The GeeksverseExile of the Planet of the Apes #1 of 4 –Advanced Review

Exile of the Planet of the Apes #1 of 4 –Advanced Review
Published on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 by

Boom! brings another issue of Planet of the Apes to local comic shops tomorrow. We have a peek at this iconic sci-fi property ahead of time. Also this week is an installment of Elric for fantasy fans, but that is another story…

From the team that brought you BETRAYAL OF THE PLANET OF THE APES comes an all new Apes saga! Gabriel Hardman (HULK, AGENTS OF ATLAS) and Corinna Bechko (HEATHENTOWN, FEAR ITSELF: THE HOME FRONT) team up with red hot artist Marc Laming (AMERICAN CENTURY, THE RINSE) to take the fan-favorite franchise to all new heights in this can’t-miss mini-series. With ape society gripped in uncertainty, Doctor Zaius must find a way to unite the warring factions before they rip the city apart. It’s up to one lowly chimp to seek out the famed, disgraced General Aleron deep in the heart of the Forbidden Zone, with a secret that might help — or destroy!

Planet of the Apes fandom might not be as rabid as red shirts and brown shirts lurking around the internet, but it is a classic property that is seeing a complete revival.

Written by Corinna Sara Bechko, Gabriel Hardman
Art by Marc Laming
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
COVER A: Gabriel Hardman
COVER B: Declan Shalvey

In a village 10 miles from Ape City, resistance is mounting. The slaves don’t want to be servants anymore. After the last Ape mini-series, violence has begot violence. Evoking Charlton Heston and other stronger than Marky Mark Whalberg heroes, this issue starts off with a bang to the side of the head and does not let up.

If you’re rooting for the human resistance  then this issue is for you.  The caged humans being experimented on by orangutans are full of tortured sympathy. Horse riding looks magical.Everything is as it should be in this post-apocalyptic tale.

In a world obsessed with zombies, vampires, and other non-realities this post-apocalyptic tale should really light fires in fandoms.Like all analogous literature, this can easily reflect the economic trauma.  Given that the real world is full of uncertainty, having sequential literature reflect those fears into palpable abstractions is important. S. King pointed out that these metaphorical surrogates help remove the grey areas and return the audience to simpler state of black and white. Herein that breaks down as politics and class warfare are amplified as blurry grey areas.  The resistance is not as simple as it should be, but that is part of the ongoing beauty of Planet of the Apes from Boom!

The last page reveal will have you asking “Aleirn, what have you done?”

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