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Star Trek: Countdown Paperback – Apr 2 2009

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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (April 2 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600104207
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600104206
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 17.8 x 26.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JL on June 21 2009
Format: Paperback
JJ Abrams's reboot of the Star Trek franchise was amazing, but it left a lot of questions unanswered. This book really bridges the established universe with the new vision.

It explains why a "simple mining vessel" is so large and heavily armed. It explains why all the Romulans have tattoos we've never seen before. It explains (to a point) what Red Matter is.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on Nov. 2 2009
Format: Paperback
I recently picked up a hardcover edition of Countdown, which I enjoyed very much. Here's why.

Countdown, brought to you by the same guys who made Star Trek, the 2009 movie, was designed specifically to tie in the Next Generation era with the new timeline created by Spock and Nero for the film. Picard, now the Federation ambasador to Vulcan, is on board for the ride, as well as General Worf of the Klingon empire. Most welcome is Captain Data of the USS Enterprise, NCC-1701-E, alive again thanks to his memories being integrated into the body of B-4. I'm not sure how many years have passed since the events of Nemesis, but clearly a few have gone by.

Countdown shows that the makers of Star Trek (2009) were familiar with not only the original series, but also Next Generation. There are references to the Borg and the Remans, and the Romulan senate appears pretty much exactly as it had in Nemesis.

In terms of backstory, the destruction of Romulus is shown, as well as a techno-babble explanation to what "red matter" is. Nero's character arc is fully illustrated, as is Spock's desperate mission. The end of the book seamlessly connects to the beginning of the movie.

I would recommend Countdown to anybody who enjoyed the 2009 Star Trek film, and not just those who enjoy comics. For Trekkers, this is as close as we'll get to an official, canon continuation of the Next Generation timeline as you may be likely to get.

Enjoy. Four stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew 2.0 on Oct. 19 2013
Format: Paperback
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This is the prequel to 2009 movie "Star Trek" ([...] explaining how Ambassador Spock came to arrive in the past and have the mission he does, as well as the back story for the villain, Nero.

Spock pleads with the Romulan Senate to do something about a giant supernova that may destroy the planet and beyond. He's backed up by Nero, a Romulan miner who has seen the supernova first-hand. Loyal to his Empire and his young family, Nero vows to risk everything to help Spock. Despite the assistance of Captain Data of the Enterprise and Ambassador Picard, the supernova engulfs Romulus. A furious and vengeful Nero, equips his mining ship with secret Romulan weaponry and proceeds to destroy everything non-Romulan in his path, taking on a large contingent of Klingon ships under General Worf, who is saved by the Enterprise. Spock proceeds with his plan to stop the supernova using Vulcan technology and a special ship designed by Geordi LaForge. Although he succeeds in creating a black hole to destroy the supernova, Spock's ship is pulled into the black hole along with Nero in his ship.

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I like it. Although it's a little too convenient, to have all our favourite characters -- Spock, Data, Picard, Geordi and Worf -- meet up in this Star Trek TNG near-future, it's still fun to see them all in these new roles and stages in their lives. I haven't read a lot of Star Trek graphic novels or fiction outside of the TV shows and movies so I don't get enough of the "so where are they now" speculation. It's also nice to get a little back story that makes us feel for Nero, and I've always thought that we need more Romulan inside story details so it's good to see the Senate politics.
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By Michel Fafard on Aug. 23 2013
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But it should have been more in concordance with the story that Spock told during the MindMeld. And the Jellyfish was suppose to be commissioned by the Vulcan Science Academy. So why Geordi LaForge have someting to do with it?
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