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Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive #3 Review

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What will happen when Kirk confronts George Taylor on the U.S.S. Enterprise? Read on to find out.

The official description from IDW:

It’s the battle for the ages! Taylor has escaped the Planet of the Apes, and Captain Kirk must bring him back! Plus, the Klingon/Gorilla alliance makes its move against Dr. Zaius and Ape City!

ST-APES03-coverSUBCrossovers may be something that Marvel and DC frequently shove down our throats, but when it comes to merging film or television franchises, it can be a dangerous game. Fortunately Star Trek/Planet of the Apes has been a wonderful coalition, as though the development has been a little slow at times, the chance to see George Taylor interact with Captain Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise has proved truly fascinating.

Scott and David Tipton have been doing a marvellous job of bringing these two popular sci-fi franchises together, as though we’ve still got a lot to see from the bigger picture, the concept has intrigued since day one. The most impressive feat in the duo’s script has to be the dialogue, as whether it’s the fantastic logic from Spock, or the hostility within Kirk and George, there is always something to draw the reader in. Despite this, I do feel that the issue side steps some key points, as though the culminating moments show the Klingon’s alliance with the Gorilla’s, it feels very much like an afterthought.

Rachael Stott has been doing an astounding job on the artwork, with the fun tone, and smooth layouts allowing for an eye catching ride so far. Giving a sharp look to the Apes, as well as capturing the likeness of Charlton Heston‘s George Taylor, and the cast of Star Trek The Original Series, Stott really manages to draw this reader in, with her unique style also adding freshness to this combined world. She also adds wonderful excitement to the action sequences, with the minimalistic backgrounds adding extra punch. The colours of Charlie Kirchoff also continues to work wonders, with the bright palette working perfectly next to both pencils and script.

Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive continues to be a fun crossover, as though there are some parts of this tale that feel like an afterthought, the tempo, and engaging dialogue certainly entices. The action also evokes excitement, with these classic characters being treated with respect at all times.

OUR RATING
8
  • + George Taylor vs. Captain Kirk!
  • + Logical input from Spock.
  • + Majestic art from Rachael Stott.
  • - Overlooks certain plot elements.

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