If you can't wait until next summer to get your first tastes of JJ Abrams' Star Trek and McG's Terminator: Salvation, then indie comic publisher IDW has some good news for you - you don't have to. Starting in January, both big 2009 movies begin special "prequel" series designed to reward hardcore fans by letting them get a jump on mainstream audiences.Terminator's prequel series, the dully-titled Terminator: Salvation Movie Prequel jumps audiences ahead ten years to lay the groundwork for Christian Bale's debut as the future of Edward Furlong:

The year is 2018. With John Connor as the voice of the resistance, the scattered remnants of humanity find themselves united against their common enemy—Skynet and its Terminators. Through a patchwork system of radio transmitters, hacked satellite phones, and encrypted computer networks, resistance leader Elena Maric in Detroit and Nigerian mining engineer Bem Aworuwa have formed an unlikely friendship and drawn up battle plans to take the fight to the Terminators!

Much more interesting to this particular fanboy is the first issue of Star Trek: Countdown, which is plotted by the movie's JJ Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman and promises to start the story of the movie months before it hits theaters:

The countdown to the motion picture event of 2009 begins here, in the exclusive comics prequel to the upcoming blockbuster STAR TREK! JJ Abrams, Roberto Orci, and Alex Kurtzman present the origin of Nero, the mysterious Romulan who will ultimately threaten the survival of the entire universe. Don't miss this first chapter in the story that brings STAR TREK back to the big screen!


IDW has many other books appearing in January, and of particular note should be the sixth issue of Doctor Who: The Forgotten, purely for the amazing cover art by Ben Templesmith - Someone should really get him working on a complete Who comic as soon as possible:

IDW Comics For January 2009 [Comic News I]