Star Trek, Doctor Who collide in latest comic team-upWritten by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
People love mash-ups, and pop culture fans inspire not only some of the greatest mash-ups of all, but mash-ups that make you wonder why they hadn’t been thought of years ago. That said, you’ve probably wondered many times what a team-up between the Borg and the Cybermen would be like, right? Burden your brain no more, pilgrim: IDW Publishing’s done all the heavy lifting to answer just that question in its new “Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2” miniseries.
“Witness now the titanic joining of two of the longest running and most beloved science fiction television shows of all time,” said comic wrangler Ed Katschke of Monarch Cards & Comics. “Writers Scott and David Tipton and artists J.K. Woodward and the Sharp Brothers are clearly having a blast combining the utopian future of Star Trek with the time and space bending antics of the good Doctor and his companions. The Doctor — the current iteration as played by Matt Smith — has found himself mysteriously transported onto Jean-Luc Picard’s USS Enterprise just before the ship is attacked by an apparent team-up of the monstrous Cybermen and the evil Borg.
“After a humorous introduction between the Doctor and the crew of The Enterprise, the story springs into action as all of the players must find a way to work together to discover the origins of this dastardly joining of common enemies while seeking out a method to stop them.
“This project had the potential for silliness, but the Tiptons have neatly sidestepped any pitfalls with their spot-on characterization of both The Enterprise crew as well as the Doctor and the dialog manages to be both funny and spot on. The Borg and the Cybermen are the perfect meeting of villains and the third issue even includes a surprise appearance by the original crew of The Enterprise and the much-beloved Tom Baker Doctor.
“The art by Woodward goes for a photo-realistic painted style which captures the personality and feel of both shows perfectly and the flashback sequence featuring Capt. James Kirk and company is ably illustrated in a more traditional comic style by the Sharp Brothers. Highly recommended to fans of both shows!”