Published by Boom! Studios
Writer: Michael Moreci
Artist: Dan McDaid
Colours: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover by Christopher Mitten
Genre – Sci-Fi, Film tie-in
In this review I refer Planet of the Apes as PotA, the two latest films as Rise and Dawn and when I refer to the comic it will be by issue name only.
This six part series plugs the gap between Rise and Dawn. There is a ten year span and as yet it is not clear how much of that gap will be filled. I have marked this review as Spoiler Light as much of the outcomed of the paths the characters take in this miniseries are known from the two films. I am assuming most readers have seen both.
It is two years since the occurrences in Rise. The human population has been reduced by an unimaginable amount. The drugs used in the experiments carried out by Will has mutated in the Apes and spread to Humans as a deadly virus, Simian Flu. The virus is still prevalent leading the human race to an almost an extinction level event.
Koba is exploring with his colleagues Fifer and Cora. Koba’s views of humans is coloured by his treatment at their hands. Unlike Caesar his experiences were almost entirely negative – he explains this eloquently in Dawn.
Meanwhile Malcom is taking his family away from their home which is no longer safe after some strangers attacked them. They take the risk of staying in a Motel, hoping a locked door is safer than a car.
In issue one we saw the birth of Ash, a character whose story is important in Dawn. This issue we learn that Cornelia is pregnant with Caesar’s child; who we know will grow to be Ash’s best friend, Blue Eyes.
There are dark and light aspects in Human and Ape communities, this is one of the main features of both films. If you look at history it is easy to see that disasters bring out the best and worst in people. Apes are our closest relations and Chimpanzees and Bonobos are the closest of all.
Chimpanzees have a reputation of being good planners and are widely known to use tools. They are also perhaps the most violent Ape (after Humans perhaps). The original film series had the Gorillas as the more violent characters and Orangutans as the thinkers – of course Orangutans are also very bright and are known to be tool users.
The lines are being drawn and the script is working well, it was knowing that Michael Moreci was writing this series that made me decide to read it. Yje Ape’s speech is handled well, you can tell the difference between what is said in sign, coloured text without tradition speech bubbles, and what is spoken, with speech bubble.
The art is excellent and it is easy to keep track of the characters.
A great book/