TrekInk: The Doctor, the Captain, the Cybermen, and a double dose of the Borg – Reviews & Previews of 2 New Comics

Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 concludes and Brannon Braga’s Star Trek: The Next Generation – Hive continues. This week’s fresh Star Trek comics from IDW Publishing are bad to the Borg. Previews, spoilers, and a brief rant ahead. We also have previews of both new comics

 

Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 #8 (of 8)
Written by Scott and David Tipton, pencils by Gordon Purcell, painted art by J.K. Woodward, letters by Tom B. Long, editorial assists by Jacen Smith, edited by Denton J. Tipton

Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 #8 Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 #8 RI

Cover: Art by J.K. Woodward, Cover RI: Art by Andrea Di Vito with colors by Laura Villari

Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 #8 RE, Dynamic Forces

Cover RE: Art by J.K. Woodward with pencils by Gordon Purcell
NOTE: This wraparound retailer exclusive cover will be available from Dynamic Forces late January 2013

Aboard the Cybermen flagship, Worf, Any and Rory fight their way to engineering and disable the ship. Meanwhile, the Doctor, with Picard, Data, and the Conduit, head for the bridge, fighting Borg-enhanced Cybermen all the way. Riker and the Enterprise catch up with the disabled flagship, bearing a golden beam that paralyzes the Cybermen, but not the Cyber-controller. Like his predecessors, the Cyber-controller proclaims that the Doctor will die and while he’s jabbering about his victory, Data and the Conduit overpower the top bot, plug in, and restore the original Borg programming. With the collective restored, the Conduit sets the ship on self-destruct. Escaping aboard the TARDIS in the nick of time, the Conduit announces that Borg cooperation is over and resistance is futile. Worf and Rory promptly space him. The Doctor and his companions take their leave of the Enterprise, while the collective resolves to investigate and master time travel.

The Doctor’s visit with the Enterprise concludes with a bang and a touch of humor familiar to tales about Who and his companions. J.K Woodward and Gordon Purcell did a terrific job with the painted art. The story by the Tiptons nicely captures the flavor of both franchises and sustained my interest over all eight issues. I thought that would be tough to do, but I had great fun reading this mini-series. If you haven’t been reading the individual issues, a trade paperback of the first four issues has already been published and the second volume is due for publication January 2013.

8 – page Preview: Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 #8 (of 8)

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Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation – Hive #3 (of 4)
Story by Brannon Braga, script by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, art by Joe Corroney, ink assists by Matt Fillback and Shawn Fillback, colors by Hi-Fi, letters by Shawn Lee, edited by Scott Dunbier

Star Trek: The Next Generation - Hive #3 A Star Trek: The Next Generation - Hive #3 B

Cover A: Art by Joe Corroney, Cover B: Photo cover

Star Trek: The Next Generation - Hive #3 RI

Cover RI: Art by David Messina and colors by Ilaria Traversi

And now for a brief rant. I’m a bit confused by IDW’s decision to publish two Next Generation mini-series featuring the Borg, and release them more or less simultaneously. Both stories feature vaguely similar Borg behavior. The collective runs from apparently superior forces to ask Locutus and the Federation for help. Predictably, the Borg turn on the help when the time is right in both tales. I found the Doctor Who crossover entertaining in spite of the Borg. In the third issue of Hive, I’m find myself hoping that the Borg will assimilate everyone and put me out of my misery (oops, I guess they’ve already done it), but Locutus just won’t let it go, even as he dies. He gets Data to do his dirty work, killing Seven and the Queen. Now Data must go back in time to do what? I don’t know. Hive has the veneer of a typical Next Generation story, but it’s confusing to read. The folks who’ve been gnashing their teeth over the ruination of Star Trek by Doctor Who, might be able to get their blood pressure back down to normal levels reading this story, but it’s not working for me. I like the art though. Joe Corroney and David Messina are both having fun with the Borg. I’m glad someone is.

7-page preview of Star Trek: The Next Generation – Hive #3 (of 4)
 

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Star Trek 100-Page Spectacular, Winter 2012
Written by Marc Guggenheim, Ian Edgington, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Scott Tipton and David Tipton. Art by Andrew Currie, Moose Baumann, Wagner Reis, Priscila Ribeiro, J.K. Woodward, David Messina and Ilaria Traversi.

Star Trek 100-Page Spectacular, Winter 2012

Cover: Art by Joe Corroney

Also released this week is another bargain-priced sampler of IDW Publishing’s Star Trek comics. This issue contains Captain’s Log: Harriman, Alien Spotlight, Volume 2: Romulans, Alien Spotlight, Volume 2: Klingons and Mirror Images #1. IDW’s 100-Page Spectaculars are a nice way to introduce family or friends to Star Trek comics.

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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