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The way the future was,
This review is from: Star Trek: Countdown (Kindle Edition)
The story running through the four-issue mini-series of ‘Star Trek – Countdown’ is collected as Star Trek: Countdown (Movie Prequel). This fills in the story leading up to the first of the new Star Trek films. The ‘story’ – but not the scripting of the comic – is provided by the writers of the film, and the art and scripting are excellent, and fit in with the tone of the film itself. They get the voices and speech patterns perfect for all the well-known characters.
The story starts with a Romulan mining vessel in the Hobus system, whose star is starting to fluctuate before going nova. The ship is our old friend the Narada, but still just a mere mining vessel. Captain Nero manages to get his crew and ship out of harm’s way, but only just, and later on Romulus, he is present when Ambassador Spock addresses the Romulan Senate and offers to get the Vulcans to manufacture Red Matter to stop the nova in exchange for the minerals required in the processing. The Senate are not willing, despite Nero’s urging, so he offers to take Spock to mine the minerals himself. This leads on to the Enterprise under her latest captain rescuing them from Reman pirates, a visit to Vulcan, where the federation Ambassador is another former Federation starship captain… and the recruiting of retired engineer LaForge to provide the ship needed to deliver the payload. Unfortunately, they are too late, and Romulus is destroyed, just as Nemo arrives to join in the evacuation. He is not happy with this outcome and vows vengeance on Spock and Vulcan, who he now believes intended to let Romulus be destroyed before using the Red Matter to save themselves… He accesses the surviving Romulan arsenal to outfit the Narada with Borg-derived technology and goes on a rampage, which brings him into conflict with the Klingons, whose fleet is commanded by General Worf. Eventually, the Enterprise and the Narada meet, as Spock makes his suicide run into the nova, followed by the Narada…
As I said above, the art and scripting are both excellent, and capture the tone of the film perfectly. This, like all of this current series of Star Trek comics, is not just a spin-off, but, thanks to the collaboration of the film’s writers and producers, is an integral part of the story.