J.J. Abrams has done an admirable job of keeping his ridiculously anticipated sequel Star Trek Into Darkness under wraps, because he wisely believes that’s how movies should be released to fans – 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 Abrams’ original Star Trek might be starting to sneak into the pop-culture stratosphere.

John Gholson of Movies.com 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 Abrams’ universe. Avoiding as many spoilers as possible, it’s 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 captain’s chair. The Enterprise crew, in the story, is ordered to scan the rings of Phaedus, an M-Class planet, from a safe distance … but the presence of a mysterious electronic pulse suggests that the crew’s Prime Directive might be faulty. There are a lot more details in Gholson’s analysis of the first book, so you might want to steer clear if you don’t want to be tipped about where Into Darkness is heading (or coming from). And while Benedict Cumberbatch’s character hasn’t shown up in the comic series yet, there is a reveal to a familiar Trek character that could get pulses racing.

But that’s 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 … when, hopefully, all questions will be answered.

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