Last month TrekMovie reported that IDW will release a comic book prequel in January for the new Star Trek film from JJ Abrams. Today IDW issued an official announcement related to that book, including a promotional image and some comments from the IDW editor and Star Trek movie co-writer Roberto Orci. [UPDATE: plus a comment from artist David Messinia]
Countdown: connecting TNG to the new Star Trek
The four issue "Star Trek Countdown" series is ‘presented by’ Star Trek director JJ Abrams and ‘plotted by’ co-writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. The series is written by Mike Johnson (Superman/Batman) and Tim Jones, and features art by David Messina (Star Trek: Mirror Images).
As reported in our previous article, Star Trek Countdown will take place in the Star Trek Next Generation era and the focus is primarily on older Spock and Nero, the villain of the film. In the official release Orci states:
Star Trek: Countdown lays the groundwork for what happens in the movie. It’s our way of passing the baton from the Next Generation characters and their movies to the new film.
Hints in Promo image
From the promotional image (below) it is now clear “Star Trek Countdown” will feature Picard and Data in the Next Gen era (note they are wearing the TNG uniforms used from First Contact through to Nemesis). The image also features Spock and (interestingly) a younger looking Nero with no tattoos. The promo image is a take on the four quadrant Star Trek Comic Con 2008 posters. It would not be surprising if, like the Comic Con promotion, this image is actually made up of the four individual covers for "Star Trek Countdown."
This project is a long-time coming as noted by IDW Editor Andy Schmidt in the release:
There was a lot of back and forth about doing this project, how to do it, what it would be about, but what all parties agreed on was that we needed the right story and that it needed to matter. It had to count both on its own merits and when read in conjunction with the new movie. I couldn’t be happier with the project and what it means to the overall Star Trek franchise!
A must read for movie fans
Star Trek Countdown #1 will be available at Comic Stores in January ($3.99). The remaining three issues will come out in February, March and April respectively. This series looks like a must read for Trek comic book fans and also fans who are not regular comic readers. The "Star Trek: Countdown" trade paperback (which will compile all four issues) is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com. It costs $12.23 and comes out on April 29th.
UPDATE: Messina speaks
In the comments section below, Star Trek Countdown artist David Messina has joined in the conversation, adding this thought:
I’m an old comics guy, and, in my opinion, Trek has always translated poorly to comics. Ships are badly rendered, and starfields are messy.
NOT this time! ;)
Also, the issue of canon is one thing, but will this comic actually reveal any of the well-kept secrets of the film (who is Nero, and whom he is angry at and why)
Believe me, you can’t imagine…