Saturday, January 10, 2009

Countdown... to Star Trek XI

idw Countdown mini-series

A website called Comics Continuum has posted links to the covers, alternate incentive covers - and completed internal artwork for the first five pages of issue #1 of "Star Trek: Countdown", a comic mini-series prequel to the upcoming "Star Trek" movie.

"Star Trek: Countdown" #1
is scheduled to arrive in US comic stores on January 21 from IDW Publishing. The story of the prequel has been developed with the writers of the movie, and the first 32 page issue is written Tim Jones & Mike Johnson, with art and cover by David Messina.

IDW describes the issue thusly:
"The countdown to the motion picture event of 2009 begins here, in the exclusive comics prequel to the upcoming blockbuster Star Trek! JJ Abrams, Roberto Orci, and Alex Kurtzman present the origin of Nero [the character being played by Australia's Eric Bana in the movie], the mysterious Romulan who will ultimately threaten the survival of the entire universe."

Scroll down Comics Continuum's page to thumbnails of the first five pages, or use these links:

Page 1

Pages 2/3

Page 4

Page 5.

More info from and here.

Looks great! What a fun way to make the waiting for JJ's "Star Trek" movie just a little easier. (Or does it make it harder?) The movie premieres worldwide in May. Of course, "Star Trek" completists will want to buy all the various designs of cover art, plus the omnibus reprint version in graphic novel trade paperback. (Who? Me?)

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