Mind Capsules – Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive #4 and Earth 2 World’s End #24

Star Trek Planet of the Apes The Primate Directive #4
Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive #4

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

After a few tense issues, Taylor and Captain Kirk are finally getting along in the spirit of cooperation.  Taylor has also come to realize that there are some things bigger than him in the universe and no matter how bad he wants to get home or how much he hates the apes who imprisoned him; he has to put other, more important things first.  But said things are not going too well as the Klingons always seem to be one step ahead of the crew of the Enterprise and when an all-out attack is put into motion, will this be the moment when the apes break their cardinal rule, ‘ape shall not kill ape?’  The action and the fun continue in the fourth issue of this most perfect crossover between two titanic science-fiction powerhouses.  Better than anything else in this series, this issue included, is the dialogue between our various characters as they sound true to form.  For any fan of the series, you can hear their voices in your head as you read this and it is very nearly like watching an episode of Star Trek with the added bonus of Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowall.  There is a lot of scheming going on between the Klingons and the renegade apes this issue.  For the apes, they are simply happy to have some new toys to play with and the chance to do battle, but they are still cognizant of their law.  So when things do not proceed exactly according to plan, the Klingons take it upon themselves to make things happen at a pace they are happier with.  Meanwhile, Kirk and the others are left to play catch-up and they are going to have to hurry if they are to stop the catastrophe that is about to happen.  Great stuff from the Tipton’s with the ever-reliable artwork of Rachael Stott.

4 out of 5

Earth 2 World's End #24
Earth 2 World’s End #24

Writer – Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Mike Johnson, Cullen Bunn
Artist – Jorge Jiminez, Tyler Kirkham, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira
Colours – Andrew Dalhouse

A fair amount of things take place in this issue including the Flash getting flak from Hawkgirl as he simply wants to go with his mom and make sure she arrives safely to wherever it is the remnants of the human race end up.  As such, he does stay because that is what heroes do.  The best part of the issue that takes place is when the big bad of them all, Darkseid, puts in another appearance.  While it makes sense to keep the guy behind the lines most of the time, having to rule a planet and all and also having endless servants and cannon fodder to go out and do all of your fighting for you, it would have been nice to see some more of him in the series before this point.  Just a little.  What we have seen of Darkseid has been good, and this issue is included in that as he makes his presence known while battling Superman and Power Girl.  Darkseid is playing for keeps and he is not messing around, but what he does not expect is the amount of opposition he faces and that is not counting the planet he is trying to exterminate.  That opposition comes not from Superman, but from Power Girl who in one bold move declares herself this Earth’s Superman and takes the fight right to the monster.  It is something that has been building up for a long time and it was unknown when it would happen or who it would come from, but seeing someone finally face Darkseid one-on-one is fantastic to see.  Of course, only the opening blow was struck and so the remainder of the battle will be fought over the next issue or two, but it was great to see it happen after so long with the books just circling around the issue.  The next book of the series should hopefully, be quite thrilling.

3.5 out of 5

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