As the IDW Publishing Star Trek comic series chugs along, classic TV episodes are being retold and the series of comics bridges the gap between Star Trek XI and Star Trek 2.
Trek fans looking for clues about the next movie will find hints in those comics, but nothing that will spoil the movie.
The next story, penned by Mike Johnson (with assistance by Roberto Orci), will cover a fan-favorite, Tribbles, who are headed to Earth in the rebooted comic episode.
Johnson consults with Orci to make sure that that the comics remain canon. “…I have Bob on speed-dial to make sure whatever we do in the comics doesn’t contradict what the plan is, and can instead help expand it beyond the films,” he said.
Included are “little hints” about Star Trek 2. “I always try to put little hints in where I can, with Bob’s permission,” said Johnson, “but that Romulus story [Star Trek #8, published in April] was more about continuing a thread from the ’09 movie, and also setting up a new status quo for the Federation and the Romulans to be explored in future comics, books, games, etc.
“The hints are not the kind that will spoil anything in the movie. They are more retroactive, in the sense that after you see the movie you can go back and see where things were set up. Some are very direct; others are more thematic. My favorite so far is in issue #12, the conclusion of the Tribble story.”
Star Trek #12, The Trouble With Tribbles Part 2, will release next month.