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Posted by: Byron Brewer

Advanced Review: Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm #6

Writer: 
Corinna Bechko
Writer: 
Gabriel Hardman
Pencils: 
Damian Couceiro
Inks: 
Mariano Taibo
Colors: 
Darrin Moore
Letterer: 
Ed Dukeshire
Cover: 
Mitch Breitweiser, Bettie Breitweiser
Publisher: 
BOOM! Studios
Price: 
$3.99
Release Date: 
February 6, 2013

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Questions of the health of produce and, er uh, other things in Painted Valley has the fate of Ape City and those who are striking a deal for much-needed nourishment in doubt.

The secret of the Monster of the Mountains is out, and it points to a science heretofore unknown to Apes.

Morale is at an all-time low at the Chimpanzee Camp as young ones are being recruited for the works of war.

And de facto Council chair Zaius would rather battle the coming crises with books and brains than with a brand of reality he refuses to acknowledge.

Just another day on the Planet of the Apes post-deluge.

Ape society as a whole are starting to drift apart as caste systems are breaking down and reforming. Old mysteries are solved while new mysteries are discovered. And we may still see that population of known people underground yet! Or the Apes will.

While there is no great action as such to this month’s Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm, #6 does offer some fine character work, the progression of plots societal and personal, and lets us explore some of the more ignored characters just a little.

It is such a pleasure to read, and scribes Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman keep the tone of the books the same as has come before, which in turn reflects the film parents of the comic. Everything is done intelligently and for a reason in this book; not by the characters but by the authors.

The art by Damian Couceiro, Mariano Taibo and Darrin Moore actually leave you breathless, especially if you appreciate the palette they are trying to convey from the films themselves. Murky, dank and dusty: damn dirty Apes!

Reading this venture into futuristic sci-fi is fun and intoxicating. I thank BOOM for keeping the experience going. 

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