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Posted by: Byron Brewer

Advanced Review: Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm #4

Writer: 
Corinna Bechko
Writer: 
Gabriel Hardman
Art: 
Damian Couciero
Colors: 
Darrin Moore
Letterer: 
Ed Dukeshire
Cover: 
Alex Ross
Publisher: 
BOOM! Studios
Price: 
$3.99
Release Date: 
December 5, 2012

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The Apes franchise continues to be in good hands with writers Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman as old flames are rekindled, secrets revealed and Ape Society as a whole teeters on the brink of calamity in Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm #4.

We saw last issue that the book is not titled “cataclysm” for naught, and that feeling of rescue, of disaster, or absolute urgency continues here as Ape must trust Ape even though a sacred law has been broken and the knowledge thereof is spreading even faster than the wildfire that threatens lives.

Bechko and Hardman continue to delve into the politics and caste system of the Ape Society even as the humans of the Underground worship a bomb that could destroy both of their “worlds.” The threat of nuclear holocaust and loss of trust leaves all our heroes adrift (some literally).

And with nowhere left to turn, Zaius must trust the one Ape that has the most to hide!

Artist Damian Couciero continues to render the action and the emotion in a manner in keeping with the BOOM handling of the franchise thus far, the dusty but detail-filled art of landscape, structures and Apes that harkens back to the films on which this sci-fi comic is based. Flawless!

I cannot say enough for BOOM’s efforts on this front, and I appreciate all involved for keeping this book the praise-worthy mag it has been and continues to be. A keeper!

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