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4LN Comic Review: Planet Of The Apes/Green Lantern #1

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Series: Planet of The Apes/Green Lantern
Story: Robbie Thompson
Writer: Justin Jordan
Artist: Barnaby  Bagenda

 

 

Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #1

 

Summary from Boom: BOOM! Studios and DC Comics are proud to bring together two classic properties in a historic crossover event. When Taylor goes missing, Cornelius investigates and discovers an ancient ring, unlike anything the universe has ever seen.As its power echoes through the stars, the Guardians of the Universe must reveal to their Lanterns a secret they had hoped would remain buried. With the Green Lantern Corps, led by Hal Jordan, racing to get to the source of this power before Sinestro can get his hands on it, they will discover a truth that will change them forever on…THE PLANET OF THE APES.

 

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This has been one of the few comics that I have eagerly been waiting for. I absolutely loved “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes“, and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” is one of my all time favorite Sci-Fi movies. Plus, with the Green Lantern being one of my favorite superheroes, how could I not love this?


This first issue is mostly world building due to setting up the rest of the 6 issues in the mini series. However, they do a fantastic job with characters such as Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, and the infamous Sinestro. Bringing in Justin Jordan to work on this project was a great move for Boom/DC since he’s previously worked with a majority of these characters during his time on DC Comics New Guardians during the New 52.

 

I mentioned my love for the new franchise, but this book includes a few beloved characters from the original Planet of The Apes. Cornelius and Nova are the main apes, in this issue at least, and the story seems to take place sometime after the original movie ends. Cornelius ends sup finding some type of ring inside a crater and this ring just happened to once belong to the notorious Larfleeze. With the uses of Sinestro and Larfleeze this is already building up to be an epic story involving two beloved franchises.

 

Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #1

 

Barnaby Bagenda worked with Tom King during his run on the DC series The Omega Men and also worked on Evil Dead 2 by Space Goat Productions. Bagenda does a superb job with the art in this issues and makes it truly look at times like a watercolor painting but is still able to have a great amount of focus in the detail. Only one issue in and I am already itching for more of his art. I personally think that Bagenda and Jordan make a fantastic team, and I can’t wait to see what type of constructs and images these guys come up with.

Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #1

 

 

Justin Jordan does a fantastic job tying these two properties together, Bagenda’s artwork is phenomenal, and this has turned out to be the crossover I never knew I wanted. I literally couldn’t be more happy for it! If you are at your LCS this week and you see this book on the shelf, be sure to pick it up, especially if you are a fan of either franchise. Let us know in the comments below if you picked this series up and if you enjoyed it or not.

 

Music Pairing:

The Get Up Kids are a great band for this style of a comic, and their song Like A Man Possessed is a perfect pairing for this book. I would dare say Cornelius is a man possessed after this issue. I’m sorry, that was a terrible dad joke, but whatever. I made it and I don’t care.

4LN Movie Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

(WARNING! VERY MILD SPOILERS AHEAD! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!)

 

PLANET OF THE APES (1968) starring Charleton Heston is without a doubt my all-time favorite film – therefore it was with a bit of trepidation that I initially approached 2011’s RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. I was pleasantly surprised with that one, and therefore looked forward to seeing the storyline continued in this sequel. I was a little concerned when I heard a different director was handling this film, but turns out I needn’t have worried. DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is a worthy successor.

Directed by Matt Reeves – best known for CLOVERFIELD and LET ME IN – Dawn picks up ten years after the events of the first film. If you have not seen the original you will still be able to follow along, but I’d suggest watching Rise first, as there are some scenes that play better that way.

A killer virus, known as the Ape Flu (artificially created in a laboratory), has wiped out most of mankind. The apes, led by Ceaser, are now living peacefully in the forest outside San Francisco. They have built a thriving community and communicate primarily through sign language. At least some of the apes can speak as well, but most prefer to communicate silently.

It has been three years since they’ve seen any humans, and they are almost certain they’re all dead – until a small group of them show up in the woods one afternoon, and an ape is accidentally shot. The two societies suddenly come face to face and each tries to overcome its fears and prejudices to coexist. The humans want to get an electrical generator at a dam working again to restore electricity in the city. The apes just simply want to be left alone.

Ceaser is betrayed by his second in command, an ape named Koba who hates humans and wants to go to war to wipe them out. He sets fire to the ape homestead and shoots Ceaser with a stolen gun, leaving him for dead. He assumes command and convinces the apes that the humans are to blame and they must attack in retaliation, and leads a massive invasion of the human compound. Ultimately, through their differences the two societies learn just how much they are alike.

Dawn is a smart film with incredible special effects. It stars Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, and Andy Serkis. James Franco, star of Rise, appears briefly in a cameo. A third ape film has already been announced with a release date set for 2016. Hail Ceaser!

 

(Editor’s note: This article was written by our good pal Larry Underwood. You may know him better as Dr. Gangrene! Check out www.drgangrene.com and drgangrene.blogspot.com for more sinister goings-on from the fearsome Doctor!)

New Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Teaser Trailer Released

Check out the just released teaser trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes…

 

From IMDB: “A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.”

The film stars  Andy Serkis (reprising his role as Caesar), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Trilogy), Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gatsby), and Keri Russell (Dark Skies, FX’s The Americans).

The film is directed by Matt Reeves who also directed Cloverfield and Let Me In (the American remake of Swedish film Let the Right One In), both of which were well received critically.

What do you guys think? Are you excited about the flick, or are you planning to skip it?