The countdown to the second J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie has officially begun with the release of IDW Publishing’s “Countdown to Darkness” 4 issue mini series comic book.
Issue 1 was officially released January 23 with the movie set to hit theaters this May. Set shortly after the events of the 2009 Star Trek movie, we see Kirk in charge of the Enterprise realizing the loneliness of command and Spock still dealing with the loss of his mother and Vulcan.
Written by Mike Johnson and Roberto Orci with a script by Mike Johnson, Star Trek Into Darkness is drawn by David Messina with colors by Claudia Scarletgothica.
There are 4 variant covers of this issue – including one distributed by yours truly!
The first two by IDW itself includes the standard, mass market cover of Kirk with a portion of the Enterprises insignia that will fit together with the other 3 issues similar to their covers for their Countdown prequel to the first film. The second is a photo cover of the dramatic scene also used as the poster for the film with Kirk standing on a pile of rubble.
The Enterprise Edition I am proud to say I had a hand in and am the US distributor (via Scifi-collector.com) for the variant produced for UK Conventions Ltd. It features a dramatic view of the Enterprise and Kirk and was drawn by artist Stephen Molnar with colors by John Rauch. It’s getting some great feedback so far with Trekmovie.com saying “It’s a tough call, but I have to give the nod to Molnar’s Enterprise edition as the best cover. I have no idea if the details of Molnar’s Enterprise are accurate. Don’t care. It just looks cool. “! This edition is limited to 1701 copies worldwide. More at the official site.
Finally, there is a variant with Kirk, Spock and McCoy ready for action with phasers drawn produced for retailer Hastings which does not seem to be available (yet at least) on their website but is supposed to be available at their retail stores. It was drawn by Erfan Fajar.
Of course everyone is wondering if this comic reveals the mystery of who the big bad is in this film and so far, the answer is… not really. The final page does give us a surprise character return (which might be who Peter Weller is playing in the film), but does not appear to be Benedict Cumberbatch’s character, so still not sure who John Harrison is. This might of course be revealed in the upcoming 3 issues of the series, but only time will tell.
Download the first 7 pages of the Enterprise Edition here.