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Boom And DC Remind World That Comics Can Be Fun: Planet Of The Apes/Green Lantern #1

Written by Jeremy Mella on Monday, January 30 2017 and posted in Reviews

Boom And DC Remind World That Comics Can Be Fun: Planet Of The Apes/Green Lantern #1

Space rangers, time travel, talking apes, and more in this throwback to classic sci-fi!

Source: BOOM! Studios

Story by Robbie Thompson

Written by Justin Jordan

Art by Barnaby Bagenda

Colors by Alex Guimarães


I have to admit, when I first heard of this crossover, I had some serious doubts. Thankfully Robbie Thompson and Justin Jordan’s plot give us a mystery to look forward to. All of this is complimented by Barnaby Bagenda’s artwork… mostly, but I’ll get to that later. I will say that if you are a lover of all the silly sci-fi aspects of comics, you’ll feel right at home here. 

Our plot is simple. A mysterious ring crash lands on the future earth which is ruled by apes. Cornelius, one of our heroes from the original Planet of the Apes, finds it and, being a scientist, wants to study it. Meanwhile, our old friend Hal Jordan is informed of a time anomaly happening on earth (the previously mentioned ring crashing) and goes to investigate. A simple plot, but one that works.

While Robbie Thompson plotted the book, it's Justin Jordan’s script that brings life to our characters and worlds. The dialogue between the Green Lanterns gives us some character development for Hal, mixed in with witty banter from Guy Gardner. It all feels genuine and never forced. Speaking of character development, our starring apes, Cornelius and Zira are still the likable characters they were back in 1968. That being said, we do get to see how life for them on earth has gone after the events of the movie. It's little things like that that make me appreciate the writing. 

Unfortunately, there are some negatives here. The biggest one being that Robbie Thompson and Justin Jordan assumed that you have seen the original Planet of the Apes movie and that you're a regular reader of Green Lantern. Major characters from said movie are mentioned but never shown, nor are we given much context to who they are or what they do. A lack of a plot synopsis doesn't help this issue. Is it a deal breaker? No. The book is still a fun read on its own. The same issue also applies to the Green Lantern characters. If you're a Planet of the Apes fan who has never read Green Lantern before, you may be turned off by the fact that no backstory is given for these characters crossing over into your fandom and vice versa for the Green Lantern fans. Again, this does not make our story less enjoyable, just a bit hard to get into for newcomers. 

Now, on to the artwork! Barnaby Bagenda’s pencils, as mentioned earlier, compliment the story… mostly. The art can be a treat for the eyes. The apes look like apes, but have subtle features that make them the super evolved dominant species that they are. Our backgrounds look great! Earth is mostly desert, and it feels like a post apocalyptic wasteland, a place that is harsh and unforgiving. Meanwhile, Oa is a shining example of technical engineering. But, at times the proportions can be a bit off. Nothing as bad as early 90’s proportions, but still noticeable. Thankfully, the colors by Alex Guimarães are absolutely gorgeous. They contrast each other perfectly. Earth looks gloomy and desolate while Oa is bright and glistening. Guimarães’ coloring also helps the already great cover art be even better. Barnaby Bagenda gave us a cover that is simple, yet eye catching; one whose bright coloring helps it stand out in the crowded sales racks. 

Planet of the Apes Green Lantern #1 sets up a grand, epic sci-fi adventure with a bit of mystery and action thrown in. An intriguing story that I want to see how it unfolds. The lack of character backstory may be off putting to newcomers but, in the end, it does not make the plot less enjoyable. The same goes for the few artistic hiccups. Whether you're a  color coded space ranger, or a damn, dirty ape, this is one book you'll want to keep your hands on. 


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