Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes

{4.5/5} “There was something inside of man that made him want to destroy what he built. Alone among God’s primates he kills for sport or lust or greed. With each passing season, men found new ways to kill more of each other. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother’s land. And yet humans were so numerous that there seemed to be no end to them. Unlike apes, who cherish life, they worshipped destruction.”

Twenty years before Taylor lands on the Planet of the Apes, Dr. Zaius is a new member of the council. At one of the first trials he presides over he learns about Dr. Cato, an orangutan who has taught a human sign language. The council returns a verdict of not guilty, but not everyone is happy with that. And General Aleron, Cato’s lawyer, will find that a lie that he told 15 years ago comes back to haunt him.

Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman was published earlier this year. It’s a standalone graphic novel that’s brought to you by BOOM! Studios, the publisher of the ongoing series that started with The Long War.

Is there room for one more episode in the Planet of the Apes saga? Yes, if it’s a good one — and it is.

The events make sense in the context of what we know. It’s nice to see a bit of how Dr. Zaius became who he is in the first film. The new characters are also interesting.

Bechko (Heathentown) and Hardman’s (Hulk and Agents of Atlas) story is gripping — you want to find out what happens.

Hardman’s artwork is superb — a different style than the ongoing series but similarly effective.

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