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Disappointingly incomplete tale
on 24 February 2013
This is a disappointingly incomplete tale, it is one part of a two part tale but this part seems somehow incomplete, its just the introduction at the very most.
There are a number of different styles employed in the artistry in this book, some more or less cartoonish or realist and a lot of it has impressive pen and inks, like a series of painted artworks.
The covers included at the finish are great but they dont all depict scenes which actually happen in the comic, or they depict scenes which dont happen as the covers suggest they do which is a little odd.
The action depicted in the book begins as two seperate tales, which then converge, in the Star Trek universe the Borg are attacking a planet under federation protection but appear to have allies unheard of or unseen before now, while the most recent Dr. with his companions Rory and Amy is battling through ancient Egypt and decides to travel some place for respite.
The characterisations are good, they have succeeded in transposing the most recent Dr. to the page very well, even some of the more cliched (by this point) and annoying dialogue (this is part of why I did not rate the book very highly). The same can be said for the Star Trek component too, it is very faithful to the source material too but also reproduces a lot of cliches.
The story of how the cybermen made first contact with the Borg or the Star Trek universe is not really developed, there is a flash back to an earlier (classic) Trek and earlier (Tom Baker) Dr. (roll the jelly baby cliche) but this is all mystery too, the Cybermen appear sort of weak, while they are an earlier incarnation they have no ability to kill with touch, do not appear to be very strong (Kirk bests one in a fist fight). All in all not making for a convincing context in which the cybermen have conquered the Borg and assumed the commanding position in the collective.
The story's cliff hanger lacks detail too, perhaps, along with the idea that the Dr. can simultaneously remember a past in which he visited the Star Trek universe and one in which he doesnt and knows he does not belong there, this will be explained in the next book.
I expected more of this book perhaps given that the Borg and the Cybermen share so many similarities, especially with the rewrite of the Cybermen's origins from being space pirates to a cybernetic "upgrade" on humankind or the Borg's evolution from collective to monarchical structure much like the Cybermen. In fact the Cybermen could be the Borg of the Dr Who universe and vice versa. I could have been better in my opinion.