We re-enter the struggle at hand to the always inquisitive Doctor and his companions traveling backward in time to “Bad Wolf yet again (better known to Star Trek fans as the Borg Battle of Wolf 359).” The Doctor, Amy and Rory are on a mission to find the Borg executive library to find documents to help end the destructive takeover by the double-crossing Cybermen.
On the Enterprise, Captain Jean Luc Picard struggles with the idea of helping the Borg, his greatest enemy, in order to stop them from being wholly converted to the seemingly more destructive Cyberman cause. Picard’s past experiences with the Borg has left him unsure if assisting them is the right course of action. However, having seen the destructive nature of the Cybermen in past issues, the Captain knows something must certainly be done
The Doctor and his companions return to the Enterprise of the future to face the new challenge of using their newly acquired records to disarm the Cybermen. Those who know of the Doctor’s aversion to firearms will enjoy the interwoven disagreement between Worf and the Doctor over which weapons will be allowed on the shared mission. Data’s automatic understanding of the general “bigger on the inside” functions of the TARDIS is also both clever and true to his character.’s nature Scott and David Tipton excel at using subtle word plays and past event reference to truly bring Next Generation and Doctor Who fans together.
JK Woodward again delights us with a style that seems closer to a painting than your standard comic book artwork. He use of drab colors in the representations of the inside of the Cyber Armada ships and Borg Cube ships echo each other with the plain metallic sense of unfeeling progress, yet are discernible in a way that will please fans of both franchises. The bright colors of the Star Fleet uniforms and the TARDIS act as a bright spot to draw the reader to the more human (as well as Klingon and Time Lord) aspects of the story.
This issue succeeds yet again in assimilating us into the combined worlds of Doctor Who and Star Trek: The Next Generation; resistance to the charm of this series is futile after all.