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The two greatest science fiction properties of all time cross over for the first time in history, in Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who Assimilation 2! When the Federation's most terrifying enemy strikes an unholy alliance with one of the Doctor's most hated antagonists, the result is devastation on a cosmic scale! Spanning the ends of space and time itself, Capta The two greatest science fiction properties of all time cross over for the first time in history, in Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who Assimilation 2! When the Federation's most terrifying enemy strikes an unholy alliance with one of the Doctor's most hated antagonists, the result is devastation on a cosmic scale! Spanning the ends of space and time itself, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the USS Enterprise find themselves joining forces with the Doctor and his companions - with the fate of the galaxy hanging in the balance!


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The two greatest science fiction properties of all time cross over for the first time in history, in Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who Assimilation 2! When the Federation's most terrifying enemy strikes an unholy alliance with one of the Doctor's most hated antagonists, the result is devastation on a cosmic scale! Spanning the ends of space and time itself, Capta The two greatest science fiction properties of all time cross over for the first time in history, in Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who Assimilation 2! When the Federation's most terrifying enemy strikes an unholy alliance with one of the Doctor's most hated antagonists, the result is devastation on a cosmic scale! Spanning the ends of space and time itself, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the USS Enterprise find themselves joining forces with the Doctor and his companions - with the fate of the galaxy hanging in the balance!

30 review for Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who: Assimilation2, Volume 2

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    Read both volumes* of this yesterday expecting utter awfulness, but it's really not bad. For saying they come from the Trek side of things, the Tiptons get the Doctor's voice down right about 80% of the time, and crucially, the whole plot turns on everything from Doctor Who being better than everything from Star Trek. Kirk and Spock are stuck outside a door; the Doctor opens it. The Enterprise is too slow to catch the Borg ship; the TARDIS gets there straight away. The Borg and Cybermen team up; Read both volumes* of this yesterday expecting utter awfulness, but it's really not bad. For saying they come from the Trek side of things, the Tiptons get the Doctor's voice down right about 80% of the time, and crucially, the whole plot turns on everything from Doctor Who being better than everything from Star Trek. Kirk and Spock are stuck outside a door; the Doctor opens it. The Enterprise is too slow to catch the Borg ship; the TARDIS gets there straight away. The Borg and Cybermen team up; the Cybermen almost instantly hack the Borg so easily it's like Anonymous taking down your gran, and take over their entire collective. *And it's a scandal that IDW split an 8-issue series into two volumes when it could easily have been one book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Robert Davis

    Who would win in a war between the Borg and the Cybermen? The answer is in this concluding volume of the Doctor Who - Star Trek crossover event that crosses two universes. Cybermen vs. Borg. The Doctor and Jean Luc Picard. The Tardis and the Enterprise. Although the artwork is muddy, the characters are effectively drawn, and It's a fun story overall. Not a disappointment! Who would win in a war between the Borg and the Cybermen? The answer is in this concluding volume of the Doctor Who - Star Trek crossover event that crosses two universes. Cybermen vs. Borg. The Doctor and Jean Luc Picard. The Tardis and the Enterprise. Although the artwork is muddy, the characters are effectively drawn, and It's a fun story overall. Not a disappointment!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    I'm think Tipton does a good job in the second half of this story in maintaining a good pace, and keeping the characters, well in character. Picard wants nothing to do with an alliance with the Borg against the Cybermen. Worf believes it is a good day to die, but not if he doesn't have to. The Doctor is going to save the world(s) whether you want him to or not. And, the Borg and Cybermen behave in predictable manners, but they are primarily machines. I think fans of both franchises would enjoy this t I'm think Tipton does a good job in the second half of this story in maintaining a good pace, and keeping the characters, well in character. Picard wants nothing to do with an alliance with the Borg against the Cybermen. Worf believes it is a good day to die, but not if he doesn't have to. The Doctor is going to save the world(s) whether you want him to or not. And, the Borg and Cybermen behave in predictable manners, but they are primarily machines. I think fans of both franchises would enjoy this tale, but it should have been collected in one volume, and not two.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jay Eckard

    There's an old comic (a TV Comic one, I think) where the Second Doctor builds a ray gun and then turns and uses it on a robot insect and the man operating. As he does so, he yells, "Die, hideous monster, die." Which, umm, seems a little out of character for the Doctor. Even when he gunned down a CyberLeader in Attack of the Cybermen twenty years later, he didn't cry out gleefully. I mention that because there's a similar problem with the CyberController in this story. Cybermen: logical, methodic There's an old comic (a TV Comic one, I think) where the Second Doctor builds a ray gun and then turns and uses it on a robot insect and the man operating. As he does so, he yells, "Die, hideous monster, die." Which, umm, seems a little out of character for the Doctor. Even when he gunned down a CyberLeader in Attack of the Cybermen twenty years later, he didn't cry out gleefully. I mention that because there's a similar problem with the CyberController in this story. Cybermen: logical, methodical, not emotional, even if they have a weakness for over-elaborate plots. It's not like they have much else to do. And so they appear for 3/4 of the narrative. Then comes the CyberController, who murderously leap out his throne yelling, "DIE TIME LORD!" It's sort of the straw that breaks the camel's back. The plot is serviceable enough, if you don't think about it too hard. Characterizations are close. Even the characters are drawn to (occasionally) look completely dissimilar to the actors playing them. But with that murderous Cyberman, the whole house of cards sort of tumbles. Crossover pieces like this inherently stress credibility; they are deeply contrived. And it speaks well of the creators of this series that they alllmost make it work, and it's the last 10 pages or so where it falls apart. It's telling that it ends with the Doctor and Captain Picard counting on never seeing each other ever again. And I can't quite work out why it would fail at that point. Admittedly, the logical, quiet, methodical nature of both the Cybermen and Borg doesn't lend itself well to the visually active medium of graphic novels, but the artists earlier in the work do a really good job of conveying silent menace with the Borg. They just... stop... with the CyberController. I mean, I think it's clear that the heart of the artists is more with NG than Doctor Who; if nothing else, the Enterprise crew routinely /look/ like the Enterprise crew, whereas the Doctor and co. waver. A lot. As in they look different even within the same page. But that doesn't seem like a reason to just stop trying in the last issue. That may be the issue, though. As a whole series, the story burns through its best images and ideas early on. (Although the converted Raxacoro... Slitheen and Klingons are a nice touch) The creative team look like they were stuck for new material before the run was over. Which is a shame -- considering the devotion of fans of both franchises (and the money IDW will make, sense virtually every issue was sold out before I could get a hold of copies), the ultimate reaction to Assimilation2 is let-down. It could have -- and should have been -- a lot more. Nothing is as unsatisfying as a failure at the end of a race.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Diayll

    Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Me Ultimate Nerdgasm… Let me go ahead and confess that I read the entire graphic novel in my best Captain Jean-Luc Picard voice. I love that man – well Patrick Stewart – and I couldn’t help but get a little excited when I was offered this for review. It’s so worth it, for any Star Trek or Doctor Who fan. It gives the readers exactly what they want, a science fiction mash-up of epic proportion Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Me Ultimate Nerdgasm… Let me go ahead and confess that I read the entire graphic novel in my best Captain Jean-Luc Picard voice. I love that man – well Patrick Stewart – and I couldn’t help but get a little excited when I was offered this for review. It’s so worth it, for any Star Trek or Doctor Who fan. It gives the readers exactly what they want, a science fiction mash-up of epic proportions. We are immediately thrust into the story with Picard and the Doctor discussing the Borg. Both men are on either side of the fence with the situation. And through a flashback to one of my favorite Star Trek episodes told by none other than Guinan (aka Whoopi Goldberg), the Doctor is informed as to why our brave Captain doesn’t trust the Borg and would never form an alliance. However, once they dig deeper and realize the Cybermen are attempting to convert the Borg and use all of their resources to take over the universe, the threat against the world becomes too great even for Picard to ignore. The best thing about Assimilation 2 Volume 2 is the characters. The illustrator aimed to make each character resemble their television selves, and I think it works in its favor. You can’t help but feel nostalgic or geek out when gazing upon the faces of Data, Worf, Geordi La Forge, or Matt Smith as the Doctor. Knowing you are heading into battle with your favorite characters, adds to the overall enjoyment of the story. The only downside is unfortunately you don’t get the conclusion to the story in this compilation. *sad face* You must wait until the next installment to see if their efforts work or if it was all for nothing. Overall, Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who: Assimilation 2 Volume 2 is a must-read for any fan of either series. It’s engaging, highly entertaining, and will leave you wanting more long after you reach the end of page 72. I highly recommend geeking out to it! This Review Counts as Part of the Manga/Graphic Novel/Video Game Challenge, If You Would Like To Participate You Can Find All the Information HERE

  6. 4 out of 5

    Adam Paige

    This book has a lot going for it, and does a lot of things really well, but ultimately isn't quite up to snuff. The painted artwork is wildly uneven - there are some stunningly beautiful panels where the characters are depicted with a real warmth and vibrancy. But in subsequent panels the same people appear as blobs barely scrawled on the page. Bertrand the Borg even gets photoshopped around later in the book, perhaps when the team realized they bit off a bit more than they could chew. Faced wit This book has a lot going for it, and does a lot of things really well, but ultimately isn't quite up to snuff. The painted artwork is wildly uneven - there are some stunningly beautiful panels where the characters are depicted with a real warmth and vibrancy. But in subsequent panels the same people appear as blobs barely scrawled on the page. Bertrand the Borg even gets photoshopped around later in the book, perhaps when the team realized they bit off a bit more than they could chew. Faced with the possibility of sub-par art, IDW should've switched to larger panels or less characters per panel - because the oddly inconsistent art is a real smear on an otherwise stellar achievement. The book is a page-turner, a lot of fun to read, and actually an excellent introduction to the mythologies of Star Trek and Doctor Who, with a few choice nuggets thrown in for die-hard fans. But the writers make the mistake of making things too grandiose. It basically boils down to two captains with British accents forced to save not only the galaxy, but the universe - and not only the universe but multiple multiverses. It's one thing to do this once in a while in the television series (as a series finale perhaps) but in a licensed comic book you really "know" that they can't fail. And in that sense, making the stakes greater just casts a veneer of unbelievability on the proceedings. The Doctor also appears oddly reckless in allowing Amy & Rory to join him for the final confrontation, which leads one to believe the writers are doggedly sticking to the show's clichés, which has long been one of my main complaints about IDW adaptations of Doctor Who. Overall, it's well worth a read for fans of either show, but is far from being greater than the sum of its parts.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Miriam Matthews

    What happens when the Cybermen decide to branch out in their aim for total conquest of the known universes? They find the universe that the Borg live in and offer to team up, thus uniting the Doctor and the crew of the Next Generation. When we left off in volume one the Cybermen had turned against the Borg and are now attempting to eradicate them and use their technology to bring about their total control of the universe. Together the Doctor and Captain Picard must find away to stop the Cybermen What happens when the Cybermen decide to branch out in their aim for total conquest of the known universes? They find the universe that the Borg live in and offer to team up, thus uniting the Doctor and the crew of the Next Generation. When we left off in volume one the Cybermen had turned against the Borg and are now attempting to eradicate them and use their technology to bring about their total control of the universe. Together the Doctor and Captain Picard must find away to stop the Cybermen. As with the first volume I didn’t really like the artwork, finding some of the expressions to be either unrealistic or not matching the written words which was a real shame. You can tell that the authors have watched both the shows as the writing is very reminiscent of the characters and you can believe that they would say that in the manner that they do. It is well written enough that I could hear the Doctors voice in my head as I read the book. I do feel that this could have been a lot better especially with the artwork for two such great shows. As far as the story goes I think this would have done a heck of a lot better had there been more put into the storyline, more in depth ie. how did the Cyberman come to be in this reality, why is the Doctor getting the new memories etc. I feel this would have benefited more if it had a better artist and spread out over several book, say 4 or 6 instead of just two. It’s still a fun little storyline for fans of one or both shows, but plenty of room for improvement.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sean Kennedy

    The only way you can really take this is to see it as some bizarre fanfiction comes to life professionally. There isn't really any explanation as to why the world of Star Trek can collide with that of Doctor Who, especially as I think there may have even been references to Star Trek in the show (I could be wrong, though). There is some quick handwaving away of 'different dimensions', but it still doesn't really make sense. Can the TARDIS now travel between fictional universes? If so, come get me The only way you can really take this is to see it as some bizarre fanfiction comes to life professionally. There isn't really any explanation as to why the world of Star Trek can collide with that of Doctor Who, especially as I think there may have even been references to Star Trek in the show (I could be wrong, though). There is some quick handwaving away of 'different dimensions', but it still doesn't really make sense. Can the TARDIS now travel between fictional universes? If so, come get me Doctor and take me to Rivendell. There are quite a few problems here. Although I like the 'photorealistic' artwork it becomes weird when we are treated to a flashback that is drawn in cartoonish, straight 1960s-style comic work. I know that that is probably what they're trying to achieve here - a homage to the classic era of comics - but it doesn't work when your flashback is crisper and brighter than the scenes set in the present time. Surely it should be the other way around? And I can't exactly put my finger on it, but the typography really bugs me. All that being said, there are some nice scenes here - particularly between Guinan and The Doctor, Rory and Crusher, and Rory, Amy and Troi. There's also the thrill of seeing the TARDIS take on The Borg. That's worth the price of the book, at least.

  9. 5 out of 5

    David Caldwell

    Dr. Who and companions, Amy and Rory, team up with Captain Picard and the crew of the USS Enterprise to stop the Borg and the Cybermen. This is the second half of the story. As I pointed out in my review of the first half, it is a graphic novel collection of several issues of a limited comic series. It has pictures and you will need the first part before reading this part. The crossover isn't perfect, but each franchise does get to show off itself at times. I don't think it would be possible to co Dr. Who and companions, Amy and Rory, team up with Captain Picard and the crew of the USS Enterprise to stop the Borg and the Cybermen. This is the second half of the story. As I pointed out in my review of the first half, it is a graphic novel collection of several issues of a limited comic series. It has pictures and you will need the first part before reading this part. The crossover isn't perfect, but each franchise does get to show off itself at times. I don't think it would be possible to completely mesh to such well-known franchises without a seam or two showing somewhere. The artwork is very good at times. Other times, some of the characters look either blurry or like they didn't receive as much attention to detail. It appears the artists used photos as references when they could. The character of Guinan never quite seems to capture Whoopi Goldberg. I gladly added this to my Star Trek crossover collection. Star has now crossed paths with the League of Super Heroes and the X-Men as well. (The X-Men crossover was a novel actually. Wolverine and Worf used the holodeck to fight several X-Men foes including Saber tooth and the Blob.)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Ack, I dunno, 2.5? This just got dumb. Honestly, I guess it was already dumb in the first volume, but I was charmed by hanging out with the TNG cast. My biggest annoyance with this volume was how they tried to make Picard out to be a dick, and that the Doctor was the reasonable one. Unacceptable!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lucille

    My favourite thing was the interactions between Data and the Doctor, and Amy and Captain Picard! It was really a fun story (well not THAT fun since it involves the Borgs and the Cybermen) and a dream come true for fans of both DW and ST !!

  12. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    A fun ending to a fun graphic novel series with fantastic and amazing artwork.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Andy Hickman

    Star Trek / Doctor Who: Assimilation Vol.2 A fun cross-over series involving the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory. Better than I expected. What do you do when the Borgs and the Cybermen team up, or rather, overtake? This series even has some pleasing interaction between the Fourth Doctor and Dr. Spock! Issue #5 Jean-Luc Picard: “That's madness!” Amy: “Madness is kind of what we do.” Issue #6 11th Doctor: “Crossing your own timeline is more than a bad idea; it's the mother of all bad ideas. It's the bad i Star Trek / Doctor Who: Assimilation Vol.2 A fun cross-over series involving the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory. Better than I expected. What do you do when the Borgs and the Cybermen team up, or rather, overtake? This series even has some pleasing interaction between the Fourth Doctor and Dr. Spock! Issue #5 Jean-Luc Picard: “That's madness!” Amy: “Madness is kind of what we do.” Issue #6 11th Doctor: “Crossing your own timeline is more than a bad idea; it's the mother of all bad ideas. It's the bad idea that bad ideas have when they're nor thinking straight. Could crack the whole of space and time right down the middle.” Issue #7 Doctor: “It's slavery all right. Slavery from the inside, a most devious form of bondage. Let me tell you a little something about the very nature of the soul --” “The TARDIS is fast, far faster than any of your ships. We won't break the laws of physics, we'll just bend them a little.” “No, no, no! Absolutely not! No guns!” “Guns make you stupid. We'll get along just fine without them, thank you very much.” Issue #8 Rory: “So, Doctor, you really think we'll have no problem getting home?” … Doctor: “It'll be smooth sailing. I just hope -” Amy: “Just hope what?” - - -

  14. 5 out of 5

    Phillip

    I did enjoy it - but I have to say that the artwork is hard to get past by. It's just not my cup of tea. I also wasn't overtly happy with some of Captain Picard's decisions in this -- I get what they were trying to do but, I don't know if this is a pre- or post- "I, Borg" Picard, but I still think there was a better way to write his struggle with the Cyberman against the Borg. That said, I did enjoy the Doctor and Co. re-visiting a special part of TNG history with the Borg. All in all -- it's an I did enjoy it - but I have to say that the artwork is hard to get past by. It's just not my cup of tea. I also wasn't overtly happy with some of Captain Picard's decisions in this -- I get what they were trying to do but, I don't know if this is a pre- or post- "I, Borg" Picard, but I still think there was a better way to write his struggle with the Cyberman against the Borg. That said, I did enjoy the Doctor and Co. re-visiting a special part of TNG history with the Borg. All in all -- it's an odd story, so it's a recommended library read, but I don't know if I'd suggest paying full price.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ross Vincent

    In the last volume, Bow Tie Doctor teamed up with Captain Picard, to fight a Borg- Cyberman invasion. Well, the tables have turned on the Borg - now, even they are being taken over by the Cybermen. And if The Cybermen can reach the Borg homeworld, the Milky Way Galaxy will be lost. Invasion and eventual conquering of the Federation in a century's time. So, off in the TARDIS the team goes, back to Worf 359, and then, after getting the Gold (and the goal), they have a battle to stop an invasion. And In the last volume, Bow Tie Doctor teamed up with Captain Picard, to fight a Borg- Cyberman invasion. Well, the tables have turned on the Borg - now, even they are being taken over by the Cybermen. And if The Cybermen can reach the Borg homeworld, the Milky Way Galaxy will be lost. Invasion and eventual conquering of the Federation in a century's time. So, off in the TARDIS the team goes, back to Worf 359, and then, after getting the Gold (and the goal), they have a battle to stop an invasion. And in almost typical Doctor Who Fashion, they are forgotten and go on their way.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Oliver Böttcher

    Better than expected. Usually such huge crossovers tend to dissapoint, but in this case the characterisations of both the Tardis crew and the Starfleet Gang seemed quite right. A collaboration between Borg and Cybermen is suitable terrifying and a good reason for our heroes to team up. I'm not a big fan of the watercolor like artwork, but I'm okay with it. My rating would be higher if we had less examples of the "Talking Head"- Syndrom. Better than expected. Usually such huge crossovers tend to dissapoint, but in this case the characterisations of both the Tardis crew and the Starfleet Gang seemed quite right. A collaboration between Borg and Cybermen is suitable terrifying and a good reason for our heroes to team up. I'm not a big fan of the watercolor like artwork, but I'm okay with it. My rating would be higher if we had less examples of the "Talking Head"- Syndrom.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bob Churchill

    A shallow story concludes with some key questions unanswered (such as, how exactly did these two universes converge?) and potential themes unexplored (are Data and Riker to Picard as Amy and Rory are to the Doctor? why have such similar enemies arisen in alternate universes? did those fish people's economy collapse after all?! - we'll never know). A shallow story concludes with some key questions unanswered (such as, how exactly did these two universes converge?) and potential themes unexplored (are Data and Riker to Picard as Amy and Rory are to the Doctor? why have such similar enemies arisen in alternate universes? did those fish people's economy collapse after all?! - we'll never know).

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ronald

    Nothing to see here move along. The story just kind of fell apart in the second half here. What is takes away from what seemed like a decent foundation from the first volume is we now are exposed to the action segment where what were undefeatable killing machines suddenly cannot hit or hurt the main characters. We are down to the main villain just jumping at the Doctor trying to kill him. I was hoping for better. Oh well.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Geweke

    Better than Volume 1, still completely bananas, but crossovers are that way. Everyone really joins the adventure this time. The doctor wants Geordi as a companion. Sure thing. Five out of five bananas.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    This is an uninspired story with substandard artwork. Nevertheless, it did speak to my general fondness for all things Who and Trek. Recommended for die-hard fans only.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline O.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Star Trek: the Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation(2) vol. 2 picks up where the previous volume left off, with the Borg asking Picard to help them against the Cybermen. Picard's answer is "no, absolutely not," The Doctor and even Amy try to change Picard's mind, to no avail. Finally, the Doctor takes Picard in the TARDIS to a tour of his (and the galaxy's) future if he doesn't stop the Cybermen. After this encounter, Picard agrees to try it his way. Picard and company, the Doctor, Amy, and Star Trek: the Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation(2) vol. 2 picks up where the previous volume left off, with the Borg asking Picard to help them against the Cybermen. Picard's answer is "no, absolutely not," The Doctor and even Amy try to change Picard's mind, to no avail. Finally, the Doctor takes Picard in the TARDIS to a tour of his (and the galaxy's) future if he doesn't stop the Cybermen. After this encounter, Picard agrees to try it his way. Picard and company, the Doctor, Amy, and Rory beam down to a planet to meet the Borg. They are introduced to The Conduit, a Borg incapable of assimilating other species, who becomes an ambassador. The Conduit explains how the Borg were approached by the Cybermen, their alliance, and how the alliance broke down. He explains that the Cybermen have destroyed the Borg's executive library, thus most Borg are now inert. The Doctor lets Picard know that gold (especially gold dust) is deadly to Cybermen. Picard goes to get gold from the mining planet that's home to fish people as seen at the beginning of the first volume (the Doctor does tag along on the trip and shows off his negotiating skills with the natives). Then the Doctor, Amy, and Rory return in the TARDIS to the battle of Wolf 359 - they materialize the TARDIS on a Borg ship and manage to acquire a copy of the executive library, then return to the Enterprise. The Doctor then leads Worf, an Enterprise Security Strike Team, Amy, Rory, Picard, Data, and the Conduit on a mission to install the Executive Library back in to the Borg aboard a Cyber Armada ship. Meanwhile, on the Enterprise, Geordie works to increase the Enterprise speed, and as we find out later, to develop a gold-based weapon that will work in space. Despite difficulties and an encounter with the Cyber Controller - the Doctor's mission to restore the Borg is successful. However, they return to the TARDIS to discover the Conduit has merged with the alien intelligence of the TARDIS herself and is attempting to control it. Data stops this by briefly merging with the TARDIS and the Conduit is thrown out the TARDIS doors and into outer space. Data recovers. The TARDIS returns the Enterprise crew to their ship. The Doctor, Amy, and Rory leave the Enterprise. I enjoyed this graphic novel. The art is beautiful, and has a painted quality. Everyone is in character, though with so many characters, some of them only get one good scene. I thought Rory was underused in this novel for example, though I liked the scene between him and Dr. Crusher where they discuss Rory being a nurse. One good point about this novel is that, although their are a lot of action scenes, they aren't solved by fisticuffs. The security strike team does shoot at the Cybermen with specially adapted phasers, but cleverness is more highly valued throughout the story than mere violence. For example, Data helps Picard and company escape at one point by forcing open a door and holding it while everyone goes through then jumping through himself - it's a fit of strength that reminds one of Data's abilities. But everyone - Amy, Rory, the Doctor, Worf, Geordie, Dr. Crusher, Deanna Troi, Commander Riker, and especially Picard all get to use their talents in service to the story. Some only briefly, but they are there - which is important in a crossover. Recommended.

  22. 4 out of 5

    MC

    The awesomeness that is the crossover adventure of the Eleventh Doctor and the crew of the starship Enterprise continues in Star Trek The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation Vol. 2. The story leaves off from the end of the previous volume, wherein the crew of the Enterprise are prepared to leave the Borg and the Cybermen to battle it out, and are refusing to intervene. Normally, this would actually make military sense, as when you have two deadly adversaries attempting to destroy each other, The awesomeness that is the crossover adventure of the Eleventh Doctor and the crew of the starship Enterprise continues in Star Trek The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation Vol. 2. The story leaves off from the end of the previous volume, wherein the crew of the Enterprise are prepared to leave the Borg and the Cybermen to battle it out, and are refusing to intervene. Normally, this would actually make military sense, as when you have two deadly adversaries attempting to destroy each other, it makes sense to let them. That way, they expend their energies on each other, and not you. Unfortunately, in this case it would lead to disastrous results, as one side or the other would easily be able to convert the other side's tech to further their own plans of conquest. Desperate to prevent such a catastrophe, the Doctor takes Captain Picard for a trip on the TARDIS to show him the horrors that will be unleashed if the Cybermen win this confrontation (which they are close to doing). In a nutshell, absolute apocalypse. Every. Single. Universe. Ever. Will. Be. Enslaved. Seeing the bad future that will occur if they don't act, Picard agrees to ally with the Borg to destroy the Cybermen. But the combined might of the Cyberman-Enslaved Borg fleet is such a formidable danger, that even the Doctor and the crew of the Enterprise together may not be able to defeat them. This was a really great second part to this crossover. The story hit on the strengths of both franchises. The techno-babble and pseudo-science of the Star Trek franchise, and the bubbly absurdity and last-minute genius of the Doctor in his own franchise, were both on display. This was a really great difference between this and the first volume, as the actual characters themselves were better explored. When you read the Doctor, Amy, Rory, Picard, Riker, Worf, Data, etc., you could see them acting the way they do/did on their respective television shows. The only part that disappointed me was how there were no more references to the Fourth Doctor and the original Enterprise facing off against the Cybermen, as happened in the first volume. This isn't a minus against the story, just somewhat of a let-down for me, as the Fourth Doctor is my all-time favorite incarnation. I'll make two more comments about this story. As with the last volume, the art was gorgeous, and almost worth the price of the book alone just to see it. Also, the ending of the story shows the Borg contemplate time travel, which works as a nice combination shout-out/canonical reference to the plot of Star Trek: First Contact. This was a great conclusion to the story. Absolute win. :D

  23. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    This crossover continues where the previous volume ends. It is time to decide whether or not the Enterprise and the Doctor should assist the Borg by getting a copy of their database library from the past and restoring it in the present. The story quickly picks up pace from there, drawing on characters and situations scene in the previous volume. Riker does have an interesting subplot as he deals with the fact that the representative from the Borg is a former Starfleet officer who had been assimi This crossover continues where the previous volume ends. It is time to decide whether or not the Enterprise and the Doctor should assist the Borg by getting a copy of their database library from the past and restoring it in the present. The story quickly picks up pace from there, drawing on characters and situations scene in the previous volume. Riker does have an interesting subplot as he deals with the fact that the representative from the Borg is a former Starfleet officer who had been assimilated at Wolf 359 and a good friend. Riker can't help but wonder if they can save him like they were able to save Picard from being Locutus. Rory and Amy, along with the Doctor, provide a good share of the humor that is sprinkled throughout. That helps capture the done from their franchise. The art does seem to shift in this volume so I am not sure if they changed artists. I must admit that I forgot to check. With that said, the art still captures everyone so they really do look like the actors who portray the characters on film quite nicely. This volume does finish up the arc, though it ties things up in a way that there is a hint for possible future crossovers. All-in-all, I was very happy with this volume as well.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mikael Kuoppala

    The ridiculously perfect premise of crossing Doctor Who over with Star Trek The Next Generation comes to full fruitation with the latter part of this duology about a joint assimilation effort by the Cybermen and the Borg. The space time continuum is a mess and the fate of the multiverse hangs in the balance as our brilliant protagonists join forces to fix that which is unraveling. Both Trek and Who have always utilized their cold, unfeeling antagonists well, making what might easily be a series o The ridiculously perfect premise of crossing Doctor Who over with Star Trek The Next Generation comes to full fruitation with the latter part of this duology about a joint assimilation effort by the Cybermen and the Borg. The space time continuum is a mess and the fate of the multiverse hangs in the balance as our brilliant protagonists join forces to fix that which is unraveling. Both Trek and Who have always utilized their cold, unfeeling antagonists well, making what might easily be a series of goofy stories about cyborg invasion both psychologically and philosophically engaging. “Assimilation 2” stays true to its source material, we get wonderful character moments here- Picard's trauma from being assimilated is handled exceptionally well-, and the plotting is as clever as a fan could ever hope for. More of these, please. When you mix brilliant with brilliant and do it as…brilliantly as has been done here, what you get is completely, well, brilliant. See how what little eloquence I once might have possessed has been taken away by the literary overload of this book? Read it and be overwhelmed with geeky, intelligent sci-fi ecstasy.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Larry

    As with the first issue, characterization and plot seem pretty will spot on with respects to both series. I guess the only critiscism I had is that the captain could be able to overcome his hatred of the borg to work with them even with the doctors persuasion....although these were extrodinary circumstances, so i think i buy it with the exception that picard would have lost his cool more so than shown. but other than that, marvelouse. art was a little bit more iffy than the first issue, at least As with the first issue, characterization and plot seem pretty will spot on with respects to both series. I guess the only critiscism I had is that the captain could be able to overcome his hatred of the borg to work with them even with the doctors persuasion....although these were extrodinary circumstances, so i think i buy it with the exception that picard would have lost his cool more so than shown. but other than that, marvelouse. art was a little bit more iffy than the first issue, at least to begin with, but by the end it was amazing, and the bonus art at the end created waves of nerdgasm :) so once more, fans should like it i think, though those not in love with both series may be slightly more challenged. if they do another cross over i kind of wish they'd throw Q into the works. a meating between he and the doctor might be interesting. and...while i know plotwise it makes no sence, i think a torch wood/deep space 9 cross over would be neet....they could be investigating an interdemensional portal or something...idk

  26. 4 out of 5

    Adam Graham

    This book collects the second half of the Star Trek: TNG/Doctor Who crossover, Issues 5-8. This is decent but not quite as good as the first four issues. One thing is there's a lot of dialogue and a lot of exposition. Issue 5 is a LOT of exposition and dialogue as the Doctor and friends try and convince Captain Pickard to hear out Borg who are wanting an alliance against the Cybermen. We get a ton of backstory on Pickard having been assimilated and events of, "The Best of Both Worlds." I suppose This book collects the second half of the Star Trek: TNG/Doctor Who crossover, Issues 5-8. This is decent but not quite as good as the first four issues. One thing is there's a lot of dialogue and a lot of exposition. Issue 5 is a LOT of exposition and dialogue as the Doctor and friends try and convince Captain Pickard to hear out Borg who are wanting an alliance against the Cybermen. We get a ton of backstory on Pickard having been assimilated and events of, "The Best of Both Worlds." I suppose it's necessary for Doctor Who fans who don't know TNG, but it's very involved. We also have an attempt to add on emotional drama by making the Borg representative an old friend of Riker's who doesn't actually play a big role in the story. However, the good stuff comes in Issues 7 and 8 as we have the TARDIS aboard a Borg ship and we have the Enterprise crew teaming up with the Doctor and a clash between the Doctor and Worf over the raid. It really does feel believable. So while there's some pacing issues, this is still a decent conclusion to the story.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    All in all a very satisfying conclusion to a rather unique crossover comic. No one would think that these two properties could work together, yet the author's respectful handling of them maintains their integrity. Some parts do not mesh as well as they did in volume one. Picard feels unlike himself at times, especially when he lets Guinan reveal his past with the borg. While this is important for the Doctor to understand, there were other ways to relate it. On the other hand, Data's interactions All in all a very satisfying conclusion to a rather unique crossover comic. No one would think that these two properties could work together, yet the author's respectful handling of them maintains their integrity. Some parts do not mesh as well as they did in volume one. Picard feels unlike himself at times, especially when he lets Guinan reveal his past with the borg. While this is important for the Doctor to understand, there were other ways to relate it. On the other hand, Data's interactions with the Doctor continue to be high points. The paintery style which looked so good in the last volume unfortunately loses some of its charm. Faces can be ill-proportioned, or slightly off-tone, feeling as if the artist did not take as much time and care with them. Otherwise it still manages to capture the actors' performances. Storywise, it is an exciting conclusion, with a humourous final note.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Raj

    This pair of graphic novels crosses over the Eleventh Doctor (+ Ponds) with the Next Gen crew of the Enterprise, where the Cybermen have crossed dimensions to team up with the Borg and wreak havoc across the galaxy. Obviously, it's up to the Doctor to convince the Enterprise crew that's he's right and to save the day. It also very much felt like a Doctor Who story, featuring the Enterprise crew as guest stars. The Doctor gets the starring role (quite rightly, in my opinion) and the others just a This pair of graphic novels crosses over the Eleventh Doctor (+ Ponds) with the Next Gen crew of the Enterprise, where the Cybermen have crossed dimensions to team up with the Borg and wreak havoc across the galaxy. Obviously, it's up to the Doctor to convince the Enterprise crew that's he's right and to save the day. It also very much felt like a Doctor Who story, featuring the Enterprise crew as guest stars. The Doctor gets the starring role (quite rightly, in my opinion) and the others just admire his cleverness. While there are few surprises in the story (Cyber-betrayal, check; lots of meetings in the observation lounge, check; "it's bigger on the inside!", check) it's pacy enough and it's fun. And the art is rather lovely, with most likenesses being caught pretty well (although, oddly, not Amy). So it was just sort of okay, and certainly not memorable (frankly, I'd rather have seen more of adventure in ancient Egypt).

  29. 5 out of 5

    Trae Stratton

    If ever there were two universes meant to collide it is without a doubt Doctor Who and Star Trek. Throw in an alliance between the Borg and Cybermen and the plot possibilities are endless. Though a deft hand is evident in the portrayal of each of the characters and the story meshes the distinct philosphies of each show perfectly, I have to dock a star because the ending felt a bit lazy, perhaps even rushed- almost as if the writers thought they had one more issue to fill. However, Picard taking If ever there were two universes meant to collide it is without a doubt Doctor Who and Star Trek. Throw in an alliance between the Borg and Cybermen and the plot possibilities are endless. Though a deft hand is evident in the portrayal of each of the characters and the story meshes the distinct philosphies of each show perfectly, I have to dock a star because the ending felt a bit lazy, perhaps even rushed- almost as if the writers thought they had one more issue to fill. However, Picard taking a trip in the TARDIS and the poignancy of the Doctor's brush with Locutus at the Battle of Wolf 359 "Bad Wolf yet again" make the tale irresistable and worthwhile to fans of both universes. If someone, anyone is looking for ideas, a battle of wits between the Doctor and Q while the Enterpise fights off an invasion of Weeping Angels would be "Fantastic!"

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

    (I just lost the 2 paragraphs I had typed so I'll try and type up a quick redo, of course the second time won't be as good as the first.) It had been so long since I last read the prior volume. I had requested my retailer reserve me a copy when the book arrived on the shelves, unfortunately the books were flying off the shelf so a replacement copy was ordered for me. But the book never found it's way into my file and it took me months to discover I never finished the story. I asked for the store (I just lost the 2 paragraphs I had typed so I'll try and type up a quick redo, of course the second time won't be as good as the first.) It had been so long since I last read the prior volume. I had requested my retailer reserve me a copy when the book arrived on the shelves, unfortunately the books were flying off the shelf so a replacement copy was ordered for me. But the book never found it's way into my file and it took me months to discover I never finished the story. I asked for the store copy to be placed into my file. I thought this series was good as the creators did a fine job maintaining the spirit of both shows for this crossover. The dialogue and situations were believable. I would think ST: TNG or DW fans might be delighted with this adventure about Borgs and Cybermen teaming up against both franchises.

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