PLANET OF THE APES VOL. 3: CHILDREN OF FIRE (Boom, 2012; Softcover)
Collects Planet of the Apes Nos. 9-12 (cover dates December, 2011- March, 2012)
Writer: Daryl Gregory
Artist: Carlos Magno
War! Tensions have bubbled over, tempers have flared and turned into raging infernos, and the battle for Southtown is on. On one side, the humans; second class citizens whose offspring are now being born mute for reasons unknown. On the other, the apes, divided into several species and factions: The gorillas, the chimpanzees, and the orangutans. All of have their own motives, and not all of those are in the best interest of the humans. There is an underground human resistance who have hoarded old world human technology: guns. The apes are seemingly outclassed here in this era, set many years before the events in the 1968 film. Or are they?
Daryl Gregory and Carlos Magno continually churn out quality material, and I automatically bump up each new book to the top of the reading pile upon release. I really enjoy Magno's artwork and Gregory's writing. Volume 4 is forthcoming, and I can't wait to see where this all going.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 4 out of 5.
The OCD zone- The paper in this book, which was made in China, has that dirty, powdery feeling to it. Sometimes these Chinese made books have this rough, crappy texture to the paper, and this is one of those times. The coating in inconsistent throughout the book, with maybe 1 out of every 4 pages being smooth, and the rest feeling either like sandpaper or having that gross powdery feeling. Either way, me no like. I do love the smell of these toxic Chinese inks, though.
The cardstock cover has a decent coating that will help ensure the durability of the book.
Paper rating: 3 out of 5.
Binding rating: 4 out of 5.
Cardstock cover coating rating: 4 out of 5.
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