Review: Star Trek: Countdown To Darkness #4
This is it! Don’t miss the shocking conclusion of this official prequel to next spring’s STAR TREK film sequel! Overseen by STAR TREK writer/producer Roberto Orci, this climactic issue leads directly into the upcoming blockbuster as Kirk, Spock and the rest of the Enterprise crew fight for fate of the Galaxy!
The prequel comic for the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness finishes this month with the release of the fourth issue. The story is written by Mike Johnson, David Messina handles art, Marina Castelvetro provides ink assist, Claudia Scarletgothica handles colors, and Chris Mowry tackles lettering. Anthony Pascal is credited as a creative consultant and Roberto Orci, the movie’s writer, helped craft the prequel series. So does the final issue get you hyped for the movie or does it just fall flat?
When last we saw the Enterprise crew, former Captain Robert April had taken full control of the Enterprise and was looking to deal with the Klingons to prevent the genocide of the Phaedans of Phadeus IV. April sends a message to the Klingons that he will hand over the Enterprise if the Klingons appoint him Colonial Governor of the Phadeus. While April is wheeling and dealing, Kirk, Spock, and Scotty are trying to figure out how to regain control of the ship. Kirk wants to rush the bridge and regain control, and Spock agrees. When Spock and Kirk agree, you know things are really bad. The Klingons are approaching, April is in control, and Kirk is being shut out at every turn. You can guess how things turn out since we’ve got the movie coming out soon.
Johnson crafts the best issue of the prequel yet. It’s not explosions and firing phasers, but there is a lot of action in the story wrapping everything up. Kirk is taught a valuable lesson from April as well. Kirk has always questioned the Prime Directive, but April is making him rethink things even more. With Star Fleet classifying the whole April debacle, Kirk is told to forget everything and remember who the real enemies are. Johnson leads right into the movie from what we’ve seen so far. Messina’s art is his best as well. There are still a few instances where Kirk looks a little odd and strikes some odd poses, but overall it’s a solid issue. Everyone from inks to colors really deliver in the final issue.
Bottom Line: Star Trek Countdown To Darkness ends on a high note. I thought it started off a little slow, but now that it’s all said and done it turned out to be a surprisingly good prequel. It’s hard to judge it properly until the movie is released, but IDW has delivered the rare prequel to a movie comic that delivers 4.5/5