IDW Publishing, Paramount Pictures, Bad Robot, Kurtzman/Orci and CBS Consumer Products will publish a four-issue comic-book series tied to director J.J. Abrams' upcoming "Star Trek" feature.
"Star Trek: Countdown" is presented by Abrams, plotted by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, written by Mike Johnson, Tim Jones, with art by David Messina.
"There was a lot of back and forth about doing this project," said editor Andy Schmidt.
""It had to count both on its own merits and when read in conjunction with the new movie."
"'Star Trek: Countdown' lays the groundwork for what happens in the movie," said Orci.
"It's our way of passing the baton from the 'Next Generation' characters to the new film..."