Writer: Clues To Sequel In Star Trek Ongoing Comics + Preview Of Issue #4

The next issue (#4) of the new ongoing Star Trek comic series set in the new movie universe comes out tomorrow, finishing up the two-issue retelling of the TOS episode "The Galileo Seven." We have a preview of that issue below, plus news on how these new comics are dropping clues about the 2013 Star Trek sequel.


Star Trek Sequel clues in ongoing comic series

The new ongoing series of "Star Trek" comics set in the new movie universe kicked off in September. The first issues have retold a couple of classic Star Trek episodes, but with new twists. The comic series will continue to do different spins on old episodes, but will also be telling new stories (like the recently announced surviving Vulcans two-issue arc).

But these new comics, which are overseen by movies co-writer/producer Roberto Orci, are also filling in the gap of adventures between the 2009 Star Trek movie and the sequel, which opens May 2013. This is similar to how the ongoing Star Trek comics worked in the 80s. In addition, in 2013 we can expect there to be a prequel comic series (like "Star Trek Countdown" in 2009) and an adaptation of the sequel as well.

But apparently there is more to these new Star Trek comics. Writer Mike Johnson has revealed that the ongoing series will also be dropping hints about the upcoming Star Trek movie and in fact it apparently already has done so. In the latest Star Trek magazine Jonhson says

"One of the great things about working with Bob [Orci] is that we are able to use the ongoing series to very subtly lay in clues to the next movie. There might even be a tiny hint of a subplot in the first issue."

Speaking to TrekMovie Johnson confirmed that there was a subtle hint in issue 1 from September and there will be more as the we get closer to the sequel. He says there is also some "thematic foreshadowing" in issue 4, due out tomorrow (see preview below). The writer noted that clues will "not be like the Da Vinci Code", but he also said that "when you see the movie you will be able to look back to the comics and say, ‘oh I see what they did there.’"

So what are these clues in issues 1 and 4? Well I have taken another look at issue 1 and an advanced copy of issue 4 and nothing jumps out at me right away. There certainly isn’t anything overt like a mention of Khan (unless you think finding a 200 year old beacon is some kind of subtle link to "Space Seed."

Enterprise finds something very old in Star Trek Ongoing #1

(which retells the story of "Where No Man Has Gone Before")

You may have better luck finding clues, and if you do post your suggestions below. One thing is for sure, Trekkies will be looking a bit closer at these comics over the next couple of years.

PREVIEW: Star Trek: Ongoing #4
Writer: Mike Johnson
Stephen Molnar
Covers: Tim Brandstreet & Joe Corroney


Mr. Spock faces a deadly choice as he tries to save the crew of a stranded shuttle! Featuring the likenesses of the new STAR TREK cast, this story boldly re-imagines a classic episode, Galileo 7, but in the new timeline of the hit movie!

Star Trek Ongoing #4 cover

Star Trek Ongoing #4 — preview:

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Star Trek Ongoing #4 arrives tomorrow

Star Trek comics can be ordered and pre-ordered from TFAW.com, and all are discounted. (Note: Issues 1 & 2 are in their second printing).

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If you can wait, the first volume compiling the first individual issues will be released on March 13th. You can pre-order it at Amazon.

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As Scotty says. I like these Comics. It’s Exciting.
I will be reading these comics because I love Trek. Not because there might be hints of the next movie which Bob Orci may or may not have put into the Comic. Oh and Bob Please get BND British Naval Dude in the new Movie.

“The galaxy… is on… Orion’s… b-b-b…”

I have to say that reading these comics in an attempt to glean “clues” about the next movie seems an exercise in tedium.

Then again, reading these comics for entertainment is already an exercise in tedium, so there it is.

The “real” shuttle Galileo found ?


Hope so


Sorry. I am Clueless. Even thinking about changing my name.

Seems we’ll be picking up the story in the midst of the 5 yr mission. Was hoping to see the beginning of that tour of duty I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

I don’t care who the villain is, there is nobody Kirk can’t defeat with a karate chop to the back.

Time to go back to those earlier issues & scour them for clues!

I love these comics. Wish they offered more–more story, more dialogue, better consistency in drawing the characters–but they’re the only ‘real’ thing ‘ongoing’ in the 2009 universe for now.

Come to think of it, wasn’t Pocket Books supposed to release a couple of 2009 universe books by now? I wonder if they’ve completely shelved JJ-verse books until after the films.

Dr. Dehner. I bet it has something to do with her.

Well, they’re not going to give any clues as to who the villain will be in the sequel. It wouldn’t make sense for them to do that.

It’s more likely that we are getting hints at what other elements will be in the sequel, like the brewery, or whether Keenser returns or not.

And finally, I don’t know how it is for you guys, but everything on this page is totally centered in the middle column. The article, comments, and the ads on the bottom. Not on the sides where they should be.


Yes, my text, and the entire page for this article, are justified to the center of the screen as well.

#12. same here…. glad to know it is not just me and my macbook being temperamental…

Innnteresting. Let’s see, what little things might there be in issue #1?

-it’s set in 2258.25, or perhaps .56 – so near the beginning of the same year the movie events take place?

-the Enterprise is still messed up and needs a good retrofit and inspection, yet Starfleet still sends them out to explore beyond the edge of the galaxy without even letting them fix the cracks in their impulse engines…c’mon now. (This could hint at the physical and psychological state of the Federation and Starfleet post-Battle of Vulcan – get that shiny flagship with its hot crew out there exploring post-haste! Drum up some hope and enthusiasm! No fear, the heroes are out there taking care of business!)

-they visited Aldebaran at some point. (Good whiskey there. It’s…green.)

-Dr. Dehner decided not to come aboard there, apparently because of some history with McCoy. (Romantic plot? Plot about her research on psionic beings?)

The dialogue in this installment almost writes itself! Well, okay, just up to that spoiler on the last page!

It seems that the film will open with Uhura being deposited at a Federation prison due to her theft of the Enterprise shuttle during a critical rescue mission. No?

These comics SUCK….

Oh, and I guess centering isn’t as bad as scrolling would be!

One of the great things about having a girlfriend who’s dad owns a comic book store . is that Ive had my copy of issue 4 since saturday afternoon. :)

I can’t accept though that PrimeSpock wouldn’t have already given a detailed accounting to Kirk and Spock of the missions in the original universe. The Galileo Seven incident would have been well-noted, and since PrimeSpock would have wanted to prevent the encounter with the humanoids to keep the Prime Directive…. this comic doesn’t suck, it just suggests that one moment after Star Trek 2009, PrimeSpock died in a sudden flash of paradoxy.

Just a guess but perhaps the next Star Trek movie will involve the Prime Directive in some manner other than a passing mention.

I have to say that whole wasted page of Kirk and Uhura looking at each other is both a storytelling pacing error and more importantly a character error.

Uhura is neither Kirk’s moral superior nor his superior in judgment. His sheepish look while she glares accusingly frankly makes me sick.

He is either in command of that vessel or he isn’t, and from the look of this, he isn’t. The real Kirk would have asked if she had any official objection to state for the record; and if not, to stow the attitude and do her job.

Clearly it’ll be a Planet Of The Apes crossover.


Ah, the clues indicate the Enterprise crew will encounter the Gorn, who are in a mad battle with the Doomsday Machine after it lay waste to their home world. Kirk and crew must find a way to negotiate a peace with the Gorn while trying to defeat the unstoppable killing machine.

Is it just me or does it look like Kirk is grabbing the guys butt in that first panel?

When I read the dialog in the preview, I hear the original cast’s voices. Hmm.

“One of the great things about working with Bob [Orci] is that we are able to use the ongoing series to very subtly lay in clues to the next movie.”

Good to know, really…

Galileo Seven, Galileo Seven….

…………Ah…yes, the episode featuring Khan Noonien Singh, right?


I’ve read the first 3, and admit…I find them kinda boring. I was hoping for new adventures, but they have just been repeats of episodes. And not just similar to TOS episodes, they have been copies, with a couple changes.
I don’t read them for the clues…I read them to be entertained…
Read a couple Star Trek comics lately, and been disappointed in them…I miss the Star Trek comics from the 90’s…

“Sorry. I am Clueless. Even thinking about changing my name.”

Please, let me *attempt* to help you about the “changing my name” part.
How about….. dmdunKHAN?

My pleasure.

I will probably wait for the graphic novel with them all together. I did read the first one and I felt that it was just too derivitive of a better story on TV.

I would prefer new storries as I thought that was the whole purpose of the new universe. To tell new stories without the burden of canon, not to retel the classics. No matter what they do the originals wil always be better. And that goes for Khan as well.

I haven’t read it, but I’m sure it has to be something very, very tiny. Dr. Dehner would be a too big hint as will be the old beacon. BTW: It was in the original episode as well and can’t be a hont so far.

I suggest you all (who have the comic) look out for something small. Certain words from the minor characters for example.

@ 14 Nony

-it’s set in 2258.25, or perhaps .56 – so near the beginning of the same year the movie events take place?

I wouldn’t count on it. In the first Galileo issue, the date is 2821.5. They’re very inconsistent switching between stuff from the classic and new Trek.

@ 20 Daoud

Maybe he expected history not to repeat itself in exactly the same detail.

Maybe he was afraid of tampering with time again (which he should’ve been after all those TOS episodes and movies). Who knows what would happened if the crash didn’t happen.

Take your stinking paws off my shuttle, you damn dirty apes!

If anything, the fact that Rand is on the Galileo is a good sign. Mmmm. Red velour….

This is great news and should slightly elevate the sales and attention paid to the comics.

This comics are wicked! I love how they are using select original series episodes and giving them a slight twist, very slight. E.g. like Dr. Dehner not coming aboard the Enterprise because McCoy is the doctor as apposed to the old dude originally in the episode. I love those slight changed.

And I don’t give an F what anyone thinks or says, to me these comics are alternate reality CANON! Just as the Countdown tied in the original universe and the alternate, to me its canon, until a movie or TV show says otherwise. I am perfectly happy believing B4 becomes “Data” and Picard is ambassador to Vulcan so on and so forth.

Alice Eve could be playing Dr. Dehner – very smart casting, if that’s it.

The Hint is the S.S. Botany Bay!!!

I am wondering if the stories of WNMHGB, Galileo 7 and Space Seed will be combined, somehow…


Yes, Pocket had a number of books in the queue — including one which dealt with Spock (our Spock) and the trials of building a Vulcan Sanctuary, as I recall. They all got “indefinitely nixed”, and I think it was a good thing to do so — if the alternate universe is trying to establish its own canon, you can’t go publishing books willy-nilly. You need a Canon Czar.

The IDW comics are “blessed” by the new canon — there’ve been several statements to this, even here on trekmovie.com — which is why we’re getting them. Too many possibilities abound, but you can indeed take clues from what might weave its way into Trek 2013 from what we see (and don’t see) in the comics.

@38: Not quite. There is also Operation Annhilate, which is the next two parter.

@9: There were a bunch of new Trek novels planned, but they were cancelled. The story was they were pulled due to not wanting any conflicts with the new movie. Was kinda goofy, but consistant with anything related to the new flick. Example being the model of the 1701..cancelled with no real reason to why.

@35: Actually, I think Countdown is meant to be cannon…Trek Online follows the path of Countdown (Data reborn in B4, etc).

I think the hints to the film is they are examples of Kirk doing something that Starfleet thinks is rash or a sign that he is not ready…especially in Galilleo 7….not listening to a High Commissoner, his crew off and doing whatever they please.

The spoiler page above for G7 shows my biggest issue with the new movie…Spock/Uhura. All the sudden she has been turned into a chick that will use bedroom favors to get a better posting and then run off and do something like that behind the Captain’s back. Of course, they can’t
“bust” her in the comic, but what she does above would be well enough to kick her off the ship for good. Just annoying, the whole relationship story.

Odd that they still haven’t done the Khan episode.

Actually no. Not odd at all.

Well the first thing that jumps out at me about issues #1 and #4 is they are both retellings of original series episodes.

“Lieutenant Uhura. Where’s that shuttle go– Lieutenant? …Where’s my communications officer?”


Congratulations Star Trek Issue #4. You’ve finally given Uhrua something to do that’s both heroic and competent. A big step up from EVERYTHING she did in Trek09.

@22: “He is either in command of that vessel or he isn’t, and from the look of this, he isn’t. The real Kirk would have asked if she had any official objection to state for the record; and if not, to stow the attitude and do her job.”

What job?

While the idea of Uhura stealing a shuttle may look a bit stretchy, the idea of a shuttle being left behind to monitor the planet while the Enterprise rushes to deliver those medical supplies is not bad at all, I guess that even in the new timeline those shuttles are not really very comfortable but one or two crew members could handle a couple of days until the Enterprise is back or even attempt a rescue mission if the opportunity arises…

Haven’t picked up issue 4 yet, but from the first issue, it could have something to do with what happens to Mitchell. If what happened to Mitchell were to get back to the “CEO type character” that Peter Weller is playing, perhaps he wants to make a race of god-like men?

Who knows. Probably something so subtle, we’ll never figure it out…

Off to pick up #4!

Boma’s a dick in both timelines.

#25 LMAO- you are right!!!

Hilarious. Maybe it’s a hint for the new movie……..lol

#30 You seem to be missing the point of having different media in entertainment.

Most people that see the movies will never read the comics, or even know they exist. The point of the new timeline is to free the writers/producers to tell new stories – IN THE MOVIES.

The comics allow them to give the hard core Trekkies some of what they want, which in large part is revisiting TOS stories within this new time line.

Having the comics allows them to do that, and tell new stories, without having to do it in the movie.

What alot of people that come here and complain about everything JJ and crew is doing dont seem to get, is that with the movies you get to tell one story every 3 to 4 years. Therefore you aren’t going to tell the same kind of stories you would if this were a weekly TV show, or a comic series. You can explore alot more variety in those mediums because you have a new story every week – or episode.

For the movies you are going to tell the bigger, more epic, drama filled stories – with the bad guys, life and death decisions, or events, etc.



Sounds terrific.