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Star Trek / Legion of Super-Heroes Hardcover – July 17, 2012
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New York Times bestselling writer Chris Roberson is best known for his Eisner-nominated ongoing comic book series iZombie, co-created with artist Mike Allred, and for multiple Cinderella mini-series set in the world of Bill Willingham s Fables. He has written more than a dozen novels and numerous short stories, as well as numerous comic projects including Superman, Elric: The Balance Lost, Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes, and Memorial. Roberson lives with his wife and daughter in Austin, Texas.
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Separate actions taken by both the Enterprise crew and the LOSH intersect, thereby stranding both groups on a combined alternate Earth under the interstellar government of The Imperial Planets. It's not the Mirror Universe, but close. After the obligatory meet-and-fight, the Enterprise crew and the LOSH combine their abilities to determine how to put things back the way they were. Parallels are drawn between characters from the two timelines, and they find that their encounter with this alternate Earth is not the random mistake they thought it was. It's an interesting story, and considering the identity of the villain, it's a pretty logical idea for a crossover, but I feel that the execution could have been better. I'd like to go into this further, but to do so would give away too much of the plot. Suffice to say that I had to read it a second time and still am not sure if I completely understand it, but nobody ever said alternate realities were easy.Read more ›
There are some similarities between the Legion and Star Trek. Both are products of a more optimistic age, when creators could envision a future with an intergalactic body much like the United Nations overseeing scores of worlds with different races. Having Cpt. Kirk join forces with Cosmic Boy seems natural.
But there are problems with Roberson's attempt to bring the Legion and Star Trek together. The plot is, at best, mediocre with an anti-climatic ending that wraps things up a bit too easily. While Roberson has our heroes tackle time travel and other dimensions, the plot makes little sense and does little to hold the reader's attention.
Where Roberson helps salvage the book, though certainly he does not totally redeem it, is with characterization. It's fun to see Mr. Spock and Brainiac 5 interact. Roberson is also excellent with Kirk and Shadow Lass and some of their dialogue is very memorable. Perhaps the character who stands out the most is Dr. McCoy. Roberson is excellent on pulling the strings with the good doctor.
Despite these fine examples of characterization, this story is not memorable in the least--even to a fan of both Star Trek and the Legion. While not a bad book, the Star Trek/Legion crossover is disappointing despite some fine moments from Roberson and a solid job by Moy.
The story follows the time honored meetings between heroes (or groups of heroes). First they fight and then team up to fight the common foe. I liked how both groups are portrayed for the most part. They both poke fun at something the other group does. The league points out how annoying Spock saying everything is fascinating. Shadow Lass shoots down several passes that Kirk makes. Kirk gets in a remark about The League using codenames instead of their real names.
Without giving away too much of the plot, I really like how the story took a known character from each franchise and related them to each other. Then they formed a new version for this new reality. The real answer to the puzzle of how this happened shouldn't be that big of a surprise. It is logical as Spock would say.
I did have a few minor qualms though. First, the Star Trek crew tended to treat the League as subordinates. While the Trek crew is very capable in a fight, l still think the League members should have done a little better considering their powers. My other problem was with some of the artwork. For the most part, the artwork was fine. At times though, the Trek crew looked as young as the League members (late teens or early twenties). This was most common with Kirk.
Like most good cross company, time travelling crossovers, once the problem was fixed, everyone forgot everything so no continuities were harmed. So it makes a nice addition to the Trek/ Dr. Who crossover and Trek/X-Men crossover (which is strangely enough not a graphic novel).
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This trade paperback reprinted an interesting, if somewhat stretched, teaming of the crew of the original Enterprise with several members of DC Comics' oft-forgotten Legion of... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Rich M.
This is a crossover that on paper sounds like one of the worst ideas ever and it stood a chance of being a horrible idea. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gregory S Bailey
I can't say anything about the story, but it's really well thought out and a lot of fun. Tons of Easter eggs and a surprising villain (who I guessed) as well as a surprise first... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
This was as good as I expected, so not great, but fun enough. The plot has a lot of the flavor of the original series, so that will give you some measure if you'll like it or not. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Geeky guy
Decent art and okay story, as far as these things are concerned. There wasn't too much crammed in, like in so many other crossovers. It helps to be a big fan of both franchises.Published 10 months ago by Michael C Boyd
OK, I don't I understand why people don't like this one, but I love it. The art is some of the best I've seen to date, and the story, though silly at points, is very entertaining. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Nicholas Greenberg
I watched the original Star Trek as a child, about the same age I read the Legion of Super Hero comics (for 12 cents an issue). This cross-over makes a lot of sense. Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by Steven J. Alexander
Being a long time fan of both the Star Trek original TV series, I saw the all the episodes when they were first broadcast, and the Legion of Super-heroes, I bought all their... Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by Michael E. Cerulo
I always wondered about what it would be like for these 2 future franchises to cross over, and DC & IDW met my wish. Read morePublished on August 9, 2013 by Frank Torres