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Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes Paperback – August 7, 2012

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Writers Corinna Sara Bechko and Gabriel Hardman began their professional collaboration with the 2009 original graphic novel, Heathentown, which Bechko wrote and Hardman illustrated. Since then, the couple has co-written several collaborations as co-writers including BETRAYAL OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and EXILE ON THE PLANET OF THE APES. In addition to being a writer, Bechko works as a zoologist. Hardman is a successful comic artist working regularly for Marvel Comics as well as a storyboard artist for films including INCEPTION and DARK KNIGHT RISES.

Gabriel Hardman has drawn HULK, and AGENTS OF ATLAS for Marvel Comics as well as HEATHENTOWN for Image/Shadowline. He is an accomplished motion picture illustrator whose credits include Spider-Man 3, X2: X-Men United, Superman Returns, Tropic Thunder and Inception. He also directed the prize winning short film Wrong Way Up, which premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival. Corinna Bechko is a Los Angeles-based writer known for her work on the graphic novel HEATHENTOWN and the BOOM! Studios series BETRAYAL ON THE PLANET OF THE APES. Marc Laming an illustrator and comic book artist living in the UK. He has worked on comic books for DC/Vertigo, Fleetway and currently Boom! Studios, as well as television & animation projects and storyboards, and visuals for record companies.

Gabriel Hardman has drawn HULK, and AGENTS OF ATLAS for Marvel Comics as well as HEATHENTOWN for Image/Shadowline. He is an accomplished motion picture illustrator whose credits include Spider-Man 3, X2: X-Men United, Superman Returns, Tropic Thunder and Inception. He also directed the prize winning short film Wrong Way Up, which premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival. Corinna Bechko is a Los Angeles-based writer known for her work on the graphic novel HEATHENTOWN and the BOOM! Studios series BETRAYAL ON THE PLANET OF THE APES. Marc Laming an illustrator and comic book artist living in the UK. He has worked on comic books for DC/Vertigo, Fleetway and currently Boom! Studios, as well as television & animation projects and storyboards, and visuals for record companies.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: BOOM! Studios (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608862585
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608862580
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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By J. Wert on December 27, 2012
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This is a real page turner with fantastic art. I got totally caught up in the story mainly because the art is so detailed. The story plays nicely as a Dr. Zaius origin and set up for further stories featuring the protagonist of this one- Citizen (formerly General) Aleron. The story cruises along and you just don't want it to end, but when it does it's actually a bit anti-climatic. The ending is the downfall of this particular story. I know there is a follow up, but I have not read it yet. Perhaps that will make up for this one's disappointing conclusion.
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What surprised me the most about the trade collection of BOOM! Studios' BETRAYAL OF THE PLANET OF THE APES was that it included an introduction by Ed Brubaker - first, because introductions for collections are so rare these days, and second... it's an introduction by Ed Brubaker!!! He has plenty of praise for this 4-issue series, and he's right when he mentions that it could be considered "Dr. Zaius: Year One"; however, that's just part of it. Set 20 years before the events of the first PotA film, this stand-alone tale focuses on a gorilla named Aleron, a former general now serving as defense lawyer and confidant for an orangutan scientist who has taught his pet human to communicate using sign language - a heresy in ape society. The scientist is later found dead, and a plot develops to discredit Aleron. He must then take matters into his own hands, investigating the scientist's death, as well as confronting an event from his own past... and all while confined to prison.

Corinna Sara Bechko and Gabriel Hardman have produced a visually stunning tale that immerses readers in the continuity of the original films, with appearances from Zaius and Ursus, and plenty of references to ape law. Hardman's art gives the setting a rough, almost medieval feel that works well with the story. Once again, BOOM! Studios has gone with excellent talent for this licensed property, giving it the treatment it deserves. They've truly impressed me with the quality of their PotA projects, elevating it above the current Star Wars and Star Trek releases.
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The 1968 film The Planet Of The Apes spawned one of the first high-profile film franchisees, taking in four additional films in the early 1970s before a remake and now a rebooted series of films in the 21st century. Despite all those films and their success (or lack thereof), perhaps no one has captured the spirit of the original film better than the writers and artists behind this volume which collects BOOM! Studios miniseries Betrayal Of The Planet Of The Apes in one volume and with superb results.

Set two decades before the 1968 film (with the very occasional flashback to 15 years before that), Betrayal works as a prequel to the original film. Indeed as the noted comic writer Ed Brubaker says in his introduction, this could almost be Dr. Zaius: Year One at times as it explores Zaius (played by Maurice Evans in the original film as well as its first sequel) early days on the Ape Council. Zaius is only one part of the story though as there's trouble in Ape City as a human has been taught sign language by a scientist and tensions are starting run high between the four different species that make up the ape culture. Add on that a discovery in the Forbidden Zone and the story becomes a slowly exploding powder keg.

It's that combination of elements though that makes this volume as good as it. The original film was a fascinating mix of social science fiction with action/adventure elements that took full advantage of combining the two together.
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Inspired by the classic science-fiction movie series, Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman take the original PLANET OF THE APES storyline in a new direction with this revealing tie-in graphic novel.

Dr. Zaius finds himself immersed in a conspiracy involving a secretive gorilla general and the apparent murder of an orangutan scientist who taught his human subject the art of sign language. All is not as it seems, however, and soon Zaius discovers far more than he bargained for, including the extent of the inherently destructive power possessed by the humans...

The attention to detail on both the writing and the artistic sides are impressive, as is the obvious affection for the original APES series. Classic characters are depicted faithfully, while new characters are introduced seamlessly. The plot twists provide some insight into Zaius, and how he acquired the knowledge leading him to become the pessimistic scientist we see in the movies. And, as in the movies, the debate continues as to how right or wrong Zaius is about the extremes of human nature.

As much a blend of science fiction and political allegory as the films themselves, BETRAYAL OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is an engaging prequel to the enduring saga.
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