In January IDW will release the first issue (of 4) of "Star Trek Countdown," a prequel comic book for the new Star Trek movie, based on a story by the film’s co-writers. Today in an interview with CBR, Roberto Orci along with the writers of the comic Tim Jones and Mike Johnson reveal some of the secrets of this new book, including how TrekMovie.com was part of the genesis.
Excerpts from Comic Book Resources.
Tying the new movie to the TNG era
As reported before, even though the new Star Trek movie takes place primarily in the TOS era, this new comic series will take place in the post Star Trek Nemesis TNG era. In the first press released Orci stated that the comic will ‘pass the baton’ from the TNG era to the new movie. The new interview reveals how this came about.
CBR: How did this comic project come about?
Roberto Orci: Anthony [Pascale] at www.trekmovie.com kept asking what bone can you throw the Next Generation guys as a kind of a passing of the baton, so we finally arrived at doing a [prelude] comic.
Tim Jones: We kind of worked backwards from the Kurtzman/Orci script to figure out Nero’s back-story and find out what’s going on in the Next Generation world.
…more specifically, they noted:
Tim Jones: TNG characters literally play into the story.
Mike Johnson: Both thematically and literally. Well, not literally that there’s actually a little baton that Picard hands over to the new guys – a little silver baton with the Starfleet logo, although that would be awesome. I want one. But literally, it is in the sense that the comic is the missing part of the story between the end of “Star Trek: Nemesis” and the new film.
The team also went into more detail about the comic and the story
TJ: It’s a very poignant character piece tracing the steps of Nero, who descends from a proud Romulan patriot to a murderous arch villain.
MJ: I think fans are going to be pleasantly surprised by the story that starts in #1 and how we introduce Nero. “Star Trek: Countdown” #1 is the issue that sets the stage, and after that the action and drama will steadily increase throughout the series, culminating in a cliffhanger that can only be resolved by a big fat summer blockbuster movie.
"Star Trek" opens May 9
Much more about Star Trek Countdown is available at Comic Book Resources.
Promo image for Countdown
Pre-order Star Trek Countdown now
at Thing From Another World – tfaw.com (note, not final covers)
Star Trek Countdown #1
Star Trek Countdown #2
Issues #3 & #4 are not yet available for pre-order
at Amazon.com (note, not final cover)
Star Trek Countdown
Anthony’s note about ‘throwing a bone’
Regarding Bob’s comment above. Firstly I am honored that something I said to Bob inspired something related to this new book. I am not sure I said ‘throw them a bone’ but I certainly could have. The issue that I had discussed with Bob on a couple of occasions was that I knew the film has a link to the TNG era (via Nero and elder Spock) and I thought that the team could emphasize that for fans of the TNG era. I know that many fans of Trek came into it via the 24th century and many want more stories in that era. So I talked to Bob about how they can show their movie is not just about TOS and also has something of the TNG era in it as well.