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Evil Gets Its Start in IDW’s Khan

Kelly Cassidy 07/11/2013 Reviews

When rumors of the recent Star Trek: Into Darkness movie surfaced there was a lot of speculation as to who the villain would be. The studios went to some amazing lengths to try to keep the villain’s identity secret which let rumormongers go amok online trying to guess who it was! We knew it was Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) playing the part, but who was he? Harry Mudd? Khan? Someone else? We simply did not know but we all had a forerunner we expected – and it turns out we were right. But where did this Khan come from?

IDW, the comic book partner of the Star Trek franchise looks to be providing us the answer in the pages of a new miniseries focusing on the erstwhile enemy from the recent movie:



A new miniseries and more spin out of the blockbuster Star Trek Into Darkness!

Star Trek: Khan #1San Diego, CA (July 12th, 2013) – This October, STAR TREK: KHAN will show intrepid readers just how the master villain of Star Trek Into Darkness became the intergalactic menace seen in the blockbuster film. Over six thrilling issues, Khan’s secrets will be unlocked and the origin of evil will finally be uncovered.

Helmed by the veteran Star Trek team of writer Mike Johnson and artist Claudia Balboni, the series will be overseen by the film’s screenwriter, Roberto Orci.

“We’re traveling back in time to show Khan’s rise to power and give fans their first look at the legendary Eugenics Wars,” says Johnson. “As the series unfolds we will see the events that led to Khan leaving Earth aboard the Botany Bay, and then jump forward to witness his awakening in the future by Admiral Marcus.”

“Much like the way the Star Trek: Countdown comic book and our follow-up Nero miniseries helped flesh out that character after the first Star Trek movie,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief, “Khan will add dimension and depth to this new iteration one of the most classic villains in all of Star Trek lore.”

In addition to KHAN, the only place to continue the epic story of J.J AbramsStar Trek film universe is in the pages of IDW Publishing’s ongoing Star Trek series. Also available is the collection of STAR TREK: COUNTDOWN TO DARKNESS, the exclusive prequel mini-series leading into the hit film.

If that weren’t enough, the full run of the STAR TREK ongoing series has been filled with “Easter eggs” leading in to the new film! Fans without possession of a secret-unlocking tricorder are urged to pore over the first twenty issues of Star Trek.

As Johnson says, “Now that Into Darkness is in theaters, fans reading the ongoing series from issue #1 will pick up on details, both specific and thematic, that set up the movie and the stories that follow it.”

STAR TREK: KHAN is a licensed product of CBS Consumer Products.

The ongoing missions of the starship Enterprise continue throughout the year, only from IDW!



Going into depth over a popular character is great and, with Roberto Orci overseeing it all, we know that it will fall in line with what the movie creators intended! Is there anything else we can say? Of course there is. KHAAAAAAAAAAAN!

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About The Author

Kelly Cassidy has been collecting comics for around 30 years and can actually list the first comic he bought with his own money. By day, he works as a technology manager and community leader in web technologies, presenting at web conferences around Canada. By night, he struggles to actually create the list of comics he owns as he keeps adding more to his collection. He also struggles with talking in third person.

  1. jeffhillwriter 07/12/2013 at 12:15 am

    Nice to see the films have continued to keep Star Trek fans (new and old) happy. Also nice to see that universe/mythos expanded via comics.

    • kcassidy 07/12/2013 at 11:38 am

      I agree. And the fact that it is overseen by the movie team leads it to have a higher chance of being considered canon for the die-hard Trek fans.

      • jeffhillwriter 07/12/2013 at 3:14 pm

        It's always smart to indulge hardcover fans as well as entice new ones. This is why IDW will be around much longer than some of the other "licensed property" type of publishers. They seem to get it.

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