Review: Star Trek / Dr. Who Assimilation2 #3 from @IDWPublishing @Scott_Tipton @MrTonyLee @JK_Woodward and David Tipton
Writers: Scott Tipton and David Tipton with Tony Lee
Art: J.K. Woodward and the Sharp Brothers
Short Version: Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who Assimilation2 #3 is the continuance of the fan-service series. All of the writing for the various characters is spot-on, with the Doctor speaking like he should and TNG cast speaking in their staccatos. We also get a nice cameo from SPOILER — the Fourth Doctor with the cast of The Original Series in a lengthy scene that takes up most of the book. If you are a fan of both series, this should be an easy pickup for you. I’ve never been a huge fan of either series, but even my passing familiarity was enough to make this a thoroughly enjoyable piece of fan service.
Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who Assimilation2 #3 picks up with the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise and the Doctor trying to figure out exactly what is going on as the Enterprise is being intercepted by Borg that appear to have been merged with the Doctor’s Cybermen. It’s an exciting setup that doesn’t payoff yet in this issue, to be honest, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad issue by any means, it just steps back to give some more back story and a chance to throw in a few fun cameos and, frankly, to introduce people that are only Star Trek fans to who the Cybermen are. The writing conveys the characters very well, to the extent that I am familiar with them (I am neither a super-fan of Star Trek nor Doctor Who, but I have a familiarity with the characters, at least). The Next Generation cast speak with their stacatto when they’re on the bridge, Picard always proper, while the Doctor speaks a little more plainly, and in a slightly more jesting manner (such being the nature of his show).
The painted art work from Woodward is beautiful, but it definitely took some getting used to from me, since I’m not particularly used to reading comics with that sort of art (I mean, I don’t know many that have that sort of art). Woodward catches the essence of the characters pretty well perfectly and the painted look definitely gives Assimilation2 a unique look. The Sharp Brothers take a turn in the middle of the book with some very nice artwork as well. Assimilation2 is a nice looking book, there’s no doubt about it.
So, at the end of the day, Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who Assimilation2 #3 doesn’t move the plot forward a whole lot, but it’s a fun read that is mostly taken up by back story in the middle of the comic. It looks like we’re going to be in for more plot building in the next issue (I almost wrote “episode”). Still, it’s an entertaining read even for me with a passing familiarity with the series at issue here and I imagine that the fan service is even more fun to those that are truly devoted to these shows. The crossover never feels forced or at of the ordinary during the third issue, and that is much to the credit of the writing staff. I’ll be honest, I was pretty skeptical that I would get anything out of Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who Assimilation2 when I picked it up, but watching these worlds interact is an awful lot of fun, even if it’s not going anywhere fast just yet.