Category Archive: Planet of the Apes

Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive 1 (December 2014)

It’s strange, but the best thing about Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Direction so far is Rachael Stott’s artwork. And her artwork isn’t particularly good. She does okay with people in… Continue reading

Planet of the Apes Giant 1 (September 2013)

All you need for a last issue is apparently a sole survivor, a big event and a flash forward in time. Gregory isn’t rewarding his long-time Apes readers with the Giant finale, he’s… Continue reading

Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm 12 (August 2013)

So did Boom! cancel,Cataclysm, did the writers quit or did the license go away? Something obviously happened. This issue jumps three years ahead of the previous one, then another five years from where… Continue reading

Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm 11 (July 2013)

Big reveals, small reveals. Along with the biggest of them all–the twelfth issue is the finale, something I didn’t realize. Bechko and Hardman have always have problems with their Apes series because they’re… Continue reading

Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm 10 (June 2013)

Maybe killing the talking human is why Cornelius doesn’t remember her when Chuck Heston shows up, but it’s hard to say. But she doesn’t die this issue, just gets her throat slit. Meaning… Continue reading

Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm 9 (May 2013)

I can’t believe I’m going to make this statement–Bechko and Hardman are playing too loose with Apes movie continuity. I don’t even like the movies. But they’ve got a talking human here eight… Continue reading

Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm 8 (April 2013)

The story arc, so far as it involves the ape expedition to the valley–I’m liking Bechko and Hardman not getting locked into actual titled arcs–comes to a close. There are a lot of… Continue reading

Planet of the Apes Spectacular 1 (July 2013)

Decades of Apes licensed comics have shown the wide variety of imaginative things a writer can do with the franchise; Daryl Gregory doesn’t do much imagining. He’s got an ape and a human… Continue reading

Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm 7 (March 2013)

It’s funny how the Zaius subplot is actually where Bechko and Hardman have the most problems, even though it’s mostly a talking heads subplot. They’re keeping the Zaius subplot… well, it’s kind of… Continue reading

Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm 6 (February 2013)

As far as expansive mythology goes, Planet of the Apes doesn’t have much. The standards repeat themselves very quickly. But Beckho and Hardman manage to repeat one of those very same standards and… Continue reading

Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm 5 (January 2013)

Bechko and Hardman continue their setup for the first Planet of the Apes movie with… well, I guess it’s kind of a post-disaster story. They’ve introduced all of the primary apes from the… Continue reading

Planet of the Apes Special 1 (February 2013)

Calling this issue a Special seems like a little much. It’s over-sized, maybe, but since nothing happens in it and Diego Barreto’s art wouldn’t be able to convey anything well anyhow… it’s hard… Continue reading

Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm 4 (December 2012)

Are you kidding me? The grand reveal is so obvious I had it figured a page into the sequence. Bechko and Hardman–and I know I’ve complimented them on their adherence to Apes movie… Continue reading

Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm 3 (November 2012)

Boom! needs better editors. Maybe they just didn’t want to piss off Hardman, who’s very high profile even if he is just writing the book, but someone should have–strike that one, needed to–tell… Continue reading

Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm 2 (October 2012)

With Cataclysm‘s second issue, Bechko and Hardman run into a predictable problem. They’re explaining something about a licensed property. In this issue, the reader learns why the ape civilization changes so much in… Continue reading

Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm 1 (September 2012)

Corrina Bechko and Gabriel Hardman come up with something unexpected here in Cataclysm. Historically, Planet of the Apes comics have one big problem–there’s not enough material from the movies to translate into a… Continue reading

Exile on the Planet of the Apes 4 (June 2012)

Bechko and Hardman wrap things up quickly, maybe even getting their Apes series in a place where a sequel might not be pointless. The issue itself concentrates, with the exception of the good… Continue reading

Exile on the Planet of the Apes 3 (May 2012)

Bechko and Hardman have a difficult task this issue. They need to make the humans sympathetic, but the humans’ stupidity gets in the way. The writers fail and basically prove what the bad… Continue reading

Beneath the Planet of the Apes (December 1970)

Beneath the Planet of the Apes is a lame movie, but the comic book adaptation–while it contains the same lame plot, weak Gold Key writing and art–is still a little better. Why? Because… Continue reading

Exile on the Planet of the Apes 2 (April 2012)

I really like the Laming art a lot. He brings personality to the apes during their conversations, lots of pensive thoughts and so on. He deserves a much better script. Bechko and Hardman… Continue reading

Exile on the Planet of the Apes 1 (March 2012)

Exile on the Planet of the Apes has way too much to do with Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman’s last series, Betrayal on the Planet of the Apes. There’s a little synopsis of… Continue reading

Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes 4 (February 2012)

Well, I guess Betrayal does change some things to make the ending more in line with the first movie. All apes can be scientists–doctors–but I don’t think there were any chimp doctors in… Continue reading

Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes 3 (January 2012)

I wonder if Betrayal got four issues because Hardman agreed to do four issues. There’s not enough story for four issues; there’s probably only enough for two. Bechko and Hardman are introducing all… Continue reading

Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes 2 (December 2011)

The second issue of Betrayal has fantastic Hardman art and still no compelling story. Bechko and Hardman seem to think setting a comic near the original movie is enough, but they’re ignoring the… Continue reading

Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes 1 (November 2011)

It’s almost like a mantra… there are no new Planet of the Apes stories to be told, regardless of title, creator or company. Betrayal is no different. There are pro-human apes, anti-human apes… Continue reading

Planet of the Apes 4 (July 2011)

Eh. For the first time, Gregory’s Apes is completely “eh.” I never thought of him as ambitious, but this issue lacks ambition to the degree he’s just churning to get a comic out.… Continue reading

Planet of the Apes 3 (June 2011)

I wish Gregory–and Boom! in general–were more forthcoming. About halfway through the issue, I started wondering if Apes was more a relaunch than just a prequel. Meaning, even though it’s set 1,200 years… Continue reading

Planet of the Apes 2 (May 2011)

Most of Magno’s art is too good for a Planet of the Apes comic. He clearly takes a lot of time and care creating the comic’s setting. So when he has a bad… Continue reading

Revolution on the Planet of the Apes 6 (August 2006)

Even with Fowler back, nothing can stop Revolution from having a lousy finish. O’Brien introduces a fighter pet gorilla. He just shows up. Maybe Templeton planned a second limited series from his point… Continue reading

Revolution on the Planet of the Apes 5 (July 2006)

Swell, Templeton brings in Kent Burles (from the Adventure series) for the backup. Burles’s art is still bad. Worse, Templeton’s script doesn’t have any action, so Burles is doing talking heads. It’s incomprehensible.… Continue reading