Marvel Apes #1
Cover: John Watson
“Apes of Wrath”
Writer: Karl Kesel
Artist: Ramon Bachs
“The Official History of the Marvel Apes Universe, Part 1: When Simians Clash”
Writer: Tom Peyer
Art: Barry Kitson
I love monkeys.
I’ve seen every “Planet of the Apes” movie.
I followed Roddy McDowell’s career simply because of the way he portrayed Cornelius.
Hell, I even named my business, Typing Monkeys.
So believe me when I say that I was looking forward to ‘Marvel Apes’.
That is until I read the first issue.
‘Marvel Apes’ is dreadful. It’s not funny. It’s overly verbose. The characters are less than two-dimensional. I could go on and on.
The only saving grace is the artwork by Barry Kitson in the backup story. Artwork that is truly spectacular and quite evocative of Arthur Adams in his prime.
Certainly worth flipping through at your local comic book store. But not worth the $3.99 cover price.
And Wolverine? He graces only the cover.
From Marvel (preview):
“Flingin’ feces, True Believer– the entire Marvel Universe has gone APE!
Just when he thinks life can’t get any worse or weirder, Marty Blank – a.k.a. that lovable loser, the Gibbon — finds himself and the brilliant-and-beautiful Dr. Fiona Fitzhugh transported to a world where monkeys rule and humans don’t exist!
SEE the spectacular simian city of Monkhattan!
MEET the hominoid heroes and villains – SPIDER-MONKEY! DOC OOK! IRON MANDRILL! SIMIAN TORCH! THE APE-VENGERS! And more!
THRILL to the return of Speedball!
CONTAINS No-Ads, as we are thrilled to present you backup tales exploring the Apeiverse!
LEARN the dark secret of the primate planet!
WORRY that the fate of the entire universe is in the hands of the Gibbon!
Not a hoax, not a dream, not an imaginary story – just the most not-to-be-missed mini-series of the season! If you only buy one (well, two) comics this month about super-powered, intelligent apes-in-capes, it must be MARVEL APES!” On sale September 4, 2008.