Star Trek/Doctor Who #1-5

The two greatest science-fiction properties of all time cross over for the first time in history! 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 time-travelling Doctor and his companions, with the fate of the galaxy hanging in the balance!

The Good
The Crossover/history – I’m not a Star Trek fan, probably never will be, but even I got excited when I 1st heard about this almost 9 months ago.  For avid SciFi fans, the idea of this crossover is close to epic.

With each having been around for such a long time, it is hard to believe that it would take all the way to the 11th Doctor and Captain Picard to finally meet. The books do pay tribute to past icons of each series.

The villain story line – So many possible choices of villains, I wasn’t geeking out when I heard it was going to be the Cybermen and the Borg. But it is working well. Not being a Trekkie, I just pictured the Borg to be like the Cybermen. But their differences are very interesting. It is really great to see the two interact.

With that said, the series isn’t over and I would very much love to see another make an appearance- Daleks anyone?

Styles of art -. I know how difficult it is to draw specific human faces. For the majority of the book, I can tell who each character is, even when they are just in the back ground.  Also, the art style changes when a different time period is shown. It works really well and I found that it does keep the flow going.

Amelia Pond – She’s dreamy.

The Bad

The story progression – As much fun as it is to see these characters all together, they’ve only left the Enterprise once so far. The 1st four issues went like this- back story, back story, back story, 2nd to last page is a set up, and cliffhanger last page! Someone fire a photon already. Issue 5 was more back story but, since I didn’t know the Picard into a Borg story line, I found that helpful. As much as I’m loving the idea of this crossover, I’m really wanting things to actually happen.

The colors – Painting is hard. Consistency is even harder. I completely understand that. But what I can’t fathom is when big details are forgotten/ignored. Examples being someone’s eyebrows going from a light grey in one panel to a thick black in the very next, or someone’s skin tone changing. They are too apparent not to notice. Those mistakes break into the flow of the story reading. And honestly, big mistakes like that can be so irritating.

Summary

This series is not always what I was expecting to see, but very enjoyable and fun to read- even though I’m still waiting for “action”.  I can’t wait for the next issue. It really is a big fun power struggle of diplomacy, violence, bias, hope, fear, extermination, and yes, assimilation.

I believe this series works best with fans of the show. There is too much back story going on that, if you’re just picking up this book, wouldn’t be all that intriguing for an every issue basis. However, even just being a fan of Doctor Who, this series is fun. Probably even better if you’re a fan of both shows. The creative team has done a good job at capturing beloved mannerisms and the villains are true to form.  We see lots of crossovers but this one just seems natural and is working really well.

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