TrekInk: Review of Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 #1 + 7-page Preview

doctor After a difficult adventure, the eleventh Doctor, with companions Amy and Rory, would like to relax with a bit of glamour and mystery, but a little dimensional feedback has deposited the Tardis in a time and place they couldn’t have imagined. Spoilers ahead in TrekMovie’s review of Assimilation2 #1, the opening installment of an eight-issue mini-series from IDW Publishing.

Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 #1 (of 8)
written by Scott Tipton and David Tipton with Tony Lee, art by J.K. Woodward, lettering by Shawn Lee and Robbie Robbins, edited by Denton J. Tipton

Story

Without asking for surrender first, the Borg, accompanied by another type of cyborg, launch a surprise attack on the largest cities of Delta IV. A Starfleet task force is on its way but won’t arrive before the planet is overrun. Meanwhile, the Doctor and his companions Amy Pond and Rory Williams are engaged in a chariot chase through the streets of ancient Egypt, late for an appointment with the Pharaoh. Sneaking past the palace guards, the time travelers are confronted by the Pharaoh’s Vizier, an escaped alien criminal who doesn’t escape the Doctor. After all the excitement, the Doctor recommends a visit to someplace cool and foggy. Attributing a rough landing in 1941 San Francisco to a bit of dimensional feedback, the Doctor feels they are bound to run into something unusual. Stardate 45635.2

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A whole lot of Starfleet on Delta. What’s up with that?

Writers Scott and David Tipton are Trek veterans who have never let me down. Tony Lee, writer for IDW’s series about the eleventh Doctor, is a consultant for this mini-series. This issue begins modestly and is primarily an introduction to the swashbuckling Doctor and his companions for Star Trek audiences. There is no question that the Doctor is in. The Tiptons give a classic Borg line to the Cybermen. This is entirely expected; but taking the story to the Next Generation’s mean streets of San Francisco was a surprise and a nice touch. I expect the Tiptons to keep us on our toes throughout the eight issues of this mini-series and I’m looking forward to the inevitable clash of wills between the last Time Lord and the Captain of the Enterprise.

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The Borg’s new pals are shiny!

Artwork

Most comics published today are penciled, inked and then colored digitally. For some art, the inking is also done on a computer. J.K Woodward paints with watercolors, producing comics with an entirely different look and feel. I think he’s a great choice for this epic crossover of science fictional universes. He is adept at making characters like Amy Pond and the Cybermen glow with beauty and dark menace, respectively. Previously, Woodward did an outstanding job on the art for Star Trek: Captain’s Log – Pike. I expect his art to help make this crossover unique. If you would like to see Woodward at work, keep an eye on his blog, where he routinely documents his efforts. Veterans Shawn Lee and Robbie Robbins do a fine job with the lettering. I could hear the Doctor’s voice in the word balloons. That’s good work.

Covers

Assimilation2 #1 comes with an abundance of covers, six of them, if you like to count with fingers on both hands. With two regular covers, two retailer incentive covers, and two retailer exclusive covers, one each for the UK and US, there’s something for everybody. The Doctor, Captain Picard and Amy Pond are the most prominently featured characters, but Rory and other members of the Enterprise crew make appearances, as do some Borg and a Cyberman. J.K. Woodwards Enterprise chasing the Tardis over portraits of the Doctor and Picard is suitably majestic. I also like the covers by David Messina and Joe Corroney. One of the Borg on Messina’s cover looks a little like 7of9 and Amy looks sensational. In Messina’s black & white sketch cover, Picard looks like he’s had a snootful. Corroney’s Doctor and companions on the bridge was the first art released to publicize the mini-series, so everyone’s seen it, but it has the look of a classic setpiece. Next up for Corroney? The Captain and crew in the Tardis!

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Cover A: Art by J.K. Woodward, Cover B: Art by David Messina, colors by Giovanna Niro

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Cover RI A: Wraparound photo cover

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Cover RI B: Art by Joe Corroney

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Cover RE: Forbidden Planet, art by David Messina, back cover sketch of typical UK comic shop customers?

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Cover RE: Hastings, photo cover

Bottom Line

So we have another Star Trek comic crossover, but this one is a must have for Trekkies and Whovians alike.

7-page preview

Available now

Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 #1 is at your local comic shop this week. A trade paperback collection (of the first four issues, most likely) will be published October 2012 and can be pre-ordered from Amazon. IDW Star Trek comics can also be purchased online at TFAW and you can also pre-order the trade paperback collection at Amazon.

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Also released this week:

  • Star Trek #9 The countdown to the next Star Trek movie continues here in The Return of the Archons! Kirk, Spock and the crew search for a lost Starfleet ship that may hold clues to the future of the entire Federation. (TrekMovie review coming soon)

 

Mark Martinez is an obsessive-compulsive Star Trek comics reader and collector. You can visit his website, the Star Trek Comics Checklist for more than you ever needed to know about Star Trek comics.

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