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  • Series: Star Trek
  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing; Reprint edition (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613776233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613776230
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mike Johnson is a prolific comic writer, his recent work include scenarios for DC's Superman Batman series and Star Trek: Countdown and Star Trek: Nero. David Messina is a comics artist who previously worked on Star Trek: Countdown and Star Trek: Nero --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Overall, it was entertaining and a fun quick read.
Benjamin Stiefel
This Star Trek miniseries is intended as a prequel to the upcoming movie Star Trek Into Darkness, sequel to the 2009 reboot.
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Ditto with most of the other characters, sometimes they looked right, sometimes not.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Reverend Skull VINE VOICE on April 22, 2013
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I'm not sure what this has to do with the upcoming film, but I found it a wonderful Star Trek tale and enjoyed seeing the new original cast members in comic form. The dialogue all rang true to both iterations of the Kirk group. The special effects were all marvelously illustrated. Breaking the prime directive is perhaps overly done in Trek, as is time travel, but not here. But I still enjoyed the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Sheridan on April 18, 2013
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As far as I can figure the last page of the comic is the only connection with the new film, so I'm majorly disappointed in the comic. The prequel comic for the previous film was a great addition to the film. The story of the comic is okay and I enjoyed it. I'm hoping Spock being emotional and impulsive after the destruction of his planet and mommy doesn't carry over into the new film. In the new film we've got Kirk taking the Enterprise on an illegal mission to capture Harrison and the story would be served much better with our regular logical Spock back in action.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By PhilB on May 16, 2013
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Be aware this purchase is only available for an iPad or Android Kindle. I purchased it expecting to be able to read it on my PC. Being a graphic novel I couldn't read anything on my Kindle for Android app and since there's not landscape mode or zoom for graphic novels on Kindle for Android (hint, hint) it was illegible. Since Amazon wouldn't allow me to download it to my Kindle for PC, I have returned it unread for a refund.

After writing this, I saw that it was eligible for the Kindle Cloud reader so I purchased it again in the hopes I could read it there. Guess what? No zoom in again, not from the Kindle software OR from my browser zoom function (Kindle merely resized the panels back to their original size on my screen).

Since I am unable to read this electronically in any format I'm done trying to purchase this product. I would suggest Amazon do a quality control check before making similar content available electronically in the future. This was a big waste of my time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kleeberg on April 17, 2013
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The Countdown comic to the previous Star Trek film (2009) gave readers a demonstrable tie to the upcoming movie. Countdown to Darkness does not; it is a stand-alone story to which the trailers for the film appear to have little connection. That doesn't make it a bad buy, by any means; it is a whopping good yarn, featuring a character straight out of Star Trek lore. As a sidebar, I am fascinated by the textured, nuanced layers of the history of the Star Trek universe that has been developed by Trek devotees since the advent of the original show. I would bet that if fans could somehow endure until the years have passed in which Star Trek is set to take place, they would feel a colossal letdown if it did not unfold the way they have it figured. At any rate, Countdown to Darkness does not quite yield many clues as to what the film will entail. As high quality as it is, I guess fans (like me!) will just have to continue to wait until the film is released--one month from today as of this writing...but who's counting?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nunya Bidness on July 22, 2013
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I have been collecting these graphic novels for a little while now, and I have to say that I have mixed feelings about this one.

First of all, the art is pretty good. I have been semi disappointed in the art and coloring in some of the previous "Star Trek: Ongoing" graphic novels, especially the inconsistency from one story to the next even when done by the same artist, and characters having the wrong eye color. But the art in this is good: individual characters are recognizable, page layouts are dynamic and interesting.

However, I did not like the story much at all.

First of all, I should mention that I purchased and read this after seeing the film. There are a couple of parts that tie in - Mudd's presence in the comic and the use of Mudd's ship in the film, Spock's promise in the comic and Uhura's completely justified anger in the film, the Prime Directive being bandied about/played with in the comic and at the beginning of the film. But a lot of it felt like the writers of the comic read the script for the film and tried to see how many things they could directly lift from the plot of the movie and stick into the plot of the comic, which makes it seem less like a tie-in or prequel and more like a cheap knockoff. I also feel like Spock's impulsiveness was tremendously out of character, even considering his ongoing emotional distress.

I feel like the IDW "Ongoing" series has thus far done a really tremendous job of rehashing stories from the original Star Trek episodes, and have thus far liked the original stories they have done in comics as well, such as the reboot of the Tribble episode. However, I think this particular storyline falls far short of the creativity that has been shown in this series previously.

If you are collecting all the graphic novels in the series, I wouldn't skip this one, but if you're looking for one to read on its own, I'd try borrowing this one from a friend instead of buying it yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bernard R. Assaf on June 13, 2013
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I've been reading the IDW series of ongoing Star Trek stories set in the new alternate universe established in the Star Trek (2009) movie. The first four volumes of stories tell some re-imagined, some new stories set after the movie, intending to bridge the gap between that movie and the new 2013 movie. This latest fifth volume collects the 4-issue limited series and is intended to be a direct prequel to the new movie Star Trek Into Darkness, just as the Star Trek Countdown was as direct prequel to the 2009 movie. That aside: I enjoyed the book. Finally we get to see some Klingons--well, sort of, they are fully armored, including face-covering helmets! We get to see a surprise character from the Enterprise, from the original series' lore, re-imagined here for this new universe. We also get a few references to the previous issues in the ongoing comic series--which in my mind help gel the comic series into the movie series. I definitely appreciated that continuity nod. The story itself is quite self-contained but hints at larger, subversive, sinister plots brewing in the United Federation of Planets, which help set up, presumably, not only the stage, but perhaps even the background and motivations, of the 2013 movie's main villain.

The artwork wasn't as precise as some of the other issues in IDW's series. The characters don't look as similar to their real-life counterparts. But, there were lens flares. That made me laugh. Lens flares--in a comic, where the medium has no lenses. Awesome!

Definitely a book for the new ("prime") universe completion-ist to read. Even better if you can also read the previous 4 volumes of collected comic issues!
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