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Old December 12 2008, 04:17 AM   #1
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Johnson, Jones Talk 'Star Trek: Countdown'

A Romulan patriot turned villain and several familiar Star Trek: The Next Generation characters are featured in Star Trek: Countdown.

As reported by Comic Book Resources, Star Trek: Countdown, set to debut next month, will delve into the history of Nero, the Romulan villain of Star Trek XI and fill in fans on events in the Next Generation 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 Tim Jones. "It's a very poignant character piece tracing the steps of Nero, who descends from a proud Romulan patriot to a murderous arch villain."

Some Next Generation characters will feature in this comic miniseries. "[They] literally play into the story," said Jones. "Both thematically and literally," added co-writer Mike Johnson. "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."

J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have had a hand in the development of Star Trek: Countdown, "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.

Star Trek: Countdown will consist of four issues. Issue #1 goes on sale in January and subsequent issues will appear monthly.

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