The Cybermen have joined forces with the Borg and they are hot on the trail of the Enterprise in Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation² #3!
Star Trek TNG/Doctor Who: Assimilation² #3
A massive fleet of Borg and Cybermen ships have the Enterprise surrounded. The ship is able to get away from the fleet and find refuge in a nebula. While they hide from the fleet, they learn that the Enterprise commanded by Captain Kirk had a brief encounter with the Cybermen with the Fourth Doctor. The Doctor suddenly realizes that he remembers this encounter. With things that are suddenly being remembered or recorded, the Doctor realizes there’s a much bigger threat than these two evil beings joining forces. Picard then takes the Doctor and his companions to talk to Guinan to see if they can figure out what might have happened to the time line.
This whole crossover has been well handled with a lot of care toward both franchises. This issue even takes the time to crossover the original Star Trek series with the favorite Doctor from the older generation, Tom Baker. As the two universes merge, we’re taken back to a short adventure from the original crew as they investigate strange goings on at a remote relay-station. After realizing things aren’t quite regular with the personnel, they run into the Fourth Doctor and a small unit of Cybermen which is later found in the records on the Enterprise-D. The art even shifts from the more realistic, painted style of J.K. Woodward to that of a more classic comic book style of the Sharp Brothers. It’s a nice nod by writers Scott and David Tipton and Tony Lee to eras of both franchises that are dearly loved.
With this being an eight issue crossover, it has me now wondering if we’ll see other versions of the Doctor and other eras of the Star Trek universe interacting. It would be kinda cool to see the Cybermen of the Fifth through Seventh Doctors era mixing it up with the Enterprise-B or C crew or to see the very first Cybermen design pop up in the time of Enterprise (though I’ll still stand by the idea that Enterprise is not in canon with the Star Trek franchise because Rick Berman is a history-altering jerk).
Since I’m flying my nerd banner pretty high, I should point out that I think it is interesting to have the Fourth Doctor appear in a Cybermen story. For those who aren’t as well versed in the total history of Doctor Who, or a little more in the Star Trek camp, I’ll explain… The Cybermen first appeared in the final story that featured William Hartnell, the first Doctor. After that, they became a primary villain for the Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton. They were extremely popular, but when Jon Pertwee (my favorite Doctor) came along, they didn’t appear once. In the first season of Tom Baker’s seven year run, the Cybermen returned only to not come back again until the Fifth Doctor’s (Peter Davidson) run. They were used relatively sparingly until more recently when they were given a brand new angle when David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor visited a parallel Earth. All that nerdery now explained, I would have thought the better Doctor to have in the flashback would have been the Second Doctor since he had more dealings with the Cybermen than any other. However, it’s also completely understandable that they would want Tom Baker interacting with Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and Scotty considering he’s undeniably the face of the entire 49-year run of Doctor Who. (Also, since Troughton has passed on, it might have been a bigger headache to feature his likeness, but I can’t speak on those laws with any kind of certainty.)
While we slow down the pace quite a bit to take the time for these two universes to get used to each other, this book is still done very well. I mentioned before that a lot of care is being put into this from the story to the art, so really the only thing that I would like to see more of is something for Rory and Amy to do. They seem to just kinda be there. Their contributions haven’t been much more than asking questions or giving a one liner to try to say the Doctor is a little different than the Enterprise crew thinks.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Great art in both time lines shown. The story takes a great deal of care in presenting both franchises well. Great to see the Fourth Doctor and Captain Kirk together.||Not a great deal of forward movement in the story and not a great deal for Amy or Rory to do.|