on 12 February 2013
This is the second volume of two featuring the Doctor in the Star Trek universe. If you haven't read volume one, there's little point in reading this. If you have read volume one then this volume ties everything up with the Doctor and the TNG crew racing to deal with the Cumberland alongside an unusual ally.
Overall the story rolls along at a decent pace but lacks much depth - this is basically an episodes worth of content rather than a novels worth. Art style is consistent across the two volumes, whether or not this is a good thing depends on your personal tastes.
To sum up, If you liked volume one, you'll like volume two!
This is the second part of the Assimilation story which features a cross-over with Star Trek Next Generation and Doctor Who (the eleventh Doctor with Amy and Rory). In this second part of the story, the Federation and the Doctor must try to stop both the Cybermen and the Borg from their master plans. But must Jean-Luc Picard make an alliance with his most hated enemies in an attempt to achieve peace?
Like the first volume of this story, this is great stuff - Star Trek, Doctor Who, the Borg AND the Cybermen all in one story!? How could you go wrong? Well, you can't go wrong, because this is fantastic - a great story, great artwork. The artwork is so good you can really catch the expressions on individual's faces and they are spot-on to the actors in the tv series ST:TNG. The characters and their reactions and dialogue are really well captured, and the `fusion' of ST:TNG with Doctor Who has been really cleverly and empathetically handled. Brilliant; definitely recommended.
If the first volume of the Star Trek: Next Generation/Doctor Who crossover – Assimilation2 – proved anything, it’s that the franchises were MEANT to meet. Although different, these two science-fiction realms merge in a quality setting, with solid writing and gorgeous artwork.
After the first volume, I was keen to check out the remaining four issues in this eight-part series. The crews of both the TARDIS and the USS Enterprise (particularly & especially the Doctor and Captain Jean-Luc Picard) were interacting superbly, and the battle against the Borg/Cybermen alliance HAD to be resolved. All-in-all, it was a VERY good thing, so I was most keen to see if the resolution to the series would be as fruitful as its beginning.
The story so far…the Eleventh Doctor, Amy & Rory had found themselves in the Star Trek Universe by accident. After becoming acquainted with Captain Picard and his entire crew, the united front of mismatched adventurers soon found themselves dealing with the Cybermen AND the Borg.
However, things have gotten even worse. The Cybermen have now betrayed their Borg allies and used their resources to augment themselves. With the Cyber-threat now more powerful than ever, the Borg have had no choice but to turn to the Enterprise for help! Obviously, Jean-Luc wants NOTHING to do with the Borg, which will make the Doctor’s task of convincing him otherwise extremely difficult.
It’s a great change in the story, and one that develops the relationship between the Time Lord and the Enterprise’s Captain superbly. The team-up is simply a real-winner because of how the interaction is written; the Doctor is genuinely sympathetic towards Picard (upon learning what horrors the Borg put him through), and has all the respect in the world for him aside from that. Jean-Luc himself still has his natural suspicions regarding the mysterious traveller, and disapproval of his childish nature, yet is willing to give him the benefit of the doubt due to the respect he has for the Time Lord, and the bond that’s formed between them. It’s all so skilfully presented in this format, and the highlight of the whole crossover, especially when the Doctor actually welcomes Picard aboard the TARDIS!
This second volume of Assimilation2 feels just like the first. Meaning that the plot is basic and somewhat predictable. It’s a dream team-up between heroes against their hated villains, so it would go as you’d expect, which is the only real downside of the crossover in general. However, writers Scott & David Tipton have compensated with all the rich use of character. They display an intimate understanding of the characters that they’re writing and visualise perfectly how they’d meet if the event actually happened on television.
It’s not just Captain Picard and the Doctor’s interaction that the writers have excelled at, but it’s the bonding that takes place with the Enterprise’s crew and the Doctor’s companions (something which I felt was sorely lacking in the previous volume). Here, Amy & Rory share some absolutely wonderful exchanges with the likes of Doctor Beverly Crusher, Lieutenant Worf and Deanna Troi. Everyone takes turns to get to know one another here, and the character interactions are not only rich, but true to the spirit of BOTH franchises. Everyone gets allocated the appropriate level of focus, as well. It FEELS genuine, which is what all crossovers of this magnitude SHOULD be.
The threat of both the Borg and the Cybermen is also stressed beautifully, along with the depth and horror they each possess as antagonists (and the similarities they share). Plus, it’s a good match for the Cybermen to engage Starfleet, just as it’s a good match for the Doctor to engage the Borg. Details of the Borg/Cybermen union (plus its fallout) make for yet more enlightening material.
The artwork (courtesy of J.K. Woodward and Gordon Purcell) remains as beautiful and as lifelike as ever, be it expressions, mannerisms or exact likenesses of Matt Smith, Patrick Stewart and the gang. Although not as consistent as the artwork from the first four issues, the paints & pencils are still gorgeous to behold.
Plenty of moral-dilemmas, situations and heart are what put this second-volume on par with the first part of the Star Trek/Doctor Who crossover. There’s a satisfying conclusion to boot, and if there’s ever another crossover between these franchises, I’m up for it. Assimilation2 could easily have been one huge, dragging flop, but instead it turns out to be one of those crossovers that does justice to both Doctor Who and Star Trek, unites fans, and gives them the ‘dream meeting’ they deserved. Like I’ve said before, it’s not perfect but it’s certainly satisfying. For Trekkies, Whovians or both…highly recommended.
on 15 May 2013
I loved this novel, I only own two graphic novels and thought I'd download a sample on my Kindle Touch to see how one would look on it. I was pleasantly surprised! The graphics are sharp, Black & White of course. And you can have a cell per page which helps and you can zoom in. Somkething you will be doing allot! I thought this would bug me but actually it made the experiance a little more interesting.
As for the novel it's great, fast paced, good characterisation, and excellent plot!
More Sci-fi crossovers please! Prefereably Star Wars/Startrek/Dr Who!
on 1 March 2014
First half is good and shows promise, second half has a simplistic resolution drowned in technobabble. There is way, way too much exposition - the Doctor explains or describes most of what we are seeing, and there are no twists or turns (though there are some nice surprises in the form of a flashback). Characterisations are spot on and this could easily be a Moffat Who story, even down to the use of a reset button. Story isn't particularly innovative
Most of the art is lovely though there are some dodgy moments.
Could be better, though could be much worse.
on 21 September 2014
Good story and kept me hooked to read all the way to the end, and a few extra bits too nothing really big, but gives you an idea what would it be if the two shows had actually met, although in reality, the Next Generation ended 9 years before doctor who even started back up again, its shame really, but reading it, i did have the voices in my head, so to speak, to match the characters, worth buying and possibly even keep for a good long while