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Book 81

Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who Assimilation 2, Volume 1Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who Assimilation 2, Volume 1 by Scott Tipton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m not generally a fan of crossovers but I’ve loved Star Trek for 40 years and still have fond memories of my entire sorority going to a house with a big screen TV (a rarity in those days) to watch the premiere of ST:TNG. I came much later to the Dr. Who franchise but there was no way I could resist this cross over.

Now, I will admit, I wish the common enemy was anyone but the Borg and Cybermen. While the idea of those two getting together is scary, I’m so tired of both villains that it’s hard to get excited by them. I would have loved this more if the enemy had been something original but it is what it is.

Matt Smith’s Doctor, along with Amy and Rory, find themselves on the holodeck in the middle of one of the Dixon Hill P.I. episodes that Jean Luc is so fond of. The Doctor realizes that he doesn’t belong here and can feel his own time line and memories being rewritten to include things like Klingons. Oddly enough, the Next Gen crew doesn’t seem too concerned about the sudden appearance of the Tardis and its crew but that is standard for Dr. Who, most people seem to just accept him being there.

They realize they have a common enemy. The Borg and Cybermen have begun assimilation/cyber-conversion of planets. After being forced to retreat and regroup, they learn that Kirk and Spock had come across the Cybermen decades before along with the Tom Baker Doctor Who. Again the current Doctor realizes this is being written into his past. With a smart touch, Guinan, who can also sense things out of time, makes an appearance.

By the time they’ve regrouped, the unexpected has happened and the volume ends. I did like it a lot. It was probably more 3.5 stars and since there is no way to give half stars, I rounded up to balance the haters. The storyline does have some problems, a bit too much start up and explanation but you expect that in a crossover, trying to justify the crossing over. There is a curious lack of tension as well but overall I did like the storyline. The art in many places is gorgeous but the palette is very sepia/grey/watercolor giving it a dreamlike appearance. I did notice that the artist is better with only one or two people in the frame and with static scenes. Some of the action scenes have horrible proportion issues. (And of all mannerisms to capture, I wish they had passed on the tugging down of those awful polyester uniform tunics). I liked that the flashback to Kirk et al was much more ‘traditional’ comic book art with hard lines and garish color. I’m looking forward to the next volume.

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Tags: graphic novel, sci-fi

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