Monday, February 09, 2009
The thing about the Star Trek X-men crossover was, it was actually a lot better than it had any right to be. I'm indifferent to the X-men at best, and this particular era is no draw for me, but at least Gambit spends most of the issue unconscious and silent. The less Gambit, the better, as far as I'm concerned. the Star Trek characters' are actually pretty well-written in this special:
See, those, to me, sound pretty close to the "voices" of the classic crew on the original series. In fact the main thing that rings false is that the cosmic space anomaly is represented by swirling light effects and not by a toilet paper core wrapped in aluminum foil and Christmas tree lights.
In the story, the X-men and the Shi'ar are stuck in Star Trek times due to a "psionic rift in timespace" which basically means anything goes. The Enterprise is in orbit above the planet Delta Vega, looking into unusual spatial activity below, the cause of which Jim Kirk suspects to be Gary Mitchell, the friend he had to leave behind in the episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before." Their mission is derailed, as are so many, by weird shit off the starboard bow:
Once Gladiator shows up and punches the Enterprise, he becomes top priority, and Spock leaves the bridge to follow a "hunch". A hunch that turns out to be Wolverine and the X-men, hiding aboard the Enterprise, deposited aboard by the rift. At one point before Spock showed up, some of the X-men decide to take a gravely wounded Gambit to seek some medical attention , leading to the best scene in the issue:
Once both teams met, Kirk tried hitting on Phoenix only to find she was married to Cyclops, then, before he had a chance to mack on Storm, they all beamed down to the planet below to find that Proteus had reformed his essence to Bond with Gary Mitchell and the resulting all powerful psionic entity teamed with Deathbird and the Imperial Guard to take over the Universe. Of course, the two teams managed to defeat the entity by channelling Bishop's power through the phasers, thus inverting the tachyon stream, and nullifying the dampening field. Or something sciencey like that.
As I said, not bad, and better than we had any right to expect. But let me also point out that with a 40-page lead story, 8 pages of pin-ups, and several previews of upcoming Star Trek comics for $4.95 in 1996, Star Trek/X-men is kind of a rip-off even by today's inflated standards. Good ol' Marvel!