Review of Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2


Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2
Writers: David Tipton and Scott Tipton
Artist: J.K. Woodward
Eight Issue Limited Miniseries

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A few weeks ago I was watching a brilliant episode of The Big Bang Theory where the guys leave for a Star Trek convention and the girls decide to take that opportunity to go the comic shop and read some comics to see what all the hype is about. Long story short, the ladies find themselves in a heated debate concerning Thor's hammer, and by the end of the episode they gain a new, yet slightly frightening, appreciation for comics.

Now I don’t know if it was seeing Sheldon in full Data costume or watching Bernadette use the Transitive Property to explain how it would be possible for the Hulk to pick up Thor’s hammer, but this episode spoke to me. I never understood the appeal of comics myself, but I felt that, perhaps, it was time to give them a chance!

But there was a problem. I was out of the loop. There were so many different characters, genres and titles to choose from. Who would I turn to in order to find the right comic for me? Why, the boys at Pete’s Basement of course! And that’s how I was introduced to J.K. Woodward’s Star Trek/Doctor Who: Assimilation. An eight issue mini-series! My interest was immediately peaked. Two of my faves in the Sci-fi world together in one comic! If this didn’t do the trick I had doubts anything else could.

But before I even looked at the first page I began to worry. Would it stay true to the Star Trek and Doctor Who series? I immediately had doubts that this could live up to my expectations. I realized how dramatic I was being, took a deep breath, and began reading….

The first chapter left me confused I must admit. I thought I had missed something. What was the connection between Doctor Who and the crew of the Enterprise? Huh? I kept reading, assuring myself it would all make sense by the end, like most Doctor Who episodes eventually do. By the third comic, the pieces started to fit together. I found myself mesmerized by the artwork. The characters were drawn so well, and there was such attention to detail. I realize I don’t know much about comics, but for me, it was impressive. I read one book after another and found that I couldn’t put them down. I needed to know how it would all pan out. I was officially hooked!

I loved the nostalgia of seeing characters from different generations of Star Trek and
Doctor Who. It was like a great big sci-fi reunion. They captured the personalities of each character so well. Each one spoke and reacted to situations as you would expect them to based on the prospective series they came from. However, I have to admit, the number of nostalgic moments was, at times, too much for me. It felt like they were trying to cram it all in to just eight issues. I think I would have enjoyed it more if they had spread it out over more comics. But perhaps I also just didn’t want it to be over so quickly!

In the end, I really enjoyed these comics. It gave me an appreciation of how much goes into creating each one. It really is an art. Now, I’m not saying I am going to run to my local comic store just yet for more, but perhaps with time and a few more suggestions from the guys at Pete’s Basement, I’ll be willing to walk into one soon. Just one final thought. If there are any more Star Trek, Doctor Who crossovers: Lieutenant Worf + “Are you my mummy?” Need I say more?