TrekMovie has just learned that IDW is preparing a comic book adaptation for the new JJ Abrams Star Trek movie, which will be their third comic series tied into the hit movie. We have more info on that below, plus details an the cover on a special Comic Con exclusive version of "Countdown".
Star Trek: The comic book – to include cut scenes
From January to April of this year, IDW scored big with the four-issue "Star Trek Countdown" prequel to the Star Trek movie. That series was overseen by director JJ Abrams along with screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, with scripting by Tim Jones and Mike Johnson, and art by David Messina. Recently IDW announced that the same line-up will be doing a new "Nero" series, covering the Nero’s ‘lost years’ during the Star Trek movie. That series kicks off in August (see previous TrekMovie article).
Today TrekMovie learned that IDW will follow-up the "Nero" with comic book adaptation of the Star Trek movie, again put together by the same team (Orci, Kurtzman & Abrams overseeing, with scripting by Johnson & Jones, and art by Messina). The series will kick off in January 2010. Although the adaptation is coming months after the movie’s release, it looks like it will be worth the wait. IDW’s Transformers Revenge of the Fallen and GI Joe, adaptations are only four issues long (and their recent Wrath of Khan was only three issues), but the Star Trek film adaptation will be six issues long. According to IDW, they need the extra length so that they can include material that was cut from the final film. So the comics will actually be an adaptation of an extended cut of the movie.
TrekMovie will have more details on this and the upcoming Nero series next week with an exclusive interview with Tim Jones and Mike Johnson. Look for that Comic Con weekend.
Comic Con exclusive Countdown #1
Speaking of Comic Con, IDW will be selling a special edition of Countdown #1, exclusively at Comic Con. Each issue features a new cover signed by Jones and Johnson, as well as a preview of the "Nero" series. The Comic-Con exclusive Countdown #1 costs $10 and IDW has 1,000 of the books to sell, starting on Wednesday at booth 1705 (they will be staggering availability over the weekend to make sure issues are available each day). Mike and Tim will be at the booth on Saturday from 10-11am Saturday doing live signing.
Cover for Countdown #1 Comic Con Exclusive