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Really Strange New Worlds: Star Trek Comic Book Crossovers

Most of the time, crossovers between fictional properties are the stuff of fanfiction. In comics, though, they’re a longstanding tradition. In some cases, like with Star Trekthere are comics based on a TV show or movie, and the medium allows for some interesting mashups we’d never get to see otherwise. These can be a little tricky to find or hear about, but Star Trek has five that I know of, ranging from natural teamups to more unexpected combinations:

  1. Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who: Assimilation2 by Scott and David Tipton – This 2012 crossover comes in two collected volumes, although the second is a little harder to come by. It’s probably the most natural combination on this list, being two of the most famous sci-fi TV shows ever, and seeing as how the Doctor can appear pretty much anywhere and have it pretty much make sense. The dialogue is in character and the art actually looks like the people, plus I love that they worked in a Tom Baker/TOS crossover flashback and how the art changed for the “past.” I haven’t been able to read the second volume, though, so I can’t say how it works as a whole story.
  2. Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War by Mike Johnson – Six issues, collected in one volume in 2016. MY FAVORITE of all five, because it’s not just an interesting crossover, it’s a fantastic book. I expected the usual thing where everyone misunderstood each other and Hal punched the Enterprise or whatever, but it’s more thoughtful than that. It starts simple and slowly adds characters so you can appreciate the different dynamics involved. You get to see the Trek characters with rings, of course, and it never gets hung up on how “unlikely” it is or sucks up time with characters demanding explanations, it just happens and tells a whole story. It goes big stakes, but simple plot, which is ideal for a limited-time thing like this, BUT it actually doesn’t reset to normal at the end, it starts its own continuity! I haven’t read the second volume yet, it only came out in September.
  3. Star Trek/Legion of Superheroes by Chris Roberson – Six issues, collected in one volume in 2013. I’m a little disappointed in this one, because it could’ve been a really interesting exercise. Both stories are about hopeful, technological futures driven by humanism. Plus it puts both sets of heroes into a universe new to both of them, a creative idea that works really well here, but there’s no depth to the character interactions. And Kirk is gross to Shadow Lass, which is not cool at all. They do the usual reset to status quo at the end.
  4. Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive by Scott and David Tipton –  This one is a five-issue volume from 2015, and it starts off great. The Tiptons do a great job of creating a TOS-episode atmosphere — after all, discovering incredibly Earthlike planets with slightly different development is par for the course in TOS. Unfortunately it spends a lot of time on buildup and then just fizzles out into nothing (although I did like the little twist at the end). This is the comic that provided this post’s entirely appropriate featured image.
  5. Planet X by Michael Jan Friedman – The oldest and perhaps oddest of the bunch, this is a 1998 novel crossing Next Generation with the X-Men. I’m including it here not only because it started my childhood obsession with the X-Men and later love of comics, but also because it follows on early TOS/ and TNG/X-Men one-shot comics, which I haven’t been able to purchase as yet. It’s kind of a boring book re-reading it now, but I loved it back in the day, and it avoids all the comic book problems of not enough characterization and no continuity or lasting effects. So, it’s worth a go for novelty alone.

Did I miss any? And which unread items are worth pursuing? Info-share in the comments.

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Week in Geek Episode 10

Week in Geek, episode 10, recorded 10/26/17. News since last recording, including: Punisher versus Justice LeagueThor: Ragnarok and the future of Thor; contenders for worst movie of the year; more is coming from the Dark TowerPandemic Legacy Season 2; quick TV show news including Star Trek DiscoveryDoctor Who, and Daredevil; and potential movies coming up including X-23 and Deathstroke. Oh, and libraries are not dead.

Here’s the Postmodern Jukebox song Holly was talking about: https://youtu.be/yjiupe-odRQ

Our other podcast is Comparative Opinions, find it and old Week in Geek episodes on ComparativeGeeks.com. Subscribe for new episodes!

Music is by Scott Gratton: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Scott_Gratton/Intros_and_Outros

There’s a Drumming Noise Inside My Head That Starts When You’re Around – Florence & the Machine for Throwback Thursday

Next up in the old Listening to Music Without Understanding It series is this post, on Florence & the Machine. Unlike some of the others, this one deserves at least one update: their album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful had not yet come out, and would be a great introduction to this band. That album is just fantastic, making it 3/3 great albums from this band. Also worth noting, the Deluxe and B-Sides sorts of albums for them are great too; basically, they just make good music.


I’ve recommended a few other bands so far in my series on music, like The Lumineers and The Black Keys. Both of those bands have a simpler sort of sound, from a folk origin like with the former, or from just being two musicians with the latter. So how about a different sort of band?

Florence & the Machine. It sounds even from the name like it’s a large thing. The sort of band where you might expect a song called Cosmic LoveTheirs can be both a large sound, and can focus in and be all about the haunting vocals of the lead singer, Florence Welch. Also, they have a harp.

Florence & the Machine

I thought I would share a bit of the fun of this band, and a few of their songs. The recent news is that they are working on a third studio album, but along with the first two, there are also deluxe editions and B-sides and live albums galore to choose from while you wait – plenty to check out!

Great Lyrics and Intensity

What the songs are about, the lyrics and images and ideas, are part of what is so great. Some songs are full of images, full of ideas and things we would understand. Full of love and emotion and feeling.

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Okay, and not Doctor Who references. Well, maybe… They are British…

I found that image a while ago on Tumblr, and lost the original provenance from where I found it, but it stuck with me. I love her intensity in the image used – it combines well with the lyrics and the song. I think intensity is a good word – thinking of songs like Kiss With a Fist or Girl With One Eye.

Along with strong images and intense songs, however, they also work with a lot of metaphorical and poetical language. I love it. And, as is fitting with the name of my series, I don’t understand it much at all.

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Week in Geek Episode 5

Week in Geek, episode 5, recorded 9/23/17. News since last recording, including: Doctor Who news regarding previous Doctors; the Emmys and shows we haven’t watched; Good Omens pictures of the leads in costume; HBO is making a Watchmen series; they’re sadly making an Iron Fist season 2; It now the highest grossing horror film of all time; and Gal Gadot confirmed for the Flashpoint-based Flash “solo” film. Spoilers for Flashpoint!

Here’s a link to the picture from the set of Good Omenshttps://twitter.com/neilhimself/status/909698756223913984

Our other podcast is Comparative Opinions, find it and old Week in Geek episodes on ComparativeGeeks.com. Subscribe for new episodes!

Music is by Scott Gratton: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Scott_Gratton/Intros_and_Outros

Meme Monday – Change my dear, and not a moment too soon!

The announcement came in! New Doctor! And it’s a woman, as they have been toying with and teasing for a few Doctors now. They tested the waters with Missy, the female Master. But now, Jodie Whittaker is the 13th Doctor.

There we are, the foreshadowing come true. I mean, we didn’t have to wait long from this line…

We were just kind of happy and content, trying to remember her acting from the main thing we’ve seen her in – Broadchurch, which we loved. However, apparently there was a whole different reaction – which we would not have known about without the memes and comments against their reaction.

Wait what?

Oh. Oh because of course. This would of course be the next battleground for the reactionaries to defend fandoms from most any sort of change or diversity. I saw at least one place with evidence that there were people coming over and commenting and causing trouble without being fans: on the following image, where I sadly went into the comments (trying to figure out what all the hubbub was about).

Because there were people who counted, and pointed out there were 14 there. So she’s the 14th Doctor. I hate to push my glasses up my nose and say “well, any fan would know…” but I’m going to do it here. Because the answer lies in the heavily advertised and televised 50th Anniversary Special, and the War Doctor. He is the same character, in terms of regeneration, but is not “the Doctor.” He was ret-conned in and explained, and is being honored by inclusion in an image like this.

It’s a thing.

So yeah, people were mobilized to speak out against this without being truly invested – so when they say they won’t watch the show now, well, I’m betting they already weren’t.

Meanwhile, there were other complaints.

Thanks Nardole.

Meanwhile, can we move on and be concerned about the plot ramifications? About the next companion, how the Doctor will react, and what reasons there might be for it? There’s at least one going theory…