TrekInk: Review of Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes #4

kirk Investigating the past and present for temporal disturbances, Legionnaires and Enterprise crewmembers come face to face with someone whose long life is legend. IDW Publishing presents the fourth issue of Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes this week. Some spoilers after the break.

Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes #4 (of 6)
written by Chris Roberson, penciled by Jeffrey Moy, inked by Philip Moy, colored by Romulo Fajardo, Jr., lettered by Shawn Lee, edited by Chris Ryall

In the present, the security chief warns his Emperor that evidence of time-travelers has been found. The Emperor doesn’t believe the report. If true, an unnamed individual would have warned him. In the past, a team lead by Spock and Brainiac 5 misses their prehistoric temporal target by several weeks, finding cavemen with energy weapons and cybernetic animals. In the present, a team led by Kirk and Lightning Lad find their opportunity to sneak into the Emperor’s palace, with time for Kirk to hit on Shadow Lass. In the past, the leader of the cavemen is the leader of the Emperor in the present, and everyone recognizes him. But who is the other?

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He who?

I was thrown for a loop this issue because I’m not very familiar with several decades of DC Comics history outside of Star Trek. Chris Roberson has chosen to tie the Legion and Trek timelines together in one man, whose immortality is legend in each timeline. I had to Google the DC Comics character and learn about him at Wikipedia. There isn’t enough information in this issue to really see how far Roberson has to stretch to make his connection and while revealing the identity of the Emperor, he throws in another mystery character, keeping readers on the edge of our seats. Conceptually, I don’t have a problem with this approach, although I’m sure that some readers are going to howl. Everyone has an opinion about comic-book crossovers. They really only work for me when the characters behave as I expect, and so far, Roberson continues to entertain and hold my interest. We’ll see how he finishes up his story in the last two issues of the mini-series.

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ZOMG! It’s Leo.

The Moy brothers, Jeffrey and Philip, continue to serve up a fine selection of character art, action sequences, and sabre-tooth kitty cats. My only quibble so far is that Kirk seems to be getting younger in each panel, looking more and more like one of the young Legionnaires. Maybe I’m just imagining things. As with all the issues so far, Romulo Fajardo, Jr. has done an outstanding job coloring the interior art and most of the covers. For reasons that I can’t quite put my finger on, the lettering by Shawn Lee stands out in this issue. It just seems to flow with the story. Good job.

There are three covers for Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes #3. Cover A by Phil Jimenez is very striking, with a dreamlike quality highlighted by Federation ships and Legionnaires in flight. Quite a change from his previous covers in this mini-series. Cover B is your basic square-jawed big three Trek heads with some shapely little Legionnaires, created by Chris Sprouse and Karl Story, cover artists for DC Comics’s current Legion of Super-Heroes ongoing series. I think there’s a descriptive name for this style of cover but it’s slipped my mind. The retailer incentive cover is once again provided by Mario Alberti, on a background by Gabriel Rodriguez. Their cover features McCoy and Saturn Girl giving each other the once over in front of the viewscreen of a starship in warp. A nice set of covers for this issue.

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Cover A: Phil Jimenez, color by Romulo Fajardo, Jr., Cover B: Pencils by Chris Sprouse, inks by Karl Story, color by Romulo Fajardo, Jr.

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Cover RI: Mario Alberti, background by George Rodriguez

Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes #4 is at your local comic shop this week. The next issue is scheduled for publication February 15. IDW Star Trek comics can also be purchased online. A trade paperback collection will be published spring or summer 2012.

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Mark Martinez is an obsessive-compulsive Star Trek comics reader and collector. You can visit his website, the Star Trek Comics Checklist for more than you ever needed to know about Star Trek comics.

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