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Star Trek: The Next Generation/X-Men #1

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June 24, 2013
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To Boldly Go Where– wait, X-Men and Star Trek? AGAIN?!

Linkara: (wearing a Starfleet uniform) Hello, and welcome to Atop the Fourth Wall, where bad comics burn. I'm an admiral now. I've promoted myself. (smiles)

(Cut to a montage of shots of "Star Trek/X-Men #1")

Linkara (v/o): So, waaaay back in 2010, before I even reached a hundred episodes, I reviewed a crossover comic: "Star Trek/X-Men #1". It was a bizarre little pairing of franchises that had absolutely nothing to do with each other. It did have some interesting ideas and a rather amusing moment or two, but overall, the artistic styles of the two did not blend well, the storytelling was rather haphazard, and the plot itself bizarre, anticlimactic, and dumb.

(Cut to a closeup of today's comic, which involves a second crossover between the two franchises)

Linkara (v/o): And of course, people were quick to inform me that it was not the only crossover piece the franchises did together. Hence, where we are today: "Star Trek: The Next Generation/X-Men #1"...

(Cut to the cover of a spinoff novel: "Star Trek: TNG/X-Men: Planet X")

Linkara (v/o): ...which is actually the lead-in to an entire novel where the two franchises crossed over.

Linkara: I'm still in shock that this concept was approved in the first place, so you can imagine my utter confusion that this actually made a second comic and a crossover novel.

Linakra (v/o): I will not be reading the novel, due to a lack of time, and frankly, the comic should stand or fall on its own.

(Cut back to "Star Trek TNG/X-Men #1")

Linkara (v/o): The good news, if you can call it that, is that it's 64 pages, which means that they should have a lot more room to make a decent story. We'll forget for a second that it's not actually 64 pages, but rather, 59, since it's 59 pages of comic, three pages of the editor talking about the problems they had in creating this thing, and then two pieces of badly-drawn promotional artwork. Speaking of, the comic creation actually went very smoothly once they actually had a creative team in place, but the problem was getting the creative team in place. The editor, Tim Tuohy – and I'm sure I'm mispronouncing that – was charged with making the book in April of 1997 and was told that they wanted it out in July of that year, only three months away. For the record, usually, professional comics are completed and in the can several months in advance. It doesn't always work out that way, as we've talked about on the show, but usually, they strive for having things done ahead of time. Three months really isn't a lot of time to put things together, especially when you don't have a story concept or a creative team lined up and ready to work on it. The editor actually had to explain that to then-editor-in-chief Bob Harris and get a much more reasonable deadline. On top of that, you need to get the approval of both the X-Men offices and Paramount for it. (reads text) "Fact 3: Editors can't write the books they edit."

Linkara: Based on what I've seen, that doesn't seem to stop them.

Linkara (v/o): Plus, most of their best writers were busy doing other stuff or were overwhelmed by how to do the project, seemingly because of how big both franchises were that they loved, though I prefer to think that they just couldn't figure out how to make it plausible. And apparently, no one actually thought to ask the actual Star Trek comic writers until the very last if they were up to it, which they were. Also, when you're apparently utilizing the likenesses of the actors, you need the actors' permission to use said likenesses, and frankly, in a lot of this comic, I think they only do a passable job at it, but whatever.

Linkara: So let's dig into (holds up today's comic) "Star Trek: The Next Generation/X-Men #1" and see what sort of madness they came up with.

(AT4W opening titles are shown; title card has "Temporal Wake" from Star Trek: First Contact playing in the background. Cut to a closeup of the comic's cover)

Linkara (v/o): The cover is decent, with a painted look of the wraparound looking pretty neat, although I say that mostly about the Star Trek cast, who all actually look like their real-life counterparts. The X-Men are not as fortunate, particularly the women. Storm and, I think, Shadowcat have it worst. It's hard to pin down what it is, but it just doesn't look right. It might just be me since I have a general idea of what I think these characters should look like, and putting them next to the Star Trek characters makes them look off. Wolverine looks okay, though, albeit like the original crossover, seeing the overmuscled superhero look next to the more realistic people is just bizarre. And of course, this is all for nothing anyway, considering this art style isn't the one used in the comic.

(The comic opens to the first page, showing a description of the events up to this time (as seen in Star Trek: First Contact, along with shots and descriptions of both sets of characters (Star Trek on the left, X-Men on the right))

Linkara (v/o): In all honesty, I really shouldn't be reviewing this for a while. See, in terms of Star Trek continuity, this is supposed to take place right after the events of the eighth movie, Star Trek: First Contact, which we of course haven't reached yet in our look at Star Trek movie comics. However, after getting my hands on a copy of this thing, I really just wanted to review it and, well, here we are.

(Cut to footage of Star Trek: First Contact)

Linkara (v/o): Here's all the basics you need to know: Star Trek: First Contact involved the crew time-traveling and the Borg. This takes place right after the events of that, which explains...

(Cut to the first page of the comic)

Linkara (v/o): ...why we open up with half of Data's face missing.

Linkara: Or maybe he was just practicing his Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster cosplay.

Linkara (v/o): The ship is attempting to return to the 24th century, but as they drop out of warp, they detect none of the usual facilities, and passive scans of the Earth show that it's not the 24th century.

Data: Borg damage to the main deflector dish may have caused a reverse warp in the temporal vortex... propelling us back instead of forwards.

(Cut to the obligatory shot of the Hitler Clones in "Superman At Earth's End")

Hitler Clone: Of course. Don't you know anything about science?

(Cut back to the Star Trek comic)

Data: We are currently orbiting Earth circa late 1990's.

Linkara: (as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard) Damn, we'll need to dress inconspicuously. Number One, I need Pokemon plushies and Beanie Babies. (as Commander Will Riker, covered in Pokemon plushies and Beanie Babies) Way ahead of you, sir.

Riker: Here we go again.

Picard: Number One!

Riker: Sorry, sir.

Linkara: Geez, humanity almost gets destroyed and you almost break your little ships in inarticulate rage, and suddenly you're in a bad mood, Picard.

Linkara (v/o): Later, they hold a briefing.

Picard: What's our status?

Riker: We've engaged stealth mode, the ship's invisible to electronic detection...

Linkara: Because I guess we have that now... (shrugs)

Linkara (v/o): Basically, technobabble, blah, blah, blah, from the movie has screwed everything up and they need certain technology to fix it. Sensor scans indicate that, despite this being the late 20th century, there's Shi'ar technology on Earth. The Shi'ar, if you'll recall, are an alien bird race from the Marvel Universe who usually hang out with the X-Men, and that subsequently Kirk and company didn't recognize in the other crossover. Weird. Speaking of weird, is it just me or is Riker's face absolutely tiny compared to the rest of his head? Picard orders two teams to Earth to acquire it... which includes Data and Worf, the two guys look the least like normal humans. But I guess we couldn't afford the budget for extras, and thus, they're recruited. Also, Troi, what's going on with your face? The shading and highlighting seem to indicate that it's actually some kind of paper facsimile folded in place to look like a face. Riker, Dr. Crusher, and Worf beam down in appropriate clothing, with a cap to cover Worf's forehead ridges, because that totally will fool people.

Worf: These... jeans... are a most uncomfortable garment!

Linkara: Darn right. Why do you think (holds up his leg) I wear pajama pants all the time?

Linkara (v/o): According to their tricorder, the Shi'ar technology they're looking for is inside the Baxter Building, which, at the time this comic was made, was being occupied by a group of supervillains pretending to be heroes called the Thunderbolts. Where's the Fantastic Four, you may ask?

(Cut to a shot of an Avengers comic called "Heroes Reborn")

Linkara (v/o): Why, they were in the middle of an event comic called "Heroes Reborn", where everyone thought they and the Avengers were dead. No, they had a fate worse than death: being written and drawn by Rob Liefeld.

Linkara: Aaaand cue comments from people telling me that only the Avengers and Captain America were helmed by Rob Liefeld, thus ruining my joke, in (holds up hand and closes off each finger as he counts down) five, four, three...

Linkara (v/o): Worf also points out that in the Star Trek universe, the world should be in the midst of the Eugenics War right now, so this all looks a little weird. Of course, we can look to non-canon material for an explanation there.

(Cut to a shot of a Star Trek novel: "To Reign In Hell", which features Khan from Star Trek II on the cover)

Linkara (v/o): A series by Greg Cox called "The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh", which said that a lot of the Eugenics Wars were actually done in secret, with their full implications not realized until later and tied in a lot of real-life events into them while altering their true cause. Buuut that's neither here nor there.

(Cut back to the Star Trek comic again)

Linkara (v/o): Anyway, when the Enterprise is informed of this, Picard recalls that away team and waits for word from the other team, which is currently sneaking into the X-Men mansion. Said X-Men are sitting around, just chillaxin' and talking. Geordi, Troi and Data make their way downstairs, and Troi appears to get a headache and whispers...

Troi: Oh... something.

Linkara: Ah, nothing like Counselor Troi to give us the most useful information while looking like she's in an Advil commercial. Geordi takes off a panel to examine the technology when Wolverine suddenly arrives and puts his bone claws in front of, and behind, his head. And once more, time to treat Wolverine like he was nothing by having Data grab him and toss him aside. I am amused by this. Colossus suddenly appears from nowhere, and I didn't know this, but apparently, the metal covering him also turns him into a giant, according to this panel. Colossus tries punching Data, who does manage to catch the fist, but the force propels him backwards. Troi tells them all to knock it off and states that they're from the Enterprise, which gets Wolverine's attention.

Wolverine: Enterprise? Starship Enterprise? Are you some of Kirk's people?

Linkara: (as Wolverine) Because if you're some of Captain Archer's people, (clenches fist) the claws come back out!

Linkara (v/o): And so we cut to some time later, where the Enterprise crew and the X-Men have switched back into their uniforms, with the two teams meeting up in the X-Mansion. I love how they apparently took the time to do that before meeting each other formally. Also got to wonder who the hell is running the ship in their absence, but that's a general problem with Star Trek when the entire bridge crew is on an away mission. Oh, and there are a few other oddities that make me tilt my head concerning the uniforms thing. For example, there's a cut in Worf's uniform from something that happened in First Contact... except Worf is a pretty by-the-book kind of officer and there's been plenty of time to switch clothes, so why the hell hasn't he replicated some new pants or had another pair waiting? And then over to Picard, there is a big red line along the front of his torso. Why is that line there? Well, so that the shading on Colossus' leg doesn't blend into the uniform and make us think that Picard has a pointy stomach. My question is, why did that have to be completely black instead of a darker skin tone? Oh, and I'm afraid those of you hoping that Picard and Professor Xavier would interact with each other in one of the most meta crossovers ever... that's not gonna happen. See, the cause of the whole "heroes reborn" thing? It was Xavier going nuts and housing an entity that was the combined form of him and Magneto called Onslaught, and in the wake of all that, he was in prison or something.

Linkara: I do hope someday for us to have dueling Patrick Stewarts in one way or another. (points to camera) Epic Rap Battles of History, I'm giving you an easy one here.

Linkara (v/o): Anyway, Riker explains the situation and, using their technobabble X-Men tech, they realize that they've been flung into an alternate universe.

Worf: Hrrn! Parallel dimensions! I despise them. They are no end of trouble.

Wolverine: Tell me about it, bub.

Linkara: Worf and Wolverine: (holds up fist) ultimate bromance.

Linkara (v/o): Troi and Wolverine sense something arriving, thus heralding the appearance of Kang the Conqueror. Kang is a time-traveling Marvel supervillain from the 30th century utilizing various kinds of advanced technology to achieve his goals and wearing an advanced suit and sometimes wielding mind control tech and attempting to take over the world whenever it's convenient for him. They demand to know what he wants and he explains that he came to warn them that the arrival of the Enterprise has ruptured the blah, blah, blah, technobabble...

Kang: ...creating anomalies in both your worlds' continuities.

Linkara: Continuity errors? We'll need some kind of nitpicking guide to point them out! (holds up "The Nitpicker's Guide for Next Generation Trekkers") As always, I'm prepared.

Linkara (v/o): And he also says that if they don't correct this, the destabilization will cause the multimodal reflection sorting to be unsorted, and everything will be destroyed! Also, he's really friggin' huge in this panel. I admit, I'm not familiar enough with Kang as a character and his various appearances, but is it normal for him to be, like, ten feet tall? Even floating in the air, he looks really big.

(Cut to a clip of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 gang watching Cave Dwellers)

Tom Servo: (as caveman, while seeing a caveman towering over them) I'm huge!

(Cut back to the comic)

Linkara (v/o): He informs them that two specific anomalies have to be sealed to restore everything and supplies them with wristbands that will take them where they need to go.

Kang: I am losing our link...I must go! Help me, Storm...for the good of all life... everywhere!

Linkara (v/o): And because the artwork on this page is rather lackluster, we don't actually see him teleport away. Not even a little energy field around him or anything. Wouldn't it just be awkward if he wasn't actually being pulled away, and he just floated there for a few minutes in silence? The X-Men return with the bridge crew to the Enterprise and split into two teams of four, since Kang only supplied them with eight wristbands. Picard, Troi, Nightcrawler and Colossus will go to one, and Storm, Wolverine, Data and Worf will go to another. Picard's team is beamed away via the wristbands, and they arrive in the storyline, "Days of Future Past".

Linkara: For those of you who don't know, "Days of Future Past" is a classic X-Men storyline from 1981. Basically, in the (dramatically) far-off future year of 2013, mutants are enslaved and sentinel robots have taken over the world. Hmm, it's almost July now. Those sentinels better get going; they've got less than half a year left to take us over.

(Cut to Lewis dressed as Doctor Who, who holds an umbrella and raises his hat)

Doctor: Hello, I'm the Doctor, and we'll be right back!

(He walks off as the AT4W logo appears in the corner, and we go to a commercial. Upon return, there is the sound of laser gunfire and the Doctor runs back in, panicked)

Doctor: Oh, dear! (looks into camera) We're back.

(He runs off as the AT4W logo appears in the corner. Cut back to the comic as the review resumes)

Linkara (v/o): A bunch of cannibalistic hooligans suddenly show up and attack our heroes, but are easily repelled, thanks to the power of phasers and just punching them. However, they've got bigger trouble, thanks to the arrival of three sentinels. Meanwhile, the other team has found themselves on board the USS Saratoga – during the Battle of Wolf 359.

(Cut to footage of the episode of Star Trek: TNG showing the battle in question)

Linkara (v/o): In case you're not a Star Trek fan, that's the big battle where the Borg basically annihilated forty starships without breaking a sweat and was the event that opened Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Linkara: Which explains one of those continuity errors that Kang was talking about. In the original Next Generation episode with the battle, Data said that there were no signs of life, meaning no survivors of the battle. But in the opening of DS9... yeah, there were a lot of survivors. Whoops. Also, yes, I am a gigantic nerd. Is this your first time watching?

Linkara (v/o): Speaking of things that don't make sense, a group of Borg are on board the Saratoga. I could get into other nerdy things about this...

(Cut to footage of the video game Star Trek: Borg)

Linkara (v/o): Tying it into the FMV game Star Trek: Borg and how the battle was depicted there, but let's just point out that the time that it takes for the Saratoga to be destroyed at the beginning of DS9 was all of four minutes...

(Cut back to the Star Trek/X-Men comic)

Linkara (v/o): ...even if you do give or take a few minutes for the editing to not show every step. Just sayin', the Borg apparently just beamed a whole bunch of drones on board the Saratoga for pretty much no reason whatsoever. Although, this does lead to the amusement of having Wolverine slice off a drone's arm and Storm being able to create a tornado inside of the deck that rips apart a few more. Assimilate that. Data even points out the continuity flaw of there not being any record of the Borg beaming over to any Federation vessels... Okay, I need to be a nerd here!

(Cut to footage of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine video game for the Sega Genesis)

Linkara (v/o): The Deep Space Nine video game for the Sega Genesis actually does have a level where you go back in time and there are Borg on board the Saratoga! No joke or anything, this is just what happens when you have someone with an encyclopedic knowledge of Star Trek crap at your disposal.

Linkara: (holds up index finger, irritably) And by the way, that level where you have to disarm the bombs in the cargo bay was complete and utter bullcrap! I do not regret using the level select code to skip past it!

Linkara (v/o): The drones begin speaking, despite absolutely no reason to do so, and Storm deduces that they're on the ship because of the mutants, that the Borg detected the strange life signs and decided to take them for assimilation. We'll forgive that, for efficiency's sake, they wouldn't be wasting time worrying about curious lifeforms and just proceed with what they were trying to do, but whatever. Back with the other group, Picard just barely manages to evade getting hit by a sentinel's blast. It then detects Troi as being unusual since she's not human. Well, technically, she's half-human, but whatever. But before it can collect her, Picard shoots a phaser blast through its head.

Picard: No one vivisects my crewmembers.

Linkara: (as Picard, holding up a phaser) Other crews, though... Yeah, go nuts.

Linkara (v/o): Nightcrawler and Colossus take out the remaining sentinels and they decide to make a run for it before any more show up, but Troi says she's sensing something else related to all of this that's bigger than they imagined. As such, we cut to Kang's time ship inside the "deepwaters of time".

Linkara: As opposed to the "kiddie pool of time", I guess.

Linkara (v/o): Kang monologues to himself... Seriously, he's loudly explaining his plan to nobody... about what's actually going on.

Kang: The damage to the continuum caused by the starship Enterprise was indeed severe... but they have not the wit to realize that the anomalies I have sent them chasing after are in fact the last few slender threads holding things together. Once they have... "rectified" them... all impediments to my manipulation of the time-stream will be gone... and infinity will be mine to shape like clay!

Linkara: (as Kang) Also, for some reason, I'm sitting in a fancy chair suspended over nothing! What the hell?

Linkara (v/o): Seriously, look at that. It's not even like some high-tech chair. Dude got a chair from a furniture barn and just has it floating inside of his ship. Thing must be really damn comfortable. I'm jealous. Back on the Enterprise, they detect another temporal incursion, heralding the arrival of... oh, sweet merciful crap... Wesley Crusher and the Traveler. Oh, dear Lord...


(Footage of The Next Generation is shown, emphasizing Wesley Crusher and the Traveler)

Linkara (v/o): For those of you not familiar with Star Trek: The Next Generation, Wesley Crusher was the annoying know-it-all, super-awesome, teenage genius on the show whose presence helped resolve situations in no less than seven times on the series. He's the kid who got drunk on a space virus and took over the ship once, and of course, he was insufferable. Fortunately, in other seasons, he actually became tolerable and a likable character; it's just that, like with a lot of season one and two of Next Generation, he was irritating. And of course, I should point out he was played by the ever-awesome god among geeks, Wil Wheaton. The guy he's with is a time-traveling alien called the Traveler, who, unlike Judas Traveller in the Spider-Man Clone Saga, was actually pretty nifty as a mysterious being with ambiguous powers and abilities, and appeared several times in The Next Generation, eventually leaving with Wesley in the seventh season to explore the wonders of existence.

Linkara: My problem with Wesley's inclusion here is less his presence in and of itself, but more that he's yet again the solution to a problem. Plus, he comes just right the hell out of nowhere.

Linkara (v/o): The concept of Star Trek and the X-Men crossing over was a fanfic kind of event to begin with, so throwing in stuff like "Days of Future Past", "Wolf 359", Wesley and the Traveler, it feels very much like a "wouldn't it be cool if..." kind of thing, with little regard for story structure or general character interaction, throwing in as many references as possible. Wesley and the Traveler are here, but only to move the plot along, not for any real character stuff. Let me contrast this with another crossover.

(Cut to shots of a comic about another Star Trek: TNG crossover, this one with Doctor Who, entitled "Assimilation Squared")

Linkara (v/o): People have been asking me if I plan to review the Star Trek: The Next Generation and Doctor Who crossover that ended last February. The answer is no, because that comic is good. It features the two sets of characters interacting a lot more and having character-based discussions with each other, and it feels like they're in character. Mind you, it helps that the story is eight issues and therefore has room to breathe...

(Cut back to the Star Trek/X-Men crossover)

Linkara (v/o): ...whereas this is a 59-page one-shot that's basically equivalent to two-and-a-half issues that you could have done something more in line with character than that. Maybe the character dynamics happened more with the novel, but this? This just isn't working. It's mostly just action and plot exposition. Speaking of plot exposition, Wesley explains that when the Enterprise cut between realities, it allowed interchanges of history and people, but that these aren't "mistakes"; it's actually the way the time stream is resolving the problem and that trying to fix it is actually making things worse, which will allow Kang to take control of the time stream.

Linkara: Although, hey, if Kang really can take over the time stream, (shrugs) we've already got X-Men and Star Trek onboard. I say let's do that Doctor Who crossover early and get the Doctor in here to fix this.

Linkara (v/o): The Traveler can bring the Enterprise to Kang's ship so they can confront him, while Wesley and Shadowcat head out to warn the two teams. Back on the Saratoga, we have a quick cameo by Ben Sisko from Deep Space Nine, and the team is about to intervene when they spot someone who they think should be from the other universe. Wesley and Shadowcat arrive and stop them before they can interfere. The guy who was from the Marvel Universe, Proudstar, dies saving Sisko from... uh... an explosion, I guess, and Data explains that Sisko was meant to become the Emissary of the Prophets over on DS9. Thus, Kang was hoping to stop the Prophets as a potential threat, since they have powers over time and–

Linkara: (massaging his temples in frustration) Oh, dear God, is this convoluted!

Linkara (v/o): Wesley and Shadowcat leave to warn the other team, telling them to use the wristbands to return home. Uh, the ones that Kang gave them? The ones you probably can't trust now? Kang, somehow watching this... It's not like he's watching from the wristband, or is Wolverine holding out his arm awkwardly to view them like in this panel? pissed off and smashes the monitor with his hand. I would just love it if a villain who did that kind of thing suddenly pulled their hand back, screaming in pain from the broken shards now embedded in their fist. Kang is wondering who the hell Wesley is and how he can move through space and time so effortlessly, but is interrupted by the arrival of the Enterprise, which opens fire on Kang's ship. Unfortunately, Kang's ship has been upgraded with technology from across time and is more than a match for them. The Traveler volunteers to take a force over to his ship and try to take him down, while we cut over to team 2 and its fanservice moment, this time with the late Tasha Yar helping out the adult Shadowcat during the "Days of Future Past" stuff. Wesley and Tasha arrive...

(Editor's note: "SHADOWCAT, not Tasha.")

Linkara (v/o): ...but before they can explain anything, more sentinels show up. These ones appear to have people inside their heads; I don't know what the hell is up with that. Tasha is knocked out, and the group has to fight off the sentinels. In her delirium, Tasha begs them to help them with boosting a psychic signal. It's a complicated story thing, involving the adult Shadowcat sending her mind into the younger version. It all makes more sense in the original "Days of Future Past" story, I'm sure. Point is, Troi thinks she can use her empathic abilities to boost the signal and save the day, which they do so. The team departs, and we cut over to Kang's ship, where Riker and Banshee are fighting off... Wait a second. Those robo-bugs... THOSE LOOK LIKE THE ROBO-BUGS FROM "SCI-SPY"!

Linkara: So it's Kang's fault that I had to review that piece of crap last week?! (clenches fist) Kick his ass, guys!

Linkara (v/o): The Traveler I think does something to Kang's ship to screw him up and then beams them back over to the Enterprise.

Traveler: Captain, close study of Kang's systems showed me that he is using a temporal resonator to amplify the damage caused by the Enterprise's misjump. He's still out to dominate the continuum.

Picard: I've no stomach for his schemes!

Linkara: (as Picard) I do have a kidney and a liver for them, though! (normal) Seriously, that was the best line you could give to Picard for his action one-liner? You might as well have said he's very cross.

Linkara (v/o): Another blast of phasers and torpedoes takes out the time device thingy that Kang was using, and his ship implodes. In a captain's log, Picard explains that the rift between the universes is starting to return to normal, and everyone says their goodbyes to each other, leaving us with the only really amusing bit of this whole thing: Worf holding a cigar and asking in confusion...

Worf: "Sto-gie?"

Linkara (v/o): Our heroes say farewell.

(Cut to a clip of an episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX)

Syrus Truesdale: Man, was that a weird episode!

(Back to the comic again)

Linkara (v/o): And so, our comic ends with the X-Men back on Earth, but then the group sees a bright white light, and we're told that it's "to be continued" in the "Planet X" novel.

Linkara: (holds up comic) This comic... is not very good.

Linkara (v/o): I hesitate to say that it sucks. It's ambitious, I'll give it that, and the action is really enjoyable, if a bit poorly-drawn. The pencils feel rushed, and oftentimes, backgrounds or little details are left out when they shouldn't be. If I can give this comic any particular praise, though, it's for the pacing. It's actually a really breezy read. It never feels bogged down or going too fast. And while it's still essentially a bad fanfic, it's not one that's unbearable.

Linkara: Now, if we can just get that Star Trek and Star Wars crossover at some point, we'll finally have a completed list of unnecessary but awesome crossovers between Star Trek and other franchises. (throws down comic, gets up and leaves)

(End credits roll)

Sooo why did Kang need the X-Men and Enterprise crew? He can travel through time and dimensions on his own. They wouldn't even have known about the whole thing without you telling them.

There's also an Offspring poster in the Days of Future Past 2013. No joke or anything, I just found that kind of weird.

(Stinger: The final panel with Worf's cigar is shown)

Worf: "Sto-gie?"

(Cut to a clip of an episode of Star Trek: TNG, showing Worf smoking a cigar)