"Countdown to Darkness"
Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness #4 (IDW)
Story: Roberto Orci and Mike Johnson
Script: Mike Johnson
Artist: David Messina
April takes control of the Enterprise
with the intention of handing it over to the Klingons.
Notes from the Star Trek
Countdown to Darkness mini-series
leads into the 2013 film Star Trek Into Darkness.
A previously unknown class of Klingon ship is introduced in
this issue. It's possible this ship was partially designed
by the Klingons from back-engineered technology from the
Narada while it was in their custody in
Against the Romulan". A nearly identical, but
smaller, version of this ship is seen in
Into Darkness, where it
is identified as a D4 class vessel. Some toys and models
based on it have referred to it as a Klingon Bird of Prey.
This issue re-introduces Commander Kor to the new timeline
ST universe. He first appeared in
Chance" in this timeline, capturing Nero's ship, the
Narada. In that issue, he had the "pure" Klingon form,
not effected by the augment virus that was released
upon the Klingon Empire according to the Star Trek:
Enterprise episode "Divergence". In our current story,
he is wearing a battle helmet, hiding his face. Might the
helmets be meant to hide the effects of the augment virus?
On page 18, Kirk tells Spock he's keeping Ms. Mudd's ship
aboard the Enterprise, saying it might come in handy. Will
it be used in Star Trek Into
At the end of this issue, Admiral Pike is seated in a
regular chair behind his desk, not in a wheelchair as he was
"Return of the
Archons" Part 2. Does this mean he's able to walk again?
On page 21, Pike orders Kirk and the Enterprise on to the
Nibiru system. This system will be seen in Star Trek
On the last page of this issue, a man identified as John
Harrison accesses the Starfleet Data Archive in London.
Harrison goes on to appear as the main villain in
Star Trek Into Darkness.
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