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IDW Announces New Star Trek/DC Superheroes Crossover Comic Series July 21, 2011

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In advance of their panel at San Diego Comic Con, IDW Publishing has announced a brand new Star Trek series coming in October – and this time they are headed to the 30th century with “Star Trek/Legion of Super Heroes” – a crossover with DC comics! More details and the first cover for this exciting new series below.

 

Star Trek comics crossover  with DC’s Legion of Superheroes

press release

Star Trek® and the Legion of Superheroes Pair Up in July

The 23rd century and the 30th century collide in IDW’s first-ever crossover with DC Comics’ Super Heroes

San Diego, CA (July 21, 2011) – The original Starship Enterprise has traveled across time and space on its five-year mission, but it will be entering the DC Universe for the first time this summer. IDW Publishing is proud to announce its first-ever crossover with DC Comics’ Super Heroes in STAR TREK/LEGION OF SUPERHEROES, a six-issue monthly series beginning in October 2011.

STAR TREK/LEGION OF SUPERHEROES tells the tale of the original crew of the Starship Enterprise, who beam down to a planet only to discover that the planet isn’t their intended destination, or even in the right universe. At the same time, a group of “Great Darkness Saga” Legionnaires inside a time sphere find themselves cast into the 23rd century, but it’s not the 23rd century as they know it, either. STAR TREK/LEGION OF SUPERHEROES is a galaxy-spanning adventure that draws both teams together to face a menace that includes Khunds, Klingons, Borg, and other threats that aren’t quite as they should be. The egalitarian United Planets in one universe and a United Federation of Planets in another is now the Imperial Planets of Terra, a dark empire focused on war and conquest, and that’s just the beginning for this special series.

“Nothing like kicking off our first foray into the DC Universe with a story that spans dimensions and centuries,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief and the lead editor on this crossover. “As a huge fan of both of these teams and the eras we’re playing with here, as well as an admirer of the talents involved with this tale, I couldn’t be happier.”

Weaving these disparate universes and characters into a dark, foreboding and mysterious saga is Eisner-nominated writer Chris Roberson (iZombie, Superman), with art by Jeffrey and Philip Moy, both of whom have tackled the Legion and Star Trek in other forms. Phil Jimenez, will provide covers for the entire series, while each issue will also feature variant covers from classic Legion of Superheroes artists such as Keith Giffen, Steve Lightle, and Mike Grell, as well as IDW mainstay and Best Artist Eisner-nominee Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key) and others.

“We’re thrilled to be joining such iconic characters together in an exciting adventure that spans space and time,” said Bob Harras, DC Comics Editor-in-Chief.

The STAR TREK/LEGION OF SUPERHEROES series also offers a note of nostalgia for DC Comics and Star Trek, as that publisher produced the popular sci-fi comics under both the DC Comics banner in the ‘80s and the Wildstorm banner in the ‘90s. Now, under IDW’s auspices, both the 23rd and the 30th centuries might never be the same after this new series is complete.

“Chris Roberson, who’s incredibly knowledgeable about both series, managed to not only weave both teams together into a clever story, but he also found a way to tie both universes together through a shared villain that fans will never expect to see,” added Ryall. “And the Moys bring a sense of dynamism and energy to not only the characters we know but also in the designs for some special merged-universe characters, too. Add to that the chance to work with guys I greatly admire on the series’ covers and you’ve really got the makings of something special here. I’m really happy that DC has been such a welcoming partner on the crazy things we’re going to do here.”

STAR TREK/LEGION OF SUPERHEROES #1 (of 6, $3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in comic stores in October 2011.


STAR TREK/LEGION OF SUPERHEROES Cover #1

 

Comments

1. Ben - July 21, 2011

Huh… that’s a bit odd, but depending on how they connect it… it might be good.

2. zperk - July 21, 2011

worst.idea.ever

3. VorlonKosh - July 21, 2011

Nice cover… however, this has already been done with X-Men if I recall…

4. Admiral Archer's Prized Beagle - July 21, 2011

Here’s hoping this lead to seeing Batman on the bridge of the Enterprise. *nerdgasm*

5. Shannon Nutt - July 21, 2011

Yeah, as VorlonKosh noted, both TOS and TNG crews have already been crossed over with X-Men. So I guess this is the second-worst idea ever. :)

6. PilatesCross - July 21, 2011

Pass.

7. MHB - July 21, 2011

That’s OK, but wake me when they do a Star Trek/Doctor Who crossover. (IDW has both licenses!)

8. Christopher Roberts - July 21, 2011

4. 60’s West incarnation, with fist-clutching youthful ward by his side… maybe.

9. WVTreker - July 21, 2011

@3 Yes, they did it with the X-Men. It was okay but all gimick. Pass on this.

10. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire. - July 21, 2011

Well. I think it can be kinda fun. Looks like they are going to have one big bash. Maybe one day they can get the Aliens fro the Greatest America Hero to give Kirk the Super Suit.
But. I would love to see a Battlestar Galactica Star Trek Crossover, Now that would be fun.
Or how about a Star Trek Dr Who and Quanton Leap.

11. VorlonKosh - July 21, 2011

I’m up for a Doctor Who/Star Trek crossover or a Battlestar/Star Trek crossover.

12. VorlonKosh - July 21, 2011

Or Star Trek/Babylon 5 =)

13. MikeTen - July 21, 2011

Doctor Who/Star Trek crossover would be perfect. Captain Kirk’s Enterprise did a lot of time traveling in the original series and would fit in nicely with the TARDIS.

14. kc - July 21, 2011

I’m looking forward to the Trek/Love Boat crossover, where Kirk (prime) comes out of retirement to dedicate the Enterprise A to pleasure cruises.

Of course after that Ricardo Maltabon (sp?) can do the Kahn/Fantasy Island crossover.

15. dr_beckett - July 21, 2011

#10. I like the idea of a Star Trek/Quantum Leap crossover. Sam Beckett leaps into Jonathan Archer, who could be a future descendant of his. Now THAT would be a nerdgasm of note!! ;)

16. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - July 21, 2011

They should do a Next Gen crossover where Darkside is going to destroy the Universe and Superman asks the Enterprise for help then they make Superman attend a violin solo and hippe poetry reading while they spew endless technobabble (mostly tachyion related) and finally let the ship psychiatrist make the combat related decision after a long boring conference.

17. Christopher Roberts - July 21, 2011

15. I assume there’s a likeness issue, which is why we’ve never had Star Trek Enterprise comics. I mean seriously, what is it with the lack of licenced products from that series? TNG, DS9, TOS, I’ve even seen VOY in panels at one time. Who’s stopping this? CBS? Screen Actors Guild? Just no interest among the current generation of writers and artists?

18. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire. - July 21, 2011

I want to see a Crossover of Star Trek and Termanator and Battlestar Galactica. All with the Borg and Cylons and Termanators. Hmm Who would win.

19. Erik Parrent - July 21, 2011

Roberson’s very, very good. Moy is the perfect artist for either series. I’ll be there.

20. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire. - July 21, 2011

Or. Have the Termanators and Cylons and Borg Team up against babylon 5 and Star Trek and Star Wars with the Stom Troopers on Standby.

21. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire. - July 21, 2011

Hmm. B5 with Star Trek. Hmm Bester and Checkove come face to face.

22. Ensign RedShirt - July 21, 2011

ummmm….why?

Pass.

23. Spock - July 21, 2011

Is this like the odd Xmen-Star Trek book/comic?

24. PEB - July 21, 2011

these trek crossovers dont do anything for me except give me headaches. it never sounds good on paper and doesnt translate too well either. crossovers within the trek realm really are the only ones that work well. time travel, dimensional travel, lets keep it at that. people always wanted to see ds9 and voyager together, or voyager and tng, etc so go that route. i remember thumbing through pages and seeing spock and wolverine together and not understanding just how that worked at all. im not a downer, and i LOVE comics, just giving my honest oppinion.

25. Adrick - July 21, 2011

Doctor Who, please. I don’t generally buy comics, but I would buy that in a heartbeat.

26. jorDe' - July 21, 2011

I never read the ST/X-men cross over. I will give this a try. Looks promising.

27. Dr. What - July 21, 2011

Or a Lost in Space/Bouncing Boy crossover. That would rock. :\

28. Jerry Modene - July 21, 2011

#8 – that’s been done; “Star Trek vs. Batman”, a three-parter, may still be available on the internet.

29. Jerry Modene - July 21, 2011

A quick google search shows it to be available on Youtube.

30. DoomsdayMAN - July 21, 2011

Would love a TOS Trek/ Who crossover over this. But I guess Paramount and the BBC would never agree on the particulars to allow such a possibility to commence.
Or maybe even a Godzilla/ TOS Trek crossover ( IDW has that property as well ). That would be hilarious.
And I remember the X-Men crossover. Meh! Hopefully this one will be more engaging.

31. Jerry Modene - July 21, 2011

Oh – and before I forget – Mr. Spock made a cameo in the 30th century some years ago; he appears in a crowd scene in the LSH story in Superboy #200, circa 1975 or so.

32. Chuckunit - July 21, 2011

Doctor Who vs. Dr. Smith from LOST IN SPACE

33. Shazam101 - July 21, 2011

Lighten UP! Wow, as a Legion fan and a Trekkie, this is a total geekgasm! Roberson is passionate about what he does, met him in Seattle. So let the adults boo and hiss and let us with the Peter Pan syndrome enjoy the heck out of it!

34. SPOCKBOY - July 21, 2011

@7,
It’s been done…

http://www.vimeo.com/2278176

FULL VIDEO

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JhAPkkLgtI

35. nate - July 21, 2011

This could be fun. Moy’s art is a bit cutesy for me, and Robison isn’t familiar to me. It’s not out of line for the crew to meet aliens who have super powers like telekinesis and extra strength. Like to see the NG crew meet the JLA with Peter David or Scott Tipton writing and Gordon Purcell or Jerome Moore drawing it!

36. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire. - July 21, 2011

Ok. Gary Seven and Sherlock Holms and Wild Wild West with Dr. Who.

37. FACTCHECKER - July 21, 2011

How about Gary Seven, and Sean Connery’s Bond?

38. MJ - July 21, 2011

dumasss — worthless — horrible idea — what were they thinking

39. Captain Karl - July 21, 2011

Sorry, I’ll pass…call me when they do the Star Trek/Smurfs crossover ;)

40. The Bear - July 21, 2011

Why don’t they just do Star Trek/ Archie crossover. This is just stupid juvenile crap.

41. MJ - July 21, 2011

“More details and the first cover for this exciting new series below. ”

Trekmovie.com staff — I don’t mind you providing the press release here and reporting on this. But your rubber stamping this as an “exciting new series” is laughable. On something like this, which it seems 90% of us are against (and you should have seen this coming, right?), please don’t try to spoon feed us that this is a positive development. :-)

42. MJ - July 21, 2011

Also, who in the heck are those superheroes on the cover — I don’t recognize even one of them? It figures that they would bring in the “backup superheroes” for the Trek comic series. Lame!!!

43. Browncoat1984 - July 21, 2011

Yeah, would much rather see a Star Trek/Doctor Who crossover. Cybermen & Borg together = scary.

44. Joe - July 21, 2011

I don’t know if this would interest any of you but if you look on the Wold Newton Universe website I believe there are Star Trek/ Dr. Who crossovers there.

45. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire. - July 21, 2011

Ok. Star Trek and Hercules the Legendery Journeys and yes. Apollo can be there as well.

46. rm10019 - July 21, 2011

43 THIS!

47. Amorican - July 21, 2011

Crossovers? I think they’re silly . . .

But they remind me of life in the 80’s, playing with He-Man and Transformers action figures AT THE SAME TIME because I didn’t have enough of either set to make a good war without the other.

48. Semtex030 - July 21, 2011

Farrah Fawcett-Majors is a DC superhero? (No doubt most of you will have to ask your parents to explain that one. Show them the cover.)

49. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire. - July 21, 2011

Ok. Superman Vs the Termanators.
The Greatest American Hero joins the Justice League.
Mighty Mouse also joins the Justice league.
The Star Ship Enterprise Joins the Rebellion of the Republic.

50. TrekkerChick - July 21, 2011

#15

The ‘real’ Jonathan Archer was sitting in the waiting room through the all along. Dr.Beckett had to set right the founding of the UFP, however, Trip had to die this time..The Evil Leaper was disguised as a Romulan Senator!

LOL

See?! You too can do improbable cross-over stories!

51. NFXstudios - July 21, 2011

Wow, does this ever sound like fanboy drivel. Storylines like this are what make 99% of comic publications seem ridiculously stupid to me and not even worth my effort to see what’s new or upcoming.

Maybe IDW’s new series set in the 2009 timeline will be a little more serious. Very disappointing, and IDW loses a lot of credibility with me.

52. NFXstudios - July 21, 2011

@50:

At least that’s not a stupid, juvenile crossover. Given the connection between Quantum Leap and Enterprise (hell, even Al was in Enterprise), it would be silly but not as outrageous as fantasy superheroes in a science fiction universe.

At least Beckett could have possibly existed in the Star Trek universe.

53. drmidnite66 - July 21, 2011

# 42

Three of the five are the founders of the Legion – Lightening Lad on the left, Saturn Girl and then Cosmic Boy.

Hardly “backup superheroes”

The other two are Chameleon Boy and Shadow Lass.

54. Red Dead Ryan - July 21, 2011

Let’s see: DC and IDW came up with an “idea” to bring superheroes and the crew of the original Enterprise together because they thought we would rush to the stores and buy it. And not only that, but they’re using no-name tertiary “superheroes” who nobody knows or gives a rat’s ass about as part of this cash-in……err…..”crossover” project. Good lord! How about the folks at IDW keep “Star Trek” in its own universe and work on writing good STAR TREK comics? If they want to do crossovers, do a TOS/TNG one, or TNG/DS9!!

#38.

“dumasss —- worthless — horrible idea — what were they thinking”

I think we should be asking “What the F*CK were they snorting!?!”

55. The Bear - July 21, 2011

#54: “I think we should be asking “What the F*CK were they snorting!?!”

Plutonium Nyborg.

56. Red Dead Ryan - July 21, 2011

#53.

“Three of the five are founders of the Legion — Lightening Lad on the left, Saturn Girl and then Cosmic Boy.

Hardly “backup superheroes”

The other two are Chameleon Boy and Shadow Lass.”

So, it was Robert Rodriguez who came up with these? I would think that a “Legion Of Heroes”/ “Adventures Of Shark Boy and Lava Girl” would be more appropriate!

Totally lame. Err……a better word would be CRAPTACULAR!

57. Trip327 - July 21, 2011

I’m a big LoSH fan so I’ll be picking this up. Hopefully we’ll get to see Spock and Brainiac 5 working together. And Kirk and Lightning Lad would be a good mix too, especially if Kirk starts hitting on Saturn Girl.

58. Andy Patterson - July 21, 2011

I see several have mentioned what I’d like to see- – – what I thought of when I first heard this…..let’s bring Gary Seven back. He’s been in both Universes (sort of).

59. Andy Patterson - July 21, 2011

I like the likeness of Kirk on that cover by the way, underneath Cathy Lee Crosby.

60. Donald G - July 21, 2011

The Legion of Super-Heroes dates back to 1958 (Adventure Comics #247) and has had a longstanding fan following. The Legion has had headlining runs in Adventure Comics, then as back-up features in Action Comics and Superboy before displacing Superboy from his own book in the 70’s.

While the Legion stories of the fifties and sixties have their particularly goofy charms, the Legion has its roots in the same gosh-wow optimistic concept of the technological future that begat Star Trek. By the seventies and eighties, it had become space opera with superheroes and, along with the Marv Wolfman/George Perez New Teen Titans book, one of DC’s more popular titles, both in terms of critical respect and in sales.

Artistically, in the early to mid seventies under Dave Cockrum and his successor Mike Grell (and still later, Jim Sherman), the look of the technology (especially on the Legion cruisers) was heavily inspired by the look and feel of Star Trek. In fact, in 1974, penciller Mike Grell once included a grounded Constitution Class Enterprise in a spaceship junkyard alongside Lost in Space’s Jupiter-2.

I can see why DC and IDW would want to do such a crossover between the two properties, even as I am not a fan of such an idea.

61. Donald G - July 21, 2011

Unfortunately, DC’s constant rebooting from 1985’s Crisis on Infinite Earths onward hasn’t been kind to the Legion. Having your history changed at least once a decade makes it harder for old time fans to keep up and can be intimidating to newcomers. Particularly after 1994’s mega-event crossover, Zero Hour, and again around 2005, the Legion can be said to have undergone a few Abrams/Kurtzman/Orci styled reboots to broaden and youthen the appeal to the book, with mixed results.

The current version of the title – at least until September – is more in line with its pre-1985/86 version, basically as if the surviving TOS era crew had been brought back after STAR TREK 2009 for new adventures in their version of the timeline.

62. Red Dead Ryan - July 21, 2011

#60.

And yet most people on this site never even heard of the Legion Of Superheroes.

“The Legion has had headline runs in Adventure Comics, then as back-up features in Action Comics and Superboy before displacing Superboy from his own book in the 70’s.”

Wow, Superboy must have been REALLY REALLY LAME to get bumped by a bunch of silly-named, third-rate, cheesy comic book characters NOBODY cares about!

If “Star Wars” were to do a cross over with any comic book superheroes, George Lucas wouldn’t settle for this Legion crap! He’d insist on Superman or the X-men.

The fact that IDW has agreed to this demonstrates their desperation to sell comics!

63. Donald G - July 21, 2011

#62: Most people on this site probably don’t read comics, or haven’t for a long time.

And yet, the book featuring third rate, silly named cheesy comic book characters outsold the books featuring the iconic big names in the eighties, at a time when comics were outselling today’s top-sellers.

In the mid-eighties, the books to read from the big two were Claremont’s Uncanny X-Men, Levitz/Giffen’s Legion of Super-Heroes, Wolfman/Perez’s New Teen Titans, Frank Miller’s Daredevil, Roy Thomas’s All-Star Squadron, and Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing.

The Levitz/Giffen Legion and Wolfman/Perez New Teen Titans were tapped to lead off DC’s Direct Sales initiative in the summer of 1984, where the direct market got the Legion and Titans in an upscale Baxter format, while the news-stand had to make due with fill-ins until the Baxter stories were reprinted for the news-stand a year later.

Like the Squadron Supreme are Marvel’s thinly disguised version of the Justice League, the Shi’Ar Imperial Guard from the X-Men books are thinly disguised versions of the Legion.

In the eighties, there were also a number of planned Marvel/DC crossovers. Only the X-Men/New Teen Titans one was published. The JLA/Avengers one ran into problems, and the political fallout led to the scrapping of that one and a planned Legion/X-Men crossover.

The thing is, when the Legion lost their feature in Adventure, it was, in fact, fan pressure that led to their being brought back to eventually kick the teenaged Kal-El – in his adult form perhaps the most iconic and well-known of superheroes- out of his own book. Just because YOU don’t know anything about these characters doesn’t mean that nobody else who reads comics does, either.

64. Moxy - July 21, 2011

I hope Kara (Supergirl) is in this. If all of the complaining hasn’t made it obvious people need some big names to attract their attention and vote.

Spock and Braniac 5 (please let him still be good in this continuity) having a conversation would be the most interesting thing. I’m definitely picking this up, only because I’m intrigued. I’m not a big fan of the Legion of Super Heroes and I do agree that maybe they should have used some more better known heroes to sell this better.

Also agree that they need to make some crossovers within the actual ST series. r maybe make comics based on the nu!verse. :|

That is okay, though. This opens up a new avenue in the world of fandom and that isn’t bad, is it?

65. Dr. Cheis - July 21, 2011

Sounds more plausible than the X-Men crossover.

66. Donald G - July 21, 2011

Well, the Great Darkness Saga was 1982-83, and Kara was present in that story, so it is possible that she might appear, if Roberson includes her in his story, of course.

67. MJ - July 21, 2011

@53 ” # 42. Three of the five are the founders of the Legion – Lightening Lad on the left, Saturn Girl and then Cosmic Boy. Hardly “backup superheroes.” The other two are Chameleon Boy and Shadow Lass.”

Ah, of course, Lightening Lad, Saturn Girl, Cosmic Boy, Chameleon Boy and Shadow Lass. How could I have not recognized these?

WTF ?

Like I am suppose to have heard of these? LOL

PS: Yes, these are “backup” or “second-tier” superheroes….because basically most people have never heard of them.

68. CanOpener 1256 - July 21, 2011

This is a Mayan sign of the End of All Things … Or at the very least, the Running Out of All Ideas .. As we know it.

I will now go back to sleep and dream of the 1960’s: when Star Trek was on tv and superheroes were in my comics. Like God intended them to be.

69. Donald G - July 21, 2011

#67: Well, there was a Legion Saturday morning cartoon series a few years back. It got axed as the weblets started to move away from programming Saturday morning.

So, tell me, Oh Great Arbiter of Knowledge and Taste: Who have you heard of? Who is among your first tier of superheroic characters? And do you know them primarily from comics, or from media spinoffs like movies, video games or TV shows?

70. Donald G - July 21, 2011

Look, MJ, there’s no shame in your not knowing who these characters are. 8 year old me didn’t know who the Legion was either when my then- 4 year old brother bought his first comic (SUPERBOY starring the LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #204) that mid-June afternoon in 1974. [My first comics were also bought that day. While Dennis bought SUPERBOY and that month’s SUPERMAN (guest-starring Batgirl), I bought that month’s ACTION COMICS and SPIDEY SUPER-STORIES.]

Superman I knew from the reruns of the George Reeves series. Spider-Man I knew from “The Electric Company”. What other DC heroes I knew were from watching Super-Friends and the only Marvel hero I knew at that time was Spidey. I was already a rabid Star Trek fan of two years standing, simply obsessed with Trek.

Mike Grell’s artwork on the Legion at the time wowed eight year old me, and so I picked up more issues when I could find them on the stand.

But my lack of knowledge didn’t keep me from buying more comics. I branched out and learned that the TV versions of superheroes were often different than their comics counterparts… Batman operating solo? Robin in college? Batgirl a US Congresswoman? Clark Kent a TV anchorman? The Justice League meet in a satellite in geostationary orbit 22,300 miles above the Earth and have members who don’t appear on Super-Friends? What fresh world is this?

Thirty-seven years and many longboxes containing many. many comics starring characters you’ve heard of and no doubt many you haven’t, we’re having this discussion.

Long story short: Eight year old me would probably want to have this comic. Unfortunately, eight year olds don’t read comics anymore, and 44 year old me doesn’t like inter-universal crossovers, so I’ll probably pass on it.

71. From Comic Con - July 21, 2011

1 word: retarded

72. PM1701 - July 21, 2011

If its a crossover with JLI and has Guy Gardner head butting with Spock? Written by Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis, with art by Kevin Maguire? Yes. But this? No, because they’re taking it way too seriously. Look at the cover!

73. Amorican - July 22, 2011

Scanning the comments . . .

Superboy
Lightening Lad
Spidey Super-Stories
Super-Friends
Teen Titans

With titles and character names like these, it’s a miracle comic book nerds don’t get beat up a whole lot more than they already do.

74. Donald G - July 22, 2011

#71: ” BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA! One pinch! The pointy-eared guy decked Gardner with one pinch!”

“So, Mister Spock, would you care to partake of the ancient Earth delicacy known as Oreos?”

75. Donald G - July 22, 2011

#72: Nah, once you’re over eighteen and in college, no one cares or messes with you anymore. The beatings are relegated to the junior high and high school years.

And when it comes to geeks and nerds being looked down upon, it’s not like Trekkies haven’t experienced their share of shame and insults either. :-)

76. Donald G - July 22, 2011

#72, supplemental:

Superboy: The adventures of Superman, when he was a boy. Strip began in 1949.

Lightning Lad, actually. His evil brother has the cooler name, though, of Lightning Lord.

Spidey Super-Stories: A collaboration between Marvel Comics and the Children’s Television Workshop geared toward beginning readers. “Easy Reader (Morgan Freeman) says this comic is easy to read.”

Super-Friends: A cartoon series that aired on ABC from 1973 through much of the eighties featuring the Justice League of America. 1978’s “Challenge of the Super Friends gave us the Legion of Doom.

Teen Titans: The teenage sidekicks of Batman, the Flash, Aquaman, and Green Arrow team up with Wonder Girl to form their own group. The 1980’s revamp was one of the most popular and acclaimed comics of its era.

77. Herb Finn - July 22, 2011

DC has the rights to STAR TREK for YEARS and never did something like this> There’s a reason why THEY didn’t do it.

TREK/X-MEN cross-over was BAD! (Except for the two Dr.McCoys – Bones and Beast – Meeting!)

78. Christopher Roberts - July 22, 2011

Looks like a deliberate attempt to make the Abramsverse series of remakes in September, looks much better than it is to me.

Two words.

ENTERPRISE comic.

Quit stalling. You’ve had ten years to try one.

79. trekgeezer - July 22, 2011

I have the X-Men crossover

Very funny scene when Spock puts the pinch on Wolverine.

I like the pictures in the back of comic, especially the one of Beast playing 3 dimensional chess with Spock

80. cjc969 - July 22, 2011

Christ.

81. Davexbit - July 22, 2011

Usually, I’m pretty open minded but this is a bad idea and really devalues both Universes. Star Trek has always been grounded in the optimistic reality of our possible future. Superheroes comics are pure fantasy with good ideas. Not the same things at all. This sounds like teenage marketing people marketing to preteens who don’t understand the value of either Universe. I’ll pass. Just wrong.

82. I'm Dead Jim! - July 22, 2011

@79 Yeah, that would be a great crossover: Star Trek/Bible Stories!

83. The Starfleet Veteran - July 22, 2011

HELL YES! I can’t wait!

I’m being serious btw. The Marvel comics/Star Trek crossovers were pretty cool.

84. Dr.Diehard - July 22, 2011

LLL

But I like the Trek/JLI idea a lot more.

I’ve kind of liked how both DC and Marvel have published Star Trek comics and that maybe the Trek universe might be a way to bridge the two of them together. I doubt there would ever be a good story for that, I just liked the idea.

Also, I think the DC Star Trek Universe was the only one to escape the notice of the Anti-Monitor in the multiverse spanning Crisis on Infinite Earths.

85. Shannon Nutt - July 22, 2011

@10 a Star Trek/Battlestar Galactica crossover would be the most appealing to me. Heck, Ron Moore could write the bloody thing.

86. Red Dead Ryan - July 22, 2011

Look, is it really unreasonable to expect some “Star Trek” comics featuring ORIGINAL stories? In its own universe? A “Star Trek”/”Legion Of Superheroes” comic MAKES NO SENSE! Especially with characters few people have heard of!

We want to see Talosians, Gorn, Tholians, Borg, Romulans,etc, not Lightening Lad or Saturn Girl!!

SSHHEEESH!!

87. drmidnite66 - July 22, 2011

The Legion of Superheroes is really that unknown to today’s science fiction fans ? They even had a cartoon a few years ago…

I can understand people’s reticence if they announced a Star Trek / Challengers of the Unknown series or a Star Trek / Inferior Five comic but ‘back-up heroes” or not it does seem to be thematically a sound fit if it has to be done. Much more than the recent, forced “Infestation” zombie crap…

88. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - July 22, 2011

I nwant to see The Greatest American Hero team up with Gary Seven. Hey. How do we know the Alines are not the same ones who brought Ralph the Suit and brought us Gary Seven.

89. Donald G - July 22, 2011

#87: There’s comic fandom, science fiction fandom, and Star Trek fandom (among others). Often there’s a certain degree of overlap where a certain portion of fandom participates in all three, but then there are those people whose participation falls outside the boundaries of the overlap. Those people might only participate or have knowledge of two parts of that triad (say, overall science fiction fandom and Star Trek fandom), or even limit themselves to only one part (like Star Trek) and hold the other parts in disdain.

It’s only natural as different fans are interested in different aspects to differing degrees of enthusiasm.

The idea of this crossover isn’t going to appeal to everyone, It certainly doesn’t appeal to me, but I’m not going to dismiss it based on an attitude of superior contempt based on a distaste for the perceived childishness of the naming conventions of superhero genre. Nor am I going to base my objections on the other property simply not being high-profile enough for the crossover to be perceived to be potentially cool.

Put simply, comics today appeal to a small (and continually shrinking) core of aging fans now aged mostly in their thirties and forties. The subset of that base which also reads comics based upon Star Trek is smaller still.. Neither mainstream superhero comics nor Star Trek comics are setting the sales charts ablaze, especially when the best selling comic titles of recent months are having great difficulties moving even 75,000 copies (compared to 40 years ago when monthly sales of 200,000 copies would get your title cancelled).

It doesn’t matter if you team up Trek with the Legion or with higher profile characters like the X-Men, the sales are just as likely to be abysmal no matter how you look at it.

90. Bill Lutz - July 22, 2011

Ugh

91. Devlin - July 22, 2011

The cover is brilliant — without the whatever ‘super-heroes’

92. Donald G - July 22, 2011

Following a quick perusal of sales figures for both the current incarnation of the Legion in comparison with IDW’s Star Trek comic. The Legion sells in the range of 23,000 – 25,000 per month. The typical issue of the IDW Star Trek comic sells around 6000-8000 copies. Star Trek rarely breaks the 10,000 barrier. The Countdown prequel to the Abrams movie did, but the adaptation of Wrath of Khan did a little better, and the recent Zombie infestation crossover among the IDW titles dragged Star Trek above sales of 10,000.

Basically, an IDW Star Trek comic need a tie-in to a movie or a tacky marketing gimmick like a Zombie crossover to break 10,000.

Even then, the Legion title made up of third string heroes that “no one has heard of” outsells the Star Trek comic two to two and a half times over.

93. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - July 22, 2011

OK. I Dream of Jeannie meets Charmned.

94. Amorican - July 22, 2011

Superpowers are stupid. That’s why the only superhero that appeals to me is Batman. (Although wealth is the ultimate superpower). The rest can all suck it. “Look at me, I shoot rays out of my eyes. I can fly. I turn green and run around like an animal. I have a big hammer. I can become invisible.” Ok, i can find uses for that last power.

I like my Star Trek straight-up. Q is annoying, but at least he’s not a hero character. I would avoid his episodes, but I find John de Lancie entertaining. The Prophets were pushing it too, but at least they were treated by starfleet as strange “wormhole aliens.

So, yeah . . . Star Trek plus superheros is like watering my drink down with a whole lot of stupid.

95. Donald G - July 22, 2011

#94: Oh, bless your heart. I hate to be the one to break it to you, but at our present level of scientific understanding, FTL drives and matter-transporters and structural integrity fields and inertial dampening fields are still just so much magic no matter how plausible sounding you make the technobabble.

If superheroes aren’t to your taste, fine. There’s no shame in that, but bearr in mind that Vulcan touch telepathy and katra soul-transference can also be classified as a superpower. :-)

Just out of idle curiosity, I took a trip over to the comic side of fandom to gauge their reaction to this crossover. So far, it hasn’t gotten much play, but the limited responses I’ve seen tend to be positively inclined, viewing it as a fluffy bit of fun, if done well.

96. Amorican - July 22, 2011

#95: “If superheroes aren’t to your taste, fine. There’s no shame in that, but bearr in mind that Vulcan touch telepathy and katra soul-transference can also be classified as a superpower. :-)”

That’s why I usually cringe at those scenes/storylines.

As for transporters and structural integrity fields and what not, they still pass my test. They are presented to us as things invented by regular ol’ human beings like ourselves. It’s not magic at all. They didn’t appear magically out of thin air. It was people, with all the real-world limitations that human beings have, being clever and using their wholly human traits to invent things. Our cars and airplanes and iPads and facebook status updates would look like magic to anybody 100 years ago. But we used human ingenuity to create new and wonderful things. The crazy wacky stuff seen on Star Trek is just an extension of the things that actually go on in the real world all the time. The actual technobabble describing some silly piece of equipment isn’t what’s important. It’s the story of humanity to constantly invent new tools to try to improve life, as has been done since we made our first hunting knives (or, conversely, first picked up a rock and learned to bash each other’s heads in.). The silly gadgets of Star Trek show us so much about ourselves. . .

Or, I could just watch a dude get hit in the face with an asteroid and suddenly be able to see through walls. That’s cool too I guess.

97. Donald G - July 22, 2011

#96: Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations, my friend. Despite my quibbling with you, I do have respect for your position of dislike for the idea.

If I could’ve enforced my tastes upon the universe and maintained what I perceive to be the purity of Star Trek’s essence, the world would never have seen Star Trek 2009.. or at least not without a few revisions to remove or alter those implausible bits that take me out of the story… but if I could do that, I’d also have prevented who knows how many million people from seeing a film that brought them a couple of hours of entertainment.

And even using Clarke’s Law as a justification, if I were to remove anything from TOS that smacks of superpowers, there goes “Where No Man Has Gone Before”, “Charlie X”, “The Cage”, “Errand of Mercy”, “Catspaw”, “Who Mourns for Adonais?”, “The Squire of Gothos”, “Return to Tomorrow”, “And the Children Shall Lead” and “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield”, just off the top of my head. Granted, some of these stories are rubbish and painful to watch, but others are well-regarded classics.

98. Drew - July 22, 2011

Looks like Spock has been hitting up the gym.

99. MJ - July 23, 2011

@96. “They are presented to us as things invented by regular ol’ human beings like ourselves. It’s not magic at all. They didn’t appear magically out of thin air. It was people, with all the real-world limitations that human beings have, being clever and using their wholly human traits to invent things. Our cars and airplanes and iPads and facebook status updates would look like magic to anybody 100 years ago. But we used human ingenuity to create new and wonderful things. The crazy wacky stuff seen on Star Trek is just an extension of the things that actually go on in the real world all the time. The actual technobabble describing some silly piece of equipment isn’t what’s important. It’s the story of humanity to constantly invent new tools to try to improve life, as has been done since we made our first hunting knives (or, conversely, first picked up a rock and learned to bash each other’s heads in.). The silly gadgets of Star Trek show us so much about ourselves. . . Or, I could just watch a dude get hit in the face with an asteroid and suddenly be able to see through walls. That’s cool too I guess.”

Well said. To put it more bluntly, real science fiction requires some level of investment by your brain intellectually, while comics are primarily targeted to the pleasure center of your brain.

100. MJ - July 23, 2011

addendum — I am talking about “super hero” comics in the above, not all comics.

101. Hat Rick - July 23, 2011

The good news keeps on coming. I like the concept of a new comic book series starring our Star Trek heroes. And the way the cover has revised the colors helps make TOS look perfectly modern.

Good work!

102. Holger - July 23, 2011

While the occasional crossover is fun, I’d also like some more “serious” TOS comicbooks from IDW.

103. charles pratt - July 23, 2011

Epic….fail!

104. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - July 23, 2011

I would love to see a comis adaption of City on the Edge of forever. But. what happned when Edith was saved by McCoy and how it came about that Hitler was able to take over the Earth. Maybe that was how the Terran Empire was started.

105. MJ - July 23, 2011

@103. Not to be confuse with the Shat’s new documentary — that would be an “Epix” fail. :-)

106. Imrahil - July 24, 2011

*points and laughs*

107. nx-2000 - July 25, 2011

I would love to see the Enterprise team up with the TARDIS. This, one the other hand, is crossing over two things that are so utterly, fundamentally different that a cross could either be good, or very, very, VERY bad. 0_0;

108. Doug - July 30, 2011

In a world of general tao flavoured potato chips, I’m not surprised about any crossover.

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