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Star Trek: Countdown (Movie Prequel) Paperback – 8 May 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (8 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184856435X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848564350
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 0.6 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 557,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After having seen the excellent 2009 Star Trek movie I was pleased to discover this prequel comic written by the movie's screen writers.

Whilst the movie set the bar very high, this graphic novel hits a solid average. Given the characters on offer, including TNG favourites, I was expecting more. It's not quite good enough to rate 4 stars.

The artwork is reasonable and the plot pacing is generally good. Some elements however, do not gel as well as they could. It is in parts a little slow and lacks the pep present in the movie it preceeds. Also the origins of the Narada, Nero's ship, are not adequately explained and we are left feeling that the Authors just glossed over that rather large plot point. Nonetheless, some interesting back story is revealed that gives the reader a fuller appreciation of the film. And the inclusion of Next Generation characters in the plot is welcome.

To Sum up: An essential purchase for dedicated Trek fans but only worth borrowing from a friend if you're an occasional fan.
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Okay, I haven't read this book yet. I just wanted to make a point about one of the reviews here.

I mean this politely, so please take this criticism in that spirit.

When you create a review on here please don't describe the entire plot! People read reviews to find out people's opinions and decide whether or not to purchase the item. By all means state your opinion but please don't spoil the story!

Okay, in this case, if we've seen the film (and not everyone buying this book will have) we have a good idea what will happen, this being a prequel and there is still way too much detail in one of these reviews.

So, be warned anyone reading the following reviews. One gives a lot away.
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It's typical star trek, so if you're a fan, or enjoy illustrated books, it well worth buying. However, the kindle panel view was not as successful as it could have been. Many panels couldn't be fully viewed, which didn't matter too much, except that it meant that some text couldn't be read; you have to switch to normal view to read it, which makes it tiny and difficult to read. Also some character couldn't be properly distinguished. All this is a real shamed, especially when you see that half to three fifths of the screen is being used at any one time. A great read spoiled by the fact that it could have been so much more.
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A nicely structured ( but very badly advertised ) crossover between the various branches of the Star Trek universe.
More people need to be aware of this item, it effectively explains the reason for making the Abrams / Pine / Quinto movie.
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I received this book yesterday and i've just finished of reading it. Once you get started, you cannot stop because every page of this book is a huge surprise. Maybe i felt a lack of some trek spirit (just like moral and ethic questions). Although, we reach to a new era and breath in trek history, deffinatelly. But, after reading this, i think this book was made, first, for gathering new trek fans, following the propose that inspired this new movie. I'm worried about the way that star trek is taking...less philosophical, more action and space batles (in star wars fashion). But still a nice lecture, even for classic trek fan. I haven't seen the movie yet and i wouldn't until read this book first.
What about the story? Old Spock is an ambassador in Romulus and he warns the romulan senate about the danger that their planet runs: a star is about to turn into a nova. You will know Nero, a simple miner from Romulus that sees the danger while he's working . He and Spock are the only habitants of Romulus to warn the senate about the danger taht is about to ocurr but they remain in that old preconcept about vulcan people. Spock tells them he can find a solution but they won't listen...
About the caracters: you willl find a Star Trek All Star celebrities here. From Old Spock to Data (captain of the enterprise after Picards had moved for diplomatic career). Geordi as well, stills in his engineering thang and Worf that appears as captain of a Klingon Bird of Prey.
Maybe Spock is turning less logical and more sentimental? Don't know...Just felt it
Very funny the way this classic characters appear in the same book...
Very good for new readers and classic Roddenberry's franchise fans. But if you don't know Star Trek spirit enough, you'd better try TOS comics and DVDS.
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A fine prequel to the movie. The story fits in with events in the film (take that as you will if you feel as I do about Red Matter), although the art work is perhaps a little pedestrian.
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