Author: Kirsten Beyer
Artists: Mike Johnson, Angel Hernandez
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Released: June 30th, 2020
Issues: Star Trek: Picard – Countdown 1-3
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.