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Star Trek: Countdown is a four-part comics miniseries published by IDW Publishing, starting in January 2009. The series' story is both a prequel to the new TOS era Star Trek movie and a sequel to the TNG era, set several years after the film Nemesis. The series was written by Tim Jones and Mike Johnson with a story by the film's writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The series was illustrated by David Messina. An omnibus of the series was published on April 2009.


The series presents the origin of Nero, the mysterious Romulan who will ultimately threaten the survival of the entire universe." And more specifically will show Nero and Spock in the post-Nemesis TNG-era prior to time travelling back to the Original Series era of movie. Roberto Orci has described the series as "about how you connect the Next Generation era to our continuity, inspired by when we last saw Mr. Spock in "Unification"". In addition to Spock and Nero the series prominently features Jean-Luc Picard, Data/B-4, Worf and Geordi La Forge.

Unusually the omnibus for the series will be published in the same month as the last issue (rather than three months later), just in time for the release of the movie in May.


Title/Number Number One Number Two Number Three Number Four
Tim Jones & Mike Johnson
Story by
Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci
David Messina
21 January 2009
25 February 2009
18 March 2009
1 April 2009
Cover A

David Messina
Countdown 1A
Countdown 2A
Countdown 3A
Countdown 4A
Retail incentive photo-cover
Countdown 1B
Countdown 2B
Countdown 3B
Countdown 4B


Countdown promo

Promotional artwork for the series

  • The cover art for the series was based on early promotional posters for the new movie. The complete image of all four covers was used for promotion of the series, including a poster and as the cover for the omnibus. All four issues were also issued in more limited retail incentive covers using the original poster photos.
  • The final page of issue 1 features the Engineering control panel from A Final Unity in the foreground.


IDW Publishing miniseries
Completed series The Space BetweenKlingons: Blood Will TellYear FourAlien SpotlightIntelligence GatheringTurnaroundThe Enterprise ExperimentAssignment: EarthMirror ImagesRomulans: The Hollow CrownThe Last GenerationCountdownAlien Spotlight IICrewMission's EndThe Wrath of KhanSpock: ReflectionsNeroRomulans: SchismGhostsFool's GoldStar Trek Movie AdaptationLeonard McCoy, Frontier DoctorBurden of KnowledgeCountdown to Darkness IDW bulb
Current series Captain's LogKhan: Ruling in HellInfestation
Future series Assignment: Earth II
IDW Publishing omnibuses
IDW miniseries The Space BetweenKlingons: Blood Will TellYear FourAlien Spotlight, Volume IIntelligence GatheringTurnaroundYear Four: The Enterprise ExperimentAssignment: EarthMirror ImagesCountdownThe Last GenerationMission's EndCrewSpock: ReflectionsNeroRomulans: Pawns of WarAlien Spotlight, Volume IIGhostsFool's GoldStar Trek Movie AdaptationLeonard McCoy, Frontier Doctor IDW bulb
Archive material Star Trek Archives (Best of Peter DavidBest of Gary SevenBest of DS9Best of Captain KirkBest of Alternate Universes) • Star Trek Omnibus (Volume 1Volume 2The Original SeriesMovie Omnibus) • Motion Picture Trilogy

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