Doctor Who / Star Trek: Assimilation Squared Issue 1 Review

Outside the realm of fan fiction and other such non-official works of fandom, there really hasn’t been any sort of official crossover between Doctor Who and Star Trek. While fans would no doubt go crazy for an actual televised adventure pairing the two properties, something like a novel or a comic book is such a better fit. When I opened my mailbox earlier this week, this is exactly what I got with Doctor Who / Star Trek: Assimilation Squared Issue 1. The book is written by Scott and David Tipton along with Tony Lee.

This first issue starts with a bang, as a federation aligned planet called Delta IV is invaded by the Borg in a manner not fitting their usual attack patterns. We find out that it is typical of these monstrous zombies to warn people before they set out for assimilation, but this time they just swoop in with guns blazing. Could this be caused by their mysterious alliance with a new race that the federation has never seen?! (yeah we all know it’s the Cybermen :P) The Prime minister of Delta IV and a few Starfleet officers are left to find help on a tiny escape shuttle. One can only assume that they will stumble across the enterprise pretty soon. We jump ahead to Ancient Egypt in which the Doctor, Amy, and Rory are setting out to stop an ancient alien invasion. It seems that the pharaoh at this particular time might just be not what he seems. With that plan foiled the Tardis crew set out for 1940’s San Francisco, a locale very popular for fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation!

This book does a great job of capturing the two styles of the seemingly unrelated universes. While we don’t actually get to see the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise until the very last page of this issue, all of the other Starfleet related stuff is very much in line with what we have seen for many years in all of the various Star Trek materials out there. It will be nice to see how the writers handle Picard and his crew in the upcoming issue, especially with the Doctor in tow. Speaking of the Doctor Who front, the dialog is very much spot on, with how the Doctor tries to handle a bumbled infiltration into a pyramid to confront the pharaoh. His hijinks are the comic relief of this issue, and definitely show the tone of the show very well i.e. fun but dark. Some of the dialog is a bit sparse, but with the nature of the comic being VERY action oriented, it really doesn’t warrant a ton of heavy dialog. I will be looking out for that in coming issues.

The highlight of this book has to be the art style. J.K. Woodward, an artist I’m not familiar with, does these cool painted interiors that make the book look like a million bucks. I’m not sure if this is hand painted or digital, but it’s really nice. Some of the images of The Doctor and Amy look especially great as I’m assuming the artist is using references from the show itself. Here is an example page:

All-in-all, this was a great kickoff to a fun romp, but it was all over way too soon. The next issue should be awesome with the Doctor ending up on board the Enterprise and meeting the crew that we all want to see. For me this is a definite buy for fans of both franchises.

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First Image of Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman

The Versatile Blogger Award Nomination Inbound!

I just found out that I got a nomination for a blog award called “The Versatile Blogger Award”, which is an exercise in sharing blogs that people really like to other readers! there are a ton of nominees for this award, but I love the idea that somebody thought of me as a choice to pass this to!

THE RULES

  • Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.

A big shout out goes to Fran, she runs a pretty slick blog about all things British including pop culture, food, fashion, etc. called “Musings of an Anglophile“. If you want a good site to read, she keeps it updated pretty often. Thank you very much for the nod to my humble site, and I’m happy for my blog to be on your radar!

  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.

oh hey! I just did one, but I here’s another! http://musingsofananglophile.wordpress.com/

  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)

Presidents of the Solar System: http://presidentialnomination.wordpress.com/

Chair With a Panda On It: http://chairwithapanda.wordpress.com/

Steven Poore: http://stevenpoore.wordpress.com/

Purpleblancmange: http://purpleblancmange.wordpress.com/

CKPonderings: http://ckponderings.wordpress.com/

Nonoy Manga: http://nonoymanga.wordpress.com/

A Succession of Busy Nothings: http://asuccessionofbusynothings.wordpress.com/

Frankly Mr. Shankly: http://adammstone.wordpress.com/

An American Whovian in TV Land: http://chancenovember.wordpress.com/

Benjaminherman: http://benjaminherman.wordpress.com/

European Scientist and Journalist: http://kotev25.wordpress.com/

Thinking Scifi: http://thinkingscifi.wordpress.com/

Urban Night’s Blog: http://urbannight.wordpress.com/

Lick The Stranger: http://lickthestranger.wordpress.com/

  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.

Done.

  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
  1. I’m a big fan of gaming, I even used to write for a gaming site!
  2. I’m really into Pro Wrestling and Comparative religion, so much that I’ve considered making sister blogs of the main one.
  3. My Favorite food happens to be sushi
  4. People get mad at me because I don’t like stuff by Joss Whedon, although Avengers has made me less agressive about this, as I loved it!
  5. I have eclectic music tastes, but I chiefly listen to either 1) Death Metal, or 2) New Wave music thus confusing all my friends.
  6. I used be be a huge fan of Japanese Animation, but lately there seems to be less I’m into.
  7. Keeping Up Appearances, Doctor Who and Monty Python got me into UK TV, and I haven’t looked back since!

sweetness!