Star Trek/Doctor Who: Assimilation 2 #1
Written by Scott & David Tipton with Tony Lee
Art by JK Woodward
When it was announced months ago by IDW that the Time Lord Doctor Who would meet up with the Crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation Enterprise I was very excited. I’ve been a long time Star Trek fan from television and have only recently discovered Doctor Who on Blu Ray and from IDW. What intrigues me was the jovial nature of the Doctor to Picard’s serious nature clashing over what threat they are facing.
With the first issue in hand I hungrily read through it only coming to the end feeling disappointed. My main problem was the issue was very unbalanced the first seven pages were devoted to the Next Generation elements but not of the Enterprise crew, only some generic Starfleet officers who are witnessing a planetary attack by the Borg and their attempts to flee. The remaining 15 pages is devoted to a mad-cap little adventure of the good Doctor and his companions in ancient Egypt. Those pages with the doctor does a adequate job introducing the Doctor but it is a tad too long and feels like a lot of wasted time. Those still fun, do not get me wrong, but I wanted to see more of the Next Generation crew. Oh, the Next Generation crew does appear, in the last page as a splash of Riker, Crusher and Data on the Holodeck. Unbalanced. I felt that this issue should have been broken up into thirds, yes, Borg attack is important, but so is introducing both the Doctor and the Next Generation in such a way that as a new readers can grasp who are the core participants and I just do not feel that the first issue was structured in such a way it did its job.
Scott and David Tipton, regular writers on various IDW Star Trek series along with Tony Lee, current IDW Doctor Who ongoing, does a very good job with this issue. The serious threat of the Borg is laid out clearly, and the madcap adventures of the Doctor, Amy and Rory was jovially played out with wonderful enthusiasm. Without question I think the writing team has to chops to tell this epic tale of these science fiction icons.
J.K Woodward brings his painted style from the streets of IDW Fallen Angel to the cosmos of Star Trek to ancient Egypt with beautiful flourish. The half page shot of Starfleet shuttles fleeing the Borg gives me great hopes for some spectacular space battles in future issues. His renditions of the Doctor, Amy and Rory are spot on does not feel out of place or too perfect with everything else on panel. As I mentioned a portion of the Next Generation Crew only appears on one page but in profile so I felt I could not gauge if Woodward was able to match his output on them as he did with the Doctor.
When the second issue comes out and I see that more focus is on the Next Generation Crew than the Doctor I may feel a little differently though not likely. At the end of the day with one issue on the stands I may find this little quibble to be a minor point as the main story is unfolded and see it as reading this title in trade may make the structure and introductions less jarring. Without question I will be back for the second issue.
I used to have goals. They were evil goals, but they were goals. -- Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz
He's being diplomatic again.
Zechs wrote:I have to repress you more. You're way too goodie two shoes.
Fat Ollie Weeks wrote:I swear to God, you are so boring sometimes I think you're just a stealth-mod-bot that Jude has coded.