Available this week at comic shops is the joint venture between IDW Publishing and Boom! Studios, featuring two of their popular licensed properties, Star Trek / Planet of the Apes #1. This series brings together two fan favorite classic sci-fi brands. The series is written by David and Scott Tipton with art by Rachael Stott and published by IDW.
From the first page we learn that this is a bridging of these worlds and something diabolical is in play. A mystery figure remains in the shadows conducting business with the Apes selling them new weaponry. The story then jumps to Zulu and Uhura on a mission behind the lines of the Klingon’s home world. This then puts the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise on a path and confrontation with the feared enemy. Soon they discover the Klingons have found a way to travel between dimensions and are forced to follow.
For this series it looks like the crew of the Enterprise will be taken to the Planet of the Apes, where they are caught up in the dealings of the Klingons and Apes. The last page ends with Colonel George Taylor making his appearance, very abruptly at that too.
The overall story was a good one, it felt like it had elements of both these sci-fi properties. The dialogue could have been taken right out of the classic Star Trek television series, which if you liked, will definitely be a good thing. The art was great, each of the Enterprise crew members looked like (or close enough to) the actors that portrayed them.
Even with the cut short ending, and at times a bit wordy, this series is still a fun read. If you are a fan of either sci-fi brand, then I suggest picking up the first issue of Star Trek / Planet of the Apes, I’m sure you will enjoy what you read.