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.

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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.