Review Brew: Planet of the Apes Green Lantern Crossover!
Writer: Justin Jordan
Story: Robbie Thompson
Artist: Barnaby Bagenda
Colorist: Alex Guimaraes
Publisher: BOOM! Studios and DC Comics
BOOM! Studios and DC comics have collaborated to crossover one of the greatest movie universes and some of the most amazing cosmic superheroes! I was so excited when I heard about this crossover, and the first issue held up. This story is kicked off when one of the apes finds a ring on their planet. Apes with lantern rings?! Oh yes! Meanwhile the Green Lanterns are battling the fearsome Red Lanterns and Hal Jordan runs into a familiar enemy. Right off the bat, I want to say that I loved this comic in its entirety!
Robbie Thompson (who has worked on various Marvel comics) was the creator of this awesome story. Thompson certainly has a lot of love for these characters, you can see it in the story. I really like where he’s taking it and can’t wait to see where the story goes in the coming issues.
It was written by Justin Jordan, you might recognize him for writing Green Lantern. Jordan’s writing was perfect for this story. He really knows the lore of the Lanterns and I can tell he must be a big Planet of the Apes fan. I have respect for how he was able to start a good and interesting story without relying on plot twists to draw us in. I’m excited to see where his writing takes us in the continuing issues!
Barnaby Bagenda is the artist for this comic. Bagenda is primarily known for his wonderful art in Omega-Man. The characterization of the apes looks perfect, they are all very recognizable and unique Bagenda really knows how to draw the Lanterns. Alex Guimaraes’ coloring goes along great with Bagenda’s art and with the story. They’re wonderfully vibrant and draw me back to the brightly colored golden age comics I love.
This comic book is a strong four damn dirty apes out of five. Whether you are a Green Lantern fan, Apes fan, or just a comic book fan, I recommend you pick it up!