With one issue to go, things are certainly kicking into high gear with Star Trek/Doctor Who Assimilation 2 #7. Having spent several issues exploring back stories and developing strange alliances, now is the time that everything starts to put into place. This is a series that subtly rewards its fans for sticking with it to the end; a trend that doesn’t stop this issue either.
The official description from IDW:
The Doctor and his companions must travel into the past and navigate through one of the Federation’s most crushing defeats in order to prevent an even worse fate in the present!
Picking up from the last issues conclusion, this issue sees a lot of the Borg and Cybermen. There’s also a great deal of sneaking around. Due to this, this issue feels more like Doctor Who than Star Trek. The Doctor definitely seems to be the one in charge, although this isn’t always true. Still, the writing is fluid and is confident in its ability to merge to two franchises together successfully. The expanded cast feel comfortable and familiar now, making these final moments all the more sweeter.
As for the artwork, the blurry style is questionable here. When dealing with excessive amounts of Borg and Cybermen, two baddies that like to utilize a single colour, the artistic approach makes distinguished hard to tell. The Cybermen in the distance are nothing more than grey shapes. It does attempt to throw in some shades of green, but the opening pages ave very dull. Fortunately, the latter pages are much more lively and vibrant.
As for as planning the series goes, this issue certainly sets up the conclusion. The ending seems so simple; which, if either show is to go by, won’t go as planned. Yet this seems to be part of this crossover’s charm, taking audience expectations and playing with them. The plan and plot seems so simple, everyone KNOWS its going to go wrong, the fun is waiting to find out how, why and how its resolved.
Of course, this is only in one more issue, which might lead to quick pacing. This issue does take its time, providing a slow ‘calm before the storm’ moments, but this hopefully won’t be at the sacrifice of the next issues timing.