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.

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