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Review: Planet of the Apes: Visionaries

The past few years has seen the re-imagining of different movies with different takes. It feels like a new take on the cinematic obsession with the “director’s cut,” as it can either improve on the original or is just an extended version that really no one asked for. Either way, popular culture has become obsessed with these different takes. In fact, we see this with the recent release of the Blu-ray of Deadpool 2, which gives fans an extra 14 minutes not seen in the movie theaters.

There are whole movies in which fans get to obsess over what could have been. Recent documentaries about Dune, Justice League, and Superman, lets fans explore a myriad of what-ifs. One of favorite “what ifs” was George Lucas’ original rough draft of Star Wars, which was turned into a graphic novel a few years back. It showed different versions of characters the world has come to love. One different take that is masterfully done is Rod Serling’s original screenplay for Planet of the Apes, which is finally realized in graphic form in Planet Of The Apes: Visionaries.

We are introduced to the crew a spaceship headed on their way to a planet named Terra, when they wake up from hibernation, they arrive with one fatality, not completely sure of what happened. As they set out exploring they find a planet much like Earth, in its vegetation and sustainability. They soon find some other humans, looking like primitive cave dwellers, where each of them starts to get picked off by an infantry of primates, who slaughter everyone in their line of sight, except for one. Thomas is the lone astronaut left, who finds himself in a cell, with a collar, being asked by a doctor who looks like an ape, if he can speak? While that may seems familiar, Serling’s take is so different from the film we’ve come to love.

Serling dives into politics of race and equality and how those in power tend to believe that they are inherently better and not in position because of societal hierarchy. This is best exemplified in how Thomas teaches Nova, a human, woman how to read and write in five weeks, compared to the 5000 years it took apes to walk upright according to this world’s anthropology.

Overall, the graphic novel is a searing mindbender of a story that only Serling could create. It features cunning and complexity. Gould’s adaptation is dense, intelligent, and exciting. The creative team’s art is gorgeous. Altogether, an equally engaging story as the story the public saw but one that would draw direct parallels that both entertain and stimulate.

Created: Pierre Boulle Story: Rod Serling and Dana Gould Art: Chad Lewis, David Wilson, Darrin Moore, Miquel Muerto, Marcelo Costa, Ed Dukeshire and Paolo Rivera
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Planet of the Apes: Visionaries

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got Rod Serling’s take on Planet of the Apes!

Planet of the Apes: Visionaries is by Dana Gould, Chad Lewis, Rod Serling, Darrin Moore, Miquel Muerto, Marcelo Costa, and Paolo Rivera.

Get your copy in comic shops today and in book stores on August 28. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

The Amazing Spider-Man #4 (Marvel) – So far so good in this Nick Spencer helmed comic which is already showing a different voice from the Spider-Man of the past few years. We’ve been surprised so far and this is one that has exceeded our expectations.

Aphrodite V #2 (Image Comics/Top Cow Productions) – The first issue was an interesting an entertaining take on the character. With a new setting and new characters, and a little mix of real world issues, this is one we’ve got our eye on.

Batman: King of Fear #1 (DC Comics) – There’s a lot of Batman out there but the return of artist Kelley Jones has us excited for this six-issue miniseries.

Black Panther #3 (Marvel) – It shouldn’t work but it totally does. Give us this revolution in space take on the classic Black Panther.

Cold Spots #1 (Image Comics) – A new horror series from Cullen Bunn with art by Mark Torres. That’s all you need to know.

Die!Die!Die! #2 (Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment) – The first issue was pure over the top violence and insanity. We’re in to see if the second can deliver just as much.

Double Jumpers: Full Circle Jerks #1 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – The first volume was some 8-bit geeky fun and we’re hopeful the second can deliver on that again.

Justice League Dark #2 (DC Comics) – The team is an interesting one and this series in an issue has stood out from the rest of the Justice League comics. A focus on horror/magic is part of that but it’s the team and their personalities that’s selling this one.

Life of Captain Marvel #2 (Marvel) – Is it tweaking what we know about the character? Yes. Do we care? No, especially when the first issue was so good.

Planet of the Apes: Visionaries (BOOM! Studios) – It’s Rod Serling’s unused take on the classic property and it’ll get you to rethink the original.

The Punisher #1 (Marvel) – This feels like a getting back to basics for the character and we’re excited for that.

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #23 (Marvel) – This continues to be Indiana Jones in space with a character whose attitude rivals Han Solo. Always fun and always entertaining.

Teen Titans #21 (DC Comics) – It’s a new team with a new attitude and the first issue was fantastic with a hell of a twist ending and we want to see where that goes.

West Coast Avengers #1 (Marvel) – This line up of characters has us sold.

Wonder Woman #53 (DC Comics) – Steve Orlando taking on Wonder Woman? Yes please!

Preview: Planet of the Apes: Visionaries OGN HC

Planet of the Apes: Visionaries OGN HC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Dana Gould
Artist: Chad Lewis, with David Wilson
Cover Artist: Paolo Rivera
Colorists: Darrin Moore, Miquel Muerto, Marcelo Costa
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Price: $19.99

Experience the Planet of the Apes as it was first envisioned by Rod Serling. Based on the original script by Rod Serling and adapted by comedian and screenwriter Dana Gould (The Simpsons, Stan Against Evil) , this graphic novel presents an alternate vision of the classic film.

Taylor is Thomas, and Ape City isn’t a crude, primitive grouping of huts, it’s a bustling and urbane metropolis filled with cars and skyscrapers and a vibrant ape culture. Apes wear modern clothes and drive modern cars, they have talk shows and nightclubs and alcohol. How does a human fit into this world, and what will his presence mean to how Apes—and humans—view themselves.

Based on the original, never-before-realized Rod Serling screenplay!

BOOM! Studios Releases a First Look at Rod Serling’s Original Planet of the Apes Adaptation

BOOM! Studios and 20th Century Fox Consumer Products have released a first look at Planet of the Apes: Visionaries, a new Original Graphic Novel, releasing in August 2018 as part of the 20th Century Fox Uncovered collection.

BOOM! Studios searched the 20th Century Fox film archives and unearthed the first screenplay for the original Planet of the Apes (1968) movie, written by Rod Serling, and adapted this radically different vision of the franchise into comic book format for the first time as a part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the film from acclaimed actor/comedian/writer Dana Gould and Chad Lewis.

The first Planet of The Apes (1968) film is an adaptation of the French novel La Planète des Singes. On the road to making the landmark science-fiction classic, 20th Century Fox commissioned Rod Serling to adapt the source material. However, Serling’s first draft was drastically revised before filming the version of the film that the one the world has come to know and love.

Rod Serling’s Original Planet Of The Apes Adaptation Comes To Life At BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios and 20th Century Fox Consumer Products have announced Planet of the Apes: Visionaries, a new Original Graphic Novel, releasing in August 2018 as part of the 20th Century Fox Uncovered collection. BOOM! Studios searched the 20th Century Fox film archives and unearthed the first screenplay for the original Planet of the Apes (1968) movie, written by Rod Serling, and adapted into comic book format for the first time as a part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the film.

The first Planet of The Apes (1968) film is an adaptation of the French novel La Planète des singes. On the road to making the landmark science-fiction classic, 20th Century Fox commissioned Rod Serling to adapt the source material. Serling’s first draft, which was drastically revised before filming, is a radically different vision of the franchise than the one the world has come to know and love.

Now, for the first time in any medium, that vision is fully realized as a graphic novel with Planet of the Apes: Visionaries from acclaimed actor/comedian/writer Dana Gould and Chad Lewis.

This is the world you know from the acclaimed Planet of the Apes film series, but with key differences – Taylor is Thomas, and Ape City isn’t a crude, primitive grouping of huts; instead,  it’s a bustling and urbane metropolis filled with cars and skyscrapers and a vibrant Ape culture. In a world where Apes wear modern clothes, drive modern cars and rule the late night talk show scene, the arrival of one man will forever change how Apes – and Humans – view themselves.

Using the original 1966 makeup test and concept art as a jumping off point, discover an all new, yet classic “look” to the classic franchise in Planet of the Apes: Visionaries which also features a stunning cover by Eisner award-winning superstar Paolo Rivera. This landmark graphic novel continues the year long celebration of the Planet of the Apes 50th Anniversary at BOOM! Studios, which has included all new comic book series, coloring books, archival collections and more.