Star Trek 1365: Countdown, Number Four

1365. Countdown, Number Four

PUBLICATION: Star Trek: Countdown #4, IDW Comics, April 2009

CREATORS: Tim Jones and Mike Johnson (writers), David Messina (artist)

STARDATE: 64467.14 (follows the last issue)

PLOT: The Klingons prove no match for Nero's ship and the Romulans ask for Worf's surrender. Worf instead stages an attack on Nero's hull, getting himself and several warriors aboard. Fighting ensues, but Worf ends up getting impaled on a mechanical tentacle. While Spock heads for the supernova, the Enterprise-E flies to Worf's help. Nero claims Worf still has a flicker of life and gets the Enterprise to lowers its shields so he can beam Worf over. He does, even as he blasts at Starfleet's flagship, but the Enterprise survives. Nero doesn't stick around however, and reaches Spock just as the supernova is destroyed by the red matter singularity (a black hole that works like a temporally shifted wormhole). Both ships are sucked into the anomaly.

CONTINUITY: See previous issues. At this time, Klingon ships can fire while cloaked. The series ends where the film begins.

DIVERGENCES: None.

PANEL OF THE DAY - Never try to cross from one page to the next.
REVIEW: Worf's (near)death is a big shocker, but they leave it hanging as to whether he survives. It's odd, but it's like they decided to keep the 8-years-on TNG guys alive for further adventures. Is it worth it? Hasn't the new Star Trek obviated the need for a sequel? Not that I'd mind seeing this timeline again. Still, kinda chickened out of Worf's death there. Or were the writers not allowed to kill off anyone? Could be. In any case, a strong finish showing Worf's courage and Data's friendship, even if the last few pages were pretty much a given if Countdown were to reach the film's beginning. I haven't really said anything about Messina's art yet, but I've liked him since the Klingon mini and he's grown a heck of a lot since then. A lot more detail, awesome ship fights and stronger likenesses (just look at those covers).

6 comments:

Jeff R. said...

So, a quick question: about how close are you to catching up with the present? (Are you even actually buying every Trek comic currently being published, or are we still in that big DVD Collection thing+a few random purchases?) Anyhow, since I think that they aren't making 30 of them every month, when will you need to end the daily schedule or switch to a new project?

Siskoid said...

We're at less than 2 months from the end. Picking up the comics as they're published (IDW not on the DVD).

After that, Star Trek #XXXX will continue sporadically, with a novel here and there and a just-out comic.

I've already got plans for a daily (numbered) feature that I think will be fun. I won't really talk about it until it's just about to be launched, but I will say that it is comics related and won't require very much daily reading for followers with a limited blog-reading schedule.

More to come by the end of October.

Matthew Turnage said...

Cool. I was just doing a quick estimate this morning and thinking you were about 45 or 50 issues away from being caught up.

I'm looking forward to finding out what the new daily feature will be, although I'll miss the Star Trek. It's the reason I started reading this blog, right around the time you were wrapping up The Animated Series - hard to believe that's been more than three years!

Austin Gorton said...

Oh, a new daily feature? I'm intrigued. And at least we'll still get some Star Trek from time to time.

Siskoid said...

I HAVE been beating that horse for 4 years, after all.

Siskoid said...

I HAVE been beating that horse for 4 years, after all.

 

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