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Witness the events leading to the new CBS All Access series Picard in this graphic novel where new characters are introduced and secrets will be revealed. Before he retired to his vineyard, Jean-Luc Picard was the most decorated admiral in Starfleet. Then one mission changed his life forever. After discovering that a looming supernova threatens the entirety of the Romulan Witness the events leading to the new CBS All Access series Picard in this graphic novel where new characters are introduced and secrets will be revealed. Before he retired to his vineyard, Jean-Luc Picard was the most decorated admiral in Starfleet. Then one mission changed his life forever. After discovering that a looming supernova threatens the entirety of the Romulan Empire, the Federation launches a mission of unparalleled scale. Admiral Jean-Luc Picard heads to the colony to plan the evacuation but makes a shocking discovery! Written by Star Trek: Picard co-creator and supervising producer Kirsten Beyer and fan-favorite Mike Johnson!


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Witness the events leading to the new CBS All Access series Picard in this graphic novel where new characters are introduced and secrets will be revealed. Before he retired to his vineyard, Jean-Luc Picard was the most decorated admiral in Starfleet. Then one mission changed his life forever. After discovering that a looming supernova threatens the entirety of the Romulan Witness the events leading to the new CBS All Access series Picard in this graphic novel where new characters are introduced and secrets will be revealed. Before he retired to his vineyard, Jean-Luc Picard was the most decorated admiral in Starfleet. Then one mission changed his life forever. After discovering that a looming supernova threatens the entirety of the Romulan Empire, the Federation launches a mission of unparalleled scale. Admiral Jean-Luc Picard heads to the colony to plan the evacuation but makes a shocking discovery! Written by Star Trek: Picard co-creator and supervising producer Kirsten Beyer and fan-favorite Mike Johnson!

30 review for Star Trek: Picard - Countdown

  1. 4 out of 5

    Artemy

    I've been picking these up because I've been really excited about the new Picard TV show (loved the first episode!). The comic is okay. It fills in some of the backstory on one of the plot points from the show, and also provides origin stories for a couple of new side characters. Hardly an essential read, but it's solidly written and well-drawn, so if you can't get enough of the new Star Trek series this book might be fun to check out.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alec Lyons

    Ahhh I love Hernández’s art so much. What a beautiful issue. The colouring also is crisp and clean, not over blended and muddy like recent previous issues of Trek comics. Just so detailed and lovely to look at. Really strong and fascinating start rich with so many possible leads, and subjects to talk about I am absolutely pulled by intrigue. Working as intended, the hype for the series is amplified in me to see what happens there too (and for Hot Space Elves.) Moooreee pls.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christian

    Picard takes his new ship on a mission to evacuate a romulan colony only to quickly discover that the planet has a native population numbering in the millions that the Romulan Star Empire had failed to mention. Picard will not countenance the death of millions and refuses to continue the mission until he's figured out a way to rescue them all. Plot wise this could be the plot of an episode of any of the 6 Star Trek shows. The problem is that it doesn't feel like anything more than the plot synop Picard takes his new ship on a mission to evacuate a romulan colony only to quickly discover that the planet has a native population numbering in the millions that the Romulan Star Empire had failed to mention. Picard will not countenance the death of millions and refuses to continue the mission until he's figured out a way to rescue them all. Plot wise this could be the plot of an episode of any of the 6 Star Trek shows. The problem is that it doesn't feel like anything more than the plot synopsis of a lost episode. The comic moves so swiftly that it feels more like a plot summary than a story. Picard is locked in a cell and gets out a page later. His ship is taken over by Romulans but the crew beams them into the brig a page later. He's betrayed by his new friends, but convinces them to help him again about 5 panels later. The art is very good but the comic doesn't care enough about telling a story to be worth reading and there's no meaningful revelations concerning the new show either. Overall it's just painfully mediocre.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Liz (Quirky Cat)

    Did you binge through Star Trek: Picard, and find yourself wanting more? If so, then this graphic novel is probably perfect. It's not the same as getting a second season, but it'll help pass the time as we anxiously await all news on that front. Star Trek: Picard – Countdown is set before the events of the show, portraying Picard before he left Starfleet – back when he still thought he could help the Romulans. This is the tale of how he tried to help one planet evacuate, and the two allies he fo Did you binge through Star Trek: Picard, and find yourself wanting more? If so, then this graphic novel is probably perfect. It's not the same as getting a second season, but it'll help pass the time as we anxiously await all news on that front. Star Trek: Picard – Countdown is set before the events of the show, portraying Picard before he left Starfleet – back when he still thought he could help the Romulans. This is the tale of how he tried to help one planet evacuate, and the two allies he found in the process. Created by Kirsten Beyer, Mike Johnson, and Angel Hernandez, Star Trek: Picard – Countdown is everything it promises to be, and then some. Star Trek: Picard – Countdown is a fascinating story, one that explains many questions raised from the first season of the series. Mostly, questions about Picard and how the Romulan evacuation went (more accurately, how it got so bad so quickly). I really enjoyed the perspective, if I'm being honest. I feel like it filled in some of the gaps presented from the past, while also helping with the waiting period for the second season. So that's two majorly positive points, in my book. Plus, the artwork is absolutely fantastic. It's one part bold and brilliant design/colors (all credit to Mike Johnson and Angel Hernandez for that), and one part infusion from the show. That can be especially notable for the covers, some of which are clearly photographs from the show itself. I thought that was a nice touch, as far as variant covers go. But I am glad that they allowed the artwork to define itself for this prequel. I'm not going to go so far as to say that all Picard fans need to read this, but I do think that many of them will enjoy it. I know I did, and personally I'm hoping that more graphic novels will follow in the future. Check out more of my reviews over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    A prequel to Star Trek: Picard season 1, this three issue mini-series does little to shed light on anything we didn't already know from the TV show, but does give us some more time with Picard and Raffi as they attempt to evacuate a Romulan colony and instead end up starting a rebellion. Oops. It also serves as a secret origin for the two Romulans that are working at Chateau Picard, which I have to say I didn't expect, and gives the series a good grounding. They're two characters that didn't get A prequel to Star Trek: Picard season 1, this three issue mini-series does little to shed light on anything we didn't already know from the TV show, but does give us some more time with Picard and Raffi as they attempt to evacuate a Romulan colony and instead end up starting a rebellion. Oops. It also serves as a secret origin for the two Romulans that are working at Chateau Picard, which I have to say I didn't expect, and gives the series a good grounding. They're two characters that didn't get a lot in the way of spotlight in the TV show, so this exploration is welcome. The overall story's kind of inconsequential (space racism gets a little boring after a while), but the dialogue most certainly rings true and it's easy to hear Patrick Stewart's voice in your head whenever Picard is speaking. Reliable Trek mainstay Angel Hernandez pencils these three issues, so it looks pretty great too. Also included is an interview with the writer, which doesn't give much away, and some history on the USS Verity design that ends up delving into Star Trek Online's design process, which was oddly fascinating. Not a bad prequel, but a little creaky to get going - like Picard himself, I suppose.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lata

    3.5 stars. A little lightweight, and I was able to predict what was coming, but I still liked it because of it was helpful to know how the Romulans ended up on the Picard estate.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Charles

    First off, I read these comics as three parts. But for this review, I will be Star Trek: Picard - Countdown as one comic book. I had not planned on reading this comic this month, but I was drawn in by the cover and the next thing I knew I finished it. This collection was a superquick read it covered the missing piece between Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Picard . Once I finished reading the comics, the events of Star Trek: Picard started to make a lot more sense. Picard did First off, I read these comics as three parts. But for this review, I will be Star Trek: Picard - Countdown as one comic book. I had not planned on reading this comic this month, but I was drawn in by the cover and the next thing I knew I finished it. This collection was a superquick read it covered the missing piece between Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Picard . Once I finished reading the comics, the events of Star Trek: Picard started to make a lot more sense. Picard did something very much true to his character, he tried to save as many lives before the supernova a star that would destroy an entire system imploded. But of course, when it comes to the Romulans, nothing ever goes as expected. In this colony, everything seems so different the Governor was so accommodating to Picard until he made the point that his goal was to save every life on the planet, including the natives. Then everything hit the fan. Of course in true Star Trek nature, there are so surprises and unexpected events like being held captive. Oh, and there is the underground network of Romulans sort of like Section 31 of Star Trek. Was here that Picard met Zhaban and Laris. In the show, I have grown very fond of Zhaban and Laris. But in the comics, they are nothing like their show counterparts, until the end. They may be Romulans but they sure don't act like them. They were part of the Tal Shiar. They had orders but there was a complication, Picard. Things changed dramatically then. So in the end, if you want a fast read and love Star Trek these comics are what you want. You do not need to have watched Star Trek: Picard or Star Trek: The Next Generation in order to enjoy the comics, but it would help. Overall I really enjoyed these comics and I may have to start reading more of the Star Trek comics in the future. This review was originally posted on Charles Reads

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kieran McAndrew

    A Mission of Urgency When the 'Verity' is called to evacuate 10 000 Romulans from a colony in the Romulan Star Empire, Picard and Musiker are astounded when they discover the Romulans plan to abandon the four or five million native inhabitants. Brightly lit and dynamically drafted, this is a delightful prequel to 'Star Trek: Picard'. Johnson and Beyer bridge the gap between 'Star Trek: Nemesis' and the series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ahdom

    Countdown sets up the events that are depicted in Star Trek: Picard. I am loving this show so far and this really keeps with the spirit of the show and ushers us back into Picard's complicated like and done with great illustrations.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    Beautiful art, well written with natural dialogue and solid pacing. Really fleshed out some of the relationships for the show. I know the collection isn't out til later on, but I didn't want to list each issue separately.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Shaffer

    Decent backstory for some of the characters and conflicts in the new CBS series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michael Cook

    I've never read a piece of Star Trek fiction before. Well, unless you count that weird crossover comic with Doctor Who from 2012/2013. In fact, my only real exposure to Star Trek, in general, comes from a handful of episodes of The Next Generation, the first two JJ Abrams movies, and general cultural osmosis. But when the trailers for Star Trek: Picard started dropping, I found my interest piqued. It looked like the kind of show I'd be interested in, so I made a point of watching it. At this poi I've never read a piece of Star Trek fiction before. Well, unless you count that weird crossover comic with Doctor Who from 2012/2013. In fact, my only real exposure to Star Trek, in general, comes from a handful of episodes of The Next Generation, the first two JJ Abrams movies, and general cultural osmosis. But when the trailers for Star Trek: Picard started dropping, I found my interest piqued. It looked like the kind of show I'd be interested in, so I made a point of watching it. At this point, several episodes have aired and I'm really enjoying the show, so I went and looked to see if anything had been released to tie into the show. And lo, and behold, there was this three-issue prequel comic from IDW, written by Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson and illustrated by Angel Hernandez, that promised to reveal some of the events that happened prior to the start of the show. It sounded like the kind of thing I'd be interested in, so I picked up the issues and gave them a read and, I gotta say, it's really solid. Though a bit short, Star Trek: Picard - Countdown tells a really good story that shines a bit of light on Picard's history before the beginning of Star Trek: Picard.  If you, like me, found yourself wanting to know more about Picard's time working with Starfleet to try and evacuate the Romulan people prior to their sun going supernova, then this is the comic for you. If you were wanted to know more about the backstory of characters like Zhaban, Laris, and Raffi, then this is the story for you. If you wanted to know more about what Next Generation characters like La Forge were up to between the end of that series and the beginning of Picard, then this is the story for you. It's actually impressive how much is crammed into these three issues. Star Trek: Picard - Countdown isn't a long story and it never goes as in-depth as you'd like it to, but it does a good job at introducing, and contextualizing, some of the new characters in Star Trek: Picard to readers while also letting us see what some fan-favorites, like Picard and La Forge, were up to during the Romulan evacuation. In Picard: Countdown, we follow Picard and Raffi as they travel to one of the Romulan colony planets to try and make a deal with the governor to evacuate those on the planet. Once they get there, they quickly learn that the governor has no intention of making a deal with Starfleet but intends to derail the entire operation. To say any more would be to venture too far into spoiler territory, but needless to say it's a pretty exciting ride. One of the coolest things about the story is getting to see how some of the Romulans reacted to Starfleet's efforts to save them from dying in the aftermath of their sun going supernova. It's interesting that the Romulans treated Starfleet about as suspiciously as some of Starfleet have treated the Romulans - but I suppose that makes sense given their history of conflict. Of equal coolness is getting to see Zhaban and Laris, who act as Picard's house staff during the series and are later revealed to be members of the Tal Shiar, in proper action. We also get a hint of why they ultimately decided to live with Picard on his vineyard and that's really cool. Overall, it's totally not a necessary read in order to understand the show, but those who find themselves craving new information will definitely find some here. While the story is extremely solid, I do have one complaint: it's so short! I understand that comics are usually pretty fast-paced, but this one moves at the speed of a freight train and never lets up. While that works for keeping the energy and excitement up, it does rob some of the quieter moments of the chance to breathe a little. It's clear that Beyer and Johnson know ho wot write a Star Trek story and have perfectly captured the voices of these characters, so it would have been nice for them to have been given a chance to do a little bit more with them. It's a solid story, but I can't help but think a fourth issue might have given it the room to be even better, allowing it to space things out just a bit better and giving everything the room to breathe. What's probably most impressive about this comic is Angel Hernandez's artwork. Hernandez is able to perfectly capture the feeling of Star Trek while bringing their own style to the mix. All of the characters are immediately identifiable as their on-screen counterparts, but where Hernandez lets loose is with the background designs. Hernandez makes the various starships look that perfect mixture of clinical and homely; they still look like an important government machine but they also feel lived in. The same is true for the colony planet Picard and Raffi visit. This planet is sort of weird-looking, but it also makes sense. Hernandez even gets to design some new creatures, too, in the form of the planet's indigenous lifeform. And those designs are excellent - they look suitably alien without feeling cliche. On the whole, Hernandez's artwork breathes a lot of life into this comic and ends up stealing the show. At the end of the day, Star Trek: Picard - Countdown isn't essential reading, but it sure is fun. It's a very solid story, very competently told by two writers intimately involved with the creation of numerous Star Trek stories. While the comic feels a bit too short, it's still extremely entertaining and provides some insights on many of the characters and ideas that the Picard show explores. Hernandez's artwork gives the whole affair a beautiful sheen, breathing life into Beyer and Jonhson's words and tying everything together with a very cohesive look. While I don't know how Picard: Countdown stacks up alongside other Star Trek comics and stories, I can't say I wasn't thoroughly entertained by it. I'm really enjoying Star Trek: Picard and this comic honestly furthered my enjoyment of the show. I hope IDW continues to make comics set around Picard - they're a lot of fun!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gabriel Mero

    This three issue collection serves as a prequel to the Star Trek: Picard series, detailing the initial days of the Federations involvement with evacuating Romulus amidst the supernova crisis. What starts as a routine diplomatic mission quickly escalates into betrayal, sabotage, and new alliances. I loved the cameo by Geordi La Forge, who was sorely missed during the actual series, as well as the inclusion of Zhaban and Laris, whom I greatly loved on the show despite their limited screen time. Ev This three issue collection serves as a prequel to the Star Trek: Picard series, detailing the initial days of the Federations involvement with evacuating Romulus amidst the supernova crisis. What starts as a routine diplomatic mission quickly escalates into betrayal, sabotage, and new alliances. I loved the cameo by Geordi La Forge, who was sorely missed during the actual series, as well as the inclusion of Zhaban and Laris, whom I greatly loved on the show despite their limited screen time. Even in his advanced years, Jean-Luc Picard, now Admiral Picard, captain of the USS Verity, is still tough as nails, but has a humanitarian heart underneath. This story stayed true to the characters and filled in some blanks for those of us that were left wanting more. I hope that there will be more in this series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anna Heidick

    This series had a cool enough in-canon situation set up in the beginning, but I thought the actual execution and outcome of it was just okay. By the end, it wasn't really that interesting or entertaining of a read for me, and the character dilemma reveal at the end is ruined if you've seen the beginning of Picard's show, making the climax pointless. But even before that point, the series had lost my interest. All in all, the story was fine enough for the story it did tell, and it easily could ha This series had a cool enough in-canon situation set up in the beginning, but I thought the actual execution and outcome of it was just okay. By the end, it wasn't really that interesting or entertaining of a read for me, and the character dilemma reveal at the end is ruined if you've seen the beginning of Picard's show, making the climax pointless. But even before that point, the series had lost my interest. All in all, the story was fine enough for the story it did tell, and it easily could have actually been an episode of Star Trek. Picard's character was done well and the situation fitted him perfectly. So for that, I'd give it 2.5 stars.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Apostolos

    I think this was a good companion to the Last Best Hope novel. This comic follows Picard on another Romulan colony world that needs evacuation, only to discover that the Romulans have only given estimates for Romulan beings to be evacuated, not the additional 5 million people of the native sentient species that was on that planet. Moral issues ensue, there is some pew-pew, some picarding, and some subterfuge, and the story is resolved. This is where we first meet Laris and Zhaban for the first t I think this was a good companion to the Last Best Hope novel. This comic follows Picard on another Romulan colony world that needs evacuation, only to discover that the Romulans have only given estimates for Romulan beings to be evacuated, not the additional 5 million people of the native sentient species that was on that planet. Moral issues ensue, there is some pew-pew, some picarding, and some subterfuge, and the story is resolved. This is where we first meet Laris and Zhaban for the first time, who seem to have a knack for winemaking...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ronald

    Middle quality Star Trek TNG story, could have been much worse but could have been much better. Apparently a lot of this plotting for Picard comes from STO? A video game? Then let fans design the next Enterprise? (I read the bit in back with history of the game and Star Trek Continuity). It is good to know everything in these issues of the comic fails. Billions die. Good job Picard just give up when things start to get hard. Oh well. I guess I am getting ready for watching Picard with lowered ex Middle quality Star Trek TNG story, could have been much worse but could have been much better. Apparently a lot of this plotting for Picard comes from STO? A video game? Then let fans design the next Enterprise? (I read the bit in back with history of the game and Star Trek Continuity). It is good to know everything in these issues of the comic fails. Billions die. Good job Picard just give up when things start to get hard. Oh well. I guess I am getting ready for watching Picard with lowered expectations.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bernard

    I suppose I am spoiled by the other Countdown IDW comics which I’ve read (for 2009’s Star Trek and later, Countdown to Darkness). This one seems only to exist to explain the back stories of the two Romulans that live on Picard’s chalet. Nice to see Geordi especially since he wasn’t in the tv series’ first season, but mostly this story was just kind of underwhelming. The art was good but didn’t seem to try to match the actors’ appearances from the show, which was an odd choice.

  18. 5 out of 5

    C Moore

    This three-issue set starts off with an intriguing setup, though my expectations were perhaps set too high as the second issue was steady but not as dynamic. Finally, issue three seemed to fade, falling short of any major conclusions. In other words, the first issue exceeded the typical “preview for a tv show/movie” comic format, while the second and third were about on par.

  19. 5 out of 5

    James Bowman

    A solid little Trek story, with Picard trying to evacuate Romulans in the face of impending doom, and and the Romulans making it complicated. A fairly light read despite the potentially heavy topic. I haven't watched Picard (and at this point I am not likely to do so), so I likely missed some references to that show, but that didn't detract from the experience. (B)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Matthias Noch

    An outstanding, ST-like comic that explains the presence of Romulans on Picard's vineyard and gives some more details about the tense situation during the evacuation of the worlds of the Romulan empire. I recommend you read it before watching the series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Paul Griggs

    A minor skirmish in the events leading up to Picard introducing some of the characters we meet in the show. My main hope is, given what we know about Mars, that a favourite TNG character wasn’t there at the time...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Buchanan

    This three-part series (which I read as individual issues) is non-essential but worthwhile context-setting for the events of Star Trek: Picard. Well-paced and well-illustrated, it provides more background on Laris and Zhaban in particular, and deals with settler colonialism in the Romulan Empire.

  23. 5 out of 5

    George

    There are some fun details to fill in the gaps of the new show, especially with regards to his Romulan friends who live with him on the vineyard, but otherwise this feels like a nonessential side story more than a must-read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tariq Malik

    An excellent read for Trek fans looking for more details on what Picard had to deal with in the Great Romulan Evacuation, including backstories for his two Tal Shiar companions on his vineyard in Star Trek: Picard.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mohan Vemulapalli

    This is a fun, fast paced sci-fi romp that serves as a meaningful and insightful prequel to the Star Trek: Picard television series. The artwork is fairly good and the design of the spaceships is impressive. Additionally, there is far more character and plot development than I expected.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Damien Sutevski

    boring series. romulan duo backstory not good

  27. 4 out of 5

    Donavon (STComicbookreview.com)

    Great Countdown series, though really sad this new series completely ret-cons the 2009 STAR TREK Countdown mini series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    kevin browning

    It is one mission inside his evacuation mission before Romulus is destroyed by the Hobus Star. It is short and sweet and tells the story of how he me Zhaban/Laris.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Joana Veríssimo

    This was so GOOD!!! Especially as a little look into Zhaban and Laris, who I had already really loved in the show!! A great companion comic to fans of Picard :D

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    A quick and intriguing story that fills in the back story of two new supporting characters introduced on the tv show. This is by no means an essential story, but it is quite enjoyable

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