The GeeksversePlanet of the Apes #7 -Review

Planet of the Apes #7 -Review
Published on Monday, October 24, 2011 by

This is not a zombie book. Knowing the source movies or having watched the more recent films is not required to understand this franchise tie-in product. Like Dynamite’s Terminator/Robocop only a passing familiarity with this product is needed. The premise is simple enough, and well executed, proving that sci-fi doesn’t have to limp along following the undead. A horde of apes can be fun too.

Heck, understanding the differences between monkeys, apes, gorillas, and other primate mammals is not necessary either. No science classes are necessary to follow this tale.

I purposefully keep mentioning zombie comics 1) because the industry is flooded and 2) because this still works as an accessible and interesting post-apocalyptic tale in its own right.

Issue #7 is “The Devils Pawn” part 3. As the third part of a story arc this may not be the most accessible starting point for new readers. Although it is generally accessible I would recommend grabbing back issues of the first two parts to catch yourself up.

Inside this story we find apes with guns and the humans that populate Skintown under rule. Of course this presents a perfect opportunity to ask who is the beast in this series tyrant or slave? Underground resistance trying to over throw despots with a little racism thrown in. It is an odd mix.

In this issue knowing the main players would be helpful. Otherwise understanding the need for the most advanced armaments is completely understandable. Technology makes a leap forward in the last page reveal of this issue. Technology, a line between man and ape, is continually blurred in this series. What does that leave to judge ourselves?

Written by Daryl Gregory
Drawn by Carlos Magno
Colors by Nolan Woodard
Letters by Travis Lanham
Edited by Ian Brill

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