, in her first foray into comic book storytelling, will join Derek Chester
in writing a new series of stories for Star Trek Year Four: The Enterprise Experiment
, a series of stories which delve into the fourth year of the original Enterprise's five year mission.
As reported in a press release by IDW Publishing, D.C. Fontana will join Chester in writing the five part series. This is the second series of IDW's Star Trek Year Four series, the first being released in 2007.
Fontana began her Star Trek career as assistant to Gene Roddenberry. She went on to write original series Star Trek episodes including: Tomorrow is Yesterday, Friday's Child, Journey to Babel and The Enterprise Incident.. She penned the Yesteryear episode for Star Trek: The Animated Series. Fontana also worked on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. More recently, she wrote for Star Trek: New Voyages which is now known as Star Trek: Phase II.
The Enterprise Experiment is a sequel to Fontana's Star Trek: The Enterprise Incident episode. In this story, Federation efforts to fully adapt the cloaking device to Starfleet ships leads to an experiment gone awry, trapping Kirk and Spock on an Enterprise out of phase with space itself. At the same time, Romulan forces close in on the starship, intent on claiming revenge for their stolen technology. Later chapters in the series will provide a sequel to the first two issues, as the Klingon Empire, with its own agenda, suddenly enters the fray.
"The story is absolute classic Trek in the best sense of the word," said Andrew Steven Harris, Star Trek editor at IDW Publishing. "We're thrilled to have talent like this, people who've been working on Star Trek for decades. You can't find comic book storytellers who know these characters and settings more intimately."
The first monthly issue of Star Trek Year Four: The Enterprise Experiment goes on sale in April.