Star Trek: Alien Spotlight, Volume I is the first miniseries in the Alien Spotlight series of comics published by IDW Publishing. The series of six issues is thematically linked in a focus on alien races, but the issues are otherwise unconnected. Each issue, set either in Star Trek: The Original Series or Star Trek: The Next Generation time frame, was written and illustrated by a different creative team.

Following the success of this first series IDW continued the concept forward into Alien Spotlight, Volume II.


In the vast Star Trek universe, many diverse alien races abound, and now they finally get their due! Presenting a collection of six tales set throughout the Star Trek galaxy, each by a different creative team and featuring a different Star Trek alien race. This collection includes stories of the Gorn, Vulcans, Andorians, Orions, the Borg, and Romulans (by industry legend John Byrne), and features guest-stars such as Captains Kirk and Pike, Spock, and many other familiar faces.


Alien Spotlight was IDW's first Star Trek anthology series, the first time one of their miniseries did not feature a consistent creative team or artistic style. The only thing linking the individual issues together was that each of their stories highlighted an alien race from Star Trek.

How each issue went about putting the featured species in the spotlight varied from issue to issue. The Romulan issue was the only one in the miniseries not to feature Starfleet personnel or primary characters from TOS or TNG. After the Romulan issue the Andorians comes in as the issue with the greatest concentration of the featured species; with the exception of the opening pages the entire issue takes place on Andor and features Andorian characters. In contrast the Vulcan and Orion issues feature just a single member of their featured race.


Since its earliest announcements the series underwent several changes in the creative teams involved: The Orion issue, originally to be written by Dan Taylor, was written by the Scott & David Tipton. The Vulcan issue was to written by Rick Remender was written by James Patrick, with Remender receiving a story credit. And the Borg issue was written by Andrew Steven Harris rather than the originally announced Steve Niles.


Title The Gorn Vulcans Andorians: The Old Ways Orions Borg Romulans
Scott & David Tipton
James Patrick
Paul D. Storrie
Scott & David Tipton
Andrew Steven Harris
John Byrne
David Messina
Josep Maria Beroy
Leonard O'Grady
Elena Casagrande
Sean Murphy
10 October 2007
7 November 2007
21 November 2007
19 December 2007
23 January 2008
27 February 2008
Zach Howard cover
Gorn cover A
Alien Spotlight Vulcans A
Orions A
Borg A
AS Romulans Howard
Issue artist cover
Gorn cover B
ST AS vulcan-cvrB
Orions B
Borg B
Romulans coverB
Sketch cover
Gorn RI cover B
Vulcans sketch
Orions RI-B
Borg RIB
AS Romulans sketch
Photo cover
Gorn RI cover
Vulcans photo
Orions RI-A
Borg RIA
AS Romulans photo

Each issue of this series was available in four covers. Two covers were distributed in equally wide availability, one by Zach Howard (with colors by Leonard O'Grady) and one by the issue's interior artist. The other two covers for each issue were more limited availability retail incentive covers, each issue had both a sketch cover (the Zach Howard cover for all issues except the Romulans which used the issue artist's cover) and a photo-cover.


The series featured stories from a wide range of periods in Star Trek history, the chronological order of the stories is as follows:

Issue Date Setting
Vulcans c. 2253 Shortly after Spock joined the crew of the Enterprise under Captain Christopher Pike, prior to the TOS pilot episode "The Cage".
Orions c. 2264 Shortly after Christopher Pike was promoted to Fleet Captain, prior to the TOS episode: "The Menagerie".
Romulans 2266 Immediately before the TOS episode: "Balance of Terror".
The Gorn c. 2282 Prior to the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, when Chekov was serving on the USS Reliant.
Andorians: The Old Ways 2370 Shortly after the final TNG episode "All Good Things..."
Borg 2379 Between the TNG movies Insurrection and Nemesis. Also has time travel to just before the TNG episode: "The Neutral Zone".


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 HellInfestationStar Trek—Legion of Super-HeroesAssimilation²HiveKhanStrange New WorldsNew VisionsHarlan Ellison's The City on the Edge of ForeverThe Primate DirectiveThe Spectrum WarStarfleet AcademyManifest DestinyStar TrekStranger WorldsWaypointMirror BrokenBoldly GoThrough the MirrorThe Light of KahlessSuccessionTerra IncognitaStar Trek vs. TransformersThe Q Conflict IDW bulb
Future series Assignment: Earth IIYear FiveAftermathToo Long a Sacrifice
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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 DoctorMirror BrokenWaypointManifest DestinyStarfleet AcademyCountdown to DarknessKhanHiveKhan: Ruling in HellCaptain's Log IDW bulb
Archive material Star Trek Archives (Best of Peter DavidBest of the BorgBest of Gary SevenBest of DS9Best of Captain KirkBest of Alternate Universes) • Best of KlingonsStar Trek Omnibus (Volume 1Volume 2The Original SeriesMovie Omnibus) • Motion Picture TrilogyNewspaper Comics (Volume 1Volume 2) • Classic UK Comics (Volume 1Volume 2Volume 3)

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