Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes #4 (of 6)

A comic review article by: Ray Tate

This was a toss-up. Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes wavered between three and four stars, but in the end I had to go with three.

In the asset column, the Moys exhibit their usual flair for depicting the Legion of Super-Heroes. No tongues though? What gives? I thought for sure one of the cast would be sticking out her tongue by now. It's Jeff Moy's signature. Of course, everything old isn't new again. Colorist Romulo Fajardo Jr. brings a nuance of reality shading to the Moy's singular cartoon style. I think this change in overall appearance works, this is particularly true when depicting scenes in the near dark.

Writer Chris Roberson backs up the Moys by playing to the characters' strengths and weaknesses. He for example produces some good comic moments between Cosmic Boy and Chekov.

Russia, Gateway to the Cosmos

Roberson replicates McCoy's uneasy feelings toward strangeness like Saturn Girl's telepathy. This also slyly reflects his friendly distaste for all things Vulcan, especially the Mind-Meld, something he will experience in his future, whether he likes it or not.

Roberson's Uhura and Shadow Lass stand out as strong personalities, and his Kirk is frequently a riot. I furthermore appreciated the fusion of a classic DC foe and an immortal Star Trek antagonist. That's not a spoiler. There's been plenty of "immortal" opponents in Star Trek from which to choose.

On the downside, a lot of unnecessary exposition clogs the dialogue, but I might have been able to ignore. This scene however was the dealbreaker:

I'm a Wild and Crazy Space Guy

Okay. Everybody knows that Kirk is a hound, but when he spouts some embarrassing pickup lines, he directs them at women that he has already intrigued. Otherwise, Kirk is above board. His behavior toward Shady is ridiculous, and even if Kirk had lost his sense of tact, he would have picked an appropriate moment. This isn't it. 

 


 

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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