TrekInk: Review of Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes #5

flint The history of the Emperor’s rise to power and the secret of his mastery of time is revealed. It’s time to see if our Starfleet and Legion heroes can dance, in the penultimate issue of Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes from IDW Publishing. Spoilers after the break.

Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes #5 (of 6)
written by Chris Roberson, penciled by Jeffrey Moy, inked by Philip Moy, colored by Romulo Fajardo, Jr., lettered by Chris Mowry, edited by Chris Ryall

Trapped in the present, in the heart of the Imperial palace and imprisoned in the past, in a wood and stone village, Starfleet officers and Legionnaires look for a way out of their predicament while they recap the history of the immortal known as Flint and Vandal Savage. No one understands how this version of the immortal became the undying lord and ruler of the Imperial Planets. In the present, the Emperor informs his time traveling captives that their intelligence on how history might have transpired will help prevent the mistakes made on other Earths. In the past, the source of the Emperor’s control over time is also a prisoner; and he’s peeved.

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Kirk eyes a familiar feline serving the Emperor!

There is more to Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes #5 than I can cover in a brief review. Put simply, creators Chris Roberson, Jeffrey and Philip Moy, go to town in this issue. I even think the folks who don’t like this crossover concept would be amused if they took the time to read the comic book. While Roberson is busy embellishing the histories of Flint and Vandal Savage in their respective timelines, playing with Kirk’s reputation as a womanizer, and preparing us for a cliffhanger, the Moy brothers are equally busy bringing Roberson’s story to life in the past and present, and with creating amusing cameos such as M’Ress appearing as a servant in the Imperial palace. At one point, the Emperor informs his captive guests that they aren’t the first time travelers he’s captured and we see some very familiar devices gathering dust in a large hall. The notion is entertaining and horrifying at the same time. Trekkies and Legion fans will probably find many more interesting details than I’m able to recognize. Once again, colorist Romulo Fajardo, Jr. and letterer Chris Mowry ably complement their collaborators. Congratulations to everyone involved for a fine job. One more issue to go.

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The Imperial Used Time Travel Lot. Trade-ins welcome!

There are three covers for Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes #5. Cover A by Phil Jimenez, with colors by Romulo Fajardo, Jr., features Kirk with his biggest phaser and a flock of Legion beauties. The image has nothing to do with the story, but is an instant classic. Cover B by Mike Allred with colors by Laura Allred is a little more sedate and modest. The retailer incentive cover is another Star Trek/Legion pairing featuring Sulu and a doppelgänger Chameleon Boy by Mario Alberti, with background art by Gabriel Rodriguez. Click on the covers for larger images.

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Cover A: Phil Jimenez, color by Romulo Fajardo, Jr., Cover B: Mike Allred, color by Laura Allred

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Cover RI: Mario Alberti, background by George Rodriguez

Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes #5 is at your local comic shop on Wednesday, February 15th. The final issue of the mini-series is scheduled for publication March 21. A hardcover collection will be published July 2012 and can be pre-ordered from Amazon if you are so inclined. IDW Star Trek comics can also be purchased online at TFAW.

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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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