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TrekToday December 12 2008 05:17 AM

Johnson, Jones Talk 'Star Trek: Countdown'
A Romulan patriot turned villain and several familiar <i>Star Trek: The Next Generation</i> characters are featured in <i>Star Trek: Countdown</i>.<p><IMG SRC="" WIDTH="150" HEIGHT="228" ALIGN="RIGHT" BORDER="0"><p>As reported by <A class="link" HREF="">Comic Book Resources</A>, <i>Star Trek: Countdown</i>, set to debut next month, will delve into the history of Nero, the Romulan villain of <i>Star Trek XI</i> and fill in fans on events in the <i>Next Generation</i> timeframe. "We kind of worked backwards from the Kurtzman/Orci script to figure out Nero's back-story and find out what's going on in the Next Generation world," said co-writer <font color=yellow>Tim Jones</font>. "It's a very poignant character piece tracing the steps of Nero, who descends from a proud Romulan patriot to a murderous arch villain."<p>Some <i>Next Generation</i> characters will feature in this comic miniseries. "[They] literally play into the story," said Jones. "Both thematically and literally," added co-writer <font color=yellow>Mike Johnson</font>. "Well, not literally that there’s actually a little baton that Picard hands over to the new guys, a little silver baton with the Starfleet logo, although that would be awesome. I want one. But literally, it is in the sense that the comic is the missing part of the story between the end of 'Star Trek: Nemesis' and the new film."<p><font color=yellow>J.J. Abrams</font>, <font color=yellow>Roberto Orci</font> and <font color=yellow>Alex Kurtzman</font> have had a hand in the development of <i>Star Trek: Countdown</i>, "They gave us the direction in which to go, and Bob has basically supervised the project over here at K/O [Kurtzman/Orci Productions,] said Jones. "They are the holy trinity that is guiding 'Star Trek' into the future, so they have creative oversight and final approval," said Johnson.<p><i>Star Trek: Countdown</i> will consist of four issues. Issue #1 goes on sale in January and subsequent issues will appear monthly.<p>To read more, head to the article located <A class="link" HREF="">here</A>.<center></center>

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