IDW Publishing has announced their first inter-company crossover with DC Comics, and it’s a doozy alright.

The crew of the Enterprise (the original one, no A, B, C, D, or E, or even a JJ) meets the Legion of Superheroes (again, the original ones, not any of the various rebooted versions)

It’s the kind of story that can cause your mind to explode.  Fans of both classic science fiction series have something to look forward to here.  With  time travel and inter-dimensional travel, the only thing that could make this even cooler, is if David Tennent’s Doctor (Doctor Who) also showed up.

The series will be scripted by Chirs Robenson (Superman, iZombie), with art chores taken by Jeffrey and Philip Moy.  Covers will be Phil Jimenez (Titans, Infinite Crisis, Amazing Spider-man) .  There will also be variant covers (of course) from artists such Keith Giffen (Legion of Superheroes, The Heckler, Justice League International) , Steve Lightle (also Legion of Superheroes) and Mike Grell (Green Arrow), Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key) and others.

Of course the Star Trek property has appeared in comics almost as long as there has been a Star Trek.  License holders before IDW  have included Gold Key, Marvel, DC, Malibu, Wildstorm, and even a manga version from TokyoPop. Despite the history with DC, this series will mark the first time Captain Kirk and his crew will interact with any DC characters, but not the first time they have encountered superheroes.   In 1996 Marvel published a crossover with the X-Men franchise.

The 6 part monthly series begins this October, as a 32 page comic for $3.99

From the IDW PUBLISHING PRESS RELEASE:

STAR TREK/LEGION OF SUPERHEROES tells the tale of the original crew of the Starship Enterprise, who beam down to a planet only to discover that the planet isn’t their intended destination, or even in the right universe. At the same time, a group of “Great Darkness Saga” Legionnaires inside a time sphere find themselves cast into the 23rd century, but it’s not the 23rd century as they know it, either. STAR TREK/LEGION OF SUPERHEROES is a galaxy-spanning adventure that draws both teams together to face a menace that includes Khunds, Klingons, Borg, and other threats that aren’t quite as they should be. The egalitarian United Planets in one universe and a United Federation of Planets in another is now the Imperial Planets of Terra, a dark empire focused on war and conquest, and that’s just the beginning for this special series.

“Nothing like kicking off our first foray into the DC Universe with a story that spans dimensions and centuries,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief and the lead editor on this crossover. “As a huge fan of both of these teams and the eras we’re playing with here, as well as an admirer of the talents involved with this tale, I couldn’t be happier.”

“Chris Roberson, who’s incredibly knowledgeable about both series, managed to not only weave both teams together into a clever story, but he also found a way to tie both universes together through a shared villain that fans will never expect to see,” added Ryall. “And the Moys bring a sense of dynamism and energy to not only the characters we know but also in the designs for some special merged-universe characters, too. Add to that the chance to work with guys I greatly admire on the series’ covers and you’ve really got the makings of something special here. I’m really happy that DC has been such a welcoming partner on the crazy things we’re going to do here.”

Star Trek is licensed by CBS Consumer Products.