Into the Mind of a Madman in the Planet of The Apes: Ursus #5 Review
Writer David F. Walker
Illustrator Lalit Kumar Sharma
Colors Jason Wordie
Letters Ed Dukeshire
Published by Boom! Studios
Intense is the only way to describe this issue. We open on an incredible flashback with Ursus, Zaius, and Kananaios with their army. As we witness them venturing further into what would become known as the forbidden zone, what they find is incredible and blasphemous! These flashbacks are great as it takes us deeper into the mind of the General so we see what molded him into the madman he’s become. Something that adds to the lore are the quotes from the lawgiver that pop up throughout the series. Ultimately my favorite part of this series is how this story is woven into references and bit scenes to the original movies. Death and destruction seem to follow Ursus wherever he goes with the one constant threat as far as he is concerned is the plague called man.
David F. Walker scripts this series, and he’s extremely knowledgeable about the lore of this franchise. As much as a passionate love for the material within that has come before that he has expertly added to within these pages of this series. There’s no doubt in my mind that he has improved the game of apes as none other has since Taylor crashed back to Earth.
Lalit Kumar Sharma illustrated this issue with a hand on colors by the exceptionally talented Jason Wordie. The art not just on this issue but the series overall has been mind-blowingly incredible. The textures and colors when we see a flashback sequence to the present day are stunning. As far as I’m concerned, this team is the perfect one-two combo for Planet of The Apes art in the comics world.
Ursus #5 is on shelves now and this series is a must-read for any Apes fan. I for one can’t wait to dig into the conclusion of this series and you should too. I can’t state enough magnificent things about this series. Kudos to Boom! For kicking off the 50th Anniversary of this franchise the right way!