Star Trek The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation #4
Writer: Scott & David Tipton with Tony Lee
Artist (Pencils): Gordon Purcell
This issue had a lot of things going on with it that I was worried about. First, it is a TV series turned into a comic; not just one, but two. Second, those two TV series end up crossing-over to make this comic. Reading TV shows turned comic issues has not been very successful in my reading experience. I really enjoy Buffy as a comic, but only seeing clips of the show, I don’t really have much to compare it to. Having Star Trek and Doctor Who as a comic series was a little overboard for me. Being on issue #4, I was hoping the art style would improve, but for me it hasn’t. It is mostly the color style and wash that kills it. The art is also based off of the characters in the show, and I felt it was very elementary work. Being a huge Doctor Who fan, I was hoping this would be another item of Who I could be interested in. Unfortunately, the story is too predictable, and the two fandoms smushed together is a lot to take in. The story revolves around the Borg and Cybermen teaming together to reach their human-destroying goal, but the Cybermen end up betraying the Borg and bringing issue #4 to a close. I am not really happy with this series, but if you are a die hard Star Trek or Doctor Who fan, it may be worth a shot. I am giving this series 2 out of 5 Nerdskulls.
Writer: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Artist: Riley Rossmo
Debris is about a woman named Maya living in a dystopian world. Her protector, Calista, ends up passing away and with her last words she asks Maya to find Athabasca; a legend to the people of her town, Maiden. With mechanical monsters running amuck and leaving her town to find an old wives tale, this comic has fantasy and adventure written all over it. This genre of comic is something that almost always sparks my interest and was definitely a refresher after reading the Star Trek/Doctor Who mash-up. Owen Gieni did a wonderful job with the color pallet and hues, making the story really pop. The line work, details, and panel construction kept me interested and intrigued the whole issue through. I loved that you could see the faint marker lines and shade progression from panel to panel. With this story in particular, the over all composition is beautiful and fascinating. I cannot wait for more of this story to unfold, and I believe this is going to be a really great story to follow. I highly recommend picking this series up. If you like Saga, you may enjoy this as well. It is not as adult as Saga is, but this had a similar feel to it. This issue gets 5 out of 5 Nerdskulls.