(W) Mike Johnson, Kirsten Beyer (A) Angel Hernandez (CA) Sara Pitre-Durocher In Shops: Jan 29, 2020 SRP: $4.99
Jean-Luc Picard has traveled to the furthest reaches of the galaxy, defeated impossible foes, and survived in the face of unthinkable odds, but it’s the end of this one mission that will change his life forever.
The official countdown to CBS All Access’s Star Trek: Picard ends here, and things will never be the same…
(W) Mike Johnson, Kirsten Beyer (A) Angel Hernandez (CA) Sara Pitre-Durocher In Shops: Dec 18, 2019 SRP: $4.99
As the situation on the Romulan colony continues to unravel, Picard finds himself faced with a difficult choice that will affect millions. The official countdown to the Star Trek: Picard series on CBS All Access continues here!
Author(s): Michael Green, Mike Johnson Artist(s): Andres Guinaldo Cover Artist(s): Paul Pope (A), Syd Mead (B), Andres Guinaldo (C), Paul Pope Virgin Sketch (D), Blank Sketch (E)
Michael Green, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter for Blade Runner 2049, and co-writer Mike Johnson (Star Trek, Supergirl) begin a new story in the smash hit sci-fi comic set in the iconic world of Blade Runner! Seven years after her disastrous last case, veteran Blade Runner Ash is low on cash and short on options… Illustrated by Andres Guinaldo (Justice League Dark, Captain America).
With the upcoming CBS All Access show Picard on the horizon, Star Trek: Picard Countdown #1 kicks off the lead-up. In one issue, we’re provided so much detail as to the status of various characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation. We’re also presented the current state of things. And things are a bit mixed.
Picard is now an Admiral in charge of evacuating the Romulans. They’re under threat from a supernova that may wipe out their entire people. But, their secrecy and mistrust of the Federation has made the effort difficult. Dispatched to a world where he’s told only 10,000 Romulans live, Picard is faced with a twist that threatens the operation and the peace.
Written by Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson, the comic is a solid introduction to this next phase of the Star Trek universe. The two find the opportunity to update us on the many characters we’ve come to known. They also do it in a way that feels natural and not forced. The dilemma presented feels very Star Trek and a classic issue they’d need to deal with. It also feels very pertinent. With issues like climate change challenging populations and a wave of immigration due to strife, the need to evacuate the Romulans feels like it is a classic sci-fi allegory.
The art by Angel Hernandez is solid. With colors by Joana Lafuente and lettering by Neil Uyetake, the characters all look like their real-world selfs. The design of the world and Romulans also look like they’d fit into any of the recent Next Generation films or later seasons. There’s a beauty to some of the design that hides the insidious nature of it all.
The comic is a solid re-introduction to Picard and teases what should be an excellent television series. The comic feels like classic Star Trek with its blend of solid storytelling and socio-political undertones. This is one that Trek fans, and those excited about the show, should check out.
Story: Kirsten Beyer, Mike Johnson Art: Angel Hernandez Color: Joana Lafuente Letters: Neil Uyetake Story: 8.25 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy
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(W) Mike Johnson, Kirsten Beyer (A) Angel Hernandez In Shops: Nov 27, 2019 SRP: $4.99
You’ve seen the trailer… now, witness the events leading to CBS All Access’s Picard. 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!
(W) Kirsten Beyer, Mike Johnson (A) Tony Shasteen (CA) Angel Hernandez In Shops: Nov 20, 2019 SRP: $3.99
You saw the stunning conclusion of the second season of Star Trek: Discovery-now prepare yourselves for the ending of the Aftermath! With the fragile peace between the Klingons and the Federation hanging by a thread, Spock, Captain Pike, and Chancellor L’Rell make a last stand against the forces threatening to ignite a new galactic war!
Author(s): Michael Green, Mike Johnson Artist(s): Andres Guinaldo, Marco Lesko Cover Artist(s): Andres Guinaldo
The first original comic series set in the iconic neo-noir world of Blade Runner! Detective Ash is a veteran Blade Runner, set on the trail of a kidnapped child in the streets of Los Angeles, 2019 – but as the bodies mount and Replicants crawl from the shadows, Ash’s own secrets come under fire! From writer Michael Green (screenwriter for Blade Runner 2049) and Mike Johnson (Star Trek), and illustrated by Andres Guinaldo (Justice League Dark, Captain America)!
At New York Comic Con, IDW Publishing revealed that Ángel Hernández is joining writers Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson on the official Star Trek: Picard – Countdown comic book miniseries, based on the highly-anticipated CBS All Access program!
Since entering the world of professional comics in 2012, Hernández has kept very busy, working on such titles as Arrow, Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse, Flash, and Earth 2: Society for DC Comics, as well as two Star Trek / Green Lantern crossovers (Spectrum War and Stranger Worlds, respectively), and several different IDW series including Star Trek: Manifest Destiny, Star Trek Discovery: Succession, and Star Trek TNG: Terra Incognita, as well as the 2019 relaunch of The Transformers.
Author(s): Michael Green, Mike Johnson Artist(s): Andres Guinaldo Cover Artist(s) Rafael Albuquerque (A), Syd Mead (B), Andres Guinaldo (C) Retail Price: $3.99
The climax to the first original comic series set in the world of Blade Runner! Detective Ash discovers the truth behind her mysterious client, his kidnapped family, and the Replicant conspiracy hidden throughout Los Angeles! From writer Michael Green (screenwriter for Blade Runner 2049) and Mike Johnson (Star Trek), and illustrated by Andres Guinaldo (Justice League Dark, Captain America)!
(W) Kirsten Beyer, Mike Johnson (A) Tony Shasteen (CA) Angel Hernandez In Shops: Sep 25, 2019 SRP: $3.99
As Spock deals with the loss of his sister Michael Burnham, Captain Pike makes an offer to the Klingons. But will the enemies of Chancellor L’Rell ignite a new war instead? Don’t miss this amazing new series that follows after the shocking conclusion of season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery.