Sunday, April 8, 2012

Star Trek legion of Super-heroes #6 of 6

cast of characters
James K Kirk
Cosmic Boy
Saturn Girl
Leonard McCoy aka Bones
Lighting Lad
Hikaru Sulu
Brainiac 5
Nyota Uhura
Chameleon Boy
Pavel Chekov
Shadow Lass

      The Comic starts with Kirk yelling AARHG! The emperor in the same room then says. There, Let us see if a few minutes in the agony booth has loosened their tongues. Behind him the castellan says reduce power to zero. Kirk after it is turned off then says. W-why... did you... stop? I... was just starting.. to get USED to it. The emperor then says. Fool! We shall BURN that smug smile from your face. Again, Castellan! The Castellan then says. Initiate.
      Chameleon Boy and Lighting Lad are other either side of kirk. A caption says. Deep within the bowels of the imperial palace, The dark heart of the Imperial Planets of Earth.. The emperor turns to Shadow, Lass, Uhura and Sulu and says. You were wrong to mistake my HOSPITALITY for WEAKNESS. Did you not imagine that the throne room would be BATHED in inhibitor beams? You were powerless the moment you reached my inner sanctum. I would not have shown you my TROPHIES if there were ANY chance you might OVERPOWER me and ESCAPE. Now, we SHALL learn where in time the rest of your party has journeyed, If we have to flay the knowledge from your flesh. The Castellean then says. reduce power to zero.
     Chameleon Boy can only say ungh... However Lighting Lad says. ENOUHH, Already! The castellan then says. They may not be able to survive too much more, your majesty. The emperor can only say. What of it? We have three more prisoners to question, If these do not satisfy our cursorily. Shadow Lass at this shouts, you MONSTER! Uhura then says. If we could CONVINCE you that we really DON"T know where in the time the others are, would you release us? The emperor at this then says. oh no, my dear. None of you SHALL ever taste freedom again. Once I have someone in my power, I am not in a habit of letting them GO.
     The scene shifts to a few thousand years in the past. Bones speaking says. Now hold on just a dammed minute! you expect me to believe this is some kind of blasted GENIE? I've seen some incredible things before, but MAGIC?! Cosmic Boy at this says. You'd be surprised, Doctor, Stranger things have-- Suddenly Q interrupts and says. Oh, stop BABBLING. I didn't say I was MAHIC. Just ALL-POWERFUL. But Vandar the stone TRAPPED me, The tricky little monkey, And now I'm stuck here, unless you can work out how to RELEASE me. Unfortunately, The terms of my , shall we say, IMPRISONMENT are that I can't simply TELL you how he trapped me, or how to FREE me. Spock can only say... FASCINATING.
       Brainiac 5 at this says. Fascinating is all you can say? This "Q" can't TELL us anything. What are we supposed to do, ASK them? Spock building off what has been said says. Perhaps that is PRECISELY what we should do. He never said he was under any compunction not to ANSWER. Take the matter of the inhibitor collars. Q must have constructed them for Vander. So why was he able to REMOVE them from us? Brainiac his brain now clicking says. That's it! Maybe he only has to do what Vandar TOLD him to do. So we just have to look for the LOOPHOLES in his instructions. Spock then adds. Yes, say, for example, that Vandar simply requested a way to control his tribesmen and members of neighboring tribes. We  would not fall within that purview. Q who has been listening then says. That's it exactly. There's hope for you monkey's yet. So, What is your NEXT question?
       Cosmic Boy then asks. Even if you ARE able to free him, Will that be enough to repair the timelines? Bones then asks. And how in blazes are we supposed to get back where we're SUPPOSED to be? Chekov then says. look and Saturn Girl adds. We mat have to WAIT for these answers. Vander the stone has come in with others and says. I do not know HOW you overcame the collars and escaped your PRISON, But for the moment I do not CARE. All enemies of Vandar the stone shall DIE!
      In the future the emperor is talking. I learned early on never to leave my enemies alive. But there are MANY uses to which a body and mind can be put before the life is wrung from it. Troops are trying to move Kirk. One says. MOVE you. However kirk starts talking. You know I'm starting to think you people don't LIKE us... The emperor holding Shadow Lass chin says. pity. I had hoped to make use of you. FEMALES in my personal harem. I prefer women who have a little fight in them. once you're finished in the agony booth, though, I doubt there will be enough left of you to please me. The women who controls the green orb of a few issue ago says. Not so tough without your SHADOW powers, Are you, Talokian? As she works to pick her up. Shadow Lass says at this. Take off these manacles, And I'll SHOW you how tough I am, Shadow Powers or No Shadow powers.
      The castellean as they are be lead away says. Quickly, put them in the booths. Let's not waste any more of the emperor's time than necessary. Kirk being lead away then says something. w-why not? Seems to me like wasting time is all this empire can do. But I guess that's probably because your emperor just isn't that BRIGHT. The emperor yell's WHAT?! WHAT did you say to me?! Kirk at this then says. You HEARD me. I called you STUPID, Vandar. Weak-mindeed. ignorant. SIMPLE. You started out a CAVEMAN, And that's all you'll ever BE.
      Kirk then breaking free then says. We've encountered beings like this "Genie" of yours before, Beings capable of ding amazing, even IMPOSSIBLE things. So I KNOW what can be accomplished with that kind of power. But what have YOU done with it? You capture a being more powerful then worlds, And the best you can think to do with it is CONQUER? to create WEAPONS and AGONY BOOTHS? The emperor as guards go to restrain Kirk says. It's all right, Let him speak. Then I shall deal with him. Kirk goes on, You could have made this world a PARADISE. Instead you've created a HELL. The emperor really angry at this then says. You insignificant little WORM. You DARE to criticize ME?
       In the past Vandar is speaking. You DARE to oppose the will of Vandar the Stone/ The manner of your DEATH will be a lesson to all who would stand against me! Cosmic Boy at this and as weapon's point at him says. I think i'd prefer to teach them a DIFFERENT lession, If it's all the smae to you. Like the lesson that TYRANTS always LOSE! Bwhind Q says. No, you fools! Don't waste your time squabbling with him! Hurry up and FRE me, before it's too late!  Brainiac then does something and says. My force field has recharged more than enough to protect the two of us while the others get their exercise. Spock touching it can only say. Impressive.
       The men attacking suddenly go flying. Cosmic Boy then says. There wasn't enough ferrous material your WEAPONS for me to do much damage to the. But those INHIBITOR COLLARS, on the other hand? THOSE I can deal with! If I'd know they weren't just FASHION accessories to begin with, We might not be in this fix. two of the tribal men see that a tiger is free and one says. HUH?!
       One of the free caveman then says. What magic is THIS? surrounded by the blood tribe! Another says. KILL the deer people Saturn Girl then says. Good call, Cosmic Boy! Suddenly they're no fighting us, They're fighting each OTHER! Vandar's COLLARS made slaves of his ENEMIES, But now that their inhibitions are OFF, Their old feuds are back on. Saturn Girl seeing the fighting get worse gets a idea and says. I think EVERYONE needs to clam DOWN. Maybe if I trigger the SLEEP centers of their brains, The humans and animals alike...
       Vandar see this and says. What treachery is THIS? up, Damn you! FIGHT! turning he says. No matter, I'll just kill you MYSELF! Chekov yells LOOK out! He hit's Cosmic Boy with a blast of his staff saying you wish me to kill you FIRST? He then knocks chekov out and then leans over Saturn Girl saying. So be it! I send you-- Suddenly Bones comes up and hits him with a hypo saying. I think it's time you took a little NAP, Big Fella.


       In the future the emperor is talking. Can you not SEE the splendor of the empire I have created with my own two hands?! Kirk then says. Oh, we can SEE it already and we've seen BETTER. Lighting Lad then adds. Where we come from-- Where we all come from-- Humanity doesn't ENSLAVE other races. Chameleon Boy adds. Humans COOPERATE with other species they turn ALIENS into FRIENDS, not ENEMIES. The emperor at this then says. Simpering FOOLS! That is PRECISELY why your futures must be AVIODED. Do you think all of THIS could be build thorough COOPERATION? Kirk point to the rest of his group then says. I.. understand. THAT"S your problem! The FUTURE! you don't even know what the words MEANS, do you?
       In the past Vandar is trying to get up saying. UNGH. Bones using his tricorder says. I have him enough sedative to drop a rhino, But he's already shaking it off. How close are we to getting OUT of here, Spock> Spock and Brainiac are working on it. Spock says.. No, that is NOT it, Either. Brainiac adds. Just a moment, Doctor, We are still attempting to resolve the problem. Wait, I've GOT it! The population of people who Vandar ordered Q to let him control didn't INCLUDE us. Maybe the prescribed conditions of Q's imprisonment has the same LOOPHOLE! Spock then starts to try. I see, So perhaps a course of action to US that is NOT open to any of Vandar;s contemporaries. Q? I order you to FREE yourself immediately.
      In the future the Emperor is talking angrily. You waste your final breaths with these pathetic jests, because you MUST not be SERIOUS. No one LIVING understands the FUTURE better than I do. Kirk at this then says. NOm you DON"T. That's just the problem. I think you're STILL the violent caveman you were at the beginning. A PRIMITIVE with no CONCEPTION of how TOMORROW might be better than TODAY. that things don't have to BE the way that they ARE> You don't BELIEVE in the future, because you can't UNDERSTAND it. The Legionnaires.. My crewmates and I.. We come from worlds where humanity has moved PAST the need t conquer and Pillage. Worlds where humanity decided that needless BLOODSHED and mindless AGGRESSION belong to the PAST. Where humanity looked with HOPE towards the FUTURE. We UNDERSTAND the future and what it means. And THAT"S why people like us will always DEFEAT people like you.

         In the past with a KKRACKK Q is free. He says in a blinding light. FINAlly! That feels so much BETTER. I was worried I'd be in these for AGES.  Brainiac can only say. Yow! to the light. Q goes on. Any day now Vandar was going to figure out that he should order me to take order's only from HIM, And not just from no one LIVING on the face of Earth. But anyone who wasn't ALIVE when he gave me those orders...? So all I had to do was wait until I found time-travels clever enough to free me, And send them back HERE. And it looks like I eventually FOUND some. or WILL find some. Temporal mechanics can be SO grammatically COMPLICATED. But since I won't be imprisoned for AGES, Then I won't be able to snag any TIME-TRAVELERS in the future and send them BACK, Which will lead to PARADOX, And then... Oh, look. Here comes the paradox now--
        The scene shifts to LIMBO. In a time without time, A place that is no place. A TIME BUBBLE carrying a group of young adventures home. Saturn Girl asks. Is something wrong, Brainy? At first he says mmn. Then adds. No, I THOUGHT there was something for a moment, But now--? Never mind, Let's just go HOME, shall we.
        In San Francisco the enterprise crew breams down. Kirk waves bye to some of his crew and is talking. That;s right. The best bottle of scotch you can can find! And if you were to bring back a bottle of Saurian Brandy, too, I MIGHT consider EXTENDING your shore leave.  Sulu and the other wave bye. Bones next to Kirk adds. The sooner we make PEACE with the ROMULANS the BETTER, If you ask me, So I can finally get my hands on a case of Romulan Ale WITHOUT breaking the law. Spock then says. It seems unlikely in the short term, Docor. Kirk then says something wisely.  Don't be such a pessimist, Spock. ANYTHING is possible. And who KNOW what will happen in the future?
       The scene shifts to meanwhile, Far across space in the omega system.. The planet Holberg 917G.The planet has but one inhabitant, But he has accumulated as much wealth and life experience as entire WORLDS. He has gone by many names but is now known simply as "Flint" and he is painting. Suddenly Q comes in and says. Such expressive work. I'll be honest, I didn't know you had it in you. Flint says. Who?! Q answers. Come now. DOn't tell me you've forgotten me ALREADY? It's only been.. what? few dozen MILLENNIA?

     Flint then says. Oh, I's you. Come to seek your revenge upon me at last? Aren't you afraid I might TRAP you again? Q then says. No, you won'y trick me THAT way again, Fool me once, SHAME on me? Fool me twice? Well, Let's just say that no ONE has ever fooled me TWICE. But I'm not so petty i'd come here just for REVENGE. I simply wanted to see how you were getting on. You were bent on world CONQUEST, Once upon a long time ago. I'm surprised that the only world you've conquered is an UNINHIBITED one. Flint at this says. I.. I'mnot that man anymore. My life CHANGED on that batterfield in Mesopotamia, Back in 3834 BC. Before then I'd been a solder, A bully, A Fool. Drenched in other men's blood. I finally realized that humanity could be so much BETTER then it was. That TOMORROW could be better then TODAY. That it was better to CREATE than to CONQUER. W at this says. I didn't know you had it in you. I thought you would remain a violent SAVAGE for the rest of your inhumerable days. Who knows, perhaps somewhere out in the infinite universes there's another VERSION of you that DID. Flint can only say. Other UNIVERSES? Q goes on and says. Certainly. There may have been only one yesterday, But there are COUNTLESS tomorrows... And the possibilities are ENDLESS. Thus the comic ends.

I will be doing a full review of what I thought of this series at a little date

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