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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing; First Edition edition (March 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600104207
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600104206
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By ROBERT W. SAINT JOHN VINE VOICE on March 27, 2009
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I managed to hit the lottery and get my copy of the Star Trek: Countdown trade paperback very early from Amazon (before the release of Issue #4). Personally I would have preferred to win a real lottery, but that's no reflection of my opinion of Countdown itself. I skipped the comics as I always do these days, preferring to wait for the collected versions to be released. It's often less expensive (as it was in this case) and sometimes you get extras (as you do here, I suspect).

This will be a spoiler-light review, as so few have even seen the concluding Issue #4 at this point. Star Trek: Countdown is a prequel of sorts to the upcoming film, but takes place completely in the post-Nemesis Next Gen timeframe (8 years after Nemesis). Countdown is the story of a Romulan named Nero, a hardworking family man who captains a mining vessel. After barely avoiding a stellar catastrophe, he returns to Romulus with a warning of the pending doom that threatens the entire Romulan Empire. When his fears are rejected, he decides to take on a mission to save his world with the help of some unlikely (and familiar) allies from the Federation. But events will not go as planned, great losses will be incurred, and a villain intent on utter vengeance will rise from the ashes.

Short spoiler-free review: STC is a pleasant, fairly compelling story with wonderful art by David Messina. The TPB includes 5 pages of character sketches by the artist that may not be included in Issue #4, which alone may make it worth picking up the TPB. Despite being intended as a direct prequel to the film, STC stands very well on its own right up to the non-cliffhanger ending.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Beardyjin on April 15, 2009
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"Countdown" is the official prequel to J.J. Abram's film prequel to the original Star Trek television series. While the STAR TREK film promises to be a "jumping on" point for non Star Trek fans, this miniseries is definitely written for the long-time fans!

I'm definitely more a fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation than the original series and as you can tell from the cover this miniseries uses some key characters from ST:TNG. Without going into spoilers, fans of ST:TNG should be VERY happy with this miniseries. I definitely want to go back and watch the last ST:TNG episode ("All Good Things...") again after reading this series. Events involving Romulans following the last ST: TNG film (Nemesis) blend well into this miniseries, which promises to end where the new film begins.

Despite my fanboy gushing and five stars, this miniseries is not without its flaws. Cons include mediocre artwork, which is unfortunately increasingly typical for IDW books. There is also some re-treading of familiar Trek plot territory (yet another unique galactic phenomenon that threatens to destroy the galaxy) and the character Nero's motives for revenge that sets up the main conflict of the miniseries and upcoming film has (forgive the pun) seriously flawed logic. However, the use of familiar characters in a way that's true to their well developed on-screen counterparts more than made up for all of that.

Star Trek Countdown is a must have for an ST:TNG fan!
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Steven Hancock on April 12, 2009
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"Star Trek: Countdown" is a fascinating, thrilling four-part adventure that serves as a prequel to this summer's blockbuster return of Gene Rodenberry's vision of the future: "Star Trek!" What makes this prequel unique is that it is actually set almost a full century AFTER the events of the film. Set in the Next Generation era, and featuring several of that show's iconic characters, it tells the origin story of Nero, a Romulan miner who will eventually become a threat to the entire universe, and the main nemesis of Kirk and Spock 100 years in the past.
Featuring beautiful imagery, a few surprise appearances and a story that builds toward an inevitable climax, "Star Trek: Countdown" serves as a fantastic prequel to the next epic chapter in the Trek franchise!
Grade: A
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on October 24, 2012
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Beware: if you use a Kindle for PC, don't make the mistake of buying this. It can not be viewed on a Kindle for PC or downloaded by a Kindle for PC. Amazon does a pitifully inadequate job of telling potential customers that this E-Book can not be used on a Kindle for PC. I didn't learn this until I'd purchased it and had to request a refund.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By thepaxdomini on July 28, 2009
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Star Trek: Countdown (2009), a prequel to the 2009 Star Trek film, collects the four-issue comic miniseries of the same name. The story is by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Mike Johnson and Tim Jones, and the art is by David Messina. The primary function of this prequel is to provide back-story for Nero, who gets short shrift in the film.

Eight years after the events of Star Trek Nemesis, Spock and the Romulan miner Nero work to prevent a star that is going supernova from destroying Romulus (and the rest of the galaxy). Aided by the Enterprise-E (captained by a resurrected Data) and Jean-Luc Picard, now the ambassador to Vulcan, they get bogged down in Romulan and Vulcan politicking.

Star Trek: Countdown feels rushed. There's a lot going on, and the comic often focuses on the less interesting aspects (like all the political bickering). As a result, the focus on character is diminished. Even Nero, one of the book's main characters, doesn't get a worthy treatment. His shift from loving miner to power-mad tyrant is quick and glossy. And beyond Nero's initial relationship with Spock, Countdown gives us little that we couldn't figure out from the movie.

Other characters from The Next Generation pop up here and there, mostly for no good reason. All of the characters present from TNG, including Data and Picard, are just there to add a few familiar faces. These are well-developed characters whose personalities have been thoroughly explored in hundreds of Star Trek episodes, but here they are completely unremarkable and totally interchangeable. This is a distinct failure to link the new film to the world of TNG.

Messina's art is fine, even if his people look a bit angular at times.
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