Planet of the Apes: Urchak’s Folly 4 (April 1991)

Coming to the end, Urchak’s Folly falls victim to a problem I hadn’t anticipated. Chaloner doesn’t do the finished pencils, just layouts. Gates takes over the pencil finishes and it shows. One could use this series, then, as an example of how inkers don’t always make an exceptional difference. But Chaloner’s writing is still strong. The big revelation this issue is unexpected. I had thought it’d be a dream, the entire Planet of the Apes franchise, but it’s not. Chaloner actually ties it all in to another famous work of science fiction, but I won’t spoil it… even though no … Continue reading Planet of the Apes: Urchak’s Folly 4 (April 1991)

Planet of the Apes: Urchak’s Folly 3 (March 1991)

Chaloner doesn’t have too much quality drop, but there is a little. He’s delaying the revelations about the protagonist by introducing new material—stuff from the movies, actually—and then the titular Urchak going nutty. But Urchak isn’t as interesting as the rest of the cast. He works far better when he’s silent and dangerous instead of loud and insane. Still, Chaloner can get away with it, particularly since he opens the issue with a couple wonderful double page spreads. The art in this issue, like always with Folly, surprises me. It doesn’t fit with what I think of Adventure in general … Continue reading Planet of the Apes: Urchak’s Folly 3 (March 1991)

Planet of the Apes: Urchak’s Folly 2 (February 1991)

I’m a little taken aback by Folly. The first issue was shockingly good for a licensed property, but this one is even better. Chaloner uses the franchise to tell this fantastic story of mismatched characters. The Apes setting is both a constraint and a device to bring the elements together. This issue reveals, like everyone at Adventure, Chaloner plays fast and loose with continuity. Only here, who cares? It’s such a good comic, it’s too bad it’s tied to the rest of the Apes. It really ought to be collected. Chaloner has set up this miserable expedition, with all sorts … Continue reading Planet of the Apes: Urchak’s Folly 2 (February 1991)

Planet of the Apes: Urchak’s Folly 1 (January 1991)

Urchak’s Folly is quite a surprise. I had little expectations from the comic, but it turns out it’s rather good. Gary Chaloner, who writes and pencils, sort of brings Burroughs to the Apes franchise. His protagonist is amnesiac and moving through a lush backdrop where all the people are primitive. And then there are the apes. It’s one of those approaches I can’t believe didn’t occur to anyone else—John Carter of the Planet of the Apes—but Chaloner deserves all the credit. His art is also strong, which was a surprise (Folly’s an Adventure comic after all). The action is smooth … Continue reading Planet of the Apes: Urchak’s Folly 1 (January 1991)