Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes #1 – Review

Dark Horse has sent us a preview of Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes #1. Their latest use of the king of the apes puts him into the world where apes rule man. Does it work as a story, much less as a concept? Before we dive in, I need to share one bit of information. Dark Horse is giving a 10% discount to retailers that order more than 10 copies of the first issue of Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes. Now, on with our review, and be warned that despite my best efforts, I may have spoiled a few things, but I hope not too much.

tarzanPOAcoverTarzan on the Planet of the Apes #1

Writers: Tim Seeley , David Walker
Art: Fernando Dagnino
Color: Sandra Molina
Cover Art: Duncan Fegredo

Raised as brothers but separated by slave traders, Tarzan and his ape brother Caesar reunite when the war between man and ape takes them from the jungles of Africa to the center of the earth.

Previews Code: JUL160087


Crossovers like this are harder for me to get into. Both properties have a deep history to them. Readers have to overcome their preconceived notions of both sets of characters. Fortunately I was able to get engrossed in the story rather quickly, but still felt a little lost. This is definitely not a comic that you can read quickly, which I should come to expect from Dark Horse. The story hinges upon a plot element from the original Planet of the Apes series of films changing slightly. The artwork is naturalistic, which serves the story well. However, given the details, I still am a little confused by the end of the story as to the development of this relationship and with the promised center of the earth, which doesn’t appear in this story.

It’s good, but is definitely the first part of a story that unfolds at a leisurely pace. I just hope it does not remain so slow in its development that we lose the story. Based on this issue, I doubt that very much.


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