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IDW - Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness

A four-issue prequel mini-series leading into the May 2013 film, Star Trek Into Darkness!

Written by Roberto Orci & Mike Johnson
Script by Mike Johnson
Pencils by David Messina
Inks by Marina Castelvetro
Colors by Claudia ScarletGothica
Letters by Chris Mowry
Creative Consultant: Anthony Pascale
Edits by Scott Dunbier

Issue 1 - Months after the loss of Vulcan and his mother, Spock is still having difficulty. His grief keeps him awake and pushes Uhura away. Kirk is awake too, talking to the computer because he lacks companionship. Both arrive on the bridge ahead of schedule for a routine mission, scanning a pre-industrial society on Phaedus. A high frequency energy field from the planet's surface disrupts communications and the transporter. Kirk, Spock, Sulu and Hendorff take a shuttle to investigate and are attacked with energy weapons. Sulu is seriously injured when the shuttle goes down. Armed with weapons they shouldn't have and an older model Starfleet tricorder, the natives of Phaedus demand identification. Kirk, in turn, demands to know where they got their weapons. Robert April, a former captain of the Enterprise answers.
Cover A Cover B

Cover Artist: David Messina
Colors: Claudia ScarletGothica
Cover Price: $3.99
Issue Date: 23 January 2013

IDW Star Trek Countdown to Darkness #1A Cover Photo: Movie Poster
Cover Price: $3.99
Issue Date: 23 January 2013
IDW Star Trek Countdown to Darkness #1B
Cover ENTERPRISE EDITION with CoA numbered to 1701  

Cover Artist: Steven Molnar,
Colors: John Roach
Cover Price: None
Issue Date: 23 January 2013

IDW Star Trek Countdown to Darkness #1 Enterprise Edition IDW Star Trek Countdown to Darkness #1 Enterprise Edition Certificate  
Cover RE (Hastings Exclusive) Cover RI CGC - Limited to 100 copies
Cover Artist: Erfan Fajar
Colors: Stellar Labs
Cover Price: None
Issue Date: 23 January 2013
IDW Star Trek Countdown to Darkness #1RE

Cover Artist: David Messina
Colors: Claudia Scarletgothica
Cover Price: None
Issue Date: 5 Feb 2013

IDW Star Trek Countdown #1 RI CGC
Second Print Third Print

Cover Artist: David Messina
Colors: Claudia Scarletgothica
Cover Price: $3.99
Issue Date: ? March 2013

IDW Star Trek Countdown to Darkness #1 2nd Printing

Cover Artist: David Messina
Colors: Claudia Scarletgothica
Cover Price: $3.99
Issue Date: ? March 2013

IDW Star Trek Countdown to Darkness #1 3rd Printing
Issue 2 - Surrounded by natives of Phaedus IV led by Captain Robert April, Kirk confronts the former commander of a previous Enterprise, reported dead twenty years ago. April explains that they're in the middle of a terrible civil war and Kirk's shuttle was shot down by the opposition. Still under attack, Kirk and Spock are forced to leave their crewmates behind in the shuttle and follow April to safety in a hidden cavern. Safe for the moment, April explains why he's on the planet. Kirk learns that his shuttle crew has been captured by April's adversaries, the Shadows. He also learns what April expects of him. Meanwhile, Uhura has the conn, and is notified of an unidentified incoming vessel. The ship's pilot is a businesswoman making a delivery to Phaedus. She claims to be working for April. Her name is Mudd.
Cover A Cover B

Cover Artist: David Messina
Colors: Claudia Scarletgothica
Cover Price: $3.99
Issue Date: 20 February 2013

IDW Star Trek Countdown to Darkness #2A Cover Photo: Chris Pine/Kirk
Cover Price: $3.99
Issue Date: 20 February 2013
IDW Star Trek Countdown to Darkness #2B
Cover RI CGC - Limited to 100 copies  

Cover Artist: David Messina
Colors: Claudia Scarletgothica
Cover Price: None
Issue Date: 27 March 2013

IDW Star Trek Countdown to Darkness #2CGC    
Issue 3 - Held captive, Sulu and Hendorff do their best to escape, while Kirk argues with April about joining Spock's rescue attempt. They are interrupted by the arrival of Uhura and Mudd in a shuttle. Kirk ignores April's advice. Spock finds Sulu and Hendorff but they get pinned down by enemy fire. Kirk and Uhura arrive in the shuttle just in time. Reconvening aboard the Enterprise with April and Mudd in tow, Kirk tries to make sense of the situation. Spock determines that the Klingons have been supplying April's opposition and Kirk is appalled to learn that April might ignite an interstellar war. April is unrepentant. Using one of his old security codes, he takes command of the Enterprise, with Mudd hoping for an even bigger payday.
Cover A Cover B

Cover Artist: David Messina
Colors: Claudia Scarletgothica
Cover Price: $3.99
Issue Date: 20 March 2013

IDW Star Trek Countdown to Darkness #3A Cover Photo: Chris Pine & Zachary Quinto/Kirk & Spock
Cover Price: $3.99
Issue Date: 20 March 2013
IDW Star Trek Countdown to Darkness #3B
Cover RI CGC - Limited to 100 copies  

Cover Artist: David Messina
Colors: Claudia Scarletgothica
Cover Price: None
Issue Date: 1 May 2013

IDW Star Trek Countdown to Darkness #3CGC    
Issue 4 - In control of the Enterprise, April negotiates with the Klingons, offering the Federation starship in exchange for making him Governor of Phadeus IV. He sees this as the only way to save the Phaedans he's protecting. Meanwhile, Kirk and Spock make for the bridge via the Jeffries tubes, while Scotty is tasked with taking back control of the main computer. April is a step ahead, nearly trapping them in the tubes, until Scotty turns off the Enterprise just as a large Klingon ship arrives, commanded by Kor. While the ships's systems are down, the crew takes back the bridge and Kor prepares a boarding party. Against his better judgement, Kirk takes the Enterprise and runs, avoiding war but leaving Phaedus to the Klingons. Spock and Uhura reconcile. April and Mudd are prisoners. Admiral Marcus orders Mudd into the custody of Starfleet Intelligence. Pike informs Kirk that April's program code and actions have been classified. Kirk is furious, but follows his orders. In London, at a Starfleet Data Archive security console, access is granted to John Harrison.
Cover A Cover B

Cover Artist: David Messina
Colors: Claudia Scarletgothica
Cover Price: $3.99
Issue Date: 10 April 2013

IDW Star Trek Countdown to Darkness #4A Cover Photo: Benedict Cumberbatch & Chris Pine/Harrison & Kirk
Cover Price: $3.99
Issue Date: 10 April 2013
IDW Star Trek Countdown to Darkness #4B
Cover RE - Ottawa ComicCon Cover RI CGC - Limited to 100 copies

Cover Artist: David Messina
Cover Price: None
Issue Date: ?? 2013

IDW Star Trek Countdown to Darkness #4RE Cover Artist: David Messina
Colors: Claudia Scarletgothica
Cover Price: None
Issue Date: ?? 2013
IDW Star Trek Countdown to Darkness #4CGC
 
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