Writer: Mike Johnson & Tim Jones
Art: David Messina
J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek surprised everyone by serving as Star Trek XI as well as the remake it seemed to be during production. To emphasise that, its prequel comic is essentially a Next Generation affair, taking place eight years after Star Trek: Nemesis. Picard is ambassador to Vulcan, Data has survived, Worf is now a Klingon general, and Geordi has retired to build his own crazy ships (it’s revealed that Spock’s “jellyfish” is a LaForge assembly). And picking up from the TNG double-episode Unification, we find (old) Spock still the ambassador to Romulus, allying with Decalithium miner Nero in a scheme to prevent the galaxy-threatening supernova of the Hobus star.
Romulan and Vulcan interference, however, lead to the tragedy that turns Nero into the tattooed madman we meet in the film. Upgrading his ship with Borg technology, he starts his campaign of revenge, targeting Spock in particular, leading to the sequence of events that gets them both flung back in time to when Kirk was still a youngster listening to the Beastie Boys.
The recent Countdown to Darkness, meanwhile, happens between the first and second Abrams Treks, and details the “Mudd incident” that’s mentioned in Into Darkness. You might have smirked at that and inferred that that concerned Original Series reprobate Harry Mudd, but it turns out the Mudd here is his daughter: shapely, blonde, and apparently Bajoran. Former Enterprise Captain Robert April (from The Animated Series) is also involved, and the Klingons show up towards the end, as does “John Harrison”.