In issue 4, the Borg has requested help from the Enterprise in dealing with the Cybermen who have reneged on their compromise and are working to convert the Borg from Borg to Cybermen. (Think Hitler/Stalin pact before World War II and Hitler breaking the treaty forcing Stalin to join the Allied forces).
In this issue, Captain Picard has refused to listen to the Borg’s request for help. The Doctor begs the Captain on the grounds the Borg can provide information that could lead to the destruction of the Cybermen.
Guinan explains to the Doctor the events of “The Best of Both Worlds” which explains Picard’s hatred towards the Borg. Upon his continued refusal, Amy Pond tells her story to Picard and in turn he is invited on to the TARDIS.
The Doctor plays “Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come” and shows Picard how the Cybermen will take over the universe. Picard ultimately relents, and the issue ends with Picard choosing to hear out the Borg’s request.
Jumping to the chase, this was the best issue of the series by far. The entire issue was a contemplation by Captain Picard and living up to his nightmare past with the Borg. Seeing the Doctor and Picard engage in a “pissing contest” nerds have been salivating for is worth the cover price of this issue.
Also in this issue, Guinan suggests (to an extent) that the Borg are actually an alternate version of the Cyberman – definitely something worth contemplating.
Art wise, Gordon Purcell’s pencils were fun and the coloring by J.K. Woodward always hits the project out of the park. Woodward continues to prove he is one of the best artists in the business (second to colorist Jeff Balke).
However, the cover is one of the best I have ever seen. Take another long hard look at it and tell me this does not belong on a poster and framed on someone’s wall.
Scott and David Tipton are telling a fun story and I am glad I am in it for the long haul, as will you!
Pick up Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who #5 here. Check out the review of Star Trek the Next Generation/Doctor Who #4 here and Star Trek the Next Generation/Doctor Who Volume 1 (featuring the first four issues of this miniseries) is available here.
Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who #5
Scott & David Tipton, Writers
Gordon Purcell, Pencils
J.K. Woodward, Paints
Shawn Lee, Letterer