New STAR TREK Comics Will Re-Imagine the Original Series and Lead into STAR TREK 2

     October 3, 2011


It doesn’t look like we’ll be getting Star Trek 2 until late 2012 at the earliest, but fans who need their fix can head down to their local comic shop.  IDW Publishing recently launched a new Star Trek comic series that takes episodes from Star Trek: The Original Series and tweaks them to accommodate the Enterprise crew created in the new timeline from 2009′s Star Trek.  This makes absolutely no sense since the whole point of the alternate timeline was to create new adventures.  “The first few issues of the series are adaptations of TOS episodes, as the ‘new’ crew encounters some of the same threats the original crew did,” explains Star Trek 2 co-writer Bob Orci, “but with differences that reflect things like Kirk being a younger captain and Spock losing his homeworld.”

But not all the comics will undermine the benefit of an alternate timeline.  Hit the jump for details on how the comics will set up the sequel.

Orci tells

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… pun very much intended.

Mike Johnson, who is writing the comic series, said that the new comics will be similar to 2009′s Countdown, which led into J.J. Abrams’ 2009 re-boot:

How much, if at all, will what you’re doing ultimately tie into the next film and its story?

Johnson: Very much so, much in the way that the “Countdown” series set up backstory for the last movie. 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.

Before I get too sour on redoing TOS episodes and my fear that character development will be shuttled off to the comics (the upcoming video game will also be a bridge), there’s is a silver lining.  If the comics are pulling from TOS episodes to lead into a sequel, that may lend credence to an earlier rumor that the villain in Star Trek 2 will be a character from the original series.  If that’s the case, then these comics became far more interesting.


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  • Keyes

    • The Orion Syndicate as the villains

    • Larger all-star cast as well as many cameos including by William Shatner

    • More planets

    • Larger space battles with more starships

    • Kirk having better fighting skills

    • Kirk having several human love interests played by Hollywood’s most beautiful young actresses

    • No cut scenes

    • The Star Trek theme music from the Insurrection end credits used at the end

  • Aubrey Price

    I hope they include Lady Gaga in the sequel as a singer with dark connections to the villains. With her futuristic music and style, she would fit right in.

    I’d like to see Kirk, Spock and McCoy go undercover to a techno concert of hers on a distant planet which is raided by many henchmen who have a thunderous phaser fight with them.

    • Ping Pong

      Lady wouldn’t fit in in any movie…

    • Merlin

      Lady Gaga is a Goddess!

  • Dr. Sheldon Cooper

    I want a scene in the sequel with Kirk, Spock and Bones sitting around a campfire at Yosemite National Park singing ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat’!

    I hope J.J. Abrams gives Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie cameos in Star Trek 12. Perhaps as a couple who are ambassadors for the United Federation of Planets that adopt extraterrestrial newborn children from different prospective member planets.

  • Solitario de Providence

    The first quotation is from Johnson, not Orci.

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