“Okay. You Win, Fan-Fiction” (Star Trek TNG/Doctor Who: Assimilation 2)

Look! It’s REAL!

Sorry cheeseburgers, you’ve just been bumped down to second place on my list of the greatest contributions to mankind. First place now? Assimilation². A licensed Star Trek and Doctor Who crossover comic actually exists! Excuse me while I go shed tears of joy.

When the Doctor and the Ponds land in noir San Francisco, they expect to find something interesting. What they don’t expect is a working android and his interesting friends. When Captain Picard and a few others go into the holodeck, they expect a classic Dixon Hill adventure. What they don’t expect is a very confident hologram and his mutual friends. Now, the Doctor and the crew of the Enterprise-D must join forces to stop an alliance between the Borg and the Cybermen, before it’s too late.

In the above title, I called Assimilation² fan-fiction. It seems like it, except for the fact that it’s very professionally done, but make no mistake, this is very real and very good. It’s logical, and makes perfect sense, so I was never confused. If I had to have one complaint though, it would be that the Cybermen seemed to take the lead as the villains, with the Borg being beneath them, which I was kinda disappointed with.

However, the fan-service made up for that. Assimilation² includes a flashback with the crew of the original Enterprise (from TOS) taking on the original Cybermen with the help of the Fourth Doctor. One of my favorite panels was of Captain Picard, Dr. Crusher, and Riker walking through the simulation of San-Francisco, with the TARDIS materializing behind them. If you’re a fan or either Doctor Who or Star Trek, don’t miss it for the galaxy. 9 out of 10.

I still don’t understand how this came to light, but I’m going to enjoy it anyway. (Like McDonald’s!) I’ve read many a good comic, such as Watchmen, Ultimate Spider-Man, and the recent 2012 run of Hawkeye, but Assimilation² is one of the best. A combination of two of the biggest sci-fi franchises ever, with great characters, an easy-in plotline, and great art that really sells it all, the Borg can assimilate me any day. (As long as they have this comic.)


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