01 January 2006

Revolution on the Planet of The Apes #1

Premise: Last night, the apes took over San Diego. Is America next?

This six-issue miniseries takes place between the fourth and fifth films in the Planet of the Apes series (Conquest of... and Battle for..., respectively). The story by Joe O'Brien and Ty Templeton is very much in the spirit of the movies and is packed with social and political commentary. Salgood Sam's art is uneven, but it is very much in keeping with the cold, sterile art design of the fourth film. The backup story by Templeton and Attilla, which introduces the antagonist of the miniseries, is excellent. And for people who haven't seen the movies, the first few pages contain a timeline that sums up the events of the first four films.

Recommended for: Fans of the Planet of the Apes films; people who like political allegory in their science fiction.
Not recommended for: people who absolutely refuse to take stories with talking monkeys seriously.

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