The Doctor and his companions must travel into the past and navigate through one of the Federation’s most crushing defeats in order to prevent an even worse fate in the present!
The penultimate issue of the crossover event of the year arrives this week. Star Trek: TNG/Doctor Who Assimilation2 #7 is still written by Scott and David Tipton with J.K. Woodward on painted art over Gordon Purcell’s pencils. The Doctor and Picard have forged an uneasy alliance with the Borg to stop the Cybermen before they can reach the Borg home world. We’ve previously checked in with issues 2 and 6, but how does this issue stack up?
The Doctor, Amy and Rory have gone back in time and snuck aboard the Borg cube where Picard was assimilated on to retrieve the Borg executive routines. The Who crew sneak around the cube trying to locate an access point. It’s a very tense part of the story as they try to avoid detection and contemplate the massive destruction and loss of life that will follow shortly after they leave. Amy tries to get the Doctor to act and save some of the eleven thousand lives that are about to be lost. It’s very reminiscent of Donna and the tenth Doctor in The Fires of Pompeii. When The Doctor returns to the Enterprise, the assembled group must work fast and try to intercept the Cybermen ship that is en route to the Borg home world. A plan is hatched and Picard, The Doctor, Worf, Data and others are off on a big action mission to conclude the story.
This issue isn’t the whiz-bang action I was hoping for the final two issues, but the last third of the story picks up drastically. That level of action really needs to be the entirety of the final issue to deliver on some of the earlier parts of the series where it has been standing around in corridors talking. The few scenes of the warrior Worf and pacifist Doctor are handled well, so are the scenes of the Doctor with Data and Geordi. Woodward and Purcell’s art maintains the high quality one expects with this series, save for a few small hiccups in the early sections of the book.
Bottom Line: Star Trek: TNG/Doctor Who Assimilation2 is a must read for any sci-fi fan. With one issue to go, it will be thrilling to see how the two crews stop the Cyberborg. The Tiptons really have to amp things up to make the conclusion this stories deserves, and the last part of this issue proves they have the potential. Good story, good art, must read 4/5