Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who – Assimilation 2 #3
IDW Publishing (July, 2012)WRITERS: Scott & David Tipton with Tony Lee ARTIST: J. K. Woodard (also selected cover) and the Sharp Brothers LETTERER: Shawn Lee EDITOR: Denton J. Tipton
That’s not an homage cover. As the Enterprise escapes the CyberBorg (not the official term), a look at the history files shows that the Doctor was actually in this reality before during his fourth incarnation. When the original series crew investigates after a science investigation cut off communication, they find the Doctor and the original Cybermen. A computer in the complex being investigating may hold the key to what the AU Cybermen are doing in this reality with the Borg.
What they got right: The mystery deepens, as now we don’t know what BOTH universe Cybermen were doing in the Star Trek universe. And the part with the Fourth Doctor and the TOS crew was done in traditional comic art style instead of the painted style.
What they got wrong: Sadly, only the flashback. The rest is still in that annoying painted look. Also, I hope they remember that the Cybrus model Cybermen comes from a separate reality than the classic Cybermen (whatever happened to them, anyway?) as they tell this story. Or am I missing something?
Recommendation: Fans of both properties have already bought this without my review, but fans of each individual one should give it a look. The art doesn’t work for a comic, but the story has its strong points. We’re only three issues in.