Star Trek Comics Are Sequel’s Prequel

With the sequel to J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” reboot getting ready for a shoot early next year, one of the film’s co-writers Roberto Orci recently confirmed they’re currently scouting locations in preparation. Orci and Mike Johnson are also serving as creative directors on a new set of IDW comic books about the new Enterprise crew.

So what? Well there’s been talk that this sequel will jump ahead a few years in time, so the crew will have been serving together for a while. Orci’s been giving notes to the comic writers with a few details about the upcoming sequel, meaning the issues themselves will be used to lay some of the ground work for the film.

“it’s fantastic to have Bob’s input, because he can steer us clear of story elements that might conflict with what’s coming up in the next movie, and we can lay in subtle clues to what’s coming up so that once you see the new movie you can go back and see how it evolved in the comics… .Bob and I have discussed the major beats of the next movie, which is a great help in laying clues in the comic. We have very few secrets, that I know of anyway” said Johnson in an interview with Star

The first few issues will be adaptations of episodes from the original 60’s TV series with the crew encountering some of the same threats, but with differences reflecting the alternate timeline established in the first movie. The first issue will deal with the original pilot “Where No Man Has Gone Before”, while “The Galileo Seven” will also be adapted later on.

Then, “as we get closer to the next movie, the stories will begin to foreshadow the events of the movie, such as possibly introducing new characters we will see onscreen.” The result will be something akin to the ‘Star Trek: Countdown’ comic book series which bridged the events between 2002’s “Star Trek: Nemesis” and the 2009 reboot.