Star Trek Comic Book Bridges Gap To Into Darkness

By Sean O'Connell 2013-01-22 10:21:27discussion comments
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J.J. Abrams has done an admirable job of keeping his ridiculously anticipated sequel Star Trek Into Darkness under wraps, because he wisely believes thatís how movies should be released to fans Ė without every little detail of what you are about to see on screen ruined by spoilers leaked online by rabid fans. But the details about how Into Darkness fits with Abramsí original Star Trek might be starting to sneak into the pop-culture stratosphere.

John Gholson of has a great breakdown of the first issue of Star Trek Countdown to Darkness, a prologue comic series that will be co-written by Into Darkness screenwriter Roberto Orci and allegedly bridge the two movies in Abramsí universe. Avoiding as many spoilers as possible, itís revealed that Spock (Zachary Quinto) is still grieving the loss of his planet, while Kirk (Chris Pine) is looking for a companion as he settles into his captainís chair. The Enterprise crew, in the story, is ordered to scan the rings of Phaedus, an M-Class planet, from a safe distance Ö but the presence of a mysterious electronic pulse suggests that the crewís Prime Directive might be faulty. There are a lot more details in Gholsonís analysis of the first book, so you might want to steer clear if you donít want to be tipped about where Into Darkness is heading (or coming from). And while Benedict Cumberbatchís character hasnít shown up in the comic series yet, there is a reveal to a familiar Trek character that could get pulses racing.

But thatís up to you if you want to read it. The comic-book series kicks off its four-issue run on Jan. 23. Issue two will be available on Feb. 13. And Star Trek Into Darkness opens everywhere on May 17 Ö when, hopefully, all questions will be answered.
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