Unsurprisingly, it does not lead to the prosperous and peaceful Federation that we got when the Vulcans first introduced themselves to humanity in the original timeline. Who couldā€™ve possibly expected that with those sneaky Romulans?

Earlier this year, IDW did a wave of alternate story one-shots called Deviations, which imagined several of their series in alternate realities. What if Fox Mulder never returned from alien abduction in The X-Files? What if Optimus Prime never died in Transformers? What if Cobra won in G.I. Joe? Well, now we have the answer to ā€œWhat if IDW did Deviations again, but now thereā€™s a Star Trek story, too?ā€ Because io9 is proud to reveal Star Trek: Deviations, coming to a comic book shelf near you in March.

Cover art by Josh Hood.

Written by Donny Cates with art from Josh Hood, Star Trek: Deviations imagines an alternate timeline where itā€™s the Romulans that make first contact with Earth rather than the Vulcans. Instead of a prosperous alliance and the birth of the Federation, Earth becomes a brutal penal colonyā€”and only resistance fighter William Riker can help turn the tide and send humanity into the stars. Hereā€™s the full synopsis:

Star Trek: Deviationsā€”SPOTLIGHT

Donny Cates (w) ā€¢ Josh Hood (a & c)

In a world where the Romulans discovered Earth before the Vulcans, Earth is now a brutal penal colony. Resistance fighter William Riker has uncovered a vast conspiracy, and together with his band of prisoner outlaws (you just might recognize a few!), must fight to rescue a mysterious prisoner in the darkest level of the Romulan dungeons. The only man on Earth that still holds the key to humanityā€™s return to the stars!

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Star Trek: Deviations, along with other new one-shots under the Deviations banner, will start hitting stores in March 2017, as part of a five-week event.