This issue isn’t just easily the worst one, so far, of Planet of the Apes, it’s bad.
Moench runs into two big problems. I won’t even bother mentioning how Herb Trimpe is not of the artistic caliber the series usually has illustrating. No, Moench instead finds a big old issue with each of his stories, the original one and the adaptation.
In the original one, he continues his tale of the time traveller in search of the lost astronauts from the first movie. Only Moench apparently wasn’t allowed to use any of the original apes (much less the humans) so it makes no sense. He’s got major continuity problems and doesn’t do anything to explain them.
Alcala’s still good on the Conquest adaptation, but Moench is racing through it. His dialogue’s nonsensical and he’s only barely following the movie.
The series has been excellent until now… the issue’s rather upsetting.