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Star Trek: Year Four was a six-part comic miniseries written by David Tischman and published by IDW Publishing. It was be IDW's third Star Trek miniseries, the second TOS miniseries and second project by David Tischman following his work on IDW's premier series The Space Between. It was published in an omnibus book in March 2008.


Space. The final frontier. This is the voyage of the Starship Enterprise. Her five-year mission to explore strange new worlds? It continues here, with the launch of "Year Four" in the Original Series' five-year mission.


The series is set in what would have been Star Trek: The Original Series' fourth season, continuing the five year mission of the USS Enterprise under Captain James T. Kirk. The series acknowledges Star Trek: The Animated Series, also set in the fourth year of the Enterprise's mission, with appearances by Arex and M'Ress.

The series was illustrated by several artists; Steve Conley, Gordon Purcell, and Rob Sharp & Joe Sharp, all colored by Leonard O'Grady. All issues stuck to a strict panel layout, with four wide panels per page, intended to emulate a widescreen television screen to try and make the issues feel more like episodes of the series (though of course being filmed in the 1960s The Original Series episodes are not widescreen). The layout was only occasionally broken to include larger full page illustration of key dramatic moments.

Drawing inspiration from many TOS episodes, several issues were commentaries on present-day issues, including cloning, reality television, oil and the Iraq war, or a look at present day science, with a 23rd century take on particle accelerators.

A continuation of the series began in May 2008 in Year Four: The Enterprise Experiment, by D.C. Fontana and Derek Chester. Beyond that IDW have vague plans for two more Year Four miniseries, making a total of twenty-two issues, equivalent to a full season of The Original Series, after which they plan to continue on to Year Five miniseries’. [1]


Title/Number Issue 1 Issue 2 Issue 3 Issue 4 Issue 5 Issue 6
David Tischman
Steve Conley
Gordon Purcell
Rob & Joe Sharp
Steve Conley
Gordon Purcell
25 July 2007
5 September 2007
3 October 2007
17 October 2007
19 December 2007
23 January 2008
Steve Conley covers
Year Four 1a
Year Four 2a
Year Four 3 cover A
Year Four Conley
Year Four 5A
Year Four 6A
Joe Corroney covers
Year Four 2b
Year Four 3 cover B
Year Four 4b
Year Four 5B
Year Four 6B
Retail incentive covers
Year Four 1c
Year Four 2c
Year Four RI cover
Year Four 4c
Year Four 5RI
Year Four 6RI

Each issue of this series was available in three covers. Two covers were distributed in equally wide availability, one each by Steve Conley (with colors by Leonard O'Grady) and Joe Corroney. The third cover for each issue was a more limited availability retail incentive cover, which was either a sketch version of the Corroney cover or a photo-cover.

In addition to the six full issues, the series was preceded by "Captain's Personal Log", a short comic published in Focus on... Star Trek. The story was written by David Tischman with art by Leonard O'Grady and acted as both an epilogue to the final TOS episode: "Turnabout Intruder" and a teaser for the ongoing voyages of the Enterprise depicted in this series.


IDW Publishing miniseries
Completed series The Space BetweenKlingons: Blood Will TellYear FourAlien SpotlightIntelligence GatheringTurnaroundThe Enterprise ExperimentAssignment: EarthMirror ImagesRomulans: The Hollow CrownThe Last GenerationCountdownAlien Spotlight IICrewMission's EndThe Wrath of KhanSpock: ReflectionsNeroRomulans: SchismGhostsFool's GoldStar Trek Movie AdaptationLeonard McCoy, Frontier DoctorBurden of KnowledgeCountdown to DarknessCaptain's LogKhan: Ruling in HellInfestation IDW bulb
Future series Assignment: Earth II
IDW Publishing omnibuses
IDW miniseries The Space BetweenKlingons: Blood Will TellYear FourAlien Spotlight, Volume IIntelligence GatheringTurnaroundYear Four: The Enterprise ExperimentAssignment: EarthMirror ImagesCountdownThe Last GenerationMission's EndCrewSpock: ReflectionsNeroRomulans: Pawns of WarAlien Spotlight, Volume IIGhostsFool's GoldStar Trek Movie AdaptationLeonard McCoy, Frontier Doctor IDW bulb
Archive material Star Trek Archives (Best of Peter DavidBest of Gary SevenBest of DS9Best of Captain KirkBest of Alternate Universes) • Star Trek Omnibus (Volume 1Volume 2The Original SeriesMovie Omnibus) • Motion Picture Trilogy

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