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Comic Review: Star Trek: Countdown To Darkness #3
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Star Trek: Countdown To Darkness #3Star Trek: Countdown To Darkness #3
Story by Roberto Orci & Mike Johnson
Script by Mike Johnson
Art by David Messina
Ink Assist by Marina Castelvetro
Colors by Claudia Scarletgothica
Letters by Chris Mowry
IDW Publishing
Release date: March 20, 2013
Cover price: $3.99

In the penultimate issue of Star Trek: Countdown To Darkness, the Enterprise hovers over the planet Phaedus, where on the ground, some of the crew’s Away Team is being held captive, while Kirk and Spock are still trying to figure out what the presumed dead Robert April is up to. The ship’s communications are still being jammed, so Uhura, who actually has the Conn, decides to leave her post to go in search of her comrades. And who does give the Conn to when she leaves? A most unlikely crew member, to humorous results.

But, there’s nothing funny about what’s happening down on the planet’s surface, where there’s two warring factions and everyone’s life is in danger. In Star Trek: Countdown To Darkness #3, Spock, who’s still reeling from the destruction of his home planet, Vulcan, risks his life once more in an attempt to free Sulu and Hendorff (“Cupcake”), who were part of the away team that was immediately captured. Meanwhile, Kirk has to decided whether to get involved in the Phaedus civil war, while also trying to figure out what to do about April, who’s technically a Starfleet deserter, and whose story seems to change with each issue.

Robert April is definitely a man with something – or a lot of things – us his sleeve. That fact that he managed to fake his death and become a leader on this planet, which was listed as having never made first contact, says a lot about him. What is he really up to? And why is Phaedus so important? In this issue, we find out what other race is interested in Phaedus, which means, in the final issue, they might make an appearance.

The Star Trek: Countdown To Darkness 4-issue miniseries is meant to bring the gap between the events of J.J. Abrams’ 2009 film Star Trek and its direct sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, coming to theaters this May. In three issues now, we are clued in as to the emotional status of Kirk and Spock, but the other characters aren’t explored. We’re reintroduced to Robert April, a character only seen on screen in the Star Trek: The Animated Series, who is supposed to be dead, but according to this series, he’s very much alive. How will April figure into Star Trek Into Darkness is still not apparent, but I’m guessing it’s going to be good.

If you’re not already reading this miniseries, I suggest you catch up, but I’m loving it:

Star Trek: Countdown To Darkness #1
Star Trek: Countdown To Darkness #2
Star Trek: Countdown To Darkness #3
Star Trek: Countdown To Darkness #4 (4/10 release date)

Issue #4 is out today, April 10th, and so is the trade paperback edition, which collects all four issues, for online comics print and digital retailers, as well as in stores; the trade comes to Amazon on April 23, 2013.

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