Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness Paperback – 23 Apr 2013
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About the Author
A highly imaginative and engaging writer who's written stories for some of the biggest characters in comic book history, including Batman and Superman, Mike Johnson also has the distinction of having scripted more Star Trek comic book stories than any writer ever. Seriously.
Johnson's first work with IDW was in 2009, when he wrote the miniseries Star Trek: Countdown, a well-received prequel to the 2009 J.J. Abrams film. Following Countdown, Johnson would go on to write many more Star Trek stories, including (but not limited to) Star Trek: Khan, Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, Star Trek: Nero, the crossover Star Trek/Green Lantern, and both of IDW's ongoing Star Trek series, the most recent being Boldly Go with artist Tony Shasteen.
An almost life-long Trek fan who was watching the original series in reruns as a child and Star Trek: The Next Generation from day one, his favorite characters are Data and Spock.
Top customer reviews
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.
“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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