The stories from issues #21-24 of IDW's Star Trek comic book are collected as Star Trek Volume 6: After Darkness (Star Trek (IDW Numbered)). This continues the story after the end of the film Star Trek Into Darkness [DVD], as the ship sets off on its five-year mission. It opens with an interview between Kirk and Captain April - former Enterprise captain, seen in Star Trek Countdown to Darkness Prequel (Art Cover) (Star Trek Into Darkness) and an ally of Admiral Marcus - who warns Kirk that "the man called `John Harrison' was just the start"... We also see The Klingons not at all happy with Kirk's incursion into their Empire, as also seen in the last film, and they are preparing for war; meanwhile Department 31 are plotting with the Romulans, who are also looking for a fight. These sub-plots bubble away through these four issues, and we end the sequence with an appointment at Khitomer... The main story across the first three issues involves Spock suffering from our old friend Pon Farr, but, as Vulcan is no more, he can't go home for relief - note that in this universe, Pon Farr is not just a mating ritual, but involves a physical link to Vulcan's environment. It turns out that on New Vulcan, they have had a couple of dozen cases, and those affected have reverted to a primitive state and gone off into the wilderness... Can the Enterprise crew find a solution to the problem? Well, of course they can, but the interest is in how they do it, and how they catch primitive Vulcans to implement the solution. The fourth issue sees a Gorn infestation on a mining planet, and the Enterprise has to rescue the miners; though there is a twist to the story.
These are excellent stories, and the characterisation of the crew is a perfect match for the films characters. This is a continuation of the films' continuity, and not just a `filler' series. The artwork is also excellent. This is Star Trek.
Not a geninely huge Star Trek fan, I'll admit it, but the recent reboot has been good enough to get me on board and interested enough to try out the graphic novels. The art is fantastic, sometimes when it's a tie in the characters just don'ty seem to coem across well but I think they've captured the likenesses and personailties very well. It's a good story, love the layout, will eb looking for more in this series !