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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beam me up Vworp Vworp
I bought this out of curiosity being a fan of both shows but not really a big reader of graphic novels. I was extremely suprised by just how good a read this was. It captures both shows extremely well, you can hear the 11th Doctor, you can hear Picard and as for the quality of the artwork it's nothing short of beautiful. I also loved the flashback to an earlier...
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3.0 out of 5 stars You will be assimilated
This is a pretty good story however it is let down by the poor graphics, at times the artwork actually detracts from the story. This is probably a book only for die-hard trek and who fans.
Published 18 months ago by Paladin Eagle


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beam me up Vworp Vworp, 3 Oct 2012
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I bought this out of curiosity being a fan of both shows but not really a big reader of graphic novels. I was extremely suprised by just how good a read this was. It captures both shows extremely well, you can hear the 11th Doctor, you can hear Picard and as for the quality of the artwork it's nothing short of beautiful. I also loved the flashback to an earlier Enterprise and an earlier Doctor which is presented in the style of a 1970's comic strip. Took me right back to my childhood. A brilliant concept which is executed beautifully. Counting down the days to volume 2 in January
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whovians & Trekkies rejoice!, 15 May 2013
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Crossovers between two world-famous properties are nothing new. We've seen them happen many times over the years, where the most-impossible, dream-meetings that fans have wanted to see...have actually happened.

For instance, Disney & Final Fantasy crossed over to produce Kingdom Hearts, Marvel has actually clashed with the likes of DC and Capcom, Spider-Man has teamed up with Batman & Superman, Star Trek has crossed over with X-Men; among many more incredible tales. There's been tremendous success with franchises crossing-over, and last-year the latest `dream-pairing' finally happened.

Doctor Who and Star Trek. Two of the most popular science-fiction franchises to have ever emerged. There's been so much fan-art, fan-fiction & ace videos on YouTube envisioning of what such a meeting between the Time Lord and the USS Enterprise would entail.

And now, it's official. Star Trek: The Next Generation actually meets Doctor Who in Assimilation2, an eight-part story boasting beautiful artwork and fine writing, both of which pays equal respect to both franchises, and brings them together in a plausible, epic & logical setting.

It's the usual daily dose of adventuring for both crews of the USS Enterprise & the TARDIS. Then the Doctor, Amy & Rory bump into Commander Riker, Data and Doctor Crusher in 1941 San Francisco. Actually, the TARDIS and her crew materialises right in the middle of a simulation on board the Enterprise's holodeck! As the Doctor & his companions acquaint themselves with Captain Jean-Luc Picard & his crew, they soon find themselves ambushed by the ultimate nightmarish alliance of the Borg & the Cybermen.

While Assimilation2 may sound basic so far, it certainly doesn't feel cheap or lazy. It comes across as a genuine meeting between the two franchises, one that benefits from an abundance of rich character-interaction, the best being the Doctor's brilliant exchanges with Captain Picard, Data, Worf, Guinan, Riker & Beverly; all of which range from deep respect & admiration, to hilarious! (Check out the Eleventh Doctor's interactions with Worf & Data, and you'll see what I mean!)

Out of the whole-cast, it's the moments between Captain Picard & the Doctor that receive the most focus, not only due to them being the main protagonists of their respective universes, but also because there's real chemistry between the pair. The dialogue is excellent, and their feelings of the other come across flawlessly. Jean-Luc in particular with his natural suspicions of the Time Lord (& his erratic behaviour), yet also accepting the mutual respect and comradeship that soon develops between them upon meeting.

All the other characters - Will Riker, Data, Lt. Worf, Dr. Beverly Crusher, Deanna Troi, Geordi La Forge, Amy Pond, Rory Williams - are given sufficient focus to shine and once again show what colourful characters they are. Truthfully, I'd like to have seen more interaction between the Ponds & the Enterprise's crew (it only really picks up in the last few pages), but hopefully they'll be more of that in the next volume.

This creative team have produced a nice piece of work, all-in-all. Scott & David Tipton (along with Tony Lee) have written this crossover most plausibly, acknowledging both universes as separate parallels, and infusing enough intrigue to reel the reader in. For example, how the Doctor can know who the Klingons are when he's never even heard of them before and how the Cybermen can be logged in the Enterprise's databanks, which leads into an absolutely fantastic flashback between the Fourth Doctor and the original Enterprise crew (Captain Kirk, Mister Spock & Scotty!) It's all so skilfully woven, and pays equal respect to both franchises & their fan-bases.

Of course, this is only the first volume (volume 2 collects the remaining four issues), so you'll have to wait to discover the answers to certain questions - like how the Doctor can cross over to the Star Trek universe when all parallel worlds were sealed off from him, and just how the Borg & the Cybermen came into contact. But all the fine pacing, rich-character, action, excitement & a surprise twist at the end will CERTAINLY make you want to catch the next part.

The greatest-asset of the book is truly the beautiful, gorgeous artwork by J.K. Woodward. His painted illustrations are stunning, vivid and capture the atmosphere of both TV shows. It's like you're watching an actual televised crossover, with so many likenesses captured perfectly. Expressions, gestures, mannerisms, the humanity of Star Trek & Doctor Who shines through on every page, most notably through the likenesses of Patrick Stewart & Matt Smith, and the excellent imagery of the Borg standing side-by-side with the Cybermen (watch out for the Cyber Controller infused with Borg technology!). It's breathtaking and it's contrasted nicely by the Sharp Bros. artwork for the Tom Baker/William Shatner portion of the crossover (which is bright and colourful).

But is Assimilation2 absolutely essential? Not really, there are more `perfect' crossovers out there, but this is still a very recommended read. If you're a fan of both Doctor Who & Star Trek, than this is for you. Even if you're a fan of only ONE of the franchises (I must confess I'm much more of a Whovian than a Trekkie), you'll still be very satisfied with Assimilation2, and you won't be sorry you bought it. Roll on Part 2!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable adventure, 19 Sep 2013
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Mr. Mice Guy (London, England) - See all my reviews
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Issues #1-4 of IDW's mini-series featuring a Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who crossover comic is collected as Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who: Assimilation 2 Volume 1 (Star Trek/Doctor Who). The premise is fairly simple, the Borg, aided by the Cybermen, launch an unstoppable attack on a Federation planet. Meanwhile, in Ancient Egypt, the Doctor, Amy and Rory are tracking down an escaped alien prisoner. After successfully completing their mission and saving Earth from destruction, they set off for San Francisco in the 1940s for a rest. Arriving there, they step into a bar where they see an android in a pin-stripe suit... Back in the Federation, the Enterprise is visiting a water world where the federation is mining for rare minerals - and somebody needs to explain to TV SF scriptwriters the difference between minerals, elements, and just exactly what the Periodic Table means - where they have a little adventure. They recuperate by visiting the Holodeck, where a new Dixon Hill adventure awaits them; you know, the one set in San Francisco in the 1940s...

Imagine our surprise when the two teams meet up on the Holodeck, just as the distress call from the world under attack by the CyBorg comes in. As they dash off to investigate, the Doctor starts to get flashes of apparent `false memories' that allow him to recognise races and history from the Star Trek universe. Imagine the Enterprise crew's surprise when they find the Cybermen in the ship's log, from the day's of Captain Kirk - when he and his crew encountered the Cybermen and Tom Baker back in the Federation's past - which we get to see in flashback. Obviously, something is merging/crossing timelines. Guinan has also received false memories, just like the Doctor, but vouches for his good intentions. The two crews then team up to investigate the situation, discovering that the Cybermen have mysteriously turned on the Borg...

This was an enjoyable story, the scriptwriters having paid close, if not obsessional, attention to speech patterns and characterisation, and the artists using detailed photo models - if not actual photographs - to get the appearances of the characters perfect, which does actually detract from the feeling of movement, as many panels look like still-life poses rather than flowing naturally. For the Captain Kirk episode, the artists have gone for the look of the animated Star Trek - at least, that is the impression they give, for I have never seen that version - which works very well as a counterpoint to the future story, and works well for Tom Baker's Doctor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars UNREADABLE, 26 May 2013
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Looked good in the store and, having read of the series in many reviews, I was looking forward to it.
So, imagine; the art work is marvellous, shown to great effect on the Kindle screen. But that's it. I can't read the 'speech bubbles', and can't manipulate the screen to enlarge the text. Pretty, but pointless.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You will be assimilated, 3 Jan 2013
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This is a pretty good story however it is let down by the poor graphics, at times the artwork actually detracts from the story. This is probably a book only for die-hard trek and who fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Assimilation Volume 1, 15 Nov 2013
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Keen Reader "lhendry4" (Auckland, New Zealand) - See all my reviews
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On Delta IV, in the United Federation of Planets, Stardate 45635.2, there is an invasion - but this time, it's not just the Borg. But this time, a mysterious blue box has also appeared on the Enterprise - but has the Doctor been here before?

This is great stuff - the Star Trek universe has been captured perfectly, and the narrative and voices of the characters is spot on. The Doctor, with Amy and Rory are pretty good, and it seems right that they seem just a little out of step with the Star Trek universe they find themselves in. The storyline is great - with a backstory which features an earlier Doctor, and a cliffhanger which paves the way to the next instalment of the story.

Really, what more could anyone want? Star Trek, the Borg, Cybermen AND the Doctor! Definitely recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, 10 Sep 2013
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Written with insight of both genre and characters this blended both. Delivered with humour this was a good fun read. Engage .... Go get fish fingers and custard.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not made for kindle, 15 Aug 2013
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Unlike other graphic novels I have read on my kindle this book doesn't have the magnified pane view, you should be able to double tap an individual pane and it would magnify you then swipe the screen to go to the next magnified pane, as this book doesn't do this it can be very difficult to read as the text is tiny, I was lead to believe that all graphic novels for sale on kindle were set up with the pane view and was disappointed to find this function omitted from this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing !, 12 Aug 2013
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This book is amazing the art look fantastic and the segment with captain Kirk is the best bit and it was great value with 72 per cent off
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars resitance is possible with the right screwdriver, 6 Aug 2013
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This wasn't as bad as i thought it could be, in fact, it turned out to be pretty good. The only thing i would slightly not be too positive about would be the feeling that the personality of Matt Smith's Dr doesn't come across too well. Without giving anything away, there are some amazinz twists in Vol 1 that will make a few jaws drop.
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