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Review: Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes #1 (of 4)

Posted By: Wonder Worlock
Wed, 11/02/2011 - 10:55

An ape’s best friend is his pet human. But what happens when one ape attempts to teach that silent human sign language? Is this the evolution of the ape society as a whole or … heresy?

In the wake of the best-selling comic, Planet of the Apes, and within the continuity of the original film franchise comes this new four-issue mini from BOOM! Studios, Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes. And it starts out with a bang!

Twenty years before the arrival of Taylor, the old ape caste system is breaking down and new ideas – controversial new ideas – are coming before the Council of Elders, which is not happy at all. Some seem to even violate the words of the Lawgiver, and that indeed seems like sacrilege.

In the midst of this atmosphere, as social taboos are starting to tumble, the feared and respected General Aleron finds himself at the center of a conspiracy that could transform ape/human relations. And Aleron's journey puts him face to face with ... Dr. Zaius! And a discovery that no ape should ever learn.

The tale is a complex one that moves with the grace of a chimp through the trees. Co-writers Gabriel Hardman (Hulk, Agents of Atlas) and Corinna Sara Bechko (Heathentown, Fear Itself: The Home Front) keep the great atmosphere of the parent comic and film series with the language and voice of each individual.

Hardman also handles the art chores in spectacular fashion and keeps those flavors Planet of the Apes alive here. Kudos to colorist Jordie Bellaire for the understated coloring chores that make this series believable and in line with its cinematic parent.

A great start to a great mini. Try it, and you too will go ape for Planet of the Apes!