Star Trek: Picard – Countdown

Star Trek: Picard – CountdownStar Trek: Picard - Countdown by Kirsten Beyer
Illustrator: Mike Johnson, Angel Hernández
Published by IDW Publishing on June 30, 2020
Genres: Science Fiction, Comics, Fiction
Pages: 96
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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. The Countdown starts here!

Written by Star Trek: Picard co-creator and supervising producer Kirsten Beyer and fan-favorite Mike Johnson!

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.

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