The Star Trek comic will serve as a prequel to Star Trek 2, retell Original Series episodes

Looking for clues as to where Star Trek 2 might be going boldly? In an interview with StarTrek.com, series writer Mike Johnson and Star Trek movie co-writer Roberto Orci revealed that the newly released IDW comic book will both set the stage for the next film and revisit episodes of the original series:

Johnson: The first few issues of the series are adaptations of TOS episodes, as the "new" crew encounters some of the same threats the original crew did, but with differences that reflect things like Kirk being a younger captain and Spock losing his homeworld. As we get closer to the next movie, the stories will begin to foreshadow the events of the movie, such as possibly introducing new characters we will see onscreen... pun very much intended [...] Each episode will be told in two issues, so in issue #3 and #4 we will revisit the events of "The Galileo Seven." I'm excited about this one because it's a Spock-centric story that explores his brief experience as a commanding officer and how he was affected by losing command of the Enterprise to Kirk in the last movie. I can't spoil which episodes come after that, but I can say that events will deviate more and more from the TOS versions as the new timeline evolves.

Orci: Re-visiting original episodes in the new timeline is great for two reasons. First, we can do things we can't do in the movies, simply because we don't have the time to explore so many different adventures in the course of one film. And second, it's so much fun to revisit the classic stories. Imagine being invited to jam with your favorite band. The classic songs will never change, but you get to play them in a new way.

Dear Star Trek comic, please remix "Who Mourns for Adonais?" but add several hundred salt vampires. And Tribbles who can talk. Thank you.

[Via Trek Movie]