I spent a lot of time this weekend driving around Brooklyn, searching for the recent issue of Wired. Apparently, unless you’re looking for guns and ammo, fishing, or nudie rags, you won’t have much luck finding a magazine like Wired in this town. (This is still New York City, right? Could have fooled me.)
So, into Manhattan I went to a magazine megastore and found the issue, called “The Mystery Issue,” which was guest-edited by Star Trek director JJ Abrams. Inside is Abrams wrote an essay, “The Magic of Mystery,” about enjoying mysteries and solving puzzles in our “Age of Immediacy” and how spoilers ruin the intended experience for people. Abrams also picks the items for the monthly feature “What’s Wired” and there’s a small feature on “Big Red,” the nickname for the monster seen on the ice planet in the upcoming Star Trek.
But the item that really made search the borough and beyond was the 6-page mini-comic book, When Worlds Collide, which finds a marooned elder Spock reflecting on obstacles he overcame in his youth and challenges faced as a crewmember of the USS Enterprise, all of which are flash-backed to. This short, but highly interesting little story ties in to the upcoming film, which see Leonard Nimoy returning to the franchise in his memorable role as Spock.
The good folks at TrekMovie — who have previews of some of the panels, so definitely click their link — credit the writing of the mini-comic to Star Trek screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Perhaps they have some insider information on it, but in the magazine itself, it’s just listed as “by Paul Pope and K/O.” Pope provided the old-school style art for the comic, but I don’t see Orci and Kurtzman mentioned anywhere. [UPDATE: I spoke with Anthony over at TrekMovie, and he said he has confirmed that K/O is definitely Kurtzman and Orci, so it’s official.]
If you’re anticipating the upcoming Star Trek film and want to get a little lead-in to the story, definitely grab this new issue of Wired. For Trek fans in general, it’s a must-have and for me, it was worth searching the city for it.