Nero’s twenty-five year wait for Spock to arrive in the past is over. The fourth and final issue of “Star Trek: Nero” offers readers a wrenching conclusion and a painful setup for the events of Star Trek (2009). Find out how it all turns out in our early review of the issue, due out Wednesday.
REVIEW: Star Trek: Nero #4
written by Mike Johnson and Tim Jones, art by David Messina
Spock’s ship, with its dangerous cargo of red matter, is pulled aboard the Narada. Nero doesn’t waste any time letting Spock know how long he’s been waiting for him, nor is he gentle about it. He’s still furious with Spock, but wants him rested and wide awake when they arrive at Vulcan. Spock is pensive. His lifelong friends are alive again and now they will suffer because of his mistake. After a brief and violent interlude with a Klingon task force led by Koth, the Narada arrives at Delta Vega, whose unique orbit will give Spock a perfect view of Vulcan. Nero says goodbye to Spock. Romulans don’t have sayings like live long and prosper.
Writers Mike Johnson and Tim Jones finish up their tale of vengeance with a punch to the gut of every Trekkie. There have only been a few Star Trek comics that packed any kind of emotional punch and none like Nero #4, because we know what Spock will witness after Nero leaves him on Delta Vega. I know we’re dealing with a movie villain in a fictional universe, but it’s still difficult to imagine that anyone would be capable of this the sort of hateful brutality. Johnson and Jones have pushed Nero into a class of Star Trek villainy that he may occupy all by himself. Nicely done.
It’s a good day to die.
David Messina‘s art for the final issue of the mini-series is focused on Nero and Spock, with a spectacular space battle in between. The Klingons don’t fare to well in the battle, but we, the readers, get to enjoy Messina’s enraged and gloating Nero plus a whole lot of Klingon carnage. Messina also captures the hidden emotion of Spock’s human side all too well, particularly in the last page of the comic. Giovanna Niro colored this issue. When Nero greets Spock with the haft of his staff and draws blood, it’s red, not green. This is a small mistake, as comics mistakes go, but an extravagant and amusing error in the Trek universe. However, I don’t think it’s necessary to break out the tar and feathers. Overall, the the artwork and colors of Nero #4 are striking, which I expect from Messina and Niro, so I’ll cut them some slack on the blood thing. Neil Uyetake, IDW Art Director, takes care of lettering. His red letters are right next to Spock’s red blood. Hmmm. Don’t turn off the burner underneath the tar pot yet.
Add one teaspoon of red matter. Tempt fate vigorously.
Star Trek: Nero #4 has two covers. The regular cover by David Messina features Nero with his back to Vulcan, as it’s destroyed in a cataclysmic yellow explosion. The retailer incentive photo cover features Anton Yelchin as an apprehensive Pavel Chekov in black & white & yellow. Each of the covers fits together with its predecessors to form a Starfleet insignia, like the covers for Star Trek: Countdown.
Star Trek: Nero #4 will be in local comic shops this Wednesday, then we’ll have to wait until next year to see how this story concludes in IDW’s comic book adaptation of Star Trek (2009). Until then, you’ll just have to watch the movie on DVD.
You can order individual issues from TFAW …
… or you can pre-order the trade paperback collection from Amazon, to be published May 2010.
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