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Review – Star Trek Countdown #4 – More Clues To Star Trek Movie Revealed April 1, 2009

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Today the "Countdown" to the new Star Trek movie ends, with the release of Star Trek Countdown $4. We finally get the showdown with Spock and Nero that this has all been leading up to, and we learn quite a lot about the new Star Trek movie along the way. Find out more in our review below. [SPOILERS]

 

STAR TREK COUNTDOWN #4 REVIEW

Now that this final issue is out, it seems like the series came out really quickly. Although it is great that there have just been a couple of weeks to wait since the previous issue, we now have to wait five weeks for the movie itself…bummer. The story, like the last three issues, picks up right where the prior issue’s cliffhanger ending left off. This is something that should make the trade (coming next week officially) read really smoothly in its final state.

There’s not much story left to tell by the time we get to the opening pages here, and the story moves along in that style. As you may recall, last time we were here, Worf had the Klingon Armada facing Nero’s Borg-modified Narada. In a complete and utterly expected non-spoiler, the expected result comes to pass. Sure Worf and his Klingon warriors put up a good fight, but after all, how big and bad would our villain really be if he couldn’t take care of himself? In the ensuing discussion with Worf, Nero truly shows that he has completely lost his mind, and he even reveals his dastardly plan [HIGHLIGHT INVISOTEXT: Telling Worf and Ayel he is coming after the Klingon Homeworld after he destroys Vulcan and Earth].


Nero tries to sweet talk Worf (click to enlarge)

We also quickly revisit La Forge, Picard, Data, and Spock and they drop a bit of technobabble while sharing some information that will likely play out on the big screen in a few weeks’ time. [INVISOTEXT: The Jellyfish is voice activated so only Spock can use it] Of course, I more than half expect to see it show up there too as some exposition, but those of us in the know will be able to share a little secret smile when that happens. After that Spock heads off to try to save the galaxy in one direction, while the Enterprise-E (yes, we actually see its name on the hull very clearly at one point in this issue) heads off to see how things went with Worf and Nero.


Geordi drops what could be a movie hint
(click to enlarge and unblur text)

The art in this issue, like the other three, is typical Messina art, with one exception that jumped out at me immediately. On page 7, there is a panel that shows La Forge and Spock together. Spock looks like he has been painted with water colors, something that really puts some life into his cheeks, and at the same time, gives a fantastic stylized look to him. Overall, the combination of art and colors are fantastic, and it is obvious that the artists are working together very tightly.

One really nice thing about this final issue in the series is that, at the end of things, it does set us up for the upcoming movie [INVISOTEXT: Most significantly showing both Spock's Jellyfish and Nero's Narada getting inadvertantly pulled into a black hole created when Spock released the 'red matter' into the Hobus Supernova (sending them back in time)]. But the ‘sequel to TNG’ aspect is also served well here. Thankfully, there are no major conflicts presented in this story that deviate too far off the beaten path in the Pocket novels (or nothing that couldn’t be worked around if they chose to do so). And more importantly, [INVISOTEXT: Picard, Data, the Enteprise and the TNG universe are all shown to survive after Spock and Nero go back in time - therefore more stories could be told in the TNG universe laid out in this series].


Before Nero faces Kirk, Spock and the 1701, he had to deal with Picard, Data and the 1701-E (click to enlarge)

Although Countdown #4 brings the series to a satisfying ending, this issue feels the briefest of them all and falls short of #3, which for my money was the best of the series. With all the twists and turns of previous issues, Countdown #4 kind of fell into a predictable pattern, and there just wasn’t enough of a story to sink your teeth into it. Overall, the miniseries covers the exposition leading into the new film quite well. It may not all be vital information, but I don’t doubt that there will be a few quick and quiet little references along the way to some of these events, which will leave you readers knowing just that much more than the guy next to you on opening night. Most importantly, the series has fleshed out the villain Nero and his motivation. [INVISOTEXT: Specifically his thirst for revenge against Spock and the Federation for what he feels they did (or didn't do) that caused the death of his family and the destruction of Romulus

Grand scheme of things? If you’re a Trek fan and you plan on seeing the new movie, read this story — you won’t regret it. But if you could hold out, you may want to read it all in one sitting and do it shortly before you see the film.


Regular and photo cover for "Countdown" #4
(click to enlarge)

Countdown #4 arrives in comic stores today. You can order it at TFAW or pre-order the trade paperback at Amazon, which should be shipping in the next few days.

Countdown
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The entire series is also available as a download for Apple iPhones and  Google Android.

Countdown #1

Countdown #2

Countdown #3

Countdown #4

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MORE TREK COMICS COVERAGE COMING SOON
Also out today is the second issue of John Byrne’s "Crew" series. Look for a review of that shortly.

Crew
#2

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(April 1)

 

Comments

1. That One Guy - April 1, 2009

I can’t wait for the paperback to come out! I’m heading to Barnes and Nobles the minute that I see it’s out.

2. Ensign Ricky - April 1, 2009

My paperback shipped yesterday!

3. lukas - April 1, 2009

nice

4. David - April 1, 2009

I am having trouble figuring out how people who have not read the comic are going to have any clue what is going on. I mean this is meant for non-trek people as well, how are they going to start the movie 10 minutes after the comic ends and people are going to understand that these people got sucked into a black hole and sent to the TOS era. I mean i like it but i think my friends who aren’t big trek fans are going to be lost. Anyone else agree

5. sean - April 1, 2009

[SPOILERS]

The black hole seems appropriate, given that’s how the O.G. Enterprise went back in time in ‘Tomorrow is Yesterday’. Interesting that the trip to the past will be unintentional.

6. SerenityActual - April 1, 2009

Can’t wait until the trade paperback, not too long now! And not too long after that, the movie!

7. Sybok's Secret Brother - April 1, 2009

On my way to Guapo Comics right now! I just don’t have the patience to wait for the TPB.

8. Aragorn189 - April 1, 2009

My Trade Paperback is on the way. Can’t wait to see all of the comics n detail and not just read the synopsis.

9. FS9 - April 1, 2009

You know, it’s too bad the TNG crew aren’t in the movie. I believe this movie will be great, and I love the story plot. Still the same, the Countdown portion of the story really seems to enchance the story. If anything else, we now know where “The Jellyfish” comes from. I’ve always liked Giordi (aside from the fact that I’ve always been a fan of Lavar Burton, too). :)

10. FS9 - April 1, 2009

Gee-whiz! Sorry I used “story” so many times in that post. I just realized I did, and it sounds terrible. :)

11. Jon - April 1, 2009

Well, I am happy the time travel is an ‘accident’ rather than intent.

12. Ian - April 1, 2009

I downloaded it this morning for my iPhone. I won’t spoil it, but one of our beloved characters get messed up something terrible!

My only complaint is they wasted a lot of frames recapping the end of the third comic. The previous comics did not do this.

Overall, a nice prequel to lead into this summer’s movie!

13. Captain Joe - April 1, 2009

I wish Captain Riker, Counselor Troi, the Titan, and Dr. Crusher had made appearances in Countdown.

14. Brian - April 1, 2009

No one who sees the movie will be lost. It’s a pretty safe bet that there will be some flashbacks covering some of the events of the comic books. At a minimum we will see the destruction of Romulus and Spock and Nero going into the blackhole. You don’t really need more than that.

15. Mike Ten - April 1, 2009

The thing I will be interested in seeing is: If the time travel was unintentional, then how does Nero get from the time when Kirk is born to Young Kirk joining starfleet? Are Nero and Spock just out there roaming around in space for all of those years?

I guess I will know in a few weeks, I can’t wait…

16. Lance - April 1, 2009

@ Mike Ten-

I think the movie plays out Kirk and Spock’s story, then it shows Nero and Old Spock emerging from the black hole (Or white hole, depending on your preferred theory).

17. What is it with you? - April 1, 2009

Anthony, you make this so hard!

Can’t visit this website again! Must wait for TB and Movie in a few weeks.

18. Markonian - April 1, 2009

8 years have passed since “Nemesis” and La Forge is still a Commander? Either he had trouble or he loves the engineering too much to give it up. Or Spock was just mistaking.

It’s not that I’m normally focused on such details, but I like to see some progress in there lifes, even if it’s just a regular promotion.

19. Can't Wait for May 8th 2009 - April 1, 2009

#15 Good Point.
My Guess and is only a guess. Nero is stopped by Spock. Is captured by the Klingons and sent to Rura Penthe. After a few years in prison and losing part of his right ear, escapes. And continues on his mission of vengeance. Ayel could have escaped with the Narada and gathered another Romulan crew while Nero was in prison. Now this is all guess work so I could very well be wrong. We will see in a month how things turn out.

20. mgoodr00 - April 1, 2009

So … Nero and Spock are stuck in the past. However, I doubt Nero just hangs around for 25-30 years until he decides to attack Vulcan. There also seems to be no mention of Nero in a Klingon prison. What’s up with that! Is he somehow captured after he and Spock travel back in time?

Bottom line – There is a lot that we don’t know!

21. NC Trekker - April 1, 2009

(Spoiler alert)

(spoiler guess coming)

Remember the trading card that showed young Spock piloting a stolen ship? That ties in to the idea that the jellyfish ship was coded so only Spock Prime could use it. Young Spock must steal the jellyfish ship at some point and he could use it since he is Spock after all.

22. Newman - April 1, 2009

Amazon sent me an e-mail saying I will get my paperback in about a week!

23. Chadwick - April 1, 2009

Just picked up a copy today, the first three were great so I am expecting a lot from the fourth and final installment. I plan on buying the paperback but right now, I am going to sit down, smoke a doob (p.s. kids, don’t do drugs), and read all four countdown comics. Every time I purchased one of the comics I had to go back and read the previous ones.

Regarding the poll, how can you vote Star Trek not be in the title of a Star Trek movie? Why the hell do you think they changed Enterprise to Star Trek Enterprise, just for fun!? Any Star Trek TV show or movie MUST have Star Trek in the title, this is not batman this is Star Trek, same with Star Wars.

24. Jefferies Tuber - April 1, 2009

the implication is that Geordi left Starfleet to start his open Starship engineering firm. he went private. and often officers are referred to by their last rank.

25. falcon - April 1, 2009

Totally and completely off topic…

Nice Star Trek references in Monday’s “24″ – two of the names being considered for Chief of Staff in the episode are Bob Justman and Rick Berman. No coincidence, since the episode was written by Manny Coto and Brannon Braga.

Cool stuff.

26. captblsisko - April 1, 2009

Ok, so the Narada (or T’Neruu, a la Ex Astris Scientia today) has Borg implants… How in Rao’s name (whoops, wrong franchise)… How in the name of the Prophets is a TOS era ship supposed to survive a battle with the Narada?!?!?!?!?!? Seriously. The real TOS Enterprise would get its tush handed to it, so this post-ENT/reboot universe has more advanced tech?

27. Darkowski - April 1, 2009

#2:

My paperback shipped yesterday as well! wooot! :-P

28. konar - April 1, 2009

you won’t need to know any of this stuff to understand or enjoy the film — it is merely a layer of context to help us (fans) understand how it fits into the “known” universe.

29. James T - April 1, 2009

So does the Narada attack the Kelvin and then just mooch about for 25/26 years until Kirk grows up?

Fascinating.

30. That Nutty Fanboy - April 1, 2009

@26. captblsisko,

Borg tech doesn’t automatically mean Borg weapons, and even if that is so, any spaceframe with a certain technology can only be souped up so much by Borg technology.
If you soup up a 90′s era tanker with some weapons and military technology and travel back in time to the time of the first emergence of steam ships and iron hulls, you can expect that, while dangerous, would still be manageable by the explosive shells of that era…

31. Dr. Jonzo - April 1, 2009

Does anyone know if and when Amazon might release #4 for Kindle–I read the first three issues that way and I’m jonesing to be a completist.

32. Anthony Pascale - April 1, 2009

RE: Where is Nero after Kelvin

SPOILERS

After the attack on the Kelvin, Nero is actually inspired by the heroism and sacrifice of George Kirk. He commits to change his ways and he attends some grief counseling and anger management classes. He then decides to make it up to the Kirks by changing his appearance to appear more human (his first attempt was having someone chew off his ear points). He then buys some make-up to cover the tattoos and goes to Earth and marries Winona Kirk to raise little James and make up for the father he lost. Eventually they settle down and being that he is a time traveler, Nero becomes obsessed with the past and opens a bed and breakfast (with the help of Ayel who attended cooking school). They decorate it with antiques and it is a big hit in Iowa. One senior Starfleet visitor was so impressed with it that he decided to change the location of the building of a major new ship to Iowa so he can come back more often.

Things are rough for Nero as James tests his patience, until one day little Kirk steals Nero’s prized Corvette and drops it down a ravine. This sends Nero over the edge and he vows revenge on the little punk and so he decides to go back to plan A – kill everyone. Problem is that in order to pay for the bed and breakfast he sold the Narada to a certain businessman (with an earing and mustache), who had turned it into a sort of orbiting gothic theme park, complete with gift shop and ‘pleasure center’

Nero then spends a decade or so getting his old crew back together and scrounging up enough cash to buy back the Narada (this is all shown in an montage, including seeing Nero having to do work as a human resources executive for an alien temp agency…where the line ‘fire everything’ comes from)….by the time he is done, James T. Kirk is just getting out of the Academy

…sorry if I spoiled too much

33. Skeptic - April 1, 2009

I continue to be amazed at how many people say that this is a great story. It is the story of a lunatic hellbent on destroying Earth. Have we ever seen this in Star Trek before? Yes, millions of times. Why couldn’t they come up with something genuinely original?

And I agree completely with #26. In “Yesterday’s Enterprise”, it’s mentioned that the Enterprise-C was under attack by three Romulan warbirds of that era (early 24th century). It’s also mentioned that these three ships would stand “no chance” against the Enterprise-D. So a late 24th century Federation ship can easily destroy three early 24th century Romulan warbirds. Yet a Borg-enhanced, late 24th century/early 25th century Romulan ship is supposedly going to attack a mid-23rd century Enterprise in a way that’s going to make for an interesting or convincing battle?

Come on…

34. Tanner Waterbury (HUGE PINK FLOYD FAN) - April 1, 2009

@32

LMAO Bravo!

you ruined it for us!

LMMFAO!

35. Pragmaticus - April 1, 2009

22 – I got the same e-mail.

36. Planet Pandro - April 1, 2009

#32- So is Nero’s B&B where little Jimmy learned to cook those Ktarian eggs that would come in so handy w/ Antonia all those years later??? now THAT’S some hard-core canon going on there!

37. sean - April 1, 2009

#33

Really? Hmmm, I’m hard pressed to think of that many stories that involved someone hell bent on destroying Earth. V’ger wasn’t really determined to destroy Earth so much as seek his creator…the Borg wanted to destroy all of mankind. The Probe was merely trying to find whales to talk to. Shinzon wanted to destroy Earth for some ridiculous and whiny reason, but that’s the only one I can think of that involved someone deliberately setting out to destroy Earth specifically.

38. Mike - April 1, 2009

Ordered my TPB 3/24…..finally shipped today, excited! :)

39. Planet Pandro - April 1, 2009

@37-

Shinzon wanted to destroy earth because of…um..

Well, you see, Picard’s blood…no, wait…

The Federation…um, the needs of the many…

no, uh…humanity…geez…prime directive…

40. Pragmaticus - April 1, 2009

You know what I just realized? Nero looks eerily similar to Nosferatu when he’s dressed in black.

41. captblsisko - April 1, 2009

@30. That Nutty Fanboy

I hear (or rather, read) what you are saying. And as we’ve seen in ST:TNG a Borg vessel can be overwhelmingly destroyed or tricked into shutting down, but this is the case of a 24th/25th Century starship going up against… well, something akin to a 22nd Century starship, rather than a 1990′s tanker going up against a 1860′s warship. Borg shields and powerful weapons more than make up the difference against mid-23rd Century photon torpedoes and phasers.

I mean, even the Defiant, who was built to battle the Borg, had a hard enough time against them, and she had better weapons than the Enterprise-E. (“Ramming speed” for desperation and “adrift but salvageable” for the aftermath are clues as to how she fared.)

42. Neftoon - April 1, 2009

Only 6 more days and i get to see what happens after they go through the black hole.

43. captblsisko - April 1, 2009

@39

Shinzon wanted to destroy the Earth because he did not want to pay all the late fees he had with a couple of libraries, Blockbuster Video, and a few parking tickets.

It’s overkill, but this is Shinzon we’re talking about. Poor guy had Small Ears Syndrome.

44. sean - April 1, 2009

#39, 43

Those are better than the reasons actually provided in the movie, so bravo! ;)

45. Thomas Jensen - April 1, 2009

Good. I’m glad Romulus got blown-up, I’m tired of that planet.

46. McCoy - April 1, 2009

The Enterprise in the film (Uglyprise) is no longer the TOS Enterprise. It has been upgraded with more modern technology (from the future) to combat Nero’s ship. Perhaps the Enterprise E has been destroyed on back in time…and the new Uglyprise is an attempt to reconstruct it.

47. Charlie - April 1, 2009

C’mon payday… HURRY UP!!!

48. Valar1 - April 1, 2009

So that’s the whole backstory of Nero. I gotta say I am seriously underwhelmed. He’s doing this because he blames everyone in every major planet for the death of his world- a very huge reach for a normal rational person. That sort of emotional reaction usually lasts a few months and then reason reasserts itself, but I guess the argument is that he became unhinged- which is a lousy motivation for a movie villain IMO. Khan had good reason to blame Kirk- it was a direct correlation between Kirk marooning the group on that planet and never checking on them to Khan’s wife’s fate. An average moviegoer could relate to Khan and his motivation, but I can’t relate to Nero’s as it is presented here. I hope the movie does a better job of explaining this than the comic seems to, I hope there’s more to it that what looks like a petulant child’s temper tantrum.

49. Discodave - April 1, 2009

With regards the TOS enterprise standing up against nero and his Borg pimped ship. I cant imagine traveling throu a black hole is good for a ship. Whats to say that the ships are both damaged in some way. And since the tech isnt available to repair said ships weapons.
Your stuck with a ship with lots of guns but no way to get them working.

50. ucdom - April 1, 2009

#32

You’re a genius. Nero is actually Basil Fawlty! Maybe the thing which tipped him over the edge was when Pike dropped by and ordered a Waldorf Salad.
I guess Ayel is ‘from Barcelona’

51. Shane - April 1, 2009

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If, as Anthony said, the book shows that X, Y, and Z survive, does that mean that it also shows whether or not the wounded party is given to them?

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52. jas_montreal - April 1, 2009

@ 15. I beleive kirk’s father is killed fighting Nero and saves vulcan. I guess nero’s ship is heavily damaged or something. Spock must be helping the federation or something during that time. Hence the Weird/New Design for the Enterprise and why its being built in Iowa , instead of San francisco. I don’t know….. WHO KNOWS !

53. thereare4lights - April 1, 2009

If they do manage to travel thru the Hobus black hole, then that damn thing isn’t a black hole. The gravitational forces would tear those ship to smithereens in a genuine black hole, even before they reach the sinug…. single…singularity.

54. ucdom - April 1, 2009

Actually in a similar vein to #32, there was a sketch in a comedy show called Big Train, a fair few years ago now, which showed the home life of Ming the Merciless.
Hilarious.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5xqukXdkmY

55. mooseday - April 1, 2009

#49 Ripped the crap out of the Cygnus … then again it was essentially a giant Victorian greenhouse in space …

56. DarthLowBudget - April 1, 2009

#48 I’m not sure it’s fair for any of us to guess the emotional reaction of a person who’s entire race and planet have been destroyed, especially considering that it was completely avoidable, because none of us have ever survived the total destruction of our race and species.

57. Jefferies Tuber - April 1, 2009

thereare4lights – a genius handle

58. K. Thatcher - April 1, 2009

I agree with #48 – very underwhelming backstory. I sure hope this movie has a lot of things blowing up and shows a lot of skin, or the attention-deficit, movie-going audience the producers are targeting is going to be unimpressed.

59. Tom Welling For Superman - April 1, 2009

so what is going to happen to spock prime?

60. captblsisko - April 1, 2009

@48 – Remember, Romulans are Vulcans who never learned to control their emotions (or wanted to, for that matter). Also, don’t forget that Vulcan emotions are very deadly and they nearly destroyed themselves before Surak came along. So Nero going overboard after the death of his son… er Planet, wife, and unborn child makes sense, for a Romulan.

@56 – Actually his whole race wasn’t destroyed. There are plenty of planets in the Romulan Empire. :D

61. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - April 1, 2009

SPOILERS BELOW FOR COUNTDOWN, ETC.

I wouldn’t call the backstory underwhelming — at least there is a valid justification for Nero’s desperation and madness. He just watched his world die, along with any future he had. Spock promised to help him, but the Vulcans refused to take action to save Romulus in time. In Nero’s mind, Spock used him for a cheap ticket home so that he could save Vulcan after Romulus ‘ate it.’

He feels betrayed on behalf of himself, his family, and his entire race. You’ve got nationalism and family honor and love all twisted and sharpened into a weapon that he’s damn well going to use. Turn on the news and you’ll see genocide with a far slimmer justification.

62. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - April 1, 2009

Juxtapose that with Shinzon, who basically became Picard’s anemic and less-successful clone. I agree wholeheartedly with # 39.

63. Valar1 - April 1, 2009

@56, 60

I’ll reserve judgement until I actually see the movie, I want it to succeed for a variety of reasons, but the comic story isn’t capturing my imagination. I hope the movie presents the Nero history/motivation in a more believable way.

64. David - April 1, 2009

So people who never watch star trek, even if its a quick intro into the back story are going to know about borg, black holes, time travel, spock prime, nero’s hatred, etc…. Its a lot to take in for someone who is not into star trek like most of my friends. I will love this movie no matter what, but for the new viewer i think they are going to be lost and will hurt the numbers at the box office

65. fubamushu - April 1, 2009

One does not necessarily need to know the motivation for the revenge in order to understand that someone is out to kill someone. It adds depth, but it is not necessary.

In referencing TWOK, one did not have to see or understand what happened in Space Seed to enjoy and understand the film, though it would added depth and meaning. In an effort to add some of that missing depth and meaning, Khan has a couple of soliloquies that gave us just enough taste of the motivation behind his need for revenge.

Nero could have a little dialog that puts into place the motivation for his revenge.

66. Blake Powers - April 1, 2009

#32… That was awesome. First time i’ve LOL’d today.

67. ucdom - April 1, 2009

Re: #32 and 50

How’s this?

http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~ucfbanf/Nero_Fawlty.jpg

68. Anon - April 1, 2009

fubamushu just pwned David

Nice one

69. Valar1 - April 1, 2009

53

“If they do manage to travel thru the Hobus black hole, then that damn thing isn’t a black hole. The gravitational forces would tear those ship to smithereens in a genuine black hole, even before they reach the sinug…. single…singularity.”

If I remember my Trek tech correctly, they usually slingshot around a heavy mass to go beyond the time barrier – I think that’s what it’s supposed to be rather than “through” the black hole.

70. DarthLowBudget - April 1, 2009

@60: Isn’t it strongly implied in the comic that the overwhelming majority, if not all of the Romulans (Excepting the ones who he runs into later) were killed?

71. Valar1 - April 1, 2009

65

“One does not necessarily need to know the motivation for the revenge in order to understand that someone is out to kill someone. It adds depth, but it is not necessary.”

Well, nothing is necessary. Hell, no one needed to make the movie, but it is an added spice to the melange which makes a fine meal. Motivation adds to the believablility of the character, which adds to the believablilty of the movie and thus to the enjoyment of the flick for a discerning viewer. If we had no idea why the T-100 came after Sarah Conner, would we enjoy Terminator as much?

72. bman - April 1, 2009

Confused here…

In post #18 Markonian says that 8 years have passed since “Nemesis”. Where did that number come from?

In Countdown #1, Spock says he’s been living on Romulus for 40 years. That would place the Countdown comics in the early part of the 25th century.

Just how long after the fifth season of TNG was “Nemesis” supposed to have taken place? Given the numbers above, it would be 32 years!

73. Dave Schilling - April 1, 2009

53.

In the comic, Geordi said he designed the Jellyfish to withstand the very gravitational forces you speak of. The Narada has adaptive Borg tech and we know the Borg have plenty of experience with time travel.

74. DJT - April 1, 2009

I am excited. This month cannot go by fast enough.

Oh and Anthony, regarding the spoilers – Bravo!

You had me there for a sec. ‘A bed and breakfast? WTF? Ohhhh’.

75. captblsisko - April 1, 2009

@70
Dunno, I haven’t read the comics yet, just what’s posted at this site. However, if most of the Romulans were on Romulus… well, maybe it makes sense knowing their isolationist and speciest attitudes.

76. thereare4lights - April 1, 2009

#73 Really? Are you serios? I doubt any technology will be able to withstand an environment where matter is crushed to infinite density.

77. Nero=Bitch - April 1, 2009

#70–no and since this comic not only is meant to be a prequel tothe film but also a prequel to the STO game, youd do well to visit the star trek online website to reread the backstory for the game, but suffice it to say Donatra from Nemesis founded an alternate Romulan Empire on another planet in the Empire but later said alternate Empire was remerged back into The Romulan Star Empire, all before the events of this comic series…so itd be logical (no pun intended) to assume the Romulans made that other planet New Romulus, and consequently there were billions of other Romulans around on other Empire planets to repopulate a New Romulus…also, the Romulans’ isolationist and sepeceist attitudes were within THE EMPIRE, not confined to Romulus the planet…are Republican or Democrat views confined to one state in these United States? No…and neither are Romulan isolationist and racist views confijed to one planet in an Empire thats structured much like the USA (LOL)

78. DGill - April 1, 2009

One thing I enjoy the most about the ‘Countdown’ series is the fact that even if the dialogue is a bit dry, the writers have truly set up an epic goldmine. The stakes of this series alone trumps the implications set forth by “Nemesis”, and I think novelists will have a field day with all the loose ends.

79. Nero=Bitch - April 1, 2009

correction: i was aiming my #77 comment at #75, not #70…sorry, typo…

80. Gibnerd - April 1, 2009

so i thought i was keeping up on everything, but now i’m getting confused…
Romulus is destroyed in the “prime”/classic timeline.
Nero is pissed nobody stopped it and really pissed at Spock.
Nero & Spock are sucked back in time by accident.
Nero blows up the Kelvin & may or may not get put in Klingon jail for this.
he busts out jail to kill him some Kirk & Spock.
We first see Spock Prime on Delta Vega.
So how then does the alternate timeline get created? The destruction of the Kelvin? Does Romulus exist in the new timeline? Did the Romulan War happen?

I’m confused & whoever above said how great it is how much we don’t know, i agree, seriously bravo supreme court.

81. Third Remata'Klan - April 1, 2009

I’m happy to hear that the story is worth it.

Thanks!

82. sean - April 1, 2009

#72

I believe it was clarified elsewhere on TrekMovie that the writers simply made a mistake with that piece of dialog.

83. CJS - April 1, 2009

“How in the name of the Prophets is a TOS era ship supposed to survive a battle with the Narada?!?!?!?!?!?”

How did they survive their encounter with the Doomsday Machine? With the Fesarius? Being surrounded by three Romulan Battle Cruisers? Against V’Ger? The Enterprise doesn’t escape merely because she matches fire power or shield strength with her opponents but because her kickass Captain and Crew out think and out maneuver their enemies.

84. Death from Within - April 1, 2009

@26 – TOS ENT ain’t going to go toe to toe in combat. We see in the preview that a number of TOS starshps get Ginsu’d up by the Narada, so I don’t think this is going to be a Wrath of Khan style ship brawl.

Note Nero’s obsession with calling over the captains of his defeated ships. Worf. Rabau. Pike. The recent kiddie version of the trailer shows Kirk ends up on the Narada as well. My guess is that the ultimate defeat of Nero comes from within his ship by (a) Kirk outwitting him, (b) the rest of the crew doing something innovative on the outside, and (c) Spock prime pasting himself into the Narada in the Jellyfish.

Boy, that sounds silly when I actually type it.

85. Daoud - April 1, 2009

Anthony’s fanfic for 04.01.09… one sick puppy. You forgot about the flux capacitor though. You should have mentioned it.

86. Marianne - April 1, 2009

#72
I think the writers are referring to the Vulcan’s Forge/Heart/Soul series. They state that Spock visited the underground movement before the events we see in Unification…

87. Nikos - April 1, 2009

does that mean that there Is there gonna be a chance to see in the movie Patrick Stewart??

88. captblsisko - April 1, 2009

@77/79
S’alright. It’s been a while since I’ve even thought about the Romulans, and I do need to read the backstory for the game if it’s used here (we are one big happy fleet, after all, so let’s hope that Pocket Books is on board).

So either way, t’would make sense that there are definitely more Romulans out there. However, sounds like (and again I still haven’t read the comic yet, waiting for the TPB) Nero really really really loved his home planet (nothing wrong with that), so it would make sense that he’s insanely wanting to kill everything… No wait, that was Shinzon. Nero just wants to fire everything.

89. M - April 1, 2009

The DANGER is that this new movie relies on anything related to Nemesis.

90. Nero=Bitch - April 1, 2009

will people stop saying that ANY element of Nemesis would poison a present or future Trek project? Nemesis failed due to improper casting of Shinzon and a douchebag guy helming the film combined with crappy editing and a low budget…ALL things whichwould not have been the case had JJ helmed the film

91. CarlG - April 1, 2009

#32: This needs to be a DVD extra or something. Effing hilarious. :)

92. just some guy - April 1, 2009

KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!

lol

with all the TWOK references I jsut wanted to type that….

93. Spockanella - April 1, 2009

32: You missed your calling as a screenwriter. Inspired!

94. ahkenatan - April 1, 2009

This all looks really good and very well planned out by all the head honchos. From everything I’ve seen so far it has most of the hard core trek lovers ( yes I include myself in that realm ) and the interest of the general public. I have to say I think the prequel story looks interesting and it now makes me wonder how it will all play out in the movie as well.

I’m happy to see all the nods to the Next Generation as well even if there is nothing officially said in the movie. To me it shows it was all carefully thought out.

Thanks for bringing Trek back guys( Abrams, Orci, etc. ) I hope this flick makes you millions.

You’ll get my 11 bucks for sure.

95. M - In Defense of Remans - April 1, 2009

#90

I’m going to ramble:

I will never stop saying Nemsis was a horrible film AND it was anti-Star Trek. I don’t have to blame the director because I can look at some of his very interesting credits and realize he should have been capable of making a good film.

If you read scripts as a series of values in conflict, then this was a story that began with a slave rebellion and ended with the slave masters returned to their place in hierarchy.

What I am asking is: do all the Remans have to suffer because of the few who tried to destroy Earth? This IS the racial hatred imposed by Picard in the name of the Federation at the conclusion of the film. If that didn’t blow your mind, you were not paying attention.

Because every other plot element that was stolen from previous Trek films, we simply see a mind numbing action film. But if you look at the moral values the end left you with, the political agenda of the film is simply fascist.

Since when, in Star Trek, would Picard end the film by replacing the “order” of the “normal” Romulans over the Remans they enslaved? With no irony?

That the actors, who I believe truly love and embrace Trek’s values, have never unuequivocally stated this, just shows how bad they feel about it.

I don’t understand why anyone would bother defending it.

96. MC1 Doug - April 1, 2009

#32: Anthony, a curse upon upon you for spilling all the beans I guess I don’t need to see the movie now, you bast**d.

LOL

97. John Sullivan - April 1, 2009

Again I thank the Producers the more I read for borrowing with no gratitude of even a free movie ticket many of my ideas from the “Fairy Tale” story … but just remember one word about all of this … “Cast Roginium.” Whether or not this is key to the plot of the story. I could go on forever about this, but I won’t. I’m just glad that it seems that the producers read my story and are making extraordinarily great use of it. The ticket is on me. Can’t wait to see the movie. The comic book? I stopped reading comics when I was 8, and so did every other male (or female) who grew up to become normal.

98. Someone - April 1, 2009

@95

Uhh, so you expected Nemesis to also deal with the liberation of all Remans before it ended? Going by our own real-life examples, that sort of thing would take generations to overcome. How is Picard going to single-handedly alter the society of a system that doesn’t even belong to the Federation and is usually regarded as their enemy? And even if it was possible for him to do, don’t you think he would need a few decades to get started? That wasn’t the point of the film at all. The point was Picard’s encounter with Shinzon. Sure, maybe the Federation should extend its arms out to the Remans and see if they would like to join, but that would stir up a lot of controversy within the Federation and the Romulan Empire…something Picard and company couldn’t just decide to up and do themselves. These things take time and the input of all those with higher “paygrades”….

99. istewart - April 1, 2009

I couldn’t really buy into this story either. I didn’t appreciate that it hinges on a contrived galaxy-eating supernova. The concept of using weapons that manipulate gravity is an interesting one, but technobabbling up the “red matter” to solve the supernova really felt like they were trying to feed us the plot progression we expected from Berman/Braga Trek, then capture our interest by shoving the familiar characters into new roles. I didn’t really have any reason to accept them in those new roles, though, because there was little explanation of how they got there. The destruction of Romulus just felt like they were upping the scale of the threat for pure shock value, and it seemed a little cheesy. It also restricts storytelling possibilities if they choose to move forward with this continuity in later comics.

Nero’s backstory will probably be retold in similar detail through flashbacks in the film, and what was presented here did nothing to convince me that he won’t turn out to be a generic angry scenery-chewer, with Bana pouring in as much emotion as he can to sell it. Surely he’ll be more enjoyable to watch than Shinzon, but I doubt he’ll be a much deeper or more interesting character.

Overall, I feel like this is a bone thrown to TNG fans of similar quality to Enterprise’s finale. Nice to see some appreciation shown for Picard and co., but it didn’t grab my interest nearly as tightly as the show did, and it’s also not really targeted at people who are interested solely in the new movie. (Much like Enterprise’s fans complained about that finale mishandling the Enterprise characters for no good reason.)

100. M - In Defense of Remans - April 1, 2009

#99

Real life sometimes give you only one chance.

Kirk pulled moves like that all the time. He would have left the Remans to their own devices.

If Picard would have done it, the film would have actually been intersting to watch.

And so, the point I am making is that the film is AGAINST freedom.

And that’s exactly what the studio wanted. They don’t really want to make a film that deals with real issues and actually shows generosity, forgiveness, and liberation.

(PS. glad you can take it seriously!)

101. M - In Defense of Remans - April 1, 2009

sorry, I meant the above for #98

102. Richard Daystrom - April 1, 2009

All this talk, all this talk ! Let’s just wait for the movie. Time to drink.

103. Nick - April 1, 2009

These comics are a gift to the fans essentially.

I believe the perceived complexity of this backstory will not effect the greater audience as I have faith in the story-telling abilities of the creative team.

Hopefully, through this film, we will see many new fans who in-turn may seek more back-story from these comics … which will draw them further into the extensive universe of Star Trek story-telling, films, episodic television etc of the past 40+ years.

Go Trek!

104. Shane - April 1, 2009

@95 and 98

I second what 98 has said. Furthermore, I think that 95 is mistaken in your point about how the film ended. The entire Romulan Senate was killed by Shinzon. They would have been the slave-masters. The Romulans who end up in charge in the end appear to be those who have a spirit of reform and less “xenophobic” or adversarial ideas. The movie ends with the feeling that perhaps the Federation and the Romulans can begin to move toward peace – similar to, though certainly different, from the way Star Trek VI ended as regards the Klingons. Of course, Star Trek VI was a far superior film to Nemesis – my point isn’t to compare the two.

Also, I think that one of the very big points of Nemesis is often missed, and one in which the film is, rather than anti-Star Trek, very much in the spirit of Star Trek. Don’t misunderstand: it’s one of if not my least favorite of the films, and I think there are many problems with it. I do not, however, think it’s nearly as bad as many play it off to be. In any case, the point I’m talking about is Data finally achieving humanity. The search for humanity, and what it means to be human, has been one of the most important themes in Star Trek since it’s creation. In this film, we see Data, the character we first saw so far from his goal of being human in Encounter at Farpoint (indeed, one of the first characters we see at *all*) finally be able to achieve his goal. He is able to die and to leave behind a legacy, a child, as it were, in B4. While in so many ways the film is a disappointing farewell to the crew of the Enterprise D/E, it’s also in at least one very important way an extremely fitting ending, with Data’s search for humanity serving as an allegory for the search in general throughout all of those years, and the story of that crew being bookended by his tremendous distance from that goal at Farpoint and finding him, so far along the path by Nemesis, finally achieving it.

105. KalEl1103 - April 1, 2009

*SPOILERS*

I just had a thought about what Commander D’Spal said in Countdown #3… she said that the Borg technology “learns.” I could see Nero’s Narada learning how to create/manipulate black holes as a means for traveling through time at will. That’s how he’s able to appear in the timeline of George Kirk and then later when James T. Kirk is a cadet.

106. Someone - April 1, 2009

@100/101 – Isn’t that essentially what he did do? Leave them to their own devices?

@104 – Very well put. Nemesis will in fact always be an important story to me, regardless of all its flaws, simply because of Data’s death. I’m usually a pretty cynical and emotionless person, but I found myself holding back a tear (unsuccessfully) at the moment when the crew finds out about it on the bridge. You are correct, his humanity was finally, unquestionably achieved when all of those people (including we in the audience) mourned his loss. For me, that and the expert use of Irving Berlin’s “Blue Skies” to reflect his journey (both explicitly in the film and in the closing titles music) tends to redeem the entire film in my mind despite everything else wrong with it. I didn’t find there to be anything cheap about it…he died saving Picard, from “himself”. How more poetic could you get? Of all the people for him to sacrifice his own life for, Picard would be my top choice as a writer — his father figure. I don’t even find the suggestion that he might one day be resurrected via B4 to cheapen it. Some call it a cheap rip-off of Spock’s death & resurrection…but at least with Data it would make some scientific sense, whereas the whole “katra” thing is a bit too supernatural and religious for me.

107. cd - April 1, 2009

#32 – Anthony – thanks for the 4/1-1. >;>}
Actually, all of the prequel stuff sounds MUCH better than what I seen about the movie. I hope they put Picard, Data, and Geordi in the movie anyway, even if the official rumor is they are not.
(hell, they got Clooney back in ER without a big leak, so why not?)
And Jennifer Garner for a cameo as Number One please.

>;>}

108. CarlG - April 1, 2009

@106: I’m glad it worked for you, and I must admit Data’s death got me a bit misty-eyed when I saw Nemesis the first time. But looking back on it, it just feels like the producers were forcing down the audiences’ collecitve throat. “Cry, damn you, cry! Like you did in #2! CRY!”

It’s really a testament to the acting chops of Brent Spiner et al. that they were able to sell it at all.

109. M - In Defense of Remans - April 1, 2009

To Someone and Shane,

All good points about Data, as intended in the script. Unfortunately, like many of Data’s personal challenges, I didn’t buy the execution and it left me cold. But, absolutely, Data’s arc in of Nemesis is not really Anti-Trek.

And especially in this comic, it would have been interesting to meet an “old data” and an older Spock.

My original reason for writing was that I still hope that Nero is not really tied in any way to Shinzon-related character arcs.

But this reminds me of the Data that I do like, with Spot:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-7s2PAxsww&NR=1

110. The Governator - April 1, 2009

64. David

Why is it necessary to know all that stuff? Its just a bunch of treknobabblish garble that most people don’t care about and is unnecessary.

111. I Hate Thoughtlessness - April 1, 2009

Alex, thank you for reporting this, however:

you failed to deliver upon the promise of your article’s thumbnail pic. Where’s the enlargement?

Where’s the explanation?

112. Unbel1ever - April 1, 2009

[Spoiler]

The comic answers certain things. The prime timeline obviously isn’t affected by Nero’s return to the past, since the Enterprise-E doesn’t change immediately. The Narada can’t be that strong, since it can’t blow up the Enterprise E with their shields down. They even can raise them again, which suggests, the damage was bad, but manageable. So the old “advanced” 1701 might have a chance. In connection with the still, we’ve seen recently of young Spock in a stolen ship, it’s a real good bet, he steals the Jellyfish. I still find it curious, that Worf returns to the Defence Force after all those years.

Just my two cents.

113. Skeptic - April 1, 2009

112–

There is a huge difference between not being able to wipe out the Enterprise E and not being able to wipe out the 1701. Once again, the Enterprise D could supposedly have wiped out three Romulan warbirds that were much closer to its age than the 1701 is to the Narada.

114. FAB - April 1, 2009

When did comics get so pricey? It’s kind of ironic that I spent more money on these comics preparing me for the movie than I will to see the actual movie. But I guess there never was a choice in the matter, I would have paid $20 per book if I had to.

115. The Governator - April 1, 2009

Silly debates going on here.

116. TrekTwenty - April 1, 2009

@ 55

If that was a Black Hole reference, ilu forever.

117. JohnWA - April 1, 2009

95-

Actually, it makes perfect sense. Why would the Federation free the Remans? What’s in it for them?

As with any major power (in real life as much as fiction), the Federation cares about its strategic interests. The Romulans are a known quantity. The Remans are not. Forcing the Romulans to emancipate the Remans would’ve created instability and chaos in the empire. And that certainly isn’t going to benefit the UFP in the long run.

This isn’t inconsistent with the series either. Despite Starfleet’s high minded rethoric, Federation foreign policy has always reflected political reality. From the force removal of colonists along the Cardassian DMZ to the decision to basically condone Section 31′s genocide against the Founders, the leaders of the Federation have made it clear they will not sacrifice security for “morality.” Why would they behave any differently when confronted with the issue of slavery?

118. Balok - April 1, 2009

I heard that there will be a made for TV movie, in the fall, that will be the prequel to the new movie and cover the story from the comics. Cool!

119. Someone - April 1, 2009

@114

IDW Publishing is categorized as an “independent” publisher. Their comics are all $3.99. They produce a higher quality comic, with a thicker stock cover and higher quality pages. They also tend to have less errors in them, or so I’ve noticed. I’m sure their independent status means certain things such as marketing, distribution, and production are a little more costly for them than the “big guys”. So, the extra cost is justified, as far as most adult comic collectors are concerned. Their subject matter (in all of their titles, not just Trek) is definitely more for the adult collector/reader than for kids; targeting adults allows them to get away with higher prices. But, yeah, $3.99 is pretty steep for non-collectors just looking to pick up something just to read it. At least you have a cool movie-related collectible. Hope you got it bagged & boarded!

What’s more, for what it’s worth, ALL of IDW’s Star Trek stories have been of a higher quality than most everything else I read when I recently surveyed all of the other Trek comic series that have been produced over the years.

In fact, one of the best Star Trek comics I have ever read was issue #2 of IDW’s 2007 miniseries ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Space Between’. It felt exactly like watching an episode of TNG. Exactly. I highly recommend that one to anybody! Look for it on eBay.

120. Someone - April 1, 2009

Oh yeah — in addition to the above…IDW’s books have far fewer advertisements than a typical DC/Marvel book…and the ads never/rarely interrupt the story! :)

121. The Governator - April 1, 2009

118. Balok

Yeah right, and a happy April Fools day to you too.

122. istewart - April 1, 2009

Even if they did make a TV movie of this, it would just end up getting compared unfavorably to “All Good Things…”

123. Oktoberfest - April 1, 2009

@76 I doubt any technology will be able to withstand an environment where matter is crushed to infinite density.

Capt. Robau can withstand it.

124. M_E - April 1, 2009

“76. thereare4lights – April 1, 2009
#73 Really? Are you serios? I doubt any technology will be able to withstand an environment where matter is crushed to infinite density.”

Uhmm, if the Jellyfish can, maybe it kanikazing the Narada as seen in the trailer does not mean it gets destroyed, if damaged at all…

125. USS TRINOMA NCC-0278 - April 1, 2009

SPOILER THEORY

If Spock is the only one that could activate the jellyfish, and that no one could steal it, then the scene where we see the jellyfish being rammed into the Narada, is that Spock sacrificing his life again? If that is the case, Spock truly lived up to his creed – The needs of the many, outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.

126. Alex Fletcher / Sulfur - April 1, 2009

Re: #72/86:

The forty years was a typo. Reports have it that it’s being corrected in the TPB to twenty years (which fits with the 8 years post-Nemesis).

Re: 111

That’s the fun of teasers… Go buy it! It’s actually a chunk of the panel on page 1. Believe it or not. :)

127. RD - April 1, 2009

This comic series was a total waste of time and money. Any of the important information conveyed in here (and I’m not sure there is any) will be shared in the film in dialogue. Nero: “the federation killed my wife, family, planet and race in the future – I’m going to kill them in the past.” Thats about it actually. Nobody needs to know Geordi helped Spock, or Worf, Data or Picard were involved. In fact NOBODY will care, except the dwindling core of Trek fans. If they even mention a single name from TNG, I will be shocked as it will already confuse a pretty confusing story to begin with.

Think about it. You knew none of the backstory in the first Terminator movie except as it was told by Connor’s lieutenant. Yet you accepted the onscreen events as they were revealed. There is nothing a new audience needs to know to enjoy the new Trek movie. NOBODY WILL EVER CARE ABOUT TNG OR CANON AGAIN. None of it matters except to old Trek fans who could not even muster enough ratings to keep Enterprise alive.

This comic was purely a marketing tool to appease the OLD Trek fans and shove more green into their wallets from the fan pigs Paramount know cannot help but feed from the trough of merchandising. And after this review, I’m not sure Alex Fletcher and trekmovie.com aren’t tools for Paramount.

128. Jackson_Roykirk - April 1, 2009

#26 and #29 –

Perhaps the Narada is not a warship.

Not every ship from the early 25th century (not even with some Borg tech) would be able to win a fight against a 23rd century starship loaded with weapons

129. Jackson_Roykirk - April 1, 2009

^
^^ oops! I meant #26 and #33. (sorry #29)

130. The Governator - April 1, 2009

127. RD

Wow. Umm…. I’ll forget I read that.

131. Jeff - April 1, 2009

The Countdown issues sell out fast in my town. I had to download the first issue.

132. Chris Fawkes - April 1, 2009

After the attack on the Kelvin Nero is captured by the Klingons and does not escape till years later when Kirk is a young man.

That’s one theory.

How do we know that Nero is captured by the Klingons at all and how do we know it is Nero who attacks the Kelvin? Isn’t that all speculation or do we actually know these things?

133. Tuvok - April 1, 2009

I’m gonna have to buy the Trade Paperback Ftw

134. Allister gourlay - April 1, 2009

interesting!

135. The First Son of Krypton - April 2, 2009

It may have alreayd been mentioned earlier but, from what I understand, the ‘Borg Enhanced’ aspect of the Narada simply regenerates the hull as the old mining ship has little or no sheilds.

I mean hell, in #3, the Narada is small in one shot and massive in the next due to the nanotechnology. At the end of the day, if the Narada (even with regenerative ability) fought off against the Enterprise and the Jellyfish then I know who my money would be on, and besides… things must get a wee bit desperate for Nero to shout out “FIRE EVERYTHING”

136. Jackson Roykirk - April 2, 2009

#127 –

Why would you think that the comic needs to give us information about the film’s plot for it to be considered worth reading?

Perhaps comic book fans like reading the comic simply as a comic, and don’t care how much of the info in it is necessary to the film’s plot.

137. Don Farnsworth - April 2, 2009

I have to say the comics have a lot of positives.

The dialogue being the primary negative. Related to that is Spock’s dialogue. He is saying things that are not really in character but what the fans want to hear.

Stuff Like “Not just any ship and not just any captain” re Data who he has only met once.

And now “Your work exceeds even your legendary reputation as an engineer”. It’s all a little too gushing and is aimed at rubbing the tummies of the die hard next gen fans rather than staying in character.

Fortunately the comics will not even be on the radar of the general movie going public.

I mean as a fan i can overlook such sins and just enjoy the setup but if the masses read the comics first they would figure it’s just for the geeks and fairly assume the movie will be just more of the same.

138. Someone - April 2, 2009

@137
Actually those are exactly the types of things I would expect a Federation ambassador, well versed in the art of diplomacy and, therefore, flattery — and also well aware of the accomplishments of these characters — would say when greeting them or complimenting them. Spock may be a Vulcan, but he is also half-human and to boot any Vulcan would understand the concept of politeness and flattery and be able to apply it in formal or informal conversation, whether or not he “believed” in it himself — especially if he was trying to manipulate them to achieve his own ends. Old Spock has the knowledge and wisdom gained by his lifetime of experiences and is all the more understanding of humanity than young Spock.
I’m a “die hard” next gen fan, but even I found the comments a little eye-roll inducing…yet that does not mean that the Spock character would not have said them.

139. jct - April 2, 2009

I am not posting this as a Trek fan, but more as someone looking at Nero’s character arc from a literary standpoint. His character transition from the noble and self-sacrificing miner of the first 2 issues to the irrational seeker of vengeance in the end of 3 and all of 4 is way too abrupt and unrealistic. Nero’s single-minded thirst for vengeance is no longer interesting; a more complex, conflicted character would be more dramatically engaging.

It would be possible to convincingly argue to a jury that his actions immediately following the destruction of Romulus (killing the Romulan High Council) and his rampage following installation of Borg technology on the Nerada were the result of temporary insanity due to extreme grief and shock (and perhaps his awe and sense of honor at being given advanced technology by the Romulan military to serve the Empire). His actions thereafter just are way too deranged to match anything we know about his prior personality and sense of honor and love for his family, Empire, and crew. There was no prior basis in his character for this extreme madness. Even his sense of betrayal by Spock, Vulcan, and the Federation (and from his viewpoint you can understand how it appears that he was simply led on by all to buy time to let Romulus die for the convenience of the Federation, and then have a solution implemented) does not appear as sufficient cause.

Nero appears to be really just a reincarnation of Khan – let’s kill everyone because he’s angry about the death of his wife and people. It’s disappointing because I was hoping the villain in this ST movie would have been more interesting and complex.

140. Closettrekker - April 2, 2009

#127—”This comic series was a total waste of time and money. ”

Not for those of us who had fun reading them. And I haven’t spent any more than a few minutes and the price of a good cup of coffee on any of the issues.

“Any of the important information conveyed in here (and I’m not sure there is any) will be shared in the film in dialogue.”

And rightfully so. It would have been a poor decision to require audiences to become familiar with the comics before seeing this movie in order to understand what is going on.

“This comic was purely a marketing tool to appease the OLD Trek fans and shove more green into their wallets from the fan pigs Paramount know cannot help but feed from the trough of merchandising. ”

I don’t see how that’s any different from the rest of the entertainment business, now or in the past—except of course for your use of the term “fan pigs” to describe consumers and “trough of merchandising” to describe these consumer products, which is a bit dramatic to say the least…

But it seems par for the course with you, and fits right alongside your rants about lies and conspiracies that made you “TM’s number one drama queen” to begin with.

You’re certainly always good for a laugh.

141. jct - April 2, 2009

In addition, doesn’t it seem highly unrealistic that someone who has commanded only an old “simple mining ship” would have been capable of so quickly learning how to effectively use an advanced military technology and so quickly developing an understanding of military strategies sufficient to defeat experienced military personnel? As Ayel points out, the crew of the Nerada are only miners, not soldiers. This plot development requires too great a suspension of disbelief.

However, I did really enjoy this series and greatly look forward to seeing the film.

142. Izbot - April 2, 2009

127. RD –
“This comic series was a total waste of time and money…In fact NOBODY will care, except the dwindling core of Trek fans…NOBODY WILL EVER CARE ABOUT TNG OR CANON AGAIN. None of it matters except to old Trek fans who could not even muster enough ratings to keep Enterprise alive. This comic was purely a marketing tool to appease the OLD Trek fans and shove more green into their wallets from the fan pigs Paramount know cannot help but feed from the trough of merchandising. And after this review, I’m not sure Alex Fletcher and trekmovie.com aren’t tools for Paramount.”

Whew, dude, you’re turning purple! Breathe slowly…that’s it, in and out. Relax, you’re hyper-ventilating. Forgot your meds, huh? Remember what they told you in anger management: It’s just a show. Paramount has no secret agenda against you personally, ‘k? I know, I know “What about the Bildeburgers and Freemasons?” You’re just being paranoid again. Remember: Paramount is just selling a product — no one’s forcing you to buy it. No the orderly’s gonna give you a little shot and you’re gonna take a nap now, k?

143. Marcus - April 2, 2009

This was definately an APRIL FOOL!

144. NexaleX - April 3, 2009

67 – Very funny pic!

100 – About the techno babble: this was not written by Orci & Kurtzman so maybe they will have a different explanation for trying to stop the supernova.

T -35 days!

145. MC1 Doug - April 3, 2009

#127: “dwindling core of TREK fans…”

You jest… ah, gotcha… it’s April Fools Day.

perfect! your use of April Fools Day, your sense of humor is perfect; your feigned anger, perfect.

I almost believed you were serious. Almost.

146. Rusty0918 - April 4, 2009

You know, let’s assume that the Black Hole part sends Nero and Spock back in time in the JJ-verse. That’ll justify things more than any quantum mechanics thing ever could!

147. Denny - April 4, 2009

Well, i haven’t read any of it, because i live in Indonesia and there’s no goddamn way to buy it. But let’s not make the flaws from the comics into some boomerang for us all to watch the movie. Hell, i think they are just (how to say it???) foreplay… before the real thing emerges from the movie.

148. DJH - April 4, 2009

Wonderful story to set up the movie and add serious depth to the Villain.

If anything, its purpose is simply to give more character to an evil bad dude.

Got my TPB today and read it immediately. Loved it.

149. Crazy Guy - May 8, 2009

Okay. I REALLY hope they make this comic book canon now.

Can’t wait for the movie. Looks cool.

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