Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes #5 (of 6)
Written by: Chris Roberson
Art by: Jeffrey Moy
The fifth issue of this six-issue miniseries is in, with this one being more exposition heavy than the others, including the reveal of who and what’s behind all of this. (Yep, SPOILERS ahead.)
While Vandal in the present reveals how he conquered history (and Savage and Flint’s backstories are revealed to both the Enterprise and Legion characters), the crew trapped in the past by the cavemen (led by you-know-who) wind up being freed by the being whose powers are responsible for all of this: the held-prisoner form of Q (of “The Next Generation” and latter spinoff fame).
My favorite aspects of this story were the incidental ones:
- The various time travellers’ time machines Savage captured and used to help himself, including: the TARDIS (Doctor Who); the phone booth from “Bill and Ted”; the ship from Disney’s “Flight of the Navigator”; H.G. Wells’ Time Machine; the Flash’s Cosmic Treadmill; the Atom’s “Time Pool”; the Stargate from “Stargate”; the Time Tunnel from the 60s TV series of the same name; and the DeLorean from “Back to the Future.”
- Chameleon Boy’s mocking of Kirk’s tastes and heavy-handed hitting on Shadow Lass.
- M’Ress, the humanoid cat from “Star Trek: The Animated Series” that was an Enterprise crewmember, as one of Savage’s servants.
What I didn’t like was seeing that Q was the one partially responsible for all of this. I suppose this means the obligatory “preserve the timeline” memory-wipe of the characters is coming, disappointingly. I never liked Q much at all; I was hoping it’d be Mr. Mxyzptlk (whose descendant appeared in one or two Silver Age Legion stories), or even the Squire of Gothos, who’d actually fit into the Original Series Trek crew’s setting better than Q does.
Not relevant to the story I suppose, but I also noticed a few spelling/grammar errors, including one in Q’s dialogue.
Next issue wraps up this whole storyline.