Star Trek: The Next Generation/X-Men
Marvel/Paramount Comics (May, 1998)“Second Contact” WRITERS: Dan Abnett & Ian Edginton PENCILER: Cary Nord INKER: Scott Koblish COLORIST: John Kalisz LETTERER: Chris Eliopoulous PARAMOUNT LIAISON: Chip Carter ASSISTANT EDITOR: Julio Soto EDITOR: Timothy Tuohy
As the Enterprise-E attempts to return home from the events of First Contact, they end up not at their Earth but sideways to Marvel Earth (prior to the X-Men “Zero Tolerance” storyline). Drawn to the X-Mansion to find parts to repair their ship, the crew and X-Men meet up before Kang drops by, telling them that they must track down two anomalies, one in each universe, or reality will destroy itself thanks to the Enterprise‘s breaking of the reality barrier. One team ends up at the battle of Wolf-359 while the other in the “Days Of Future Past”, where a version of people they lost ends up at each location. Then Wesley and the Traveler show up to warn them that they are actually the keys to fixing the problem, not the continuation of the problem. Having to watch Proudstar and Tasha die in these realities after being warned by Wesley and Kitty, the Watcher brings the Enterprise to Kang’s ship and stops his latest scheme to take over all of reality. When everyone is back home, however, something appears off-panel to the X-Men. (Concluded in a TNG prose novel, Planet X.)
What they got right: The art is better, or at least more consistent, than the previous crossover. The story makes good use of devastating events to both groups and continuities. Also, we get to see Data toss Wolverine into a wall and that always makes me happy.
What they got wrong: Since there was a Star Trek comic at the time, why continue the story in a novel? And no, I have never read it so I don’t know what happens there. There’s a summary in the second link below, between a link of last week’s BW review of the first crossover and an earlier Friday Night Fight entry from this comic. I think you can guess which scene.
Recommendation: A better story than the first crossover (partly because Abnett is a better writer than Scott Lobdell) and you don’t need the novel to enjoy it, although you do end up with a cliffhanger. Still worth a read.