Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes #3 (of 6)

A comic review article by: Ray Tate

Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes is fairly predictable, but the inevitability of the teamup traditions exhibits a lot of style and knowledge of subject matter. 

Logic Prevails

Once the teams go beyond the misunderstanding stage, they compare notes and find they have much in common. It's at that moment five familiar amalgamated heads rear, and here's where I feel the book goes over the expected outcomes.

Fatal Roddenberry Five

The choices for fusion are quite clever. I never would have thought to make an Orion Slave Girl the Emerald Empress. The Empress was never about sexuality, but the trait defined the Orion women of Star Trek. The Gorn for the Persuader is an excellent match as is the purple ape for Validus.

One of the more interesting things about this particular metamorphosis is that the Star Trek portion of the merger actually weakens the Fatal Five. The quintet were easily the most lethal of the Legion's many foes. Pre-Crisis, the Persuader's axe could slice through Superboy's hair. Mano was nothing like Manos. Mano's hand could destroy anything, and Validus was unbridled brute strength combined with madness. With the added flavors of Star Trek, the Fatal Five take a hit, and the Legion and Kirk's crew easily overcome them.

This is also where the Moys tend to shine. It's very clear to me that the Moys aren't working with models or photographs, except perhaps in the most general reference, but the moment that Kirk fights Tharok, he assumes the body language of Shatner. The Moys illustrate a doubled fist attack that Kirk perfected through the series. To be fair, he often faced creatures with far superior strength, but that execution became as much of a signature as Spock's Vulcan nerve pinch, also in effect during the team-up.



Ray Tate's first online work appeared in 1994 for Knotted. He has had a short story, "Spider Without a Web," published in 1995 for the magazine evernight and earned a degree in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh. Since 1995, Ray self-published The Pick of the Brown Bag on various usenet groups, where he reviewed comic books, Doctor Who novels, movies and occasionally music. Circa 2000, he contributed his reviews to Silver Bullet Comic Books (later Comics Bulletin) and became its senior reviewer. Ray Tate would like to think that he's young at heart. Of course, we all know better.

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