Yes, I know there was no article last night. Between work and snow clearing the daily comic review was all I had time for.

Poor Rory and Amy must feel left out.

Poor Rory and Amy must feel left out.

Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who – Assimilation 2 #8

FINAL ISSUE

IDW Publishing (December, 2012)

WRITERS: Scott & David Tipton
PENCILER: Gordon Purcell
PAINTED ART/COVER: J.K. Woodward
LETTERER: Tom B. Long
EDITORIAL ASSISTS: Jacen Smith
EDITOR: Denton J. Tipton

The TARDIS and Enterprise crews have split up; one team must slow the cube down by sabotaging the engines while the other must re-install the executive library. With the Borg back in control they destroy their ships to finish off all the Cybermen, and then Conduit attempts to assimilate the TARDIS, who fights him off with a little help from Data as well as the team of Worf and Rory. The Doctor returns the Starfleet crew to their ship and takes the TARDIS back to its proper dimension. However, the Borg are now considering the benefits of time travel.

What they got right: Worf and Rory make a good team. The ending is rather satisfying and there’s a nod to First Contact that makes sense.

What they got wrong: A lot of padding that artificially extended the issue count. One, maybe two issues featuring the two shows’ characters interacting without enemies firing on them is fine, but some things were set-up (the computer the Fourth Doctor and classic Enterprise crew saw that popped up earlier in the story for example–speaking of padding) that remain unresolved. We still don’t know how the Cybermen came across this reality. And of course I thought the painted coloring really hurt the artwork.

Recommendation: If you’re a die-hard fan of both Star Trek: The Next Generation and Doctor Who and have always wanted to see this team-up, I suppose it could be worse. Casual fans of either series will probably get nothing out of it, and maybe the pacing issues will be less noticeable as a trade.

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A would be comic writer looking to organize his living space as well as his thoughts. So I have a blog for each goal. :)

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