TrekInk: Review of Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 #2

Borg, Cybermen, The Doctor and his companions arrived in the first issue. Now it’s time to meet the crew of the Enterprise in the second issue of Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who – Assimilation2 from IDW Publishing. Spoilers after the break.

Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 #2 (of 8)
written by Scott Tipton and David Tipton with Tony Lee, art by J.K. Woodward, lettering by Shawn Lee, edited by Denton J. Tipton

Story

Picard and the crew of the Enterprise arrive at Naia VII on a routine inspection and must deal with the tragic consequences of the mining facility’s serious safety problems. When the crisis is over, some of the crewmembers take time to check out the latest Dixon Hill holoadventure where they encounter a telephone box and three unexpected guests. While everyone is trying to sort out the confusion, a distress call from Delta IV arrives. The Enterprise responds immediately, with the Doctor and friends in tow, finding the planet besieged by Borg and Cybermen ships.



Just another day in Data’s brain.

This issue delivers the flip side of the Tipton brothers’ introduction to Assimilation2. In the first issue the stage is set with an invasion of Delta IV and a glimpse of how the Doctor and his companions handle themselves under pressure. Now we learn how the Enterprise crew behaves under stress and then return to Delta IV. I’m guessing that some readers will feel that the story is moving at a maddeningly glacial pace, but I think there is method in the Tiptons’ madness. In these first two issues of the eight-issue mini-series, we’ve been treated to a pair of one-shot tales that introduce each universe to fans of both franchises. Readers who are already familiar with Star Trek and Doctor Who may not need this introduction, but the Tiptons are clearly aiming to bring in a broader audience. The Next Generation story presented here rings clear and true, just like the Who tale in issue #1. Now that the preliminaries are concluded, bring on the Doctor and the Enterprise together.



Where’s Chong?

Artwork

I was very impressed with J.K. Woodward’s painted art in the first issue. As unlikely as it may sound, he’s done an even better job in this issue. Maybe that’s just my inner Trekkie speaking. Nevertheless, Picard and crew felt absolutely right in Woodward’s painted universe. An outstanding job. Can he maintain this quality for six more issues? We’ll see. I don’t know if the likeness is intentional, but Captain Ochoa is a dead ringer for actor Cheech Marin. The Next Generation crew are a loquacious lot and Shawn Lee handled all the lettering very nicely.

Covers

Assimilation2 #2 comes with two regular covers and two retailer incentive covers. Star Trek and Doctor Who fans will all find Woodward’s Borg/Cybermen artwork chilling. Mark Buckinham’s Dixon Hill meets Doctor Who art is amusing. One of the retailer incentive covers is another wraparound photo cover featuring Enterprise and TARDIS crew. Joe Corroney provides a flip side presentation of the Enterprise crew in the TARDIS. Riker looks a bit odd, but he is odd. Why did he turn down all those opportunities for his own command?

 

Cover A: Art by J.K. Woodward, Cover B: Art by Mark Buckingham, colors by Charlie Kirchoff



Cover RI A: Wraparound photo cover



Cover RI B: Art by Joe Corroney

The bottom line

TARDIS? Check. The Doctor? Check. Companions? Check. The Enterprise? Check. Captain Picard? Check. The crew of the Enterprise? Check. Borg? Check. Cybermen? Check. Engage!

Available now

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

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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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