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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent lead-in story
The four issue mini-series `Countdown to Darkness' from IDW's Star Trek comic book series are collected as Star Trek Countdown to Darkness Prequel (Art Cover) (Star Trek Into Darkness). This is an excellent story, building on elements of the TV series and including foreshadowing of elements of Star Trek Into Darkness [DVD] itself - which, admittedly, it is supposed to do...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not what i was looking forward to!
This is a bit disapointing as it had next to nothing to do with the new film. The story itself is ok but i was expecting something similar to the first Countdown which was entirely about leading up to the last film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent lead-in story, 15 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: Star Trek Countdown to Darkness Prequel (Art Cover) (Star Trek Into Darkness) (Paperback)
The four issue mini-series `Countdown to Darkness' from IDW's Star Trek comic book series are collected as Star Trek Countdown to Darkness Prequel (Art Cover) (Star Trek Into Darkness). This is an excellent story, building on elements of the TV series and including foreshadowing of elements of Star Trek Into Darkness [DVD] itself - which, admittedly, it is supposed to do. Previous stories in this comic book series have had to be fairly `reverential' and stick to certain parameters in order to avoid going off the rails with regard to continuity with Star Trek [DVD] - for those old enough to remember, this was a problem faced by Marvel Comics' original Star Wars comic book series. However, here the writers can let themselves go a bit - especially when one of them is also one of the film's writer/producers.

This story involves a breach of First Contact protocols when the Enterprise finds a primitive planet generating advanced energy fields, and Kirk and Spock investigate, only to discover someone - a former Starfleet officer who `died' 20 years previously - is busy leading one of the native people in an insurrection against another one being secretly backed by the Klingons. One of his suppliers goes by the name of Mudd (though she is the daughter of the TV character, fortunately for Captain Kirk...). After several adventures, including losing control of the Enterprise, for the Starfleet officer was captain of her predecessor, and facing off against a Klingon ship, Kirk is not happy to discover that there are Starfleet `black ops' going on... We also get a number of character scenes, which set up situations in the new film, especially between Spock and Uhura (and Kirk and the Enterprise computer voice...); and it ends with John Harrison entering a Star Fleet data archive in London...

This is an excellent story, with good scripting and artwork; and shows what the comic can do when it is allowed to step out of the straightjacket of just being a film/TV tie in. There is excellent characterisation, as with the previous volumes of the series that I have read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek Countdown to Darkness Prequel, 31 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: Star Trek Countdown to Darkness Prequel (Art Cover) (Star Trek Into Darkness) (Paperback)
““Mr Sulu!”
“Yes, Captain?”
“Avoid any unforeseen obstacles. That’s an order!””

This is the “official comic book prequel” to the movie Star Trek: Into Darkness, which was released in 2013. This graphic novel was also published in 2013.

The story begins with Spock, troubled by a recurring dream of an incident starting on Vulcan. Meanwhile, the Enterprise is travelling to Phaedus IV to run scans on the Class-M planet which is too early in its technological status to allow first contact. But high-frequency energy fields emanating from the planet would tend to belie that status. Has someone already been on the planet and interfered with its natural evolution?

This story doesn’t, except at the very end, offer a direct lead-in to the movie. What it does do is consolidate the personalities of the key characters and their emotional and professional relationships. The story itself is great, offering sly asides to Starfleet and Federation political directives, and offering homage to early Star Trek ideas. Surprisingly, when a red-shirt accompanies the Captain, Spock and Sulu to the planet surface, he actually survived (which made me laugh, when you think how many poor red-shirts suffered in the original Star Trek series, victims of the “aliens of the week”).

I really enjoyed this; great artwork, great story, and great characterisations. Thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars INTRESTING, 11 Aug. 2013
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Before Star Trek into Darkness this tale explains how Spock gets into trouble at the start and Kirk' s relation. So it seems like another part of the movie. BRILLIANT
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 6 Jun. 2013
I'm not much of a comic book reader or reviewer But I'm going to give it a go Star Trek countdown to darkness is a very good book the artwork is for the most part very very nice the story is possible but it's something I can relax into
Worth a read
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not what i was looking forward to!, 25 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: Star Trek Countdown to Darkness Prequel (Art Cover) (Star Trek Into Darkness) (Paperback)
This is a bit disapointing as it had next to nothing to do with the new film. The story itself is ok but i was expecting something similar to the first Countdown which was entirely about leading up to the last film.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't do what it says on the tin., 25 May 2013
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This review is from: Star Trek Countdown to Darkness Prequel (Art Cover) (Star Trek Into Darkness) (Paperback)
This is the mission prior to the events in the movie, a mission that has nothing to do with the movie. The story itself is fairly interesting, but anyone hoping this story to be a tie-in, or a set up for the movie in the same way Countdown was for Star Trek (2009), might end up a bit disappointed.
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