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The pairing you never thought could happen! IDW Publishing and DC Comics are proud to present the greatest tale of the 23rd century! Or is that the 31st century? As you’ll see here, it’s both. Eisner-nominated writer Chris Roberson and Star Trek and Legionnaires veteran artist Jeffrey Moy partner up to bring you the most bizarre partnership of any century! In this first issue, a group of Legionnaires end up lost in the 23rd century, but it’s a universe that isn’t familiar to either the Legion or the crew of the USS Enterprise!
Before I grew up on Legion of Super-Heroes, I grew up on Star Trek. Classic Trek. Real Trek in my mind. While I had read some of the old Gold Key comics years and years ago, I never got into any of the more recently produced comics because, well, I’ve had enough Trek. But put Trek together with the Legion, one of my all time favorite comic teams and set of characters? That’s a hells yeah and a half instant purchase and this opening issue doesn’t disappoint. Well, it does some in that you see it’s 37 pages digitally, but five are covers and another eleven are from a completely unrelated preview. But that means we get 21 pages of excellent fun to set the stage, but it’s not exactly worth the asking price in my mind.
Because of the nature of time travel between both series, the crossover decides to go full out with what it wants to do by starting off showing us a third timeline from the 23rd century in which mankind has been rapacious and power hungry in its conquest of the known galaxy. In this timeline, the Imperial Planets set out to explore, discover new civilizations and conquer. And failure to accede to their demands means conquest to be sure, as we see them putting the final screws to the Durlan homeworld while within their own ranks are familiar races like Coluans and Shadow Lass’ people. Combining the military might of humanity with various races that they’ve taken down has put the Imperial Planets in a prime position, but it’s a dark and brutal one both inside and out.
What draws the other two timelines into this is something caused by the Legion. On return from a mission to the past themselves, the Legion in the form of Brainiac 5, Shadow Lass, Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl and Cosmic Boy find their time bubble stuck in a vortex that’s collapsing and they have to try and force a landing where they are in the time stream in order to survive. They do that at the same time on Earth in the Star Trek universe where Kirk, Spock, Uhura and McCoy are transporting down so Kirk get can set up to give a commencement speech. When the time bubble breaks though, it yanks them out of their transport and both parties end up on this Imperial Planets Earth where they’re both definitely going to get the snot kicked out of the for different reasons in short order. Neither team has come together at all here yet and that’s actually perfectly fine as we get to see both of them react an Earth and event that makes no sense and the flagrant hostility that they face there.
This Comixology edition of Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes contains the five covers that were produced for it, with the two main cast covers and the two alternate connecting ones, one with Braniac and one with Spock, as well as the Hastings exclusive black and white cover. The book also contains an eleven page preview for Memorial, an unrelated series by the author here..
Both teams in this book are ones that I like, both classic configurations in their own ways, and putting them both on a third world that is already damn interesting just makes for a very fast and engaging read. One that had me going back and reading it again to take in more of the details. It’s pure setup to be sure here and it works with both sides of the story coming into this third world in ways that fits their respective franchise. So far, it looks like the characters are being handled just right, there’s a good sense of their styles and mannerisms being captured and a distinctive look being given to the third, new timeline as well. Frankly, there’s just a whole lot of fun to be had here, especially if you do like both properties and realize that if ever there is a crossover that makes sense, this is definitely one of them.
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