Posted by: Byron Brewer

Review: Exile on the Planet of the Apes #1 (of 4)

Corinna Bechko
Gabriel Hardman
Marc Laming
Jordie Bellaire
Ed Dukeshire
Gabriel Hardman, Jordie Bellaire
BOOM! Studios
Release Date: 
March 14, 2012


It is two years after the ending point of the CBN fave mini-series Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes by BOOM! Studios, and it is time for revenge!

Writers Corinna Bechko (Fear Itself: The Home Front) and Gabriel Hardman (Hulk, Agents of Atlas) have returned to the simian-dominated world to bring us the follow-up to this Apes saga with the four-issue mini, Exile on the Planet of the Apes, and I must say the first issue gets the story going on a most furious pace.

Humans are attacking Ape villages, robbing them of goods, creating illegal trade routes and acting most -- well, human. Meanwhile, the Apes continue to hold onto the Earth as their birthright and to their superiority over humans, whose population (save in a few instances) is becoming work slaves or just wild beasts. 

Does the answer to it all lie in the heart of the planet’s Forbidden Zone with the disgraced General Aleron? It is the mission of one lowly chimp to discover this as well as its destiny.

While Hardman does not illustrate this story, artist Marc Laming (American Century) does a great job in holding onto both the cinematic feel Hardman was able to exhibit in Betrayal and also gives us a depth of character that keeps the proceedings from being just another talking Ape fest.

Kudos to colorist Jordie Bellaire for the muted color palate that has followed this saga into its many parts, making the scenes so real and also linking them with their film genre parent.

The time for revenge is afoot. Get all of it you want in this wonderful beginning of new mini-series on them damn dirty Apes!


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