This issue has some insurmountable problems.
First, Sonny Trinidad takes over the pencils. He’s really, really bad. Planet of the Apes, thanks to him doing both the chapters in the issue, now becomes an ugly comic. It had some rough issues… but nothing compared to Trinidad. His reference for everything ape related seems to be the 1976 King Kong movie poster. One would think he’d never seen any of the Planet of the Apes movies.
The second problem stems from both chapters being part of the Battle adaptation. Battle for the Planet of the Apes is a dumb movie. Moench sticks with the dumb plotting of the film and it hurts. When Roddy McDowell disappears in the movie for a bit because he didn’t like the makeup or whatever, Moench doesn’t realize he doesn’t need to disappear in the comic book adaptation.
It’s not his fault, it’s bad source material.
Guillem March’s understanding of human anatomy isn’t much better than, say, Rob Liefeld’s… only March is a lot slicker. He also seems to understand he’s making short cuts and compensates. There are maybe five really good panels in this Catwoman relaunch.
One is of her and Batman pre-coital.
I assume Judd Winick got permission to write Batman like a stuck-up prude who gets busy with an “at large” criminal, but who knows… I just hope someone at DC recommends this book to kids.
It’s a fairly lame comic book. Catwoman gets a Microchip. There are Russian mobsters. She apparently did live on the streets for a while (it’s unclear if she was a hooker though). She and Batman have a leather fetish. It’s nearly fanfic, but Winick’s nowhere near as creative with the plotting as he is with the foreplay.
It’s bad, but nothing special in its badness.
Moench breaks with the Battle movie story and finally makes the details work better in the adaptation. I suppose his bridging story foreshadowed the approach, but I wish he’d used it for all the adaptations. Instead, it’s just going to be for the finale.
Alcala takes over the art chores and he does a fine job. It’s a little nonsensical–the story seems to take place near New York, but it’s almost like no one ever remembers there are other U.S. cities.
Still, competent writing and great art go a long way.
The original story, more of Moench and Sutton’s sea epic, continues. It’s excellent, with the crew discovering a radioactive ship made out of an old cathedral.
Moench makes a huge revelation very quietly–like the editor missed it. There are lots of Lawgivers, not just the one in the story. It makes the Planet far more finite.