This May the Cybermen and the Borg team up to assimilate the entire universe and only The Doctor and the Next Generation crew of the Enterprise can stop them! Yeah, that’s right, IDW is totally crossing Star Trek: The Next Generation and Doctor Who. Nerds, rejoice! Then pass out.
IDW Brings Star Trek and Doctor Who Together for the First Time in History
About two-thirds of all the nerds in English speaking countries just went into cardiac arrest. This May IDW Publishing will be bringing two of the biggest science-fiction icons of all time together in one comic as the TARDIS and Enterprise cross paths in Star Trek:The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2.
The Cybermen and the Borg form an unholy alliance to conquer the universe and it’s up to the crew of the Enterprise and the Doctor and his companions to stop them! That sounds pretty nifty. Wait, no, that sounds like every nerd’s wet dream.
This really comes as no surprise that this was going to eventually happen. IDW Publishing has taken good care of their licensed titles. Ghostbusters is a very entertaining romp that seems to have appeased most of the franchise’s fans. The publisher has released three series of Godzilla comics that has pretty much given fans of the King of the Monsters what they wanted – rampaging monster battles. They’ve done a brilliant job with Transformers, Doctor Who, and Star Trek already, so why not take two of the most famous shows in history and slap them together for a fight against their most unrelenting foes? After all, isn’t Star Trek/Legion of Superheroes scoring big sales? Let’s do it again!
When thinking about the Cybermen and the Borg, everything about their alliance makes sense. One could argue that the Borg were, at least in part, inspired by the Cybermen. Both are half human, half technological, beings that seems bent on wiping out any and all organic life. Just prior to the first appearance of the Borg, Doctor Who finally showed a human being turned into a Cyberman – an idea that really took off with the relaunch of the cult British show turned mega hit. These two enemies are really seem almost circularly influenced by each other. The Cybermen were the Borg before the Borg and the Borg’s unrelenting desire to assimilate became a major draw to the reinvention of the Cybermen.
Say whatever you want to about these franchise jamming comic series that have happened over the past 20 years or so, you can’t tell me you really want to see the TARDIS materialize on the bridge of the Enterprise. If you’ve loved these franchises as long as I have, I’m sure you’ve, on more than one occasion, envisioned Captain Kirk or Captain Picard standing at the TARDIS console or seeing the Doctor in the center seat. Even if you’ve never envisioned that for yourself, I certainly have enough for the both of us, so I got us covered.
It also looks like IDW is going to pull from their talent pool in hopes of delivering the goods. They’ve tapped Scott and David Tipton to write. This duo was in charge of the writing duties for the Star Trek two-part Infestation story. There will be variant covers by current Star Trek artist Joe Corroney (someone I’ve really enjoyed in the regular ongoing Trek title from IDW) with fully painted interiors from Fallen Angel artist J.K. Woodward.
It’s got pedigree. It’s got a gorgeous cover. It’s got two of my all time favorite nerd things in my favorite nerd medium. Yeah, sign me up to take this ride in May.
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