Sunday, May 26, 2013


PLANET OF THE APES: CATACLYSM VOL. 1 (Boom, 2013; Softcover)

Collects Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm Nos. 1-4 (cover dates September- December, 2012)

Writer: Corrina Bechko and Gabriel Hardman

Artist: Damian Couceiro

Colorist: Darrin Moore

Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm takes place eight years before the first two of the original films. The question about what happened to the moon is finally answered. It's something that I never honestly thought much about, but now that they mentioned it, I don't recall ever seeing it in the original films.

The story starts out 2,000 years before the main story. So since the 1968 film took place in 3978, and this is eight years earlier than that (3970), that means that The Asian Confederacy did a preemptive nuclear strike against us with the Alpha-Omega bomb in 1970. Or maybe I take things too literally. Maybe they meant to say 1,955 years ago but decided that 2,000 sounded cooler. Or maybe, since the ship was malfunctioning anyways, that the chronometer had also malfunctioned. Do I get a No-Prize?

As with all of these Boom Planet of the Apes books, everything is top notch, from the writing to the artwork to the coloring. Like the original films, all of the strife and conflict between apes, chimpanzees, and orangutans is present. SPOILERS One of the subterranean mutant humans from The Forbidden Zone uses his mental powers to disguise himself as Brother Corvin. He manages to get inside a military bunker inside The Forbidden Zone by using his mental powers to trick the apes into thinking that he is Brother Corvin and then shoots them. Once inside, he launches the United States' nuclear missiles at the moon, destroying it. He is discovered, ends up getting killed and Doctor Zaius orders his body to be burned. Zaius always tries to sweep things under the rug rather than deal with them head on, doesn't he? The book ends with the human mutants beneath The Forbidden Zone chanting to their “God”. END SPOILERS

Needless to say, I'm stoked about Volume 2. It is rare that I read something and think You know, I really want to sit down and reread the entire run of this again from front to back someday. Yet that is exactly how I feel every time I read these Planet of the Apes comics. Well done, Boom Studios!

I would love it if Boom reprinted the black and white Marvel Magazine from the '70s in deluxe hardcovers. They could use the same format that Dark Horse uses for Creepy and Eerie and Dynamite uses for Vampirella, preserving the original publication size and including the covers in full color. Hey, a guy can dream, right? I have cash in fist waiting for Boom to do this. Go ahead, Boom...TAKE MY MONEY!!!

Junk Food For Thought rating: 5 out of 5.

The OCD zone- Dang, this book is hefty for being so skinny. It must be the lead-based inks that China uses in their sweatshop printing presses. It might drive you insane after touching and smelling it, but man does it smell good.

All of the covers (and I mean all variants) are included full size in a cover gallery in the back of the book. I'm feeling all warm and fuzzy...

Paper rating: 5 out of 5. Thick coated stock with a glossy sheen to it.

Binding rating: 4 out of 5. Glued binding.

Cardstock cover coating rating: 4.25 out of 5. The cardstock cover has that dull matte finish that I dislike. The logo and a portion of the back cover have a different, glossy screen printed coating. While this particular cover is fairly scuff resistant, it is not my personal preference. And that's what it is this case, since it seems durable enough; my preference. Your mileage may vary.

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