STACY: How will the Deep Space Nine stories you write tie in to the television series?
MIKE: Theyll be using the same cast of characters and theyll presumably be able to refer to the shared experiences theyve had in various episodes of the TV show. For the most part, these stories will not be adaptations of any kind of existing episodes. Theyll be all new stories.
STACY: What are you most excited about writing this series?
MIKE: What Im most looking forward to is getting back into the Star Trek universe. Ive always liked Gene Roddenberrys vision of the future, and I like the wing that Rick Berman and Michael Piller have added on to Roddenberrys universe. I look forward to getting in, getting my hands dirty, and splashing around a little bit in it.
STACY: Can you tell me about some of the individual characters?
MIKE: The intriguing thing to me about doing Deep Space Nine is that before I wrote a single line of classic Star Trek, I had been a fan of Star Trek for twelve years. Now were writing Deep Space Nine before the series is even six months old, in terms of it being telecast. When I wrote the first Kirk, Spock, and McCoy story, I knew everything there was to know about the characters. Im discovering things about the Deep Space Nine characters about Sisko, Kira, Dax, Bashir, and all the rest of them every week. Its like meeting a new friend, the more time you spend with them, the more you learn about them. I regard the Deep Space Nine characters as new friends.
STACY: Will readers have to be fans of other Star Trek comics and shows to understand this book?
MIKE: No, I think all theyll have to enjoy is Deep Space Nine. If weve done our job well, the ideal complement I could get from this would be to get a letter from some reader who said, "I didnt care about watching the Deep Space Nine TV show until I read the comic, and I thought Id give it a try." I think if we can do a good comic book that brings together all the aspects of Deep Space Nine, and stands on its own as a comic book, then Ill be really happy.
STACY: Do you have any surprise plot twists for the story?
MIKE: Sure, but I'm not going to tell you about them now!
STACY: Anything else?
MIKE: I'm excited about getting back into the Star Trek universe.
(Stacy Oberkrieser is assistant editor of The Malibu Sun. The interview with Mike W. Barr originally appeared in The Malibu Sun Preview Special #1. Thank you to the fine people at Malibu Comics for sharing this interview with us. Malibu Comics may be reached at 5321 Sterling Center Drive, Westlake Village CA 91361.)
Promotions for Deep Space Nine Comics
In July, a special eight-page preview of the Deep Space Nine comic appeared in Hero Illustrated from Warrior Publications. This original preview story was written by Mike W. Barr and illustrated by artist Lurene Haines.
Four versions of Deep Space Nine premiere issue will be distributed. The newsstand version ($1.95) will feature a full-color photo of the cast of the television series. Malibu hopes that this unique style of comic book cover will attract potential readers, especially Star Trek fans who do not normally purchase comics. The direct market version ($2.50) will carry the artwork seen on the adjoining page. Malibu is also releasing a limited edition version ($19.95) and a signed and numbered edition (price not yet set).
Issue #2 includes a Skybox Deep Space Nine trading card. This card is enhanced with foil embossing and available only in the September issue. l