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Early Review: Star Trek Countdown #1 – Prequel Comic To Star Trek Movie January 19, 2009

by Alex Fletcher , Filed under: Comics,Review,Star Trek (2009 film) , trackback

The wait is (almost) over. The first issue of "Star Trek Countdown," the four-part Star Trek movie prequel series, hits comic book stores on Wednesday. Who is Nero? What is Spock’s agenda? What’s going to happen with that star? How exactly does the new movie tie into the TNG era? Well you came to the right place as TrekMovie has the first review of "Star Trek Countdown" Issue #1.

 

[Article discusses SPOILERS for comic and Star Trek movie]

 

REVIEW: STAR TREK COUNTDOWN #1
Spock and Nero, together at last

Mike Johnson and Tim Jones have been tasked with what is likely the biggest and highest profile Star Trek comic book in decades, possibly ever. This comic, like IDW’s Transformers movie prequel comics before it, is bound to make something of a crossover to those Star Trek fans out there who are not comic book fans but will them pick it up, if only for a sneak peek into world of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek. This is especially true being that the comic is officially ‘presented’ by Abrams and has a story written by the Star Trek screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto ‘ask me about quantum theory’ Orci. In a previous interview, Orci has stated that this comic series will show "how you connect" the Next Generation to the new movie’s continuity. So ironically, even though this is a prequel to a movie mostly set in the era of young Kirk and crew, this prequel comic actually doubles as a sequel to the Next Gen era.

The comic starts simply enough, as see in the previously released 5-page preview. It is Stardate 64333.4 (eight years after Star Trek Nemesis), somewhere in the Romulan Empire. We’re aboard a small mining vessel, captained by a young loyal Romulan by the name of Nero. Smooth of brow, clean of visage, we soon learn in the subsequent pages that this young Romulan is not known to the Senate, but represents the Mining Guild there.


Spock’s influence with the Romulans has changed since "Unification"
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Starting on page six "Countdown" takes us into what could be seen as a follow-up story to the Next Generation’s "Unification" two-parter, which established that eleven years before Nemesis (and nineteen years before the comic) Spock was on Romulus covertly trying to bring together the Romulans and the Vulcans. Now in the post-Nemesis era, Spock has finally become an official resident of Romulus, serving as Federation Ambassador to the Empire, and sitting in on their Senate meetings. He has recently discovered some disturbing information about the Hobus star which seems moving toward becoming a massive supernova. In a scene very akin to Jor El’s warnings in Superman The Movie, the scientists of Romulus shoot down Spock’s theory, especially when Spock reveals that he may have a plan, but it involves taking a rare and valuable Romulan mineral to, of all places, Vulcan. Understandably, this does not go over well, but Nero steps up to support Spock’s claims, having seen an explosion at the star firsthand. This leads to the start of what looks to be a friendship between the two, and an offer that Spock finds impossible to refuse. Hey, wait a minute — isn’t Nero supposed to be the villain in the Star Trek movie? In a classic Orci/Kurtzman twist, there appears much more than meets the eye for this Nero.


Unfortunately, the decades haven’t helped Spock’s sense of humor
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Working off of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman’s story, Jones and Johnson do a fair job of bringing that story to the comic genre. Taking into account that this is a first, and thus introductory issue, pushing the Star Trek story forward to some eight years after the events of Star Trek Nemesis, it would be expected that a lot of the pages would be dedicated to detailing the new characters and situations that we find ourselves in. Contrary to that, Jones and Johnson throw us into the middle of the story, showing us what we need to know, and introducing us to characters bit by bit.


This may seem reminiscent of Star Trek VI and Praxus, but an exploding star is way bigger than an exploding moon… (click to enlarge)

This approach by the writers works reasonably well, even if some of the dialogue may seem a bit off kilter and unexpected from Romulans. Of course, that may also be the intent, trying to show us that Nero, one of the main characters in the upcoming movie, is not the traditional Romulan we are used to. Indeed, Nero’s actions throughout the story presented in Countdown are not at all what we might expect. Here he is sympathetic, and shows all the characteristics of a classic Trek hero, including sacrifice, selflessness and compassion…all of which leads the reader to wonder if events in this comic series are going to turn him evil, or if there is going to be something else going on in the upcoming film.

Even though the story is full of expectation-bending, there is also quite a bit of referencing to Star Trek continuity, including the last entry in Trek’s canon, Star Trek Nemesis. The issue also introduces us to some new ‘Treknobabble,’ including ‘red matter’ which we know will play a role in the Star Trek feature film.


Nero, family man

David Messina has been tapped to provide the artwork for this series, and he doesn’t stop there. In addition to the pencils and inks, he also is the primary colorist for the issue, working with two other members of his studio. His artwork is exactly what I’d expected, especially as he’s worked on several Trek series before this, including Blood Will Tell, Mirror Images, and Intelligence Gathering. His style for Countdown is no different, and is heavily reliant on shading. Now, his portrait of Spock does not always look like Leonard Nimoy, but it is still always recognizable. The other characters he shows us do look exactly like who they purport to be. The look of Romulus is also a  nice nod to continuity, as can been seen above in the image of Spock addressing the Romulan Senate.

The biggest quibble is that Countdown #1 is too short. The issue is an excellent, but too brief, start to the comic miniseries — full of surprises. And the comic is a promising look at where the new movie might take us. I’ve got my guesses, but seeing how the first issue has already shook things up, they are probably off. From the  looks of it, readers of "Star Trek Countdown" will certainly get a rich back-story to the feature film, especially for those who want to see how this ties into where Star Trek left off with the last film. This becomes especially evident with [SUPER SPOILER ALERT - HIGHLIGHT INVISO-TEXT AHEAD AT OWN RISK BUT YOU SHOULDN'T REALLY] the appearance of three Reman warships, and the USS Enterprise under the command of Captain Data. That alone was enough to make me eagerly want to know what happens in the next issue!


Regular and dealer incentive photo cover for Countdown #1
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Star Trek Countdown available this week
Star Trek Countdown #1 will be available in comic stores starting Wednesday January 21st.

You can order Countdown #1 (and #2 & #3) at TFAW.com, discounted to $3.19 each. You can also get a subscription to all four issues at IDW.com  ($15.96 or $3.99/issue). Or you can wait until April and pick up the trade paperback, available for pre-order at Amazon for $12.23.

Countdown #1

Countdown #2

Countdown #3

Countdown #4

$3.59
(Jan. 21)

 

$3.19
(February)

 

$3.19
(March)

 

$3.19
(April)
avail. for pre-order soon

 

Star Trek Countdown
(Trade Paperback – compiling all 4 issues)

$12.23
(Pre-order – April. 29)

 

Comments

1. Devon - January 19, 2009

Hmmmm…. those spoilers REALLY have me curious now. Interesting, definitely need to pick this up!

Thanks Alex!

2. Tony Hussein Obama - January 19, 2009

Whoa! Captain **** (omitting spoilers)… what?!?!

3. bolianbob - January 19, 2009

Wow! Gawd this is exciting. So many possibilities people! So many! The mega spoilers have me thinking now…wow. How the hell is this going to fit in indeed? Just wow.

4. Just another German trekker - January 19, 2009

“First” …
…might be a nice word but I bet I will come third or fourth … anyway… So Data’s not THAT dead … well okay – considering the hints that NEMESIS gave us concerning the slow but steady mental development of B4 – why not… I hope that I can get my hands on an original issue of the comic book – unfortunately (as far as I know) it won’t be released in Germany until sometime in April… well, I guess I’ll have to rely on some internet bookstore…

5. Driver - January 19, 2009

I like the “voiceover”. More of It would provide an extended background on post Nemesis story lines.

6. Sean - January 19, 2009

Countdown sounds better than I expected! I’m definitely going to pick up the whole series once it’s all out. I couldn’t stand getting to the end of an issue and not being able to finish the story!

7. Demode - January 19, 2009

Oh MY…. GOD!

I am sooooo excited for this comic now. This actually gives me alot of hope for a new TNG film too!

8. Adam Cohen - January 19, 2009

That “joke” Spock makes in that one panel is atrocious writing. It’s not even ironic, it’s just bad! But this in no way should reflect on the upcoming movie. I just can’t suffer bad writing, no matter the medium…

9. punkydrewster - January 19, 2009

No matter how close “hobus” was to Romulus it probably wouldn’t make much of a difference as a supernova’s explosion moved outward the density of it would dissipate and the matter would cool. The explosion would take years to get there as well. Introducing MORE junk science into star trek is not a good idea. Is the hobus star like IN the Romulus star system? That would make sense.

10. screaming satellite - January 19, 2009

agggrahhh i cant read this!! i dare not read it!!!

look away nothing to see here *backs out of thread swiftly*

seriously though – i knew the Countdown review was coming any day – i started reading and then stopped after the first paragraph before the story description – if id continued i would have breached the point of no return in my mind and then read every spoiler there is until the movies release…gotta be stronger than that… i know its been said that CD wont spoil the film but i really dont want to risk spoiling it any further for myself after knowing about the alternate timeline (i was abit dissapointed in myself for giving in and reading about that..even though its pretty obvious thats what must happen from seeing the trailer)…but thats enough now for me..the line must be drawn here! This far no further…..

(intended to buy the CD TB and read it after may 8th)

11. The Gorn Identity - January 19, 2009

Dang…this is gonna be good. I’ve been following IDW’s Trek comics from the beginning. It’s nice to see some people here will be getting on board the train.

12. Jordan - January 19, 2009

Uhhhhh Data’s not dead? Doesn’t anyone stay dead anymore?

13. Edgar Governo - January 19, 2009

I get the feeling that inviso-text development is going to send some fans (not to mention the current ST novelists!) into a tailspin…but then, one should expect the unexpected in Star Trek lore. ;)

However, that ear joke alone vindicates my decision not to let Spock organise any upcoming roasts…

14. CarlG - January 19, 2009

Oh, wow, this looks a lot better than the preview made it out to be!

Now Nero’s “casual Romulans” make a lot more sense, and they seem very intriguing, too.
It’s a lot more interesting (and tragic) when we get to see the villain as something more complex than a cardboard cutout labeled “EEEEVIL”.

15. Joel - January 19, 2009

Fascinating. Looking forward to it! Interesting to see how that big spoiler plays into the series.

16. Driver - January 19, 2009

I see the ear joke like an “in” joke with the Romulans. Like Shakespeare is to the Klingons.

17. KIrkPicard Forever - January 19, 2009

I just ordered the four-issue subscription and will be picking up the trade paperback when it is available. Thank you for the links!!! I am so excited to read these comics, especially since they include Spock and my old friends, the “Next Generation” characters! Mr. Orci or Mr. Kurtzman, can there be aanother prequel movie to the prequel movie in May based on this comic series if it is successful? I sure would love to see the cast of “Next Generation” in action one last time as a life-long “Next Generation fan!!!

18. Lord Garth, Formerly Of Izar - January 19, 2009

Gee how shocking a cream de pantaloons review from this site. After the preview last week replete with 9 yr old skater emo dialogue. Is there any true objectivity anymore or is this another arm of paramount marketing. I hope the comic is good as well but to say the only quible is it is too short?? How about the god awful dialogue most had a big problem with last week?? No mention?? I love Trek when it’s good but enough with the kool-aid. This is Trek not Jonestown, it’s OK to critisize and still love something, at least it used to be here.

19. Boborci - January 19, 2009

Anthony,

Great caption under Spock’s intro. Hilarious…

20. Enterprise - January 19, 2009

oMG! Spock turned into the Joker?

21. Anthony Pascale - January 19, 2009

Bob, I cannot take credit, this was merely edited by me, it was written by Alex our comics guy.

However, I must take credit for referring to you as: Roberto ‘ask me about quantum theory’ Orci.

22. Boborci - January 19, 2009

21

Fair enough. Kudos to you both.

23. OneBuckFilms - January 19, 2009

I think this review sums it up.

I already have Part 1, it arrived this weekend, and I like the fast pace of the story.

Also, introducing characters as we go is probably the best way to do it, and matches what would be done for a movie or TV episode.

Let the dialogue, events and actions tell us who they are.

Well done Ocri, Kurtzman and company.

It’s also interesting to note that the “off dialogue” of the Romulans is really limited to the start, and in greater context, seems more natural.

I also noted that it is presented on high quality glossy paper, and my copy is bagged and boarded, which i am told is a good thing.

Now I await for Pasts 2, 3 and 4 to arrive from IDW Publishing. (I subscribed on their website).

24. Q Macedonia - January 19, 2009

Bob I’ll second that #17 question. I know it’s a long shot, way too early to talk about this, but is there really the chance to see the TNG crew again?

25. Anthony Pascale - January 19, 2009

18
Four of us read it here at TM and we all enjoyed it. I am not a comics guy myself but I liked it very much, although it really does feel too short and leaves you wanting. Alex did note the dialog, which at times is awkward. IMHO story is solid and interesting and the art is very good. What I see here is a very interesting (and surprising) comic that is bridging the gap between TNG and ST09.

I suggest you roll the dice and drop three bucks on this issue and see for yourself.

26. OneBuckFilms - January 19, 2009

18, 25 – I second that.

I think this is the first Comic Book I’ve ever purchased. Good story.

27. Robert H. - January 19, 2009

Starting to wonder if the actual movie is picking up where Spock left off on both Unification and Titan. And beginning to believe that it would have been better than Nemesis if they found a way to have included Spock and Sela regardless of the complexity of their histories.

28. Q Macedonia - January 19, 2009

And Bob, how big is the TNG era in this movie? Can we expect some cast from that timeline that we are familiar with besides Spock, or it will be just a title that goes 24th CENTURY: SOMEWHERE ALONG THE NEUTRAL ZONE, and then wham… Nero goes time traveling right after the jail breaking?

Or the Countdown is the only significant thing that we’ll see from the TNG era?

29. OneBuckFilms - January 19, 2009

27 – Nemesis could have been done far better, if you asked me.

This comic is meant to tie in the trek we know with the new movie, and will likely include a couple of other character updates.

It would be interesting to see a 4 part web short made from this story.

30. Kruge - January 19, 2009

you know what would be great, if at the beginning of the movie we see Quark, finally on that moon that he always wanted, and then wammo…here comes the shockwave from whatever supernova thing is happening….

31. OneBuckFilms - January 19, 2009

28 – I suspect the movie may not actually show anything from the 24th Century, and introduce Spock part the way through the story as seen through Kirk’s eyes.

Spock may not appear for a while, though we’ll probably have part of the plot introduced quickly, so we’d have the knowledge something wasn’t quite right as we follow Kirk and crew’s coming together.

I’m expecting the movie to be fairly linear from the TOS character viewpoint, with maybe some flashbacks in a couple of key scenes.

32. Q Macedonia - January 19, 2009

#30

LOL!!!

33. DJT - January 19, 2009

Holy crap! I might actually buy this to find out what the hell happens. What I wouldn’t give to see some of this on the DVD/BD special features. Live or scanned.

Is the Stardate right? It sounds off to me.

34. 750 Mang - January 19, 2009

Inaguration day tomorrow ,and then a new Trek Comic on Wednesday?

Not bad for a Tuesday and Wednesday.

I haven’t been to the comic store in a while.

RTF!

35. Q Macedonia - January 19, 2009

#31

Well it will show some parts from the 24th century. Nero’s jail brake from Rura Penthe is clearly stated that it is the TNG era, if I’m not mistaken.

As I’ve read so far, there will be 24th century parts. But how huge will they be is my question.

36. Sean4000 - January 19, 2009

OMG, Data’s back, THREE more Scimitars!……….My head is going to burst with joy!

37. OneBuckFilms - January 19, 2009

35 – There’s actually a 24th Century Jailbreak from Rura Penthe?

I know there’s something to do with the Klingons due to the trailer, but I was unaware that this has been acknowledged.

Where did you read this?

38. AJ - January 19, 2009

I’m starting to think it may be a good idea to wait for the Trade version in April. Best to get it all in one sitting.

37: TM.COM, in its trailer play-by-play, indicated that there is a jailbreak from RP (it’s a split-second shot in the trailer).

Anthony, correct me if I am wrong!

39. OneBuckFilms - January 19, 2009

38 – I’ve seen that, but it says nothing as to WHEN it happens.

40. BrF - January 19, 2009

#12: James T. Kirk

41. Xai - January 19, 2009

HEY… DO not give spoilers in the comments…k?

42. Anthony Pascale - January 19, 2009

Spoilers in comments are fine in spoiler articles

43. USS TRINOMA - NCC 0278 - January 19, 2009

There has to be alot of explaining here. I mean with the “interesting” captain, I only wonder what happened in the nine years that has lead us to this. By the way, Bob Orci, how can you reconcile quantum machanics with the temporal cold war that was introduced during the Enterprise series? I just want to know your thoughts on that. Thank you.

44. cpelc - January 19, 2009

death of son? for revenge?

possibly time loop with the major spoiler?

45. JohnnieF - January 19, 2009

Has anyone else thought that maybe Picard, Riker, and maybe Data and others will be in the movie? Didn’t they “visit” the set? I seem to remember Riker visiting. What if some of the “visits” were more than that? I have no idea how this movie actually starts – it may start in the TNG era along with the comic series and go from there.

Just a thought.

46. OneBuckFilms - January 19, 2009

45 – Not gonna happen.

47. Third Remata'Klan - January 19, 2009

DON’T LOOK AT THE SPOILERS!!!!
Auuuugghhhh!!!

Okay, simmering down, gotta read this….

But I’ll wait and get the single-volume trade paperback, thank you very much.

48. Third Remata'Klan - January 19, 2009

My eyes….
My eyes….

49. TrekTwenty - January 20, 2009

So I’m not the comic book type of kid… but I’m thinking about becoming one…

50. Ian - January 20, 2009

#9: Could be a lot of things going on. If the Klingon moon of Praxis could explode and affect starships light-years away, why not a sun? Besides, it’s established science that the radiation from a nearby supernova (a dozen or so light-years away) could still, at that distance, destroy all life on a planet. Even assuming nothing out of the ordinary, the explosion of a sun could have serious repercussions for any civilization.

51. karanadon - January 20, 2009

AHHHH!! Guys, advice: DON’T read the spoilers. I just have no willpower.

But I seriously can’t wait for this! Anthony, any word on when this will be out in the UK? No websites seem to tell me anything…

52. Fleet Captain Kor'Tar - January 20, 2009

Now this is what I’ve been waiting for!!!

Sounds like it is well worth the wait!!!

53. ben - January 20, 2009

postulate:
This is the alternate timeline. The one where the Klingons almost defeat the Federation, the Enterprise-D gets a third warp nacelle, and com badges had ranking slats. Nero could be a good guy in that one—the one where the Enterprise-C never returns, Worf is not rescued by the Russians, and the painting is of a Vor’cha class Cruiser. You know, the one where we do all die from a bright anti-time rift and Voyager destroys the Krenim timeship? I mean, the one where Spock has a goatee and Kirk ruled with his Tantalus Field. You know, Empress Hoshi Sato?

I suspect that in that time line, one Captain Terrell didn’t risk it, Khan never left the surface, (R.I.P. Ricardo). Spock didn’t die, and they didn’t leave his body behind. McCoy didn’t posses his soul, Kirk didn’t steal the Enterprise, Kruge didn’t find Genesis, and his troops didn’t kill David. Spock didn’t do the time travel, but that’s ok, because the Flipper negotiated a peace treaty with the loud clogged space-pipe. Meanwhile, not obtaining a Bird of Prey, Star Fleet didn’t learn to defeat the Klingons, Shatner still didn’t find ‘god’ in the center of the galaxy, and he never escorted the Chancellor and war broke out (but that’s ok, because they never killed his boy, and he could forgive them). When the Romulans attacked the Klingon outpost, the Klingons never learned the Federation would help out. They kept shooting, and the Federation was forced to ask the Romulans for help, kind of like they did when the Dominion attacked. The Romulans agree to accept an Ambassador, like Earth did, and instead of a hot Blalok, it’s Nimoy. And Nero’s not such a bad guy after all, because Shinzon never abused him as a boy, because the Romulans never got Picard’s DNA, because Picard took a desk job, because Kirk never told him to stay in the Captain’s chair, because Kirk wasn’t on the Enterprise-B, because he remained as an Admiral and had the Enterprise-B install tractor beams, medical staff and torpedoes before coming to the rescue of Whoopi, who were fleeing from the Borg, first formed when V’Ger united with Cmdr. Decker… oh… you didn’t see that last one coming, did you?…

54. ben - January 20, 2009

I feel like an idiot. I forgot they got Picard’s DNA long before the “incident” at Veridian III, where, without the help of Guinan’s half-minded suggestion of visiting Kirk, Picard realizes he can go back to the bridge of the Enterprise and order Soran sent to the brig, and the D is never destroyed. In that one, Geordi, Data, Worf, Riker, and Troi don’t forget there are transporters in the Shuttle craft that they can beam Picard back with, like in Best of Both Worlds Part II, so one particular character never exists the scene… There got that thread tied up…

55. Chris Pike - January 20, 2009

51 try the bay in UK – just ordered mine. Looking forward to these – first comic I’ve bought in 30 years! Just not too sure about some of that dialogue though…Spock telling a story woth a humourous ending…?

56. ben - January 20, 2009

So the next time you are commanding a starship in search of lifeless planet, the scanner is not out of alignment, it’s not a piece of pre-animate matter, caught in the matrix, and it’s not something you can transplant, and everything bad that’s ever happened will vanish. Except the Borg… For that you just need Admiral Janeway.

57. JakeyJedi - January 20, 2009

…And who said TNG was dead, this is great, Abrams ST 09 followed by a TNG era tv series done in the style of lost perhaps with a season long story arc????anyone???

58. James - January 20, 2009

RE: Spoilers

WOW!

59. Unbel1ever - January 20, 2009

57. JakeyJedi – January 20, 2009

“…And who said TNG was dead, this is great, Abrams ST 09 followed by a TNG era tv series done in the style of lost perhaps with a season long story arc????anyone???”

As much as I’d like to see that, it’s not very likely. Besides this comic is only an attempt to pacify the original Star Trek fans. It’s abundantly clear – they don’t want to tell a story in the Star Trek universe, but in their own. The TNG era won’t play a role in the movie and it will probably never exist in the Abramsverse.

60. Vorus - January 20, 2009

Sounds interesting. I’m still not a fan of the dialog, with Spock’s “ears” joke and all, but surely it’s not all like that.

In any case, it sounds very interesting, definitely worth a read.

61. Alec - January 20, 2009

So Nero represents the mining guild… Is this before or after he was a member of the Trade Federation? And where is the Techno Union?

‘Friends, Romulans, Countrymen….we share the same ears’! That has to be THE worst line in all of Star Trek. And you say this is written by the persons who wrote the script for Trek XII…

I know it’s just a comic. But the writing is awful and lacks any originality. All I can say is, ‘Angels and ministers of grace, defend us!’

62. Alec - January 20, 2009

RE: my post #61,

I know I got the film number wrong. But it may turn out to be true….

63. Unbel1ever - January 20, 2009

#61

Thought the same thing, when I read it.

Also, looking at the trailer. That space station the Enterprise warps away from, look very much like a Trade Federation vessel.

64. Unbel1ever - January 20, 2009

#63

Gnah, shouldn’t write and do something else at the same time. Wish the comments had an edit button :).

65. Craig - January 20, 2009

I think this story should be part of XI if not in the theatrical release included in an Lord of the Rings style Extended DVD and whats with all this ST09 crap it’s ST:XI unless they give it a subtitle

66. Mike Ten - January 20, 2009

Come on, if they can bring D*** back, they can bring Kirk back. I’m just saying….

67. Dom - January 20, 2009

‘Friends, Romulans, Countrymen, we have the same ears!’

ROTFLMAO! I love it! Just the sort of remark Spock would make!

68. Star Trackie - January 20, 2009

I really want to read this, but the cringe inducing dialogue in the previous preview left me cold. Not sure I could get past that to enjoy it.

69. falcon - January 20, 2009

@67 –

Indeed. Spock was quite the humorist. “Bread And Circuses”: McCoy: “Medical men are trained in logic.”
Spock: “Really, Doctor. From watching you, I assumed it was trial and error.”

70. Daoud - January 20, 2009

#9 A supernova is real, and dangerous.

Seriously, although the outbound pressure wave, shock wave and actual matter would take many lifetimes to make it from Hobus to Romulus… but cosmic rays and gamma rays travel *at the speed of light*.

If Hobus is a nearby system, say 10 light years, that means within 10 years, Romulus will be decimated by dangerous radiation. Sure, maybe there’s a pressure wave 1000 years later. But all of Romulus will have been femtowaved[tm] 990 years previously.

71. Captain Joe (formerly Joseph Brown) - January 20, 2009

I wonder if the thing about “Data” is a homage to “Captain” Chekov in Star Trek V.

72. Daoud - January 20, 2009

Alas and alack, study of the classics is dead.

Recall the original line… “Lend me your ears”.

Of course, Spock, logically not needing Romulan ears thus makes his horrendous pun noting he doesn’t need to borrow them as he has two of his own.

73. Father Robert Lyons - January 20, 2009

This is an interesting comic! Obviously, at this early juncture, it is difficult to see how this ties in with the movie. Certainly elements are there but there is still a lot to go before explaining how what appears to be at least a tolerable relationship (Nero/Spock) turns to what we believe the film will reflect. The “Red Matter” technobabble seems pretty Next Gen – ish, which is fitting… and seeing the Romulan senate scenes were cool. I am suprised by how short the installment is (22 pages). The story, as a result, feels a bit thin, but not too much so.

The artwork’s quality varies. The style certainly is darker than the second run TOS/TNG series from DC which, for my money, had the best art hands down of any of the comic incarnations (Gordon Purcell was the penciller for that series of TOS as I recall, can’t recall the TNG one, perhaps Purcell as well… but they both did good, with TOS being outstanding). This art is far more palatable than the very first installment that IDW put out, which, frankly, at the time put me totally off of these comics.

The conclusion of this first issue could lead to interesting consequences for the Books, if Pocket was to attempt to work elements of this story into their ‘book canon’.

On the whole, I am intrigued and found the comic to be both enticing and enjoyable, and I’ll be looking forward to seeing the second issue.

Rob+

74. AdamTrek - January 20, 2009

Well, this explains why Data’s/B4’s cover is red…

=A=

75. Newman - January 20, 2009

Captain who? What? Errrrr

76. Unbel1ever - January 20, 2009

I half expected the Borg to be part of this. At least it hasn’t come to that. Still those spoilers leave me underwhelmed.

77. Mammalian Verisimilitude - January 20, 2009

74: Not why Picard’s cover is yellow though. I doubt he was demoted.

78. Unbel1ever - January 20, 2009

#77

It’s obvious isn’t it ? Picard travels back in time, too. In the old days command officers wore gold. :)

79. mikey_pikey (Ireland) - January 20, 2009

oooh this sounds very interesting, getting more excited about may :) yes its possible, even more…

80. AdamTrek - January 20, 2009

78. Unbel1ever – January 20, 2009
#77

It’s obvious isn’t it ? Picard travels back in time, too. In the old days command officers wore gold. :)

Perhaps the red cover was first in priority to keep the scheme of the covers/movie look for marketing purposes for the individual books and Picard’s being gold/yellow is just what it had to be, or perhaps the third book does have something to do with a Starfleet-of-old and Picard goings-on dealing with gold, perhaps something to do with Kirk?

BTW, I pre-ordered the trade-paperback. I’m intrigued, especially the ramifications of Spock’s attempt at humor. It may be the fuse that starts this temporal war with Kirk and Co. It’s all Spock’s fault. I KNEW IT!

=A=

81. Lyle - January 20, 2009

It’s been many years since I was interested enough in comics to go out and buy one… but I think it’s time to go back and rediscover and old hobby. Lucky for me there’s a comic book store within walking distance of my house… The spoiler was somewhat surprising, but not entirely so given the covers of the 4-book series.

82. frederick - January 20, 2009

I like the fact that Spock has made signigicant progress in his quest, and now he is walking in his father’s footsteps as an ambassador. Sarek would be proud. But then, he always was, he just couldn’t tell him.

83. Craig - January 20, 2009

I’m guessing they need to take a single ship between Romulus and Hobus to act as a planentary deflector but the co-ordinates are in a disputed area of space

84. Closettrekker - January 20, 2009

#18—-“Is there any true objectivity anymore or is this another arm of paramount marketing(?)”

How convenient. Anytime someone says anything positive amount something associated with the film, they MUST be in league with Paramount or Bad Robot!

You’re going to make me bring back Mr. Poopeyface.

85. Closettrekker - January 20, 2009

about…not amount…sorry

86. Decker's Stubble - January 20, 2009

I haven’t owned a comic book since I was seven, but I am really intrigued by this. Anything that helps me to understand what I saw in the trailer, and all this talk about ‘alternate universes’, is welcome indeed.

87. Closettrekker - January 20, 2009

#61—“That has to be THE worst line in all of Star Trek. And you say this is written by the persons who wrote the script for Trek XII…”

It seems to come off like it is supposed to be silly.

The obvious joke to me about it is that, while in all this time, Spock has never quite mastered what it takes to tell a good old fashioned human joke, the Romulans actually get his sense of humor.

Spock’s joke is obviously supposed to be bad.

88. thorsten - January 20, 2009

Spock joking in front of the Romulan senate? Looks like a trick he learned from an old friend…

89. sean - January 20, 2009

#39

Let’s put it this way – why would he be imprisoned by Klingons in the TOS era? He’s from the 24th Century.

90. Alex Fletcher / Sulfur - January 20, 2009

#18:
I encourage you to read some of my other comic book reviews. They ain’t all on the positive side. Some of the series have been very hit and miss, including the other one going on right now, The Last Generation.

#19:
Bob… Roberto… please! Anthony may have chosen to change the way I did spoilers (I originally had them as “Captain ****** of the *******” rather than actually spelling out names), but the snarkier the caption, the more likely it is that I wrote it! Snark is my middle nam… er… wait. No it’s not.

To those others that note that it would be cool to see this on the extra features for the DVD/Blu-Ray? I agree. Bob — Talk JJ into talking to IDW to arrange this, if it’s not been arranged already! :)

91. sean - January 20, 2009

#87

Agreed that it is intentionally goofy. Seemed reminiscent of McCoy’s response to Chang’s question about his medical status in Trek VI. Besides, we all know the worst lines in Star Trek revolve around ‘mashmellons’. ;)

92. sean - January 20, 2009

#91

Er, ‘marshmellons’. Blew that joke! Haha

93. Daoud - January 20, 2009

#92

Or, as McCoy would point out… mashmellons are what we make Georgia whiskey from ;)

94. Shat Hands - January 20, 2009

That spoiler! Ow my head hurts

95. Vorus - January 20, 2009

Wow, I guess when Trekkies get excited, they all forget how to spell. :P

96. Closettrekker - January 20, 2009

” …the scientists of Romulus shoot down Spock’s theory, especially when Spock reveals that he may have a plan, but it involves taking a rare and valuable Romulan mineral to, of all places, Vulcan. Understandably, this does not go over well, but Nero steps up to support Spock’s claims, having seen an explosion at the star firsthand. This leads to the start of what looks to be a friendship between the two, and an offer that Spock finds impossible to refuse. Hey, wait a minute — isn’t Nero supposed to be the villain in the Star Trek movie? In a classic Orci/Kurtzman twist, there appears much more than meets the eye for this Nero.”

I love this. Villains who are more complex than the typical bad guy, and even perhaps sympathetic characters at times, are often the most enjoyable in fiction.

I wonder if this has anything to do with the drilling on Vulcan seen in the 20 minutes of footage reviewed by so many sources a few months back.

I also wonder if Nero loses his family in a tragedy related to Spock’s theory, and his quest begins as a plan to rectify that.

97. Closettrekker - January 20, 2009

#89—I agree. That seems most likely, although there is apparently some reference in the film to the destruction of many Klingon ships around the time of the attack upon the USS Kelvin. I suppose it remains possible that Nero is captured in the 23rd Century, but for some reason, I still feel like the imprisonment scene (whether it is Rura Penthe or not) is probably in the 24th Century. He could even have attacked Klingons in the 23rd Century who may later be responsible for his future imprisonment (or something like the death of his wife and child).

98. richpit - January 20, 2009

Did Brannon Braga have something to do with this comic?

Just joking…I’ll buy it, read it and bag it for posterity.

99. sean - January 20, 2009

#97

Possible, though I think that makes things a bit more complicated and involved than a 2 hour movie would have the time to go into, especially with all the other plotlines supposedly taking place. Plus, how would he get his – presumably – confiscated ship back? The brief scene in the trailer makes it appear at least some of his crew are also imprisoned with him. I think it makes more sense that he’s imprisoned in the 24th, then escapes to put his time travel plans into effect. Then again, I suppose he could be imprisoned by Klingons and his crew simply time jumps to a future date and retrieves him. But then the question is how did they capture him in the first place if they don’t capture his ship? I think the 24th Century solution gives me less of a headache, at any rate.

100. frederick - January 20, 2009

I’m just wondering where the movie sequel will go… will it also be a prequel to the series? Or will it be new adventures during the five year mission that we never saw before? Or fresh adventures that have nothing to do with what came before?

So many questions….

101. Closettrekker - January 20, 2009

#99—May I offer you a marshmellon?

102. Dom - January 20, 2009

72. Daoud: ‘Alas and alack, study of the classics is dead.’

Um … yes. I laughed because I know the reference! I studied Shakespeare and still go to Shakespeare plays now. What did you think I was laughing at?!

103. JoeR - January 20, 2009

Dudes..I am sorry…I am not liking this.. To take stuff from other movies and add it to trek..just for the heck of it..

Ok..Sun blows up…You tell me that the romulans could not send a ship to do a quick scan..to see if it will blow up.

Oh and now to Neo…Let see..He is a good persons at the start..and then becomes evil..Ummm…So we are remaking Star Wars..What a surprise.

So Neo is now…Anakin Skywalker!

104. Closettrekker - January 20, 2009

#103—“Oh and now to Neo…Let see..He is a good persons at the start..and then becomes evil..Ummm…So we are remaking Star Wars..What a surprise.”

Star Wars has no exclusive rights to tragic villains, and never did. It wasn’t even an original idea then.

That’s like saying that Darth Vader should never have been written that way, since the biblical story of Lucifer had already laid claim to the classic “fall from grace” background story thousands of years ago.

Give me a break.

“Sun blows up…You tell me that the romulans could not send a ship to do a quick scan..to see if it will blow up.”

We do not yet know the details of that. It sounds to me as if there are simply varying opinions as to what the extent of the problem is, and what exactly should be done about it. Sounds like any given session of Congress to me. I’m not sure I see your problem with it.

105. Planet Pandro - January 20, 2009

I’m really beginning to get the sneaking suspicion that all is certainly not as it seems with the “basic plotline” applied to TreK XI. Nero goes back to destroy Vulcan, Spock goes back to stop him enlisting the aid of teh young Enterprise crew.” It seems to me hints have been dropped that it won’t be that simple. What if Nero is saving the Romulan Star System by destroying Vulcan in the past? Possibly by mining something out of Vulcan that will save Romulus and its surrounding Star System. Killing billions to save billions more? Huge moral quandry. What if Spock’s mission (whatever it may be), logical as it may seem to our favorite Vulcan, is actually more detrimental than we’re led to believe? Or if he in some way is going back to assist Nero’s plan but do it in a way that saves lives? I’m beginning to suspect some kind of plot twist to this effect…

106. Devon - January 20, 2009

#103 – That didn’t make any sense. In that case, that could go probably for about any Trek then.

107. Planet Pandro - January 20, 2009

Just to add…remember, from AICN, the sneak footage that H.K. saw, the footage of the Kelvin was in close proximity to a star (i believe it was described as “raging”) Could be a tie-in??…if The Kelvin was studying a star that Nero needed to get to for whatever reason, maybe the Kelvin is attacked for the sheer virtue of being in the way, thus setting in motion the altered timeline…

108. Holger - January 20, 2009

This comic preview has made me curious. I’ll get the comic.

109. Closettrekker - January 20, 2009

#105—Indeed. The kind of characters that attract JJ Abrams rarely seem to fit neatly into the categories of good and evil. It seems clear to me that there is much more to Nero than a sinister plot.

There was something about this which prompted Mr. Abrams to direct this film, rather than simply produce it. Given Bad Robot’s staple television series, it would be unlikely that a straight-forward “good vs. evil” story would have been so attractive to them.

Such rather complex antagonists are not unfamiliar to Star Trek either.

I rather enjoy being made to feel a degree of sympathy for a villain. While most villains do not see themselves as such, it is different when the audience, or even the hero, can empathize with him/her as well.

Fictional stories, Star Trek or not, become—I think—more interesting when it is discovered that there is more to the perspective of the “villain” than initially meets the eye.

110. OneBuckFilms - January 20, 2009

109 – Sometimes the antagonist, to use a better term, may be doing what (s)he thinks is right, but which is clearly wrong.

No true villain, aka Hitler, thinks they are evil, or doing something evil.

They usually believe they are doing something that is right or just.

It is clear from the Comic that Nero becomes the monster, and was not born one.

I know that something incredibly wrong is going to happen to push Nero over the edge, and compel his crew to join him on his mission.

111. OneBuckFilms - January 20, 2009

107 – It is quite possible that what Nero is attempting is endangering a planet orbiting that star.

Could that planet be Vulcan?
Could Nero be inducing the star to go nova to destroy Vulcan?

He fails the first time, then he spends years rebuilding his weapon/ship to try again, just as Kirk and Crew get together.

If this is the case, Kirk is not the target, but Vulcan.

Perhaps he believes that Vulcans are responsible for certain events in the comic?

112. Anthony Pascale - January 20, 2009

RE: Ben’s alt timeline postulate:
This comic is not in an alt timeline, but in good ol ‘prime’ timeline following Nemesis. All the alt timeline stuff related to the movie does not come into play in issue one of the comic prequel (and may not factor at all). As confirmed here by Orci, the alt timeline of the movie is started AFTER Nero goes back in time. This comic series is set BEFORE…note how Nero is not even bald/tattooed, etc.

113. Closettrekker - January 20, 2009

#110—“I know that something incredibly wrong is going to happen to push Nero over the edge, and compel his crew to join him on his mission.”

That much is certain.

It’s difficult to speculate with so little to go on, but what do we know of Nero so far?

1) His work has been in the field of mining.
2) He is something of a leader.
3) He is loyal to his associates, and in turn, that loyalty is likely reciprocated.
4) He values his family.
5) By the point of the story in STXI, violence has become a substantial part of his life, and he is accompanied by someone who is referred to as a “General”.
6) At some point, he is compelled to travel back in time, and his actions apparently result in an attack upon the USS Kelvin, Klingon warships, and something which threatens Vulcan—all of which, at this point, we assume are events which did not occur in the previous timeline.

Hmmmm….

Could the tragic deaths of his wife and son have something to do with his evolution?

114. harley3k - January 20, 2009

Spock = Obama

115. the king in shreds and tatters - January 20, 2009

The idea of making a dude who was violating the Prime Directive so egregiously the official Federation representative to Romulus doesn’t sound right. Despite his standing among the Unificationists, he gave the finger to both the Federation and traditional Romulans. It seems weird that he would be a politically expedient choice.

116. OneBuckFilms - January 20, 2009

115 – Spock supported Unification on his own, thus it does not fall under the Prime Directive.

The fact is, the Federation wants peace, so does Spock.

From a Federation perspective, once they know what he’s up to, they may go with him due to the eventual bond he shares with the Romulans.

He has an understanding and trust that cannot be ignored.

This puts him into a unique position where he may be the ONLY ONE of the job of building that Bridge.

Plus Spock has powerful family connections with Vulcan, and thus the Federation Council, and no doubt his and Sarek’s distinguished careers and experience carry considerable weight.

117. AJ - January 20, 2009

I am not sure Spock’s actions fall under the Prime Directive, as he is not in Starfleet.

His initial forays into unification came with the alleged cooperation of a Romulan Senator who was representing a real, growing movement on the planet. At some point, Vulcans must take notice, and whom better to send than Spock?

Also, as Romulans and Vulcans are spawns of one ocean, Spock’s actions could be construed as an “internal affair” of Vulcanoids, who are reconnecting a significant diaspora with its homeworld.

118. Craig - January 20, 2009

Not On Screen Not Canon, Not Prime Timeline Not Canon

119. THE GOVERNATOR - January 20, 2009

Fascinating. Just this small bit of prequel comic is proving more and more to me that Orci and Kurtzman know what they’re doing and so far, I find this story to be very compelling. From day one, one of my biggest worries has been the villain, because the villain is essentially the only character that had to be created from scratch. So far, I like what I see. Can’t wait for more!!!

120. THE GOVERNATOR - January 20, 2009

# 118:

IYHO;)

Point number one: this movie is on screen which makes it canon and nowhere does it say that one timeline or another determines or violates canon. Point number two: this comic is related to a movie that is canon which in turn makes this comic canon. (at least that’s my interpretation)

121. THE GOVERNATOR - January 20, 2009

Oh, and I like the Next Gen references, such as the Romulan Senate, Data, Picard, and so forth. However, I could have done without the Reman warships.

122. JWM - January 20, 2009

Cool, but…not dead? What? Can any Star Trek character besides Kirk just croak onscreen and be done with it? :o)

And I agree with #119: Orci and Kurtzman, unlike many Trek screenwriters before them, show their true fan blood with a lot of their twists.

123. ben - January 20, 2009

112
“As confirmed here by Orci, the alt timeline of the movie is started AFTER Nero goes back in time. This comic series is set BEFORE…note how Nero is not even bald/tattooed, etc.”

So, it’s like a Lex Luther thing?
And he’s evil in the alternate timeline?
I never buy comic books, but if **** is back, I’m getting it! His end was needless and gratuitous, especially since shuttles do have transporters…
Anyway, I know this is way off base because of the uniforms, but **** was Captain of another starfleet vessel during a conflict with the Romulans previously.

Besides, 112, that alternate timeline I made up was all just for fun. As much as I’d love the idea that the events of Nemesis never happened, I wish more the movie hadn’t been made, and that they should have hired Nick Meyers to direct another one. I’m hoping J.J. can be our new St. Nick.

122: Jadzia

124. ben - January 20, 2009

Oh, right, I meant to add that I loved the ear pun!

125. Anthony Pascale - January 20, 2009

123 ben
I am not sure if you are getting it

Nero is seen in the comics in the ‘prime’ timeline after Nemesis. In the movie we will see Nero go back in time and change the past (and therefore start a new timeline)….in that new timeline he will eventually go up against Kirk. But throughout the comics and the movie, it is the same Nero. There isnt a ‘good’ Nero and an ‘evil’ Nero…just one Nero who starts out as a nice family man who is friends with Spock (seen in COUNTDOWN 1) and eventually becomes an Enemy (in STAR TREK 2009 movie). We will see why and how Nero changes in the other three issues of the comic series, and in the movie.

126. Irishtrekkie - January 20, 2009

Since this is a story written by the Star Trek screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto ‘ask me about quantum theory’ Orci and is so closey related to the movie , maybe paramount some come out and make this CANNON ?.

yes yes i know it was always it had to be on the screen i.e. in the movie or show, and i am noting say we should make all books , comic , games cannon , but this one is speical the new movie will most likely refer to events in these comics .

what do others thinks ?

127. The TOS Purist aka The Purolator - January 20, 2009

Do they ever explain why Nero has a smooth forehead (like REAL Romulans should have) and why they had bumpy foreheads in that stupid ENT episode?

128. OneBuckFilms - January 20, 2009

127 – Maybe they are “southern” Romulans, while the smooth headed ones are “Northern”?

129. cinemadeus - January 21, 2009

Mr. Abrams claimed, the movie was made for movie fans in general.
Would it then not have been much more interesting to see the change of Nero from the honorable family man to the villain who does what he does IN THE MOVIE?

My question to Mister Orci / Kurtzman – from a drama student to an already established writer – is:
Will I (without reading the comics) understand Nero’s motivation to kill hundreds of people and change the timeline or does he only do the bad things just for the fun of it?

Not that we haven’t seen the same stuff in NEMESIS, only without time travel… (and don’t anybody come along with the bad childhood thing of Shinzon – that was a lousy excuse)

130. Alex Fletcher / Sulfur - January 21, 2009

#129: We don’t know when Nero’s fall happens. It might happen in the movie in flashbacks. It might happen in the movie right at the onset. It might be only referenced in the movie and the events shown in the comic. It might be shown in the comic, and then shown in a montage in the movie.

Let’s wait and see and have some patience. :)

131. Admiral_Bumblebee - January 21, 2009

I think it would be great if this comic would be on the DVD of the movie with the cast reading the lines, with music and sound effects and some camera movements about the pictures… Some kind of mini-movie done with the comic.

132. cinemadeus - January 21, 2009

Thanks for the response, Alex.
What you said could be right.
It is just that I hate these plain, superficial bad guys who do things because they are some crazy sons-of-****** .

I would pretty much like to feel sorry for Nero. After what I’ve read about the comic I’m sort of getting a picture of someone who has lost everything. For me that’s not the villain. It’s a tragic hero. And the only thing he can do is travel back in time, mess up history and become a murderer for the sake of a greater good.

@ Bob Orci (if you come to read this):
I will allow you to lecture me if I’m wrong…

133. CDR Cooties - January 21, 2009

Captain D is alive? Does that mean that Nemesis was just a very bad dream?

134. Closettrekker - January 21, 2009

#115—“The idea of making a dude who was violating the Prime Directive so egregiously the official Federation representative to Romulus doesn’t sound right.”

Romulans have had warp capability and been aware of other space-faring cultures for a long time. I don’t see how you are applying the “Prime Directive”.

Perhaps you meant that Spock undertook his task on Romulus against the wishes of Starfleet and perhaps the Federation Council. Well, given that it has born the fruit of better dialogue and relations with a former enemy, it seems perfectly reasonable that the Federation has modified its stance on what Spock has done.

135. AJ - January 21, 2009

134:

It is not an affair that either the Federation or Starfleet have the right to meddle in. It is an internal affair of one race of people who are not Terran.

Obviously, Earth is extremely interested in anything which will bring the Romulans either down, or into its own camp.

136. thorsten - January 21, 2009

@133…
So Picard must be Admiral by now.
Or is he tending the wine in france?

137. Closettrekker - January 21, 2009

#135—The Prime Directive and its application obviously changes from the 23rd Century to the 24th Century. That much is clear.

By the 24th Century, the PD is amended to include the prohibition of interference with warp capable species as well, as we see in the difference between its explanation and application in “The Paradise Syndrome” and “Bread And Circuses”, and (TNG) “Pen Pals”, “Homeward”, “Redemption”, and “Redemption II” .

Clearly, there are exceptions to the application of the PD, and there are actually 47 sub-orders (VOY–“Infinite Regress”).

One notable exception is when an extreme threat to the Federation exists. General Order 24 (“A Taste Of Armageddon”, “Whom Gods Destroy”) is an example.

It could be argued that The Romulan Star Empire is, and has always been, a threat to the Federation. Starfleet has always been willing to undermine such threats, as it demonstrates in ordering Kirk and Spock to undertake the clandestine mission in “The Enterprise Incident”.

We also see the PD conveniently ignored when the Federation views a civilization to be strategically important (“Friday’s Child”) in an ongoing Cold War.

Another exception is when a civilization’s normal and natural evolution has already been contaminated (“A Private Little War”, “A Piece Of The Action”).

It is easy to see how Spock’s actions can be made to fit within the established pattern of loose interpretations and exceptions to the PD. But it must also be noted that he is, at the time, neither a member of Starfleet or acting as an official representative of the UFP.

138. BonesCLCW - January 21, 2009

For the first time in my life I went into a comic book store and bought a brand new comic on the day it came out, I felt like a kid again and it was wonerfull! I like what they are doing even if it leaves many questions unanswered. In some ways the comic seems to be written for fans, sort of a little treat to us since the movie is geared toward everyone.

139. Kareem Owete - January 21, 2009

The spoliers almost made my head explode.

I surely hope they devote a page or 2 as to how this came about, before I really lose my mind.

140. 750 Mang - January 21, 2009

So has anyone else read the comic today?

Captain Data? Spock on Romulus for 40 years?

I thought data blew up (with the rest of the franchise) in Nemesis.

I’m going to give it another look tonight.

RTF!

141. Admiral_BlackCat - January 21, 2009

I too am interested in Spock’s 40 years on Romulus.

142. Darklighter - January 21, 2009

Just read it and greatly enjoyed it! Kudos to all for a great first issue. Nero is fascinating!
Quick question: The uniform that Data and his officer are sporting seem extremely reminiscent of the Starfleet uniform styles developed for the upcoming Star Trek Online MMO game, which takes place in the same general era. Anyone know if this was intentional? Very cool, if so. I did notice that there was a full-page ad for Star Trek Online at the back of the issue…

143. Mirror Sisko - January 21, 2009

is it me or the panel reflection in the last page looks like one of the ” a final unity” game?

144. Michael Foote - January 21, 2009

I too went to a comic book store for the first time and bought a new release on the day it was released. In fact it is the first comic I have bought in 35 years. Have to say, it isn’t like the comics I remember. Slick pages and the art is not like I remember. Story was interesting, surprised that B4 totally became Data, but it hinted at that at the end of the evil movie. And boy was it short. I could have used a much thicker book for $3.99. Other than that, make me want the next issue now.

145. Arvin Nathanael Chandra - January 21, 2009

I love the first part of the story…
Worth the pre-order, even if I am in Indonesia!

146. garen - January 21, 2009

i REALLY wanna know what “federation ship” appears at the end! what……letter.

i need a good look at her!

147. Jim Smith - January 22, 2009

Really, really enjoyed the comic. Point of order though – Spock says it has been forty years since TNG season five, not eighteen.

148. REDBELLPEPPERS - January 22, 2009

Not a bad issue. I’m really curious about how they explain Captain Data.

149. Ripper - January 22, 2009

The addition of Captain Data’s uniform being similar in style to the MMORPG uniforms of Star Trek Online’s can’t be coincidental.

Spock states 40 years since he came to Romulus… 2368 + 40 = 2408 the year before Online is set which is 2409

Star Trek: Online’s timeline has only got up to 2384 still another 24 years to go to see if it fits in with their chronology.

150. Crazy Guy - January 22, 2009

MAKE IT CANON!! MAKE IT CANON!!

Even if they don’t, I’m still getting the TPB.

151. Ripper - January 22, 2009

however… to correct myself…

the stardate is 64333.7 which is in old calendar terms 2387

Nemsis was 2379

Articles of the Federation which talks about B4 and Bruce Maddox ended in 2380 so its possible in the 7 year interrim… if Articles is counted then B4 could have possibly become Data.

However this isn’t quite clear… its rather confusing… and only a question Mr. Orci could answer or waiting to see what Issues 2+ hold

152. captain_neill - January 23, 2009

I read the comic yesterday, the dialogue was a bit clunky but I liked it.

I like how this will try to make the new movie canon. I will see how it plays out but it had a great start. Curious about Data since I thought he was dead, it must be B4 with Data’s memories as hinted at end of nemesis

I will prefer to treat it as separate entity as I still not keen on idea of timeline being changed without a restore. Afdter reading the comic and seeing the posters in my cinema I started to get excited.

Granted it is not our Star Trek but it is Star Trek back on the big screen. Although I have my concerns with the changes I think it will still be a good film.

153. Admiral_BlackCat - January 23, 2009

Has Spock really been on Romulus for 40 years? If so then the stardate makes no sense. Unless it is a Romulan Stardate based completely different standards/measurements of time than Federation/Starfleet Stardates. If this is the case I hope it become obvious at some point in the next 3 comics.
Otherwise the writers either a) are ignorant about current stardate conversion standards b) decided there is no way to accurately calculate stardates with years/months/days and conciously made up their own or c) are rewriting TNG history as to when Spock first arrived on Romulus.

I’m personally going with Romulan Stardate and believe Spock has been there 40 years, meaning these events take place approx. 27 years after Nemesis.

But then why would Spock the Federation Ambassador be using Romulan Stardates if he’s an active member of the Federation… When in Rome I guess…

154. DEWLine - January 23, 2009

Sarek would indeed have stated his pride at Spock’s achievements in diplomacy. He wouldn’t have called it “pride”, though.

“Satisfaction, both professional and personal”? That would be Sarek’s choice of phrasing.

155. Closettrekker - January 23, 2009

#153—“Has Spock really been on Romulus for 40 years?”

If you take the comic prequel as canon, then I suppose that he has. According to MA, the events depicted in Nemesis (2379) are 11 years after TNG’s “Unification I”, and “Unification II” (2368).

So then, obviously, that places the comic (issue #1) story in 2408—29 years after Nemesis.

I wonder, though, why we have been told before that the story takes place only roughly 8 years after Nemesis.

Perhaps the film begins at that point (2387), and not necessarily the comic story (2408). Or perhaps the comic print is in error. Or maybe the film’s story just begins far later than had initially been suggested.

In any case, I have never considered any comic books to be canon. Therefore, unless the film actually suggests that Spock has been on Romulus for 40 years, I’m not going to take that as absolute. Instead, I’ll wait and see what the film itself suggests in the dialogue.

156. Admiral_BlackCat - January 23, 2009

155
I agree and don’t consider Countdown to be canon. However it will be odd if a prequel comic that is supposed to tie directly into the movie states one thing while the movie could contradict it by stating something else. i.e. the stardate before Spock leaves the Prime Timeline or even if he has lived on Romulus less than 40 years.

Has an official source (IDW, Paramount, Orci, Kurtzman etc.) comfirmed it is indeed only 8 years after Nemesis? Or are we just converting Stardates to years and going from there? Maybe JJ and team threw out the old Stardate standards and have started their own system.

Then again the amount of time Spock has spent on Romulus probably won’t be in the movie, therefore never comfirmed into canon and he could have lived there for 80 years and all would be okay. :P

157. Closettrekker - January 23, 2009

#156—“Has an official source (IDW, Paramount, Orci, Kurtzman etc.) comfirmed it is indeed only 8 years after Nemesis? Or are we just converting Stardates to years and going from there?”

I get the impression that it was the latter case.

Here is what the Trekmovie article suggests:

“As reported, the comic series starts off after the events of Star Trek Nemesis. The Stardate given is 64333.4, around eight years after Nemesis (Stardate 56893.5).”

I wasn’t able to find any other reasoning behind that assumption.

“Maybe JJ and team threw out the old Stardate standards and have started their own system.”

Possible. It could also be that the writers (Mike Johnson and Tim Jones) are simply not aware of the conversion system that began with productions in the TNG-era.

But then the question would be—why didn’t Bob and Alex look over the final draft of the comic and correct that era?

I think it is best (at least for me) to resolve that “this is just a comic book”, and only what is depicted in the film really matters. For my purposes, the comic book prequels will only serve to tell me who this character (Nero) is and how he is connected to Spock, otherwise, it is indeed a separate entity.

158. Closettrekker - January 23, 2009

“…correct that era?”

Error (pun absolutely intended)…sorry.

159. serial commenter - January 24, 2009

SPOILER ALERT
As for “Data” commanding the Enterprise E in a parallel (or as like calling it: Anti – Time Future) Universe Captain Picard wasn’t saved by data, Henceforth Data commanding the Enterprise E and not Picard…
By the way this theory of mine consists with the basic concept of the directors and producers of the film which says: well it is not Rebooting it is simply Reimagining…(and what a better way rather than this parallel universe plot…)

160. Closettrekker - January 24, 2009

#159—The problem with that theory is that Data is depicted as being in command of that ship in the original timeline (noting of course that Data is not an actual character depicted in the film—only the comic prequel). These events (depicted in the comics) precede the actions taken which eventually alter the timeline (or simply create a new one, depending upon your view of the actual application of quantum theory in Star Trek).

It still isn’t a reboot, since previous continuity is not discarded, but is–in fact–essential to the story. This “alternate timeline” can never be created without everything we know as ‘canon’ forming the very timeline which leads the story to that point. The moment the “post-Nemesis timeline” is depicted in the beginning of the film, all previous continuity is acknowledged. It therefore cannot be discarded as something no longer relevant to the broader mythos. It remains not only relevant, but absolutely essential.

161. kirk09 - January 27, 2009

#155–actually its also possible that just as the 23rd century we’re gonna see in the new film isnt the one from the 1960s-1994, its also possible that the timeline nero and spock come from in the film as they go back in time is the very timeline formed as a result of spock’s intervention and therefore the elder spock we see in the film, though still played by leonard nimoy, is not the spock we’ve come to know so far but one very similar, but one who went to romulus 28 years earlier than the one we came to know previously…moreover, #159, it could also be that in this alternate timeline B-4, through the added memory port shinzon gave him, had an early flash of data (pun intended) in which he, not data, saved picard on the scimitar…or, and this leads into your statement #160, the alternate timeline 24th century spock and nero come from could in fact be an alternate of the yesterdays enterprise timeline….

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