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. Maybe because Boom!’s got a dollar issue next, it doesn’t matter. It’s the last issue before an imposed “jumping on” point. But Gregory takes enough story for half an issue and stretches it. Modern comics are already stretched enough for trades and Apes is no different. There’s zero “A plot” payoff here and, worse, there’s no “B plot.” The character drama from the first couple issues has … Continue reading Planet of the Apes 4 (July 2011)

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 before the first movie, maybe the movie isn’t going to be precisely how it works. The movie’s got a cheap, limited set. The comic doesn’t… is it moving towards cheap, limitedness or is the movie going to be revamped? Those questions are important for a movie tie-in book. Otherwise, the issue’s okay. Except Gregory doesn’t know how to make the humans sympathetic. The humans in Apes aren’t … Continue reading Planet of the Apes 3 (June 2011)

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 panel, it’s striking, especially since it’s usually something inexplicable–like drawing a character bad when one panel before it was fine or good. But Magno’s art is a small quibble. Boom!’s Apes continues to be harmless licensed material, even as Gregory starts moving towards choppy water. He includes one of the mutants from Beneath, which creates a narrative problem. The reader might recognize the character, but the protagonists … Continue reading Planet of the Apes 2 (May 2011)

Planet of the Apes 1 (April 2011)

Damn, Daryl Gregory kills John Huston. Gregory’s got a rough task—the franchise has always had a confined setting, both in time and place (regardless of jumping around). He remedies it a little… oh, wait, it takes place before the first movie? They use the text paragraph on the indicia and title page for important facts. I never pay attention to those paragraphs. Anyway, the apes and humans (friends after the last movie in the series—the original series) are undergoing an industrial revolution, which presumably is long gone when Charlton Heston shows up. It makes for a decent, Dickensian setup. Gregory … Continue reading Planet of the Apes 1 (April 2011)