Star Trek/ Planet Of The Apes

They fi­nally re­ally did it

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated comics -

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Pub­lisher: IDW Pub­lish­ing/ Boom! Stu­dios Writer: Scott and David Tip­ton Artist: Rachael Stott

Af­ter pre­vi­ously team­ing up The Next Gen­er­a­tion with Doc­tor Who, IDW’s lat­est Star Trek cross­over is a bit more down to Earth – al­beit the post- apoc­a­lyp­tic realm of Planet Of The Apes.

Tak­ing its cue from the orig­i­nal 1968 Apes film, five- part se­ries The Pri­mate Di­rec­tive sees the USS En­ter­prise fol­low­ing a Klin­gon war­ship through an in­ter­di­men­sional por­tal to what ini­tially ap­pears to be a less ad­vanced ver­sion of their own home world. With the Klin­gons plan­ning to use it as a launch­pad to con­quer the rest of this par­al­lel uni­verse, Cap­tain Kirk and crew are soon em­broiled in a civil war be­tween the var­i­ous ape species.

How­ever, co- writ­ers David and Scott Tip­ton con­fine the Klin­gons to a back­seat for much of the sec­ond and third is­sues, as Kirk locks horns with a head­strong Colonel Ge­orge Tay­lor, who charges around in a Tarzan- es­que loin­cloth. It’s un­for­tu­nate that Tay­lor’s prim­i­tive com­pan­ion Nova is such a pe­riph­eral pres­ence – her mute sta­tus doesn’t help – mean­ing that surely only those familiar with the Apes canon will recog­nise her.

With Tay­lor urg­ing Kirk to utilise the En­ter­prise’s tech­no­log­i­cal might against go­rilla gen­eral Mar­ius, there’s much soul- search­ing about whether the Prime Di­rec­tive ap­plies in an al­ter­nate re­al­ity. Im­pres­sively meld­ing the mythoses of th­ese two iconic ’ 60s se­ries to­gether, the script is brought to life by Bri­tish new­comer Rachael Stott, who com­bines a knack for like­nesses with some dy­namic sto­ry­telling. It makes for a com­pelling gate­way to both prop­er­ties. Stephen Jewell

All the guys in red shirts are al­ready dead.

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