Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes #2 Review

What Happened That You Have to Know About:

The Legionnaires and Enterprise crew get away from the people they were fighting and flee across the continent. They meet each other on the last page.


So what the flip is Roberson up to, where we get two whole issues before the Legionnaires meet the Enterprise crew? What's going on in these two comics that's worth us reading? I mean, it's got to be something, right?

I know what one part of it is: Roberson is sharing a lot of details of his alternate universe with us. And...

I don't dispute that it's cool stuff. I mean, I don't care, but certainly if I was in his position, messing around with these two franchises, it'd be very tempting to do this kind of mixing and matching like he does. If what you're into is the minutiae of Star Trek or the Legion, well, it's interesting. But my problem with it is the same as my problem with Flashpoint, which is, I know this world isn't going to last, so why would I make any emotional investment in it? I wouldn't, that's why.

So what else have we got? A couple of generic firefights? Please tell me what. I'm trying to come up with something positive I can say about what happens in this comic book and I can't think of anything. I mean, it tastes right; it's not like Roberson doesn't know the characters. It's just that they haven't gotten to do anything yet.

- just what was the deal with that panel on page 7 where the Legionnaires turn into monochromatic streaks?
- no trouble opening the comic book this time; that's always a plus
- if the Trek guys are the first "temporal disturbance", then are the Legion the other one? If so, they didn't have to go very far to find themselves...

What have we got, three issues left? Bring 'em on quick and get it over with. Not impressed so far.


77 panels/22 pages = 3.5 panels/page. One set of three panels spread over two pages; no single-page panels.

Second-issue syndrome for the art; some of the panels look kinda sloppy and some of the characters have big-head syndrome, which is not unknown from the Moys. Look at the bottom of page 18, for instance. One thing I think I noticed was that the Legion pages used slightly fewer panels than the Trek panels. Maybe superheroic characters need more room to move than science fiction characters. Or maybe I'm making something out of nothing.

I'd like to point out that 3.5 panels per page is not a lot, and 77 panels is less than you usually get in a 20-page Legion comic.

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