the Movie In Comics!
"Star Trek Into Darkness doesnft open in the U.S. until midnight on Thursday, but if youfre curious about what happens to the crew of the rebooted Enterprise after the movie credits roll, youfll need to get yourself to a comic shop (or at least, a digital one). Next Wednesday, the monthly Star Trek comic book from IDW Comics, which takes place in the rebooted universe, launches its After Darkness storyline, a canonical tale of what follows the dramatic events of the new film. Wired has an exclusive preview above, courtesy of publisher IDW Comics, and we spoke to After Darkness writer Mike Johnson about what to expect.
gYoufll see immediately on the first page of [the story] that itfs very much a sequel in terms of plot,h Johnson told Wired. gThings happen in the movie that canft be ignored going forward, and we will see the repercussions play out over the months to come. Itfs also a character-based sequel, as we see how the crew reacts to the events of the movie, and what it means for their relationships going forward.h
After Darkness, which is illustrated by Erfan Fajar, also follows the recent Countdown to Darkness comic book prequel mini-series which introduced some of the themes and characters seen in the movie. Johnson, who also wrote Countdown, said the two comics became more than just a peripheral spinoffs thanks to the involvement of Star Trek Into Darkness executive producer and co-writer Bob Orci, who served as Story Consultant.
gYou can read the comics as a lead-in to the movies, and then come back to the comics after you see the movies and feel like the story is continuing seamlessly,h he said. gThis is really possible thanks to Bob Orci godfathering the comics creatively, ensuring that it all feels like one big story playing out across different media.h
An IDW representative said that Orcifs involvement in the monthly series also means that certain clues and easter eggs for Star Trek Into Darkness made their way into the pages of the comics, though they wouldnft name specifics. The comic series originally launched by retelling classic episodes of the original television series in the new movie continuity, using gour version of the butterfly effect,h Johnson explained. gThere would be small changes at first, leading to big changes laterh and ultimately moving into original stories with issue No. 13s gThe Redshirtfs Tale
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