Advance Review: Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes #1

tarzan-on-the-planet-of-the-apes-1-coverWhen it comes to world building and crafting legend and lore, no other writer has influenced generations of writers even those whose have never read him, as Edgar Rice Burroughs has. He has created characters that were multidimensional and definitely created worlds that were than what the average fantasy writer brought to the canon. As he created worlds that were not only lived in, but beautiful and vivid, and engaged the reader. When he wrote Tarzan, he brought that same level of detail to this world, which only perpetuated the character’s notoriety but also its popularity, which can be seen in the most recent movie.

Planet of the Apes, on the other hand, from the original movies, to the TV series, the comic books and the most recent reincarnations including the “could be forgotten” Tim Burton adaptation, has blazed a different path. As with most great science fiction, shines a light of society’s greatest conflicts, whether it is poverty or racism and classism, as Planet of the Apes skillfully portrayed. The creators said even more deftly than Star Trek ever did, as they dealt with how America was in the 1960s and 1970s, and with every viewing, those same issues can be seen clearer and clearer. The recent movies have dealt with xenophobia, in a way that movies like District 9 only wished it could come close to.

BOOM! Studios has been masters at adaptations of popular properties but where they really excel is in putting together crossover events such as Tarzan On the Planet of the Apes with Dark Horse Comics. In this alternate America, Tarzan is a renegade, in present day, as this alternate world reveals his brother Milo to be more articulate and intelligent than how the books portrayed him. Pretty much most of Tarzan’s origin story is very much intact, with the slight difference of the Apes, being the ones from POTA. The fight between Man and Ape is still very much alive in this alternate world, but instead of warring factions, it comes off more as a civil war, one that literature has not seen in such an intriguing fashion.

Overall, a great first issue, that fires on all cylinders, as this series so far reminds of the brilliant Steven Barnes classic, Lion’s Blood, as both books ask similar questions, and doesn’t give the reader a chance to flinch when it asks the hard questions. The story by Tim Seeley and David Walker immerses the reader into a world, familiar enough but not all at the same time. The art by Fernando Dagnino, elevates the canons of their respective properties, as he captures the soul of these characters. Altogether, something the comic world needed yesterday.

Story: Tim Seeley and David Walker Art: Fernando Dagnino
Story: 9.9 Art: 9.7 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review