IDW‘s ongoing Star Trek comic series, which takes place in the new “Trek” universe started in the 2009 J.J. Abrams film, will be dropping hints and clues about the forthcoming sequel. Apparently, they’ve been doing so since issue one was released back in September. The first few issues retold classic Star Trek tales, only with a new twist within the new timeline. Sounds interesting to me, even though I’m not a “trekkie” per se, although I thought Abrams re-whatever was a total blast.
Perhaps the most compelling argument for checking out the comic is that co-writer/producer of the 2009 “Trek,” Robert Orci, overseas the book, which fills in the gap of the 2009 film leading up to the sequel. Speaking to Trekmovie.com, Mike Johnson, writer of the current series, 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.”
Issue #4 is released today at your local comic shop and contains some “thematic foreshadowing” to the sequel. “When you see the movie you will be able to look back to the comics and say, ‘oh I see what they did there,” says Johnson.
Here’s the synopsis for issue #4 and click here for a preview of the book: 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!
Like I said, I’m not a “trekkie,” although I do enjoy most of the films, especially the new one. However, I know there are a bevy of you out there that are hardcore and this may well be worth a trip to your local comic shop. I can’t make heads or tails out of the clues or hints out of the preview, but perhaps the full issue has enough to set off the alarms in a well-versed “trekkie.”
It sounds pretty cool to me and the fact that they are filling in the adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise within the new movie universe is great for fans that want to know what’s up with the crew and what has led them to whatever the sequel has in store. Tie ins don’t always work, but this seems to be a “better” oiled machine than most.