I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for a good crossover. In this reviewer’s opinion, the comic/television crossover that is the gold standard for comparison are the X-Men/Star Trek crossover comics and novel from the mid 90s. If IDW’s Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who Assimilation2 crossover keeps going at the rate it is, I strongly suspect it will take that earlier project’s place. Unfortunately, we aren’t there yet.
Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who Assimilation2 (which shall henceforth known as DW/TNG, due to the fact that A) I’m not a very strong typist and B) My editors tell me that DW/TNG Ass MIGHT be a little misleading) had a very strong first issue. The bad guy reveal is towards the beginning, which is sort of unusual in these types of books, but the pairing of the villains could not have been more logical. It played like the first act of an episode of Doctor Who, ending with The Doctor and The Ponds showing up on the Holodeck during a “Dixon Hill” simulation.
The script by Scott and David Tipton, and Tony Lee is tight, as with the first issue, and the art by J.K. Woodward is top-notch. The story moves along at a fast rate, with the characterizations being spot on. The dialog fits with the source material, and you can tell this was a well planned story.
The only problem I have with issue two is that it also feels like a first act, though this time from TNG. We get the backstory of what the Enterprise crew was doing leading up to the Doctor’s appearance on the Holodeck. I understand that a project like this is a huge undertaking, and any missed opportunity will be sure to upset some fans, but are two first issues really needed in a series such as this? Or is this what we can expect from the rest of the series? A four act story, split between 8 issues? While I can see the appeal of this tactic, it does tend to detract from the flow of the story. Time will tell with issue 3 being released on 7/25.