IDW Publishing and BOOM! Studios have released the penultimate chapter of Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive. The gorillas are on the move. Kirk is on the move. When will Kor make his move? Spoiler review after the break!
Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive #4, March 2015
Written by Scott Tipton and David Tipton, art by Rachael Stott, colored by Charlie Kirchoff, lettered by Tom B. Long, essay by Dana Gould, edited by IDW Publishing’s Sarah Gaydos and BOOM! Studios’ Dafna Pleban
Kirk briefs Taylor about the Enterprise, their unusual situation, and the Klingon threat. Kirk takes Taylor and a landing party back to the planet’s surface to find the Klingons. Reunited with Zira and Cornelius, Kirk informs them that the gorillas are on the move. The apes are astounded because war among their own kind is a blasphemous notion.
Ape war is coming!
Hoping to stop the war, Zira is transported to the Ministry of Science in order to warn Dr. Zaius. General Ursus volunteers to meet with Marius and his army. Meanwhile, the humans are discovered and attacked by gorilla outriders. A brief but fierce battle ensues. In the aftermath, Cornelius finds a carrying case for a Klingon disruptor rifle. Kirk must track down Kor before he can light the fuse on the ape war. Kor has his eyes on the gorilla generals.
From the first issue of The Primate Directive, sibling writers Scott and David Tipton have teased us. Each issue has a brief encounter with the Klingon commander, Kor, drawing the gorillas into his embrace. This issue is very much the same; another Klingon tease. For some reason, I’ve been expecting much more of Kor as a character in this story. I thought perhaps we’d see Kirk and Kor sparring verbally, if not physically, like they did in Errand of Mercy. The Tiptons seem to have something else entirely in mind. I can’t figure out what’s driving this story, nor where the story is taking us. That makes me a little frustrated. Kor has armed the gorillas and provoked them to attack their own people. Kirk had his fistfight with Taylor and, like us, he doesn’t know what’s going on either, but he’s gonna ride; a horse, of course. I’m hoping that Kor is going to step up and explain everything with ruthless clarity and a sly smile. Or not.
I’ve been praising Rachael Stott’s art in each of my reviews for this mini-series. Insert more praise here. The folks at IDW agree with me. They’ve hired her to draw some Tholians in a future issue of the ongoing series. Good job! There are three stellar covers for this issue. Rachael Stott’s regular cover features everyone’s favorite Klingon, Kor, with a host of gorilla soldiers in a dogpile with Kirk and Taylor. J.K. Woodward pays homage to a classic Planet of the Apes toy throne from Mego in his painted subscription variant cover of Spock as a captive. Last but not least, the retailer incentive variant features Taylor, the Enterprise and a couple of apes in another fine Gold Key-style cover. I want them all. As for the mini-series, well, I’ve journied this far with the Enterprise, Taylor and the apes, so I need to know how it all ends.
Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive #4 was released at your local comic shop last week. Here is a preview for your reading pleasure.
Stay tuned for the conclusion of Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive coming next week and another installment of the monthly series, Star Trek #44, later in April.
Star Trek comics coming June 2015
IDW Publishing announced their line-up of Star Trek comics for June 2015. The five-year mission continues with a new artist, Rachael Stott. Stott’s done a terrific job with the original series crew. I expect her to do the new crew justice too. The new story arc reimagines a classic episode, The Tholian Web. Also coming in June is the second trade paperback collection of John Byrne’s photo stories. The trade collects three issues of New Visions and includes a new bonus story.
Star Trek #46—Five-Year Mission
Mike Johnson (w) • Rachael Stott (a) • Joe Corroney (c)
In The Tholian Web, Part 1 of 2, the FIVE-YEAR MISSION of the Starship Enterprise continues! In this epic re-imagining of a classic Star Trek episode, the crew of the new movie timeline encounters a mysterious and deadly alien force… and not all of the crew will make it out alive!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Star Trek #46—Five Year Mission—Subscription Variant
Mike Johnson (w) • Rachael Stott (a) • Photo Cover (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Star Trek: New Visions, Volume 2
John Byrne (writer, artist & photo-manipulation)
John Byrne presents all-new, feature length tales set in the Star Trek: The Original Series universe, done in a unique, photomontage style. Collects the stories Cry Vengeance, Made Out of Mudd, A Scent of Ghosts, and Memorium, plus a special bonus: an all-new Gold Key crossover story you never expected with an ending you won’t believe!
TPB • FC • 144 pages • $19.99 • ISBN: 978-1-63140-367-5
- “You really can’t say enough about the way John Byrne writes for these characters.” – Fritz Kessler, TrekMovie.com
Finally, one last bit of news. Amazing Stories released A Doctor for the Enterprise by David Gerrold. The comic was first announced more than two years ago and was delayed by numerous unexpected obstacles. Featuring the tenth Doctor and original series characters, it’s a crossover of sorts, but unfortunately, lacks a coherent narrative. Readers are presented a series of vignettes with the Doctor and the crew of the Enterprise, concluding with a surprise twist. I’m disappointed with the story, but the art, penciled by Troy Boyle and inked by Jeff Austin, is amusing. The limited edition comic can be purchased for $29.95 plus postage from the Amazing Stories store.
A Doctor for the Enterprise
Written by David Gerrold, pencils and color by Troy Boyle, inks by Jeff Austin, letters by Nic J. Shaw, published by Steve Davidson
A science fiction parody from Amazing Stories, published by the Experimenter Publishing Company. A signed and numbered limited edition of 500 copies.
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