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Old November 24 2008, 09:07 PM   #1
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Star Trek: Countdown Trade Paperback *Trek XI, Comic & Book Spoilers?*

I never read any Trek Comics, but saw that there will be four "countdown" comics that will be compiled into a trade paperback to be released in late April 2009. Since I didn't want to read any spoilers in the article on Trekmovie.com I am guessing that this book will contain stories that will have helpful background info to the movie... info that Trekkies wouldn't know about before reading this book.

Anywho, I am wondering if the normal Trek author/editors had anything to do with this book? When I looked at the Pre-Order page on Amazon, I couldn't connect any of the authors to the Trek world. That is of course with the exception of the writers of Trek XI- Orci and Kurtzman. So... I am guessing that the normal Trek lit gang didn't/won't have a hand in this endeavor.

I'm curious to see how this movie will affect Trek lit world after May 2009.
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Old November 24 2008, 09:29 PM   #2
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http://www.comingsoon.net/news/start...s.php?id=50784

interesting cover art...
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Old November 24 2008, 11:02 PM   #3
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How much does David Messina have to draw to be conntected to the Trek world? And what makes Andy Schmidt an abnormal editor?
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Old November 24 2008, 11:08 PM   #4
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Re: Star Trek: Countdown Trade Paperback *Trek XI, Comic & Book Spoile

^ For that matter, what makes any of the Trek authors or editors normal?
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Old November 24 2008, 11:57 PM   #5
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Is someone implying that I'm normal? I take exception to that!
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Old November 25 2008, 12:41 AM   #6
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Re: Star Trek: Countdown Trade Paperback *Trek XI, Comic & Book Spoile

As long as it's better than DC's Countdown series...

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Old November 25 2008, 01:30 AM   #7
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Re: Star Trek: Countdown Trade Paperback *Trek XI, Comic & Book Spoile

By the way, have folks noticed how the Countdown promo image parallels the movie teaser poster? In terms of position, color, and pose, younger Nero matches scarred/tattooed Nero, Nimoy Spock matches Quinto Spock, Picard matches Kirk, Data matches Uhura.
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Old November 25 2008, 03:06 AM   #8
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Re: Star Trek: Countdown Trade Paperback *Trek XI, Comic & Book Spoile

Someone at trekmovie did express unusual feelings about Data copying Uhura's provocative pose...
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Old November 25 2008, 03:23 AM   #9
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Re: Star Trek: Countdown Trade Paperback *Trek XI, Comic & Book Spoile

Julio Angel Ortiz wrote: View Post
As long as it's better than DC's Countdown series...

I'm sure that anything will be better than that Countdown.
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Old November 25 2008, 04:11 AM   #10
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Re: Star Trek: Countdown Trade Paperback *Trek XI, Comic & Book Spoile

Ro_Laren wrote: View Post
I never read any Trek Comics, but saw that there will be four "countdown" comics that will be compiled into a trade paperback to be released in late April 2009. Since I didn't want to read any spoilers in the article on Trekmovie.com I am guessing that this book will contain stories that will have helpful background info to the movie... info that Trekkies wouldn't know about before reading this book.
It's meant to be a prequel to the events of the new film and will utilize characters from the 24th Century.
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Old November 25 2008, 08:17 AM   #11
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Re: Star Trek: Countdown Trade Paperback *Trek XI, Comic & Book Spoile

I wonder if this is a post-Nemesis story, considering that Data is there. It'd be tough to reconcile B-4 into a Data role while still having this be a Star Trek XI tie-in.

Then again, if this is a pre-Nemesis, then not only is it easy to include Data here, but there's a chance that Abrams can wipe Nemesis off the face of the Earth! WOOO!
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Old November 25 2008, 04:13 PM   #12
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Re: Star Trek: Countdown Trade Paperback *Trek XI, Comic & Book Spoile

I just checked the first story announcing the series on Trekmovie.com and it says
This Comic Book prequel, which is said to ‘take us right up to the movie,’ is primarily set in the time before Nero goes back in time, specifically the Next Generation era after Star Trek Nemesis. The main characters for the prequel will not be the young TOS crew but Nero and the elder Spock (and possibly familiar characters from the TNG era). Explaining to TrekMovie why the comic series is important, Roberto Orci said:
["Star Trek: Countdown"] is about how you connect the Next Generation era to our continuity, inspired by when we last saw Mr. Spock in "Unification"
If anything this only seems to make things more confusing in regards to Data. I'm really hoping they don't go the B-4 route because as the authors have pointed out many times that just doesn't really work very well. I'm also hoping this doesn't contradict the books, because I really like being able to think that they are the official continuation of the series. Now don't think I'm gonna immediately stop liking them if they are contradicted, because no matter what I still love the books.
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Old November 25 2008, 06:57 PM   #13
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^^Well, despite the authorship of Countdown, it's still a comic book and thus not strictly canonical. So if it contradicts the books, that's no more disastrous than, say, the Shatnerverse contradicting the other novels. It's just an alternate interpretation.
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Old November 25 2008, 09:01 PM   #14
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Re: Star Trek: Countdown Trade Paperback *Trek XI, Comic & Book Spoile

As has been mentioned, "primarily set in the time before Nero goes back in time, specifically the Next Generation era after Star Trek Nemesis," doesn't mean exclusively set in that time. It remains possible that at least this first book with Data on the cover takes place before NEM.

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Old November 25 2008, 10:03 PM   #15
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Hmm, I didn't think of that. Good point.
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