IDW heads Into Darkness with Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness prequel series

Star Trek fans hoping for some inside info on J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness may be able to get their wish next month as IDW Publishing has announced that it will release Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness, an official four-issue miniseries that will set the stage for the blockbuster sci-fi sequel.

Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness marks the second time that IDW has published a prequel to Abrams’ relaunched Star Trek series, following the release of Star Trek: Countdown in 2009. If you’ve read Countdown you’ll know that it delivered plenty of back story for Eric Bana’s Nero, so assuming this follows suit, we might just get a few clues as to just who Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘John Harrison’ really is…

Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness has been written by Mike Johnson from a story by Into Darkness co-writer Roberto Orci, and features art from David Messina, who worked with Johnson on Countdown. The first issue will be available in stores in January 2013, while Star Trek Into Darkness is set to arrive in cinemas on May 17th, 2013.