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24 December 2012  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: Empire Exclusive

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The new issue of Empire beams onto newstands on December 27 and as a late Christmas treat, it's more packed with Star Trek Into Darkness goodness than an Enterprise-shaped turkey. Not one but two covers on the February issue of the magazine are given over to JJ Abrams' intergalactic epic and we have a sneak peek right here.

And the extra-special subscribers' covers...

We've picked the bones of the teaser trailer with a comprehensive breakdown, but, with exclusive interviews with Abrams and his cast, the cover feature is absolute doozie. It will offer one or two more intriguing titbits on Benedict Cumberbatch's villain, Gary Mitchell/John Harrison/Khan - a figure currently more shrouded in mystery than a dozen Essex Lions.

Star Trek Into Darkness is the centrepiece of a sci-fi special that also takes in Oblivion, Elysium, Ender's Game, Cloud Atlas and The Host. David Bowie will definitely be picking this one up.

It isn't all space exploration, alien bastards and futurecities in the issue, though. There's an on-set report from the new take on Sam Raimi's Evil Dead, the first word on The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug straight from the dragon's mouth, a couple of Pythons chipping in with a Pint Of Milk and Empire's all-singing, occasionally-dancing 2013 preview. We also speak to grizzled Hollywood veteran Walter Hill, while Kathryn Bigelow, whose new thriller Zero Dark Thirty is attracting Oscar buzz and controversy in equal measure, is our Big Interview.

Empire is onsale on Thursday, December 27. To make sure you never miss a copy why don't you subscribe today?

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Your Comments

Stop the Khan comparisons...!!
I think its safe to assume that Cumberbatch isn`t playing Khan, there is nothing in the trailer to suggest it and indeed it looks more likely to be heading towards a disgraced Gary Mitchell storyline. Don`t think Pelle`s post above is fair, as 2009`s Star Trek was far from disappointing and certainly not as flawed as Prometheus. I`m betting that Abrams and co have got their heads switched on and will be respectful to the fans and come up with a cracking good story... More

Posted by Templars27 at 14:21 on 28 December 2012 | Report This Post

"Prometheus" of the 2013
Overkill hype leading to huge dissapointment from the guys who brought you Lost. Seriously. Have you forgotten allready what a piece of shit Star Trek was? More

Posted by Pelle at 19:41 on 26 December 2012 | Report This Post

Why cant i start a subscription with this issue when its not out yet? More

Posted by goddessofwings at 10:08 on 26 December 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Mirror Universe?
Kirk wore the black Starfleet under-shirt for pretty much the entire first movie mate. More

Posted by bennets_vest at 13:07 on 25 December 2012 | Report This Post

Mirror Universe?
Benedict Cumberbatch is wearing a black Starfleet top which we haven't seen before. Could he be from the Mirror Universe? More

Posted by Sickbob at 05:19 on 25 December 2012 | Report This Post

Awesome Cumberbatch covers
Cheers for this empire. I love the Cumberbatch covers. More

Posted by acertree at 23:06 on 24 December 2012 | Report This Post

I'm as excited about a new Star Trek movie as anybody, but...'s not coming out for 5 months. Isn't a cover a little premature Empire? More

Posted by Cameron1975Williams at 17:35 on 24 December 2012 | Report This Post

Chris Pine vs Chris Evans eyebrows
Is the Chris Pine version a poster mashup with a Lucas Lee film? More

Posted by AllHailTheHen at 14:56 on 24 December 2012 | Report This Post

It's nice to see some genre movies that aren't superhero, zombie or vampire fare for a change. More

Posted by garymakin at 11:17 on 24 December 2012 | Report This Post

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