Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes

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8.5 Overall Score
Story: 9/10
Art: 8/10

Strong story and art

Probably best for fans of both series

 
Comic Info

Comic Name:  Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes

Publisher:  IDW/DC Comics

Writer:  Chris Roberson

Artist:  Jeffrey Moy

# of Issues:  6

Release Date:  2012

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Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes #2

Reprints Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes #1-6 (October 2011-March 2012).  A crisis in time has occurred and Cosmic Boy, Chameleon Kid, Shadow Lass, Saturn Girl, Lightning Lad, and Brainiac-5 of the Legion of Super-Heroes are displaced along with Captain Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura, Sulu, and Chekov of Starfleet on an Earth that neither group recognizes.  With aspects that resemble both of their worlds, the universe finds themselves at the mercy of the Imperial Planets run by a mysterious leader.  Now the Legion and the members of Starfleet must work together if they hope to right the universe and return to their own times.

Written by Chris Roberson and illustrated by Jeffrey Moy, Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes is a joint effort by IDW who publishes Star Trek tie-ins and DC Comics which publishes Legion of Super-Heroes.  The series was released to positive reviews and has been collected.

Most of these crossover series are honestly pretty weak.  It generally just involves the characters meeting, saying they’ve never met, and having an adventure before going home.  I wasn’t expecting much out of Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes though I do enjoy both franchises, but instead found it to be a really enjoyable series.

The neat thing about this book is that it doesn’t feel tedious and forced.  The reason behind the story and the solution seems quite viable in the world of Star Trek and the world of the Legion.  The comic does have a bit of an obligatory fight between the groups and the “let’s split up gang” moment that they try to justify the teaming of certain members, but it feels much less of an attempt at a money-grab than other crossovers.

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Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes #5 Variant

The next part of the review is a bit of a *****Spoiler Alert*****.  I have to say that I do like the aspect of the story which causes the break.  Q is revealed to be the source of the problem and this not only ties in the original Star Trek but also Star Trek:  The Next Generation and creates a realistic reason for all occurrences.  Plus, I always loved Star Trek:  The Next Generation episodes with Q so it was a bonus for me to have him show up.

It is also commendable job for Jeffrey Moy who did the art.  Not only do I find illustrating “real” actors difficult, but Moy had to blend them with classic comic characters in the Legion.  He does a good job in this sense to keep the feel of Star Trek and the feel of the Legion.  Plus, he created some great amalgams between the two universes like the Elite Guard which combined the Fatal Five with Star Trek villains and Flint with Vandal Savage.

Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes is a treat for fans of both groups and might be a good segue between the two groups for fans of one or the other.  I’d love to see the Legion and Star Trek reunite…or even The Next Generation.  I generally don’t like these type of licensed crossovers, but this is one of the best of the bunch and worth seeking out.

Related Links:

Legion:  Secret Origin

Legion of Super-Heroes 1:  Hostile World

Legion Lost:  Run from Tomorrow

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