Mind Capsules – Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive #1 and Earth 2 World’s End #13

Star Trek Planet of the Apes The Primate Directive #1
Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive #1

Writer – Scott Tipton, David Tipton
Artist – Rachael Stott
Colours – Charlie Kirchoff

Here is a crossover that literally nobody was asking for, and yet IDW and Boom! have delivered it up on a silver platter and though we have yet to see the apes interact with the crew, the book is off to a strong start.  The focus of the first issue is planted solely on the crew of the Enterprise as they are on a mission to investigate the Klingons, and during that mission they find themselves heading into an alternate dimension.  It is in this dimension where the Klingons lead them to an Earth, one that sees the dominant life form no longer man, but ape.  In the past, there have been many writers and artists that have tackled the Star Trek franchise and all to varying degrees of success.  Sometimes the art was lacking and you would fail to recognize even one character from the show, or the writing was poor and the characters failed to sound like themselves.  Thankfully, this series bares none of those problems as the characterization is spot on and the story compelling, just as if it were an episode straight from the show.  The artwork by Rachael Stott is excellent as well, as the characters look as they should and you have no problems picking out who is who from among the crew.  The apes in the issue barely put in an appearance, which is fine as this book is simply an introduction and a setup to what is forthcoming, though it does promise violence among the first few pages.  An unexpected book for sure, but a welcome one.

4 out of 5

Earth 2 World's End #13
Earth 2 World’s End #13

Writer – Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Mike Johnson
Artist – Scott McDaniel, Tyler Kirkham, Jack Herbert, Vicente Cifuentes, Jorge Jiminez, Robson Rocha, Guillermo Ortego, Stephen Segovia, Jason Paz
Colours – Andrew Dalhouse

The trials and tribulations facing the populace of Earth 2 continue as the heroes are steadily getting beaten down with little hope in sight.  The Avatars are losing their battle against the Furies with their only hope being the Avatar of the Red, not knowing that Desaad has corrupted it.  Desaad meanwhile is putting the hurt on Superman, Batman, Powergirl and the rest of the team and things are not looking too good.  Back on Earth, a desperate plan is launched in the hopes of preserving the human race, one that will see them take refuge within the planet itself, but will it save them or be their tomb?  Issue thirteen of the series was quite exciting, though a little dismal as you are essentially watching people battle for a planet that you already know is going to be lost.  The storytelling continues to be the strongest point of the series as it never lets up on the thrills and the action which is in direct contrast to the artwork which is a patchwork of good and bad artists.  Really, they might not even be bad artists, simply ones who are rushed to put out a few pages here and there for a weekly series last minute, thereby adding to the unevenness of each and every book and which in the end, looks pretty unprofessional on DC’s part.  One of the best moments in the book is the ending, by which a hero sacrifices himself in the hopes that it will help his fellow man.  It is a sad and poignant moment, and one of the best that the book has produced so far.

3.5 out of 5

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