One of the most anticipated movies of summer 2013 is the sequel to J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek. With about seven months until the release of Star Trek Into Darkness, comic publisher IDW announced the upcoming four-part comic book mini-series, Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness that will bridge the original film with the sequel. [What, they can spot the comic a colon but the friggin’ movie can’t afford one? – Ed.]
Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness will be released at the beginning of 2013 and will give readers a taste of the sci-fi adventure ahead of them with Star Trek Into Darkness. Written by Star Trek screenwriter and producer Roberto Orci, along with Star Trek comic book writer Mike Johnson, the story will feature the entire crew of the USS Enterprise and will be similar to 2009’s comic book prequel mini-series Star Trek: Countdown. Comic book artist David Messina will also be aboard for Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness.
J.J. Abrams is a master at building anticipation and mystery for his films and TV series. He just has a problem with living up to the hype surrounding them. A few weeks ago, the Internet went crazy when Abrams premiered exclusive footage of Star Trek Into Darkness on Conan on TBS. Abrams screened a nail-biting three frames of the sequel film. Allegedly, Abrams released this footage without the permission of Paramount Pictures, giving the geek audience something more tantalizing.
Given the anticipation for the film since the success of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek in 2009, Star Trek Into Darkness could be the biggest movie of the 2013 summer season. The comic book mini-series, Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness will hit comic book stores in January 2013, and the sequel film Star Trek Into Darkness will hit theaters everywhere on May 17, 2013 in 3D IMAX. Here’s the cover of the first issue: