While Kirk decides whether or not to intervene, Scotty gets some assistance installing new dilithium crystals from a very attractive Aarakaian with more on her mind than starship engines. While the Aarakaians play out an elaborate deception, the crew of the Enterprise answers with a little deception of their own.
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Writer: David Tischman
Artist: Steve Conley
Colors: Leonard O'Grady
Letters: Neil Uyetake
Editor: Dan Taylor
Cover Artist: Steve Conley
Cover Price: $3.99
Issue Date: 5 September 2007
IDW Star Trek Year Four #2A Cover Artist: Joe Corroney
Cover Price: $3.99
IDW Star Trek Year Four #2B
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Issue 3
Captain James T. Kirk becomes suspicious of his crew after returning from the devastated colony on Phi-11. Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy try to reassure him that nothing's wrong - unless Kirk's two most trusted friends are in on the plot, too. What has infected the crew, and how - and who's left to help Kirk regain control of the ship? The Original Crew's return to comic book greatness continues here with this standalone tale.
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Writer: David Tischman
Artist: Gordon Purcell
Colors: Leonard O'Grady
Letters: Neil Uyetake
Editor: Dan Taylor
Cover Artist: Steve Conley
Cover Price: $3.99
Issue Date: 3 October 2007
IDW Star Trek Year Four #3A Cover Artist: Joe Corroney
Cover Price: $3.99
IDW Star Trek Year Four #3B
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Issue 4
On Viden 9, the U.S.S. Enterprise encounters a planet similar to 21st century Earth, where the population has a never-ending appetite for entertainment, and people will do anything for fame. When Captain Kirk and his crew become media sensations, the competing networks that control Viden's government won't let them leave, unless Kirk agrees to a deadly finale.
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Writer: David Tischman
Artist: Joe Sharp, Rob Sharp
Colors: Leonard O'Grady
Letters: Chris Mowry
Editor: Dan Taylor, Andrew Steven Harris
Cover Artist: Steve Conley
Cover Price: $3.99
Issue Date: 17 October 2007
IDW Star Trek Year Four #4A Cover Artist: Joe Corroney
Cover Price: $3.99
IDW Star Trek Year Four #4B
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Cover Artist: Joe Corroney
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Issue 5
The U.S.S. Enterprise is dispatched to observe a Quark Gluon Plasma experiment at the Gemini Science Station - in orbit between two suns - in an effort to learn more about the beginning of the universe. But the formation of a black hole from the experiment's outcome means eminent danger for Spock and Dr. McCoy who are stranded on the debilitated science station.
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Writer: David Tischman
Artist: Steve Conley
Colors: Leonard O'Grady
Letters: Robbie Robbins
Editor: Andrew Steven Harris
Cover Artist: Steve Conley
Cover Price: $3.99
Issue Date: 19 December 2007
IDW Star Trek Year Four #5A Cover Artist: Joe Corroney
Cover Price: $3.99
IDW Star Trek Year Four #5B
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Cover Artist: Joe Corroney
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Issue 6
As Kirk and the crew investigate the disappearance of the USS Pasteur, a trail of debris leads the USS Enterprise to an automated facility on a lifeless, desert planet in the Gobi system. A landing party finds robotic nannies caring for a computer-controlled nursery of alien babies - which Dr. McCoy's analysis proves to be the final survivors of the planet's dead civilization. But when an ensign disappears, and clues of the Pasteur's fate uncover the facility's startling secret, the computer reveals it maternal instincts - using its awesome power to defend its children - endangering the Enterprise, and forcing Kirk and the landing party to fight for their lives.
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Writer: David Tischman
Artist: Gordon Purcell
Colors: Leonard O'Grady
Color Assists: Mario Boon, J.K. Woodward
Letters: Robbie Robbins
Editor: Andrew Steven Harris
Cover Artist: Steve Conley
Cover Price: $3.99
Issue Date: 23 January 2008
IDW Star Trek Year Four #5A Cover Artist: Joe Corroney
Cover Price: $3.99
IDW Star Trek Year Four #5B
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Cover Artist: Joe Corroney
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