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"Star Trek—Legion of Super-Heroes, Issue 1" is a comic, the first issue of Star Trek—Legion of Super-Heroes, published in October 2011. The story was written by Chris Roberson, with artwork by penciller Jeffrey Moy and inker Philip Moy. The issue consisted of 22 pages of story, edited by Chris Ryall, with Romulo Fajardo, Jr. credited for color art and Robbie Robbins credited for lettering the artwork.

SummaryEdit

In an alternate reality, an Imperial Planets starship approaches the planet Durla, which is under siege by a fleet of spaceships. A green-skinned female lieutenant reports to Captain Tomorrow that the orbital bombardment is proceeding successfully, and that Commander Starr and the Space Ranger Battalion are keeping the shape-shifting Durlans out of the air and on the ground. Sergeant Mallor and the Talokian Shadow Troops are successfully containing the Durlan noncombatants. A Durlan leader contacts Captain Tomorrow from the surface, begging to know why the Imperial Planets are invading. Tomorrow retorts that Durla refused annexation into the Imperial Planets, and "anyone who isn't with us, is against us..."

A thousand generations earlier, Earth, the world where the Imperial Planets' empire originated, was home to a primitive hominid species. These early humans were visited and observed by advanced beings from beyond the stars, but were affected by the visitors' act of observation.

In limbo, the Legion of Super-Heroes heads home to the 30th century in their time bubble after events that included an encounter with Darkseid. Irma Ardeen (Saturn Girl) tells her boyfriend, Garth Ranzz (Lightning Lad), that she hopes to sleep for a week, while the Talokian Tasmia Mallor (Shadow Lass) tells Rokk Krinn (Cosmic Boy) that his brother, Pol, can share a room with her brother, Grev, if he attends the Legion Academy. Querl Dox (Braniac 5) warns the others that they are "caught in an eddy in the timestream" which is straining the time bubble. The bubble begins to crack.

In another reality, the USS Enterprise has been summoned back to Earth by Admiral Komack so that Captain James T. Kirk can deliver the commencement address at Starfleet Academy. Kirk and most of his senior staff leave the bridge to beam down to San Francisco. In limbo, the cracks in the time bubble continue to spread. Cosmic Boy, who can generate magnetic fields, is unable to hold the bubble together because it contains insufficient ferrous material for him to act on. Braniac 5, himself protected by a force field, asks the Durlan Reep Daggle (Chameleon Boy) to use his shape-shifting ability to create a shield around the other Legionnaires while he attempts to make an emergency landing.

On the Enterprise, Montgomery Scott, whom Kirk is leaving in command, beams Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura, Sulu and Chekov down to the surface. Both Kirk's group and the Legionnaires are shocked to find themselves in forbidding cities with strange spacecraft overhead and banners bearing the symbol of the Imperial Planets hanging from buildings. Braniac 5 uses the control console in the wrecked time bubble to determine that this is the 23rd century, although it corresponds to nothing Cosmic Boy knows from history. Saturn Girl's telepathy senses something powerful. A mob approaches the Legionnaires, its members yelling that Chameleon Boy is "Durlan scum" and that they will deal with him as they did with the Dominion. Shadow Lass and Chameleon Boy are confused because, according to history, Earth's contacts with Durla prior to the 23rd century would not justify this attitude. Cosmic Boy urges the Legionnaires to contain the civilians, but not to harm them and risk changing history.

Uhura recognizes the landscape surrounding the city as that of San Francisco, but shipyards cover the area where Starfleet Academy should be. Kirk is unable to contact the Enterprise. McCoy warns the others of the approach of guards on flying platforms, who pronounce the immediate execution of Kirk's group for entering a restricted area and accessing "classified communication bands." Kirk's people take cover as they are fired upon, but Chekov is hit; McCoy treats his wound. As the Starfleet officers return fire, Spock completes a sensor scan of the area. The Legionnaires are having difficulty keeping the mob back; Saturn Girl is unable to calm them telepathically because something else is affecting them. Spock and Braniac 5 simultaneously determine that they are on 23rd century Earth in a universe other than their own.

TO BE CONTINUED!

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

Imra Ardeen-RanzzPavel ChekovReep DaggleQuerl DoxJames T. KirkJames KomackRokk KrinnJohn KyleTasmia MallorMallor (Sergeant)Leonard McCoyGarth RanzzMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluThomas TomorrowNyota Uhuraunnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) personnelunnamed Humansunnamed Imperial Planets personnel
Referenced only 
DarkseidPol KrinnGrev MallorRichard Starr

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • Captain Tomorrow's cruiser; unnamed Imperial Planets cruisers (Imperial Planets type cruiser) • unnamed Imperial Planets combat ships (Imperial Planets combat ship) • unnamed Imperial Planets shuttlecraft (shuttlecraft) • time bubble

LocationsEdit

San FranciscoStarfleet AcademyLegion Academythe galaxyTwin Peaks

Shipboard localesEdit

USS Enterprise 
bridgetransporter room
Captain Tomorrow's cruiser 
bridge

Planets and planetoidsEdit

DurlaEarth
Referenced only 
BraalColuTalok VIIIWinath

Races and culturesEdit

AndorianBraalianColuanDurlanHumanTalokianTitanianVulcan

States and organizationsEdit

FederationImperial PlanetsLegion of Super-HeroesScience PoliceShadow TroopSpace Ranger BattalionStarfleetUnited Planets

Technology and weaponsEdit

communicatorforce fieldhovercraftImperial Planets space stationjet-packPADDphaserphaser riflesensorspace stationstarshiptime bubbletransportertricorder

Ranks and titlesEdit

admiralcaptainchief engineerchief medical officercommandercommanding officercommunications officerdoctorengineerensignfirst officerhelmsmanlieutenantnavigatorscience officersecond officersergeanttransporter chief

Other referencesEdit

alcoholalternate realitybeveragebloodclothingcommencementcommunicationsdayelectricityelementempireenergyFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)galaxyKobayashi Maru scenariolifeformhistoryhumanoidInvasion of DurlalightlimbomagnetismminuteplanetradiationrankScience Police ranksScience Police uniformScotchshapeshifterspacestarstar systemStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)technologytelepathytimetime traveltimelinetitleuniformuniversewarweaponwhiskeyyear

ChronologyEdit

thousands of years ago 
A time traveller visits the dawn of mankind.
20th century (the Legion's reality
Some Durlans have contact with Earth.
2270 
The Enterprise arrives at Earth. Their transporter deposits them in an alternate reality.
30th century (the Legion's reality
The destination of the time bubble. (Although the story does not describe their year of origin, the affair with Darkseid they describe as recent took place in the early 2980s.)

AppendicesEdit

TimelineEdit

  • This story takes place at a point in time during the Star Trek: The Original Series five-year mission, near the end of that voyage. It seems to be in the year 2270, at a point after TAS, during which Scotty had been promoted to commander, but before Chekov was promoted to lieutenant and before Sulu was promoted to lieutenant commander, as well as being before Scotty began to wear a moustache.
  • McCoy is shown wearing commander's stripes in one panel, but reverts back to lieutenant commander in all later panels.
  • In terms of the Legion's reality, the time period of their origin is around the time of The Great Darkness Saga storyline, or the early 2980s, although in the third issue, Cosmic Boy introduces the team as inhabitants of the 31st century. The Legion depicted is specific to that time period, as those characters were changed when their universe and timeline collapsed on later occasions. Specifically, this reality is prior to the universal upheaval of the Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline, where the Legion's universe was collapsed into several other component realities of the multiverse. Then, in later time-altering stories, the Legion as such ceased to exist when a time distortion generated from the dawn of time reformed the universe into a similar, but not identical reality. Each alternate reality and timeline since has had some form of future inhabitation by the Legion, albeit different from the Legion depicted in this Star Trek crossover.

BackgroundEdit

The Keith Giffen variant cover pictures a several Legionnaires, even though only five Legion members have thus far appeared in the series:

ImagesEdit

ConnectionsEdit

Star Trek—Legion of Super-Heroes crossover series
Issue 1Issue 2Issue 3Issue 4Issue 5Issue 6

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