The two greatest science-fiction properties of all time cross over for the first time in history, in STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION/DOCTOR WHO: ASSIMILATION2! An unexpected alliance is formed, providing a glimmer of hope in surviving the CyberBorg onslaught!
The highly anticipated crossover between the two biggest names in science fiction is three fourths of the way through. We checked in with the Who/Trek crew way back in issues two, and you can read that review by clicking here. Scott and David Tipton are writing the last half of the story along with J.K. Woodward providing painted art. Gordon Purcell was picked up to provide pencils for the book back in a previous issue. The story continues on as the two combined forces face off against the Cybermen threat that has surpassed that of even the Borg.
This issue picks up with Captain Picard deciding to go along with The Doctor’s suggestion to work with the Borg. We have a meeting between the two crews and a Borg envoy. It is an uneasy alliance, but Picard has realized, thanks to The Doctor, that it is a necessary evil. The Cybermen are the dominant villain throughout the crossover, but the Tiptons have balanced it well between the main Star Trek crew members and the TARDIS team. As the Borg conduit works with the assembled heroes, we learn what the Cybermen have been up to and how they have become a threat that even the Borg know must be stopped. We have a good bit of info dumping, but it serves the story well to show what the Borg and Cybermen have been up to in the previous issues. As The Doctor realizes what must be done, he and the Ponds go off on a quest to help the Borg out. Knowing what is ahead, he tells Picard he cannot come along.
This issue helps further the overall narrative of the story and hopefully will get all the characters in place for the final two issues. The crossover has been very rewarding for fans overall, but lately we’ve had a lot of standing around and talking. The concluding issues of the story really need to amp things up and make it the wiz-bang action adventure the first two issues were. The art, as always, is handled adeptly by Woodward. His painted style is beautiful. Last issues time travel sequence with Picard and the Doc are among the highlights of the series. There have been a few panels in this issue and the previous one that are less than the Woodward standard. There are some odd choices with some of the character close-ups that are less than the photorealistc art Woodward provides. Whether this is due to a hectic schedule and the inclusion of a penciler, I’m not sure. It is hard to fault Woodward for a tiny number of odd panels in a story that is well over a 120 pages now, but that’s just a tiny addition to the negative column. The story hasn’t suffered dramatically with Tony Lee’s exit on issue 4, but there were a few missed opportunities to include some fan nods and twists he is known for and was probably responsible for in the first half of the crossover.
Bottom Line: Assimilation2 is the crossover event of the year. It is a great bit of fan service that we have been wanting for years to see. The Who and Trek crews combine to face the biggest threat either have ever seen, and it is exhilarating. With two issues to go, I expect a nonstop thrill ride 4.5/5