We are now just weeks away from the release of the first issue of "Star Trek Countdown," the official prequel comics for the upcoming Star Trek movie. Recently we showed you the covers for the first two issues and today artist David Messina posted the artwork for the final two issues. We also have an update on a comic all about tribbles!
COUNTDOWN COVER ART
As noted in the previous update, the four issue ‘Star Trek Countdown’ comics series will show the progression from the Next Generation era after Star Trek Nemesis to the new Star Trek movie. The series is ‘presented’ by Star Trek director JJ Abrams with a story by Star Trek co-writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. The series will primarily deal with (elder) Spock and the film’s villain Nero, including interactions with other characters from the TNG era.
Artist David Messina has posted the artwork for the covers of issues 3 and 4 on his blog Spider Behind the Mirror. The final two covers feature Jean Luc Picard and the elder Spock respectively.
Star Trek Countdown #3
There is also the ‘final’ version with the type treatment available at tfaw.com.
Star Trek Countdown #4
NOTE: Messina initially posted the Spock images as the cover for issue 3, but he then updated his blog so that Picard was on the cover of 3 and Spock on the cover of 4.
Previously released cover artwork
Here are the design progressions for first two covers from Countdown (Click to see full size at Messina site)
Pre-order Star Trek Countdown now
Issues 1-3 are available now for pre-order at tfaw.com and the Trade Paperback is available at Amazon.
Star Trek Countdown
More on Star Trek Countdown
- 10/17 TrekMovie First Exclusive details on Countdown
- 11/24 Official Countdown announcement (w/ promo image)
- 12/9 TrekMovie Exclusive Orci Interview (Countdown discussed)
- 12/10 Countdown writers give more details
- 12/15 Abrams discussed Countdown
ALIEN SPOTLIGHT TRIBBLES COMIC UPDATE
Later in 2009 IDW will be publishing its second ‘Alien Spotlight’ series, with one issue that focuses on those furry menaces…Tribbles. How do you do a comic all about furballs? Writer Stuart Moore says he has nicknamed the comic "The Trouble With Humanoids" and explains his approach to the book on his blog:
Tribbles are hard to spotlight because they don’t do much except trill, breed, purr, and die just in time to fall all over Captain Kirk. But they mean well, and as soon as I came up with the idea of a whole planet full of the things, the story clicked into place.
… It was a tricky script to write because there are basically three groups of characters, all with their own character arcs, packed into 22 pages. There’s a human freighter crew that really doesn’t look for trouble the way Starfleet does; a Klingon crew that’s a bit more rundown than the unstoppable Imperial fighting forces we’re used to seeing; and, of course, the tribbles — billions of them.
And artist Mike Hawthorne has revealed two pages from Alien Spotlight II – Tribbles on his blog:
TFAW.com also has the photocover variant for the issue:
Alien Spotlight II kicks off with the Tribbles issue in March. The series will have a total of six issues, each covering a different alien species. A Klingon issue being written by Keith R.A. DeCandido is likely to arrive in April. The other four issues have not been officially announced, but TrekMovie will have more details in our IDW comics 2009 preview coming up soon.
Preorder ‘Alien Spotilight: Tribbles’ now at tfaw.com
Alien Spotlight: Tribbles