PUBLICATION: Star Trek #15, IDW Comics, November 2012
CREATORS: Mike Johnson (writer), Erfan Fajar (artist)
STARDATE: Framing sequence, after previous issue. Mirror Universe sequence, 2258.56 (concurrent with this series' Where No Man Has Gone Before)
PLOT: In a Mirror Universe based on the Star Trek reboot, the Terran Empire finally defeats the Klingons. Kirk finds Nero in a jail cell, kills him and steals his ship. Everybody betrays Captain Spock and joins Kirk on the Nerada.
CONTINUITY: The Mirror Universe idea, the Terran Empire and Spock's goatee are, of course, from Mirror, Mirror, though this story includes elements from the Star Trek film (Nero, Nerada, the basic relationships). We also see Chancellor Gorkon, Qo'noS, Praxis and Rura Penthe (The Undiscovered Country). In our timeline, Scotty evokes alternate versions of himself and McCoy which the art translates as the TOS actors.
DIVERGENCES: The stardate, later than the movie's, works in that the crew has already been assembled under Spock's leadership. Obviously, the circumstances of that have changed, having more to do, presumably, with the Terran-Klingon conflict, which seems to also have kept Nero a prisoner longer. All divergences in both timelines are a result of some version of Nero returning in time to destroy the Kelvan.
PANEL OF THE DAY - Evil Kirk is evil because he scratches at plot holes.