Saturday, October 22, 2011

Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes Cross Universes

Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes, issue 1
IDW Publishing and DC Comics are launching a crossover comic book series that will feature the cast of the original Star Trek television series and The Legion of Super Heroes. This series is supposed to last for six monthly issues, with the first issue available in comic book stores now.

I usually cringe at the mention of a crossover. However, the mix of characters in those two story universes gives this one some serious potential.

In the first issue, the original Starship Enterprise crew beam down to a planet, only to discover that it isn't the right destination or time period. Meanwhile, a group of "Great Darkness Saga" Legionnaires travel to the same planet; discovering that they aren't in the right place or time either.

The meeting of these two groups is a cliche. However, the interplay and witty banter that takes place between the Star Trek and Legion of Super-Heroes characters makes it worthwhile.

A six page preview of the Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes crossover is available here from the fine folks at Comics Alliance.

The "anyone who isn't with us is against us" line, used by the Captain Tomorrow character in the opening pages of the first issue, interjects a political overtone into this story line as does the concept of such a line being used in connection with an invasion. Again, I cringed when I read that part. I normally try to stay away from anything that reminds me of former President George W. Bush.

Bele and Lokai from the original Star Trek series
However, this is Star Trek - the television series that squarely interjected itself into social debate, focusing on segregation and civil rights during the 1960s with episodes like "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield." One shouldn't be too surprised then to see overtones of the Iraq War in a contemporary crossover with the Legion of Superheroes universe.

Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes, issue one is available in comic book stores now. It's worth picking up for any fan.

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