There’s been a lot of news about the upcoming movie Star Trek Into Darkness and even more speculation as to who the villain (who will be played by Sherlock‘s Benedict Cumberbatch) will be. But there’s also been a ton of questions about what has happened between the first movie and this one. Well, IDW may have an answer for you along those lines.

IDW Heads Into Darkness!
Publisher Announces Prequel Series to J. J. Abrams’ Upcoming STAR TREKTM Movie

San Diego, CA (December 14, 2012) – IDW Publishing will publish STAR TREK: COUNTDOWN TO DARKNESS, the official prequel series to Paramount Pictures’ upcoming movie, Star Trek Into Darkness. Like the best-selling Countdown series before it, COUNTDOWN INTO DARKNESS will be the only place for fans to experience the events that set the stage for J.J. Abrams’ sequel to the 2009 blockbuster film Star Trek.

Written by Mike Johnson with a story by Roberto Orci and art by David Messina, this 4-issue miniseries will lead directly into the May release of Star Trek Into Darkness, bridging the gap between the two films and giving fans an exclusive peek at the film’s mysterious story.

“We were thrilled by the reception that the original Countdown prequel comic received in 2009,” says Johnson. “We’re excited to be working again with David Messina and the team at IDW to bring fans an all-new original story that leads directly into the next film. Star Trek is back in a big way in 2013!”

Packed with the high-stakes adventure and sci-fi intrigue that has made the Star Trek franchise a global institution, STAR TREK: COUNTDOWN TO DARKNESS is sure to delight the legions of fans anxiously anticipating the continuing adventure of the intrepid crew of the USS Enterprise.

STAR TREK: COUNTDOWN TO DARKNESS #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color), licensed by CBS Consumer Products, will be available in stores in January 2013.

So there you have it – a prequel to the new Star Trek movie in your hands in January. And if the announcement above wasn’t enough to tempt you, take a look at the 2 covers we are in store for come January.

Star Trek - Countdown to Darkness #1 Cover A Star Trek - Countdown to Darkness #1 Cover B

So what do you think? Planning on picking up this series? Looking forward to the movie?