Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who – Assimilation 2 #6
IDW Publishing (October, 2012)WRITERS: Scott & David Tipton PENCILER: Gordon Purcell PAINTED ART: J.K. Woodward LETTERER: Shawn Lee EDITORIAL ASSISTS: Jacen Smith EDITOR: Denton J. Tipton
Against his better judgement, Picard agrees to meet with the Borg. Our heroes learn that Cybermen/Borg relations ended up breaking down and the Borg attempted to assimilate the Cybermen, only to be defeated. One of the Borg, the former captain of the Potemkin, is chosen to act as the liaison but will require a back-up of the Borg’s “executive library”. The Doctor’s solution is to find a Borg ship from before these events–and ends up at the Battle of Wolf 359!
What they got right: The Doctor is about to get a lesson on the Borg. That should be interesting. While this is another heavy-talking issue, it at least feels like some progression is taking place as the groups are trying to prepare to actually do something rather than just debate. The writers even try to cover every potential plot hole…
What they got wrong: …except the concept of the Borg having a back-up memory. It doesn’t bother me as much as the movies adding that ridiculous Borg Queen, but somehow the Borg having a back-up of the entire collective or however this is supposed to work feels like a tossed-in plot device to force the TARDIS crew to travel to Wolf 359. Also, the race the Enterprise crew met in issue #1 seem to also be a way to get a lot of gold for whatever the Doctor has planned for the Cybermen.
Recommendation: I’m starting to think you might be better off waiting for the trade unless you’re like me and have a strong periodical preference. There’s been some padding but overall I’m enjoying the mini. Now if they’d drop the painted art I could have some more Best Scene potential.