16 July 2011

Archival Review: Star Trek: Nero by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman, Mike Johnson & Tim Jones, and David Messina

Comic trade paperback, 90 pages
Published 2010 (contents: 2009)

Acquired December 2010
Read June 2011
Star Trek: Nero

Story: Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman
Writers: Mike Johnson & Tim Jones
Art: David Messina
Colorist: Giovanni Niro
Letterer: Neil Uyetake

This story fills in the gap between Nero's arrival in the 23rd century and his attack on Vulcan twenty-five years later. What was he doing all that time? Well, he was in Klingon prison a lot, which makes sense, since the film establishes he busted up some Klingon ships and a prison planet before getting to Vulcan. This comic, however, establishes that he actually escaped from the planet some time before the film, then tootled around a bit, then came back and blew up the Klingons. Which isn't exactly elegant, but I suppose writers who think having Nero 1) develop telepathic powers and 2) merge with V'Ger are good ideas are also writers who couldn't get an interesting story out of a guy being in prison for twenty-five years. Plus, decompressed storytelling abounds, with 3-4 panels on most pages, so even less happens than this book's meager 90 pages imply.

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