If you’ve finally caught up with the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Picard, now would be a good time to go back and check out IDW Publishing’s three-part prequel comic book series, which is scheduled to be released in trade paperback form this summer. Star Trek Picard: Countdown is IDW’s latest Star Trek prequel series, following series like the stellar Star Trek: Countdown, where comic book readers first (and last) saw retired Admiral Jean-Luc Picard in the Star Trek canon, and Star Trek Discovery: The Light of Kahless, the lead-in to the Star Trek: Discovery TV series.
Written by Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson, with artwork by Angel Hernandez and colorist Joana Lafuente, Star Trek Picard: Countdown will carry greater weight for readers–and events in the prequel will have more meaning–after a viewing of the 10-episode television series. Why are Romulan members of the Tal Shiar living with Picard in his chateau in France? What brought Raffi and Picard together earlier in their years in Starfleet? The story overlaps the events of Star Trek: Countdown, the aforementioned prequel to the 2009 Star Trek film. It takes place as the Romulans attempt to relocate from colonies surrounding the doomed planet Romulus–with Federation assistance–the same mission Ambassador Spock was pursuing when he was thrust into the past by the renegade Romulan Nero, thereby triggering the Kelvin Timeline.
Hernandez brings back the Starfleet and Romulan uniforms of the not-so-distant past along with great throwback imagery from earlier days of Picard, creating a visual narrative that will please any fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the NextGen films, or Star Trek: Picard.
Here is a preview of Star Trek Picard: Countdown, including covers from the individual issue release:
Pre-order the trade edition of Star Trek Picard: Countdown now or order reprint individual issues from Elite Comics or your local comic shop. And it’s scheduled to be available here at Amazon in June.