Star Trek #1427: Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes Part 4

1427. Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes Part 4

PUBLICATION: Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes #4, IDW Comics/DC Comics, January 2012

CREATORS: Chris Roberson (writer), Jeffrey and Philip Moy (artists)

STARDATE: Unknown (follows previous issue).

PLOT: Having split up into two teams, the Enterprise crew/Legionnaire combos meet the evil emperor, both in the now and back in prehistory.

CONTINUITY (SPOILERS - Block text to find out): The Emperor is the immortal man the Legion knows as Vandal Savage (DC Comics) and the Enterprise crew know as Flint (Requiem for Methuselah).

DIVERGENCES: None.

PANEL OF THE DAY - George Takei shows through.
REVIEW: I could have done this review weeks ago, but I wanted to put some distance between its publication and my ultimate revelation of the emperor's identity. And still I put a spoiler advisory on Continuity and won't make direct mention of it in the review. It's a nice surprise, not at all what I was expecting, yet a completely logical link between the two franchises, and hopefully I haven't spoiled it for anyone. And just because this part of the mystery has been revealed doesn't mean we're out of mystery. Just how the character was able to change history and where those Kirbyed up cavemen came from will certainly have me coming back for the 5th issue. Not that I would have bailed, especially since Roberson is writing such pleasant versions of the characters. Plot aside, the character moments are what make the book so enjoyable, whether it's Kirk walking into an enemy citadel with a wink and a smile, or Cosmic Boy wondering if Chekov's Russian boasts mean history has diverged more than he thought. And the Moy Brothers' art goes hand in hand with the writing, just as fun and pleasant-looking.

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