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BEFORE THE EVENTS of the 2009 STAR TREK movie, Nero, the vengeful Romulan, and his crew spent 25 years trapped in the past, waiting. What drove Nero, after he travelled back in time? Why didn’t he go back to Romulus? How did he end up in a conflict with the Klingons? What happened to the Narada and her crew in those 25 years? The Nero mini-series answers all these questions, BEFORE THE EVENTS of the 2009 STAR TREK movie, Nero, the vengeful Romulan, and his crew spent 25 years trapped in the past, waiting. What drove Nero, after he travelled back in time? Why didn’t he go back to Romulus? How did he end up in a conflict with the Klingons? What happened to the Narada and her crew in those 25 years? The Nero mini-series answers all these questions, focusing on Nero himself, as he sets his ship on a collision course with Spock, changing many lives in the process.


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BEFORE THE EVENTS of the 2009 STAR TREK movie, Nero, the vengeful Romulan, and his crew spent 25 years trapped in the past, waiting. What drove Nero, after he travelled back in time? Why didn’t he go back to Romulus? How did he end up in a conflict with the Klingons? What happened to the Narada and her crew in those 25 years? The Nero mini-series answers all these questions, BEFORE THE EVENTS of the 2009 STAR TREK movie, Nero, the vengeful Romulan, and his crew spent 25 years trapped in the past, waiting. What drove Nero, after he travelled back in time? Why didn’t he go back to Romulus? How did he end up in a conflict with the Klingons? What happened to the Narada and her crew in those 25 years? The Nero mini-series answers all these questions, focusing on Nero himself, as he sets his ship on a collision course with Spock, changing many lives in the process.

30 review for Nero

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ming Wei

    Excellent graphic novel, artwork is stunning, the storyline is fresh and imaginative, really like the script, a top notch grahic novel. really enjoyed it. Typical Star Trek stuff.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    This continues from Star Trek Countdown and serves as another prequel to the 2009 movie. On its own I didn't like this quite as much as Countdown but it was still worth it to learn more about Nero and the events that lead up to the movie. This one focuses on what happened to Nero after he went through the black hole and what he did for 25 years right up to where the movie starts off. Both of these books together provide a legitimate explanation of exactly why Nero blames the Federation and Spock This continues from Star Trek Countdown and serves as another prequel to the 2009 movie. On its own I didn't like this quite as much as Countdown but it was still worth it to learn more about Nero and the events that lead up to the movie. This one focuses on what happened to Nero after he went through the black hole and what he did for 25 years right up to where the movie starts off. Both of these books together provide a legitimate explanation of exactly why Nero blames the Federation and Spock in particular for the destruction of his home planet, while the movie makes it seem like he blames them just because they were unable to rescue them. You will also learn how a simple miner like Nero turned into a psychopath, how he obtained such a badass ship and (perhaps most importantly) how he acquired the red matter and what it was originally supposed to be used for. While this is not required reading to watch the movie I felt like it added some interesting elements and made the movie even more enjoyable when I re-watched it afterwards. For instance (view spoiler)[the scene in the beginning where Nero and Ayel just look at each other and Ayel knows what to say, we now know they were communicating telepathically. (Or maybe that was already obvious to most people?) (hide spoiler)]

  3. 4 out of 5

    Roxana Chirilă

    This volume is STUNNING. On a visual level, there's not much more you can ask for but the beautiful depictions of space. But story-wise, it's a different story (pardon the phrasing). "Nero" is about events that take place before the 2009 movie and which work best if you know the movie and are attached to the characters and plot there. If not, it's a story about a Romulan who blames Vulcans for the destruction of his home planet and who goes through hell living on hatred and in order to see only This volume is STUNNING. On a visual level, there's not much more you can ask for but the beautiful depictions of space. But story-wise, it's a different story (pardon the phrasing). "Nero" is about events that take place before the 2009 movie and which work best if you know the movie and are attached to the characters and plot there. If not, it's a story about a Romulan who blames Vulcans for the destruction of his home planet and who goes through hell living on hatred and in order to see only one goal come true: getting back at Spock. It's alright, but it didn't blow my mind. The volume (or at least, the one I read) also contains an old Star Trek comic from '69 or maybe '70. It's... well. Wow, has the world of comics and Star Trek tie-ins changed a lot. Drawn in the style of the decade which allowed for few details, colored in the basic colors before printing became more advanced, it has characters say silly expressions, an atmosphere more in line with old Sci Fi short stories, and a plot with no finesse. It's about two seemingly uninhabited planets rushing towards one another in space because they attract each other like iron and magnets. The crew of the enterprise saves them by placing a "rejecting" asteroid (or other celestial object?) between them in the nick of time. Such plot, much wow. But still interesting for archival reasons, I suppose.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dorin

    Sadly the story is unfinished. But for anyone familiar with the recent movies it should be no surprise what happens next. I like the fact that this collection is actually well thought - the introduction clears things up before the comics themselves raise questions.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rae

    While I didn't like this one quite as much as "Spock Reflections," I still think that it is an essential read for anyone that liked the newest Star Trek movie. This book takes place between "Countdown" and the events in the movie, and give a lot more insight into the evolution of Nero's character that wasn't touched on in the film. (And how he was missing half of an ear, yikes!) Once again, the artists that were behind this are absolutely multi-directional hatching EXPERTS, beautifully utilizing While I didn't like this one quite as much as "Spock Reflections," I still think that it is an essential read for anyone that liked the newest Star Trek movie. This book takes place between "Countdown" and the events in the movie, and give a lot more insight into the evolution of Nero's character that wasn't touched on in the film. (And how he was missing half of an ear, yikes!) Once again, the artists that were behind this are absolutely multi-directional hatching EXPERTS, beautifully utilizing an under-appreciated pen and ink technique for shading. This story, as it is told from the point of view of Nero, and includes a bunch of violent Romulans and even more violent Klingons, is kind of...well...violent. Still, it's worth reading. One last serious trekkie nitpick... Since the black hole that deposited Nero (and Spock Prime) back in time put them to a point just a couple decades before the original series takes place, shouldn't the Klingons have flat foreheads rather then the grotesque ridges that they do in TNG? After all, the Klingon augment virus first struck in the mid 22nd century, which dissolved the forehead ridges for many generations, henceforth, the ridges should not have been present.

  6. 5 out of 5

    May

    Um, apparently I think I maybe one of the few Star Trek fans who didn't wonder what Nero was doing for 25 years when he had to wait for Spock to appear in the alternative universe. Somehow I was under the impression that the Romulan ship got trapped in the vortex and stayed frozen for all that time until the opportune time for the reunion with Spock presented itself. So imagine my surprise when the graphic novel points out that Nero was held in prison by the Klingons. What?! Okay, sets up some r Um, apparently I think I maybe one of the few Star Trek fans who didn't wonder what Nero was doing for 25 years when he had to wait for Spock to appear in the alternative universe. Somehow I was under the impression that the Romulan ship got trapped in the vortex and stayed frozen for all that time until the opportune time for the reunion with Spock presented itself. So imagine my surprise when the graphic novel points out that Nero was held in prison by the Klingons. What?! Okay, sets up some really interesting future storylines but aside from that, Nero is simply too one-dimensional even in this graphic novel. Yes, tragedy can force a person to snap but in Nero's case, he needed a good friend to talk to and something more than just a lost family on Romulus to justify his need to wage war on the Federation. Note to Romulans: offer one-on-one counseling for deep space miners--it may cost you initially, but it will save you the embarassment of having one of your citizens blow up planets.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Lanter

    In reading the reviews of the Star Trek tie-ins, many people seem to believe this is the least necessary of the three, but I disagree. There are many revelations that tie into the movie in this volume including why Spock is where he is in the movie and why Nero becomes so set in his views. Learning these details were just as rewarding as the ones in Countdown for me. There is a moment early on where some of Nero's crew more or less dissents and I wish that would been moved to a later part, becau In reading the reviews of the Star Trek tie-ins, many people seem to believe this is the least necessary of the three, but I disagree. There are many revelations that tie into the movie in this volume including why Spock is where he is in the movie and why Nero becomes so set in his views. Learning these details were just as rewarding as the ones in Countdown for me. There is a moment early on where some of Nero's crew more or less dissents and I wish that would been moved to a later part, because it would have made more sense there, but that is honestly the only thing I would change about this graphic novel. As in Countdown, the art really impresses and fits Star Trek extremely well. Nero and the Narada look just as awesome as they did in the movie. I really enjoyed this volume and encourage fans of the Star Trek movie to pick it up!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kacey

    Once again, loved this comic. This one was especially nice since it filled in the holes of what Nero was doing between his first appearance and when Kirk and company encountered him years later. That was one of those plotholes that bothered me in the movie, so it was nice getting this little story to answer where he was and what he was doing. It was also nice since it fleshed out his character a bit more and gave some more weight to his motivations. He was fine in the movie, but this really help Once again, loved this comic. This one was especially nice since it filled in the holes of what Nero was doing between his first appearance and when Kirk and company encountered him years later. That was one of those plotholes that bothered me in the movie, so it was nice getting this little story to answer where he was and what he was doing. It was also nice since it fleshed out his character a bit more and gave some more weight to his motivations. He was fine in the movie, but this really helped build him as a strong and intriguing character.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nicolas

    This was excellent. This volume along with Star Trek: Countdown contains vital background information to the Star Trek reboot. Whereas Countdown provided background for Spock and Nero in the Next Generation era, this focused on Nero's activities in between his first appearance and his attack on Vulcan 25 years later. You should definitely read Countdown before seeing the movie, but I wouldn't read Star Trek: Nero until after you've seen it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Aubrey Hansen

    In the movie, Nero came through the black hole 25 years ahead of Spock. What did he do all that time, and how did he come to predict when and where Spock would arrive? This movie answers all that and ties in several other references from the movie. The sentient ship thing from issue 3 is a little weird, but otherwise it's quite good. Spock's perspective towards the end is priceless. Some bloody fighting and a bit of drug use. Recommended reading for fans of the film.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    This was a really interesting look at what happened to Nero during those 25 years in the time warp that he was waiting for Spock to come through the worm hole as well. I would recommend reading this BEFORE reading the novel adaptation of the movie, rather than after. Really good and you better understand Nero's anger and hate, as well as his extreme dedication to vengeance.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Patrick McWilliams

    The explanation of Nero's escape from Rura Penthe was one of those only-in-comics situations, but I still liked it. This and the "Countdown" series give Nero some needed depth that unfortunately isn't able to be explored onscreen.

  13. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    This book will completely change the way that you watch the movie, and make you feel more comfortable with the changes.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Steven Shinder

    I actually wish that this one were longer. Wanted to see a bit more of what happened during the prison years. Love how this tied into Star Trek Into Brightness though.

  15. 4 out of 5

    47Time

    47 Klingon ships surround the Narada. Thank you for that. The story is surprisingly fun and a great addition to the movie, especially due to the fact that it explains what leads to Nero's blind hatred and his wanting revenge on Vulcan and on Spock. The Narada, though damaged, has survived travelling through the singularity into the past. Its mission of revenge against the Federation is ongoing. The members of the crew who want to return to Romulus are killed as they leave the ship on shuttles. Th 47 Klingon ships surround the Narada. Thank you for that. The story is surprisingly fun and a great addition to the movie, especially due to the fact that it explains what leads to Nero's blind hatred and his wanting revenge on Vulcan and on Spock. The Narada, though damaged, has survived travelling through the singularity into the past. Its mission of revenge against the Federation is ongoing. The members of the crew who want to return to Romulus are killed as they leave the ship on shuttles. The rest are captured and imprisoned by Klingons. They try to steal the technology on the Narada, but are unsuccessful. (view spoiler)[For 25 years Nero's escape attempts fail until the ship, gaining a mind of its own, breaks them out by itself. It takes Nero and his crew to an unknown location where Nero melds with an entity that resulted from an ancient civilization. The entity called out to the Narada as a kindred spirit. Nero uses a supercomputer inside the entity to calculate where and when Spock will appear. He still blames Spock for Romulus's destruction in the previous timeline. Spock's ship the Jellyfish doesn't stand a chance against the Narada. Nero intends to use the Red Matter on board the Jellyfish to destroy Vulcan. He also wants Spock to witness his homeworld's destruction. The story is continued in the movie. (hide spoiler)]

  16. 4 out of 5

    Em

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. In this comic, you learn what Nero did in the 25 years between arriving in the past to destroy the Kelvin and the events of Star Trek 2009. The events, when written out, are kind of amazing. I assure you this comic is actually very bad, an inert story with no emotional content comprised mainly of middling trace work of stills from Star Trek movies. Also Nero became psychic, his ship got Borg powers, he flew it to the V'Ger cloud in the Kelvinverse and communed with it but it was unable to subjug In this comic, you learn what Nero did in the 25 years between arriving in the past to destroy the Kelvin and the events of Star Trek 2009. The events, when written out, are kind of amazing. I assure you this comic is actually very bad, an inert story with no emotional content comprised mainly of middling trace work of stills from Star Trek movies. Also Nero became psychic, his ship got Borg powers, he flew it to the V'Ger cloud in the Kelvinverse and communed with it but it was unable to subjugate him because he's Too Cool. This comic suck.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

    I love that these graphic novels fill in blanks in the timeline of the movies. And most importantly, we learn a lot more about Nero. A further bonus is the appearance of V'ger who has a weird sentient-bond-thing with the Narada and Nero, and conveniently is able to help Nero calculate when Spock will arrive.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Raven Black

    Really good, love it but felt there needed to be a little more happening for the 25 years Nero was waiting for spok

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlynn

    I am not a big fan of Star Trek but this was a very cool book. I like reading graphic novels every once in a while. It really helps me pass the time.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Danny

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.25 above average, some good bits (V'Ger for one, the final 3 pages), some less (so the big secret of Nero's last 25 years ....was that he spent them all in prison)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Loved the back story. The art not so much.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mikael Kuoppala

    Now this is what I would have wanted to see in the 2009 Star Trek movie. A solid background story for the villain to make him more understandable and whole as a character. Eric Bana would have had a field day with a story that gets under Nero’s skin and reveals his tragedy to the reader. This is dramatic but smart storytelling at its best, handling themes of loss and the drive for retribution boldly and with emotional charge. After reading this the movie feels so much better. Trek has by custom r Now this is what I would have wanted to see in the 2009 Star Trek movie. A solid background story for the villain to make him more understandable and whole as a character. Eric Bana would have had a field day with a story that gets under Nero’s skin and reveals his tragedy to the reader. This is dramatic but smart storytelling at its best, handling themes of loss and the drive for retribution boldly and with emotional charge. After reading this the movie feels so much better. Trek has by custom refrained from presenting antagonists as EVIL, and this tale will set the tone right also for the more simplistic J.J. Abrams flick.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

    I wanted to see some more of Nero's backstory, but between Countdown and this I got more than I wanted. In particular the sequence where (view spoiler)[the Nerada is activated by V'Ger and the crew then goes all the way out to meet V'Ger and back was unnecessary and forced just to link the new Trek universe to the events in the old Trek universe. (hide spoiler)] The art is decent, the story is okay, but just didn't engage me as much as I had hoped. Probably won't read again. I wanted to see some more of Nero's backstory, but between Countdown and this I got more than I wanted. In particular the sequence where (view spoiler)[the Nerada is activated by V'Ger and the crew then goes all the way out to meet V'Ger and back was unnecessary and forced just to link the new Trek universe to the events in the old Trek universe. (hide spoiler)] The art is decent, the story is okay, but just didn't engage me as much as I had hoped. Probably won't read again.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dovile

    A much better and different in style comic than Countdown. I really recommend this, as it adds more backstory to the movie and character if Nero. Great drawing style (a bit too thick lines, but very accurate faces) with a very cinematic feel, only darker than the movie. Notice a goof near the end - somebody doesn't know the color of Vulcan blood:) A much better and different in style comic than Countdown. I really recommend this, as it adds more backstory to the movie and character if Nero. Great drawing style (a bit too thick lines, but very accurate faces) with a very cinematic feel, only darker than the movie. Notice a goof near the end - somebody doesn't know the color of Vulcan blood:)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    Out of all the Trek Alternate Universe graphic novels I've read so far, this one was surprisingly the best. Plot wise, but most importantly, in the art. I'm always extremely disappointed in the art but this time I found myself stopping to admire it rather than hoping to skip past it quickly. Since this was the one book I was least expecting to enjoy, it was a very nice surprise!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Kukwa

    In filling in Nero's background, and his route to hatred and self-destruction, this is first rate work. It's also very much superior to the film, where we get virtually none of this through the character presented...unless it's hiding somewhere behind JJ Abrams' lens flares. The surprise visit to a parallel V'Ger is the highlight of this story.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    The story is another movie tie-in to the Kelvin universe reboot detailing what happened to Nero between his arrival from the future and Spock's. I don't totally buy some of Nero's motivation and it doesn't seem quite seamless to me. Nonetheless, the art is very good, fitting the darkness of the character and story. And the Key Comics issue is entertaining with a less spoiler-y intro this time.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michael Hanscom

    Nice "fill in the blanks" story explaining just what Nero was up to during the 25 years between his arrival in the new Trek universe and his encounter with Kirk and the gang. Includes some fun homages to the pre-existing Trek universe as well.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brent

    Definite read for the fans of the 2009 Star Trek fans. Answers major plot questions, such as why Nero just didn't go back to Romulus and say hey our star is going to blow up and why his mining ship is so insanely powerful. It's nicely written and fits in nicely with the film.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ed

    While this is the least of the three Star Trek 2009 prequel comics, it's still pretty good. Art is probably the best of the three, but it's still not all that stylish. There's some nice space scenes though.

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