To The Forbidden Zone! Planet of the Apes: Ursus #2
Written By David F. Walker
Illustrated By Chris Mooneyham
Colored By Jason Wordie
Lettered By Ed Dukeshire
Published By Boom! Studios
I really enjoyed the second issue of Ursus. If you’re a fan of the Planet of the Apes, there’s no way you don’t fall in love with this book. This story intertwines around parts of the original movies as well, giving you a background of where this infamous General came from on a personal level. You get to see him in flashbacks, growing up with an elder ape that may or may not be his uncle, which is where he gets one of his most famous lines from. They have paid very close attention to even the most minor detail from the original movies and TV shows to weave into this story, to make everything that happens in this story feel like part of the movies. You get to see Ursus even at a young age, and see what a profound hatred he has for the humans.
David F. Walker is the writer of this series, and as far as I’m concerned he should be writing Planet of the Apes mythos for a very long time to come. David’s story sucks you right into the pages and makes you feel like you’re watching scenes that were cut from the original movie footage. He has created such a merging of the two; it’s a smooth transition from a flashback, to the current story, to panels that come right out of the films.
This issue was illustrated by Chris Mooneyham with a hand on colors from Jason Wordie. The art has that old school flair from the 60’s – 70’s which makes this even cooler for me. It just feels right. When you look through this book you feel like you are actually in Ape City! Chris and Jason make a great team for this book. They both get it, and as a matter of fact, the entire creative team does. It’s important that when you take over an established character that you not only do it justice while bringing your own flair to it, but you need to let your audience know you feel it and have a passion for it that comes through. Just like this book did to me as a lifelong Planet of The Apes fan.
Ever since I saw the teaser cover for this series first issue I was beyond excited. Ursus is to the Planet of the Apes what the Joker is to Gotham City. He is that big of a villain in the grand scheme of things in these movies. BOOM! is doing a great job with this and the other Ape series. This the 50th Anniversary of this franchise and what better way to help kick that off than this Ursus mini-series. Do yourself a favor and make sure not to miss a single issue of this title you won’t regret it.
If you’re a fan of the Planet of the Apes, there’s no way you don’t fall in love with this book.