KONG ON THE PLANET OF THE APES #6

“When Chaos Reigns”
Writer: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Carlos Magno

Kong and Na-ti are running from General Ursus and his army. They come to a cliff at the edge of the ocean. Ursus has his men take a huge wooden spear and start stabbing Kong. Zaius, Cornelius and Zira arrive and try to put a stop to this. Ursus is totally power mad and while they argue Na-ti is shot by Ursus. She falls and Kong falls with her to catch her. They crash through the ground and find themselves in the underground ruins of New York.

Meanwhile back at Ape city the council is going to cover up the whole expedition and its findings. They also plan to make the forbidden zone totally off limits to apes. Zira and Cornelius decide to leave Ape City and get the news of Milo’s discovery of Taylor’s spaceship. Ursus takes his army into the ground after Kong. While tracking him the mutants use their mental powers to project fire which forces the apes to flee. At the end Na-ti is dead and Kong manages to reach the ruins of the World Trade Center where he dies. The mutants see this as a sign that the end is near and plan to detonate the bomb.

So the series comes to a sad end. I figured that Kong was going to meet a tragic end. Appears that Na-ti and the apes in general will also meet one. Indeed the ending set up changes nothing that the original movie didn’t set up. I liked this series. It was done in a clever way to integrate the Apes universe with Kong’s. It managed to stay true to both universes and tell a fascinating if not a tragic story. I wonder what other crazy crossover the Apes universe will get.

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KONG ON THE PLANET OF THE APES #5

“Untitled”
Writer: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Carlos Magno

The raptors have escaped and are causing untold death and destruction in Ape City. General Ursus and his troops rally and start to kill the raptors. The last ones are attacking a cage of humans with Ni’ta inside. The apes start to attack with a flamethrower. Kong sees his friend being attacked and breaks loose from his cage. He scoops up the girl and goes on a rampage of Ape City. Ursus and his troops manage to drive it into the Forbidden Zone and plan to follow to hunt it down. Zaius is condemned by the council while Dr. Milo and Lucius discover a dead human astronaut at the dead sea.

So this issue has been a real disaster for the apes. The raptors killed a bunch of apes. Zaius is the scapegoat for the mess. Ursus is coming out looking like a hero for defeating the raptors and Kong. Considering its all his fault that is a stroke of luck for Ursus. In a lot of ways this is the same as King Kong. He gets angry at the treatment of the girl and breaks out of his cage then goes on a rampage. Have a feeling its heading toward a conclusion at the Empire State Building.

KONG ON THE PLANET OF THE APES #4

“Untitled”
Writer: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Carlos Magno

The apes have captured Kong and bring him ashore. They also brought a bunch of raptors that Ursus wants to train as weapons. Ape City is falling apart. The chimpanzees are protesting wanting humans to have rights. Zaius believes that Kong will show all apes that they are the chosen ones. Zira is banned from the council for her opposition and seriously thinks her life is in danger. Ni’Ta is held captive with the other humans. Things are not going well with training the raptors. Two apes have already been killed. Ursus insists on continuing and shoots a gorilla who resists him. In the scuffle the raptors are released and descent on Ape City.

So Kong is back in the land of talking apes and seems broken. You really feel sympathy for the guy. He looks so sad. Zaius weaves a fanciful tale of liberating Kong from evil humans. He truly believes that Kong will unite the apes around his vision of ape superiority. Ursus has actually killed an ape and has a one track mind in developing trained raptors. He also wants to mount another expedition back to the island to eventually colonize it. Ends in a disaster with starving raptors set free. Another excellent entry in this unique crossover series.

KONG ON THE PLANET OF THE APES #3

“Hell Hath No Fury”
Writer: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Carlos Magno

It has been 24 days since Zira, Cornelius and Zaius were introduced to Kong. They have been studying Kong who is quite peaceful. But the peace is destined to not last. The human chief wants the apes to leave. Meanwhile during this time General Ursus has been capturing animals. Finally the barge arrives from the apes in Africa. Now Ursus goes on the offensive and kills many of the humans and capturing the female Ni’ta. This forces the scientist apes to flee along with the gorillas. This gets Kong angry and he goes after them. At the ship Ursus manages to shoot a cannonball that hits Kong’s skull and knocks him out. The automatic guns of the gorillas are way superior to the arrows of the humans and forces them to flee. Now the apes head back home with a captive Kong.

So they capture Kong. The girl Ni’ta was used to lure Kong and Ursus has some grandiose plan to show ape superiority with the captive Kong. So far this is basically a retelling of the classic King Kong story only with apes instead of humans. They are even going back to New York. Very interested to see where the story is going.

KONG ON THE PLANET OF THE APES #2

“Return of the King”
Writer: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Carlos Magno

The apes have made it to Skull Island and start exploring. They come upon a ruined temple and are attacked by carnivorous plants. Then they find a huge temple with a giant statue of an ape. After another attack by raptors and a pterodactyl they explore the temple. Then to their surprise they are captured by talking humans. The humans take them to their leader an old woman named Storyteller. She and her young apprentice Ni’ta can speak English. They tell of the line of great Kongs. At the end a ceremony is initiated to call Kong for tribute. It ends with Dr. Zaius going to meet Kong.

The second issue does a good job of setting up Skull Island. We get a good look at all the dangers of the island. General Ursus is his typical kill all humans but Zaius is a moderating voice of reason. So far their adventures have been filled with action and strange creatures. Now with Kong we end on a mystery that the reader can’t wait for. This is a very good series and so far has been quite intriguing.

KONG ON THE PLANET OF THE APES #1

“Untitled”
Writer: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Carlos Magno

It is after the events of the first movie and Dr. Zaius is leading an expedition. He is going to blow up the Statue of Liberty. When they get there they are surprised to find a giant ape wasted on shore. Zaius enlists Zira and Cornelius to perform an autopsy. Soon after Zaius convinces the council to mount an expedition to find the origin of the giant ape. He hopes that this discovery will united the apes who are now fragmented after their experience with a talking human.

So Zaius who has old human newspapers and maps knows the location of Skull island. With Zira, Cornelius, Ursus and twenty gorilla soldiers they set sail. They stop in Kenya and find a peaceful ape village. The village confirms they are on the right path. As they approach the island they are attacked by a giant octopus and pterodactyl. The gorilla soldiers fight off these creatures. In the distance they hear the roar of a giant ape.

This is probably the most anticipated new series this year I was looking forward to. Another off the wall crossover that I was very curious on how they would accomplish this. Actually it seems like a logical idea to combine these two famous ape properties and Boom does have the rights to both. So far it has a logical story and keeps within the apes mythology. Looking forward to see where this takes me.

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES #4

“War for the Planet of the Apes”
Writer: David F. Walker
Artist: Jonas Scharf

Caesar plans to raid the power plant at the dam. He has explosives and rocket launchers. Colonel McCullough is waiting in ambush thanks to Donkey and his betrayal. At the Reno safari zoo a group of scavengers attack. Only apes are left lead by Bad Ape. The apes flee and a young ape that Bad Ape was taking care of is killed. In Atlanta the ape army arrives and frees the captive apes. The leader kills the last human alive. At the dam Caesar attacks and manages to destroy the power plant. Donkey though interposes himself between McCullough and carries him away before Caesar could kill him. Caesar then plans to lead his people to a safer place.

Well the final installment to this prequel to the movie. It seemed a bit rushed with several little story threads getting quickly ended. This was a good series. It gives a little background to the movie that was never explained and I now have a greater understanding to the events that lead to the movie. I am sure another movie is in the works and am really looking forward to the continuation to this new re-imaging of the Planet of the Apes universe.

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES #3

“War for the Planet of the Apes”
Writer: David F. Walker
Artist: Jonas Scharf

Colonel McCullough’s men are searching for survivors throughout the Pacific Northwest. Some survivors have banded together and started hunting the apes. Caesar comes to the rescue on one incident. He shows mercy and lets the captives free. He doesn’t want a fight and is looking to move his people to a safe place. He plans to destroy the power plant in the hopes that it will keep humans busy while his apes escape to someplace safe.

Meanwhile in Atlanta the mutated strain of the Simian Flu has reduced the humans to unthinking animals. Only one scientist is left and feels he is the last man on Earth. The ape army in Georgia continues to advance. In Reno Bad Ape finds himself in charge of the zoo after all the humans are killed. McCullough finds the gorilla that will help him against Caesar.

The third issue continues to explore the untold story between the movies. Continues to fill in some blanks. Caesar is the most sympathetic character in the story. He shows a humanity that humans don’t show. We are seeing the start of the mutation virus turning people into dumb animals. A brilliant idea to explain what I am sure is the future installment where apes will be in charge.

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES #2

“War for the Planet of the Apes”
Writer: David F. Walker
Artist: Jonas Scharf

The group from the safari zoo in Reno run into a little trouble at the market. A bunch of men think that the safari should share their food and a fight breaks out. They make it back to their zoo and continue to fight. During this we find out that the little kid is actually a small chimpanzee. The daughter calls him Bad Ape. It looks like they have beaten off the attackers when the father is hit in the chest with a bullet.

Caesar is preparing to move his people far away from humans so they can live in peace. He also has plans to groom his son for leadership. Some of Koba’s followers are ambushed by the army and they get a captive gorilla. The apes from Florida are heading toward Atlanta and massacre a human farming community. The research centers in Portland and Atlanta are working to analyze the simian flu. They find it is mutating and effecting human’s cognitive abilities. Colonel McCullough arrives at Portland and he thinks the scientists are not doing enough about the plague by keeping apes. He has the apes killed then the scientists. He then plans on moving to San Francisco to take out the apes.

Well a lot of different storylines are going and the writer manages to keep them going and interesting. We are seeing the origin of Bad Ape and Colonel McCullough and his little kooky genocidal plans for both apes and those humans he blames for the plague. Filling in a lot of story that was not told in the movie.

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES #1

“War for the Planet of the Apes”
Writer: David F. Walker
Artist: Jonas Scharf

In Nevada a father is going to Reno to trade his pig for supplies. He takes his two children. One is all covered up and wearing a gas mask. In San Francisco a group of humans are fleeing the rampaging apes. Just as it looks like the apes will get them a big explosion draws the apes away. They later watch the apes as they gather their dead and weapons and supplies. Caesar knows the human army is coming and is getting his apes ready to hide in the forest. The watching humans decide to form an army of their own.

On the other side of the country in Florida two men are looking for apes to capture. A research center in Atlanta needs specimens. The two talk about rumors that the whole state of Florida is taken over by armies of apes. This proves true as this army ambushes them and kills the two. One ape takes the flyer for the reward and seems to know that the apes are being taken to Atlanta. So the army marches north. In Atlanta the center is still researching the continuing mutation of the virus and need adult ape specimens.

So this is a prequel to the new War for the Planet of the Apes movie. It bridges the second and third movie. So far it jumps around to several groups of both humans and apes. I thought the movie was just excellent and am happy that there is a story to fill in the gaps between the two movies. So far I am intrigued. Interesting to get some action on the other side of the country where the apes are also mutating into intelligent creatures and thriving. A good start to this series.