Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes #4 (of 6)
Written by: Chris Roberson
Art by: Jeffrey Moy
The fourth issue of the crossover sees more action, as one team ventures into the merged-Earth’s distant past to see what caused both timelines to merge/diverge so drastically, while another team (led by Kirk) break into the palace of Earth’s emperor. The ending finally reveals who I thought the villain of this would be, but still threw in another surprise (one that left me reaching for a Star Trek wiki, not having seen that episode in ages).
Aspects I liked about this issue:
- Chekhov telling Cosmic Boy how Russia “inwented” the steam engine, scotch, etc. Cosmic Boy’s reaction a few pages later suggests he didn’t completely buy Chekhov’s Russian heritage chest-beating. (Also: “inwented.” Heh…)
- McCoy telling Saturn Girl he doesn’t like telepaths. Not much of a surprise…
- Remarks on Kirk’s attitude toward danger (and Shadow Lass’ retort to his come-on line…).
The ending (yeah, more SPOILERS) shows, as I thought, Vandal Savage is behind all this… or some of this, as there’s two other figures shown: a mysterious figure with glowing eyes and someone named “Flint.” Flint is a character from an Original Series Trek episode with a similar shtick as Savage (long-lived immortal). As for Savage, it seems odd to see a Golden Age villain up against the Legion, but even pre-Crisis (by the “Great Darkness Saga”), Savage had apparently moved from Earth-2 to Earth-1, where he repeatedly fought Earth-1’s Superman.
Looking forward to the next issue (more tall tales from Chekhov? “…I’m a doctor, not a Legionnaire?” Kirk mentioning this being like “that time we met those super-powered mutants?”).