- Story: Robbie Thompson
- Writer: Justin Jordan
- Artist: Barnaby Bagenda
- Colors: Alex Guimarães
- Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
- Design: Scott Newman
- Publisher: DC/Boom! Studios
- Release Date: February 1, 2016
Planet of the Apes Green Lantern #1 Story:
When an ancient ring shows up in the Planet of the Apes Universe and one of their own goes missing Cornelius has many questions about this ring. Where did it come from, why did Taylor disappear when it showed up and what is this strange power it wields? In the DC Universe Green Lantern, Hal Jordan is alerted by his ring about a CrossChronal Disruption. The Guardians tell Hal not to worry about this disruption, but Hal and the rest of the Green Lantern Corps go to investigate anyway. They follow their rings coordinates to find Sinestro and soon find themselves on a familiar planet but yet oh so different.
For two properties I personally have no affection for Robbie Thompson and Justin Jordan made a very fun read out of Planet of the Apes Green Lantern #1. The story flows really nicely going back and forth from the DC universe and Planet of the Apes Universe. Crossovers usually have a clunky set up to combine two universes, but the team on this series did a really good job of actually making a very good set up for the first issue. The series being six issues gives the creative team a little bit of breathing room and it seems that they are using it to their advantage to make a very interesting story and not rushing to smash these two very different properties together.
Barnaby Bagenda has a very tight art style that really lends itself well for the combination of the universes. His characters are very detailed, he has a great page of Sinestro standing staring at his ring and then flying away that is a really good piece of sequential art. Alex Guimarães on colors really brings the different Lantern Corps to life with his vibrant colors. He also gives the planet of the Apes Universe its own “feel” making the colors less vibrant and more “earthy” tone to the characters. The action scenes are a little stagnate as when the characters a battling there is little sense of motion or impact.
I am not really sure if anybody at all was clamoring for a Planet of the Apes Green Lantern crossover, but we got one and the first issue is actually pretty good(well there was also that Green Lantern/Star Trek crossover also so). Now I am not a fan of either series but this actually had me very interested just as a weird crossover. Thompson and Jordan are making a very good crossover of two very unrelated properties and they are taking their time to make it (at least for the first issue) not only fun but “logical” (well comic book logic). As weird as it is to say I am very much looking forward to the next issue to see what happens next. That final page was classic and will make just about anybody at least crack a smile.
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