Star Trek: The Next Generation? 25-years-young with passionate fans. Doctor Who? 50-years-young and currently enjoying a renaissance. Why haven’t these two series met before and blown fandom’s minds sooner? Well, wait no longer – Star Trek TNG/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 Volume 1 is upon us. And it’s not a sequel as the title may suggest, it is Assimilation “squared”. Reading through the book is like spending a weekend watching a season of either show in double time. This is is the first four issues collected of the eight-issue mini-series and it is off to a grand start.
WRITTEN BY: Scott & David Tipton with Tony Lee
ART BY: J.K. Woodward, The Sharp Bros. and Gordon Purcell
Publisher: IDW Publishing
RELEASE: October 9th, 2012
SPOILERS-ISH AHEAD! I will try my best to be vaguely vague.
Two of the deadliest foes that either series ever faced join forces to terrorize various universes. Whenever worlds like these collide, the “why” is never as important as seeing how everyone’s favorite characters will engage with one another. The Doctor and Captain Picard are as different as two characters can be, and they interact exactly how you would expect. The story is enthralling and quick witted, aligning itself with the current incarnation of Doctor Who. The writing team of Scott and David Tipton with Tony Lee have a solid grasp of all the characters, and it doesn’t hurt that you already know how most of these characters speak in your mind. It reads as a fast paced episode of Doctor Who with a nice touch of Star Trek: Next Generation technology.
As a bonus, readers get a glimpse of a previous “generation” with another Doctor in one chapter that works to great effect. The change in art for this issue by the Sharp Bros. is a brilliant move as it shows the many contrasts of the older series with its sharp colors and straight forward action that a certain Captain and his crew are well known for. The throwback sequence is tastefully done with its bold and dynamic action with a touch of Mike Allred-ness thrown in for good measure. The rest of the series is painted by J.K. Woodward and Gordon Purcell which sets its own moods from planet to planet and from TARDIS to Enterprise. The moody coloring and portrait-like shots of the characters shows off the many worlds these adventurers are exploring as they uncover the mystery of the deadly alliance of Borg and Cybermen. As the tale progresses, the debate of who is worse begins unfolding for The Enterprise crew and The Doctor and his companions.
Staying true to form, there are no easy answers for anyone. The Tiptons and Lee have really shown the right amount of heart, emotion and honesty from the Doctor’s side as well as showing the wit and big questions fans know from the Next Generation crew. The creators leave good hooks at the end of each chapter just like in any long form story telling to keep you wanting more. It wouldn’t be a bad thing were they to release the series weekly or bi-weekly like the TV shows they are portraying as fans appetites have become harder to satisfy. Whether you’re a fan of Doctor Who, or TNG, or even if enjoy a good sci-fi adventure, this book is loads of fun on all fronts.
Reviewed by: FriendlyNeighborhoodBrady