Fans of the legendary sci-fi series STAR TREK are familiar with the so-called “mirror universe” where everything is backwards and the heroes are actually villains. With a preview coming out on Free Comic Book Day (May 6), IDW’s upcoming miniseries STAR TREK THE NEXT GENERATION: MIRROR BROKEN will return to this interstellar take on Bizarro World.
The mirror universe showed up first in the original STAR TREK series in the episode “Mirror, Mirror”, featuring Spock with a Van Dyke beard, Uhura in a crop top, and everyone in gold sequined sashes. In later series, the mirror universe would show up again in DEEP SPACE NINE and ENTERPRISE, but MIRROR BROKEN will be the first time fans get to see the NEXT GENERATION crew’s mirror counterparts!
The cover for the upcoming preview gives us a look at the mirror universe’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Counselor Deanna Troi, and Lieutenant Commander Data. Picard’s dark double has grown a beard and, like Captain James T. Kirk before him, shed his sleeves. Data’s seems to have gotten some Borg implants. Troi’s has opted for long black gloves and a black dress. (Apparently, being evil has a tendency to make the crew of the Enterprise grow facial hair and wear sleeveless shirts.) Fans can also look forward to finding out what the other crew members like Commander Riker, Lieutenant Worf, and Dr. Beverly Crusher are like in the mirror universe.
MIRROR BROKEN will have a preview released on May 6 as part of Free Comic Book Day, with the first of its six issues scheduled to be released later that month. The miniseries will be written by brothers Scott and David Tipton, with art done by J.K. Woodward, all of whom have worked on IDW’s STAR TREK comics in the past.
In an interview with freecomicbookday.com, the writers gave a look into what MIRROR BROKEN has in store for the readers:
Free Comic Book Day: The Next Generation crew never got to experience the Mirror Universe on television—the Mirror Universe only appeared in Star Trek, Deep Space Nine, and Enterprise. Why bring the Mirror Universe to this crew?
Scott Tipton: That’s exactly the reason: The Next Generation cast is second only to The Original Series in terms of popularity, and yet we’ve never seen the Mirror versions of these characters and how they would interact. It’s completely unbroken ground, and a real joy to figure out.
David Tipton: “Mirror Broken” establishes that the Terran Empire survives in a small way, reduced in size and bottled up by the Cardassians and Klingons to the constraints of Earth’s solar system. This series shows what happens to what remains of the Terran Empire during the time of Star Trek: The Next Generation. “Mirror Broken” provides an opportunity to show some of the continuity between the Original Series episode “Mirror, Mirror” and the later appearances of the Mirror Universe in Deep Space 9 and Enterprise, and to see what the Mirror versions of Next Generation characters were like.
You can find the rest of the interview with Scott and David Tipton here.