Sunday, August 23, 2015

Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive, by Scott Tipton and David Tipton

When I was a kid, two of my favorite shows (like many boys growing up in the 1970s) were Planet of the Apes and Star Trek.  What a blast to bring those two shows together in a comic!  Scott Tipton and David Tipton have done just that in Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive.

Picking up the story shortly after the events of the first Planet of the Apes movie, Kirk and his crew follow some hostile Klingons through a dimensional portal.  The Klingons are looking to disrupt the Klingon social and political structure by arming one group to rise up against another.  Clearly the Klingons do not follow the prime directive.  Kirk and the Enterprise crew do, of course.  And, at the risk of spoiling it for you, I'll tell you the Klingons are driven away, order is restored on future Earth, and the prime directive is followed as best they can.

The Primate Directive is nostalgic and fresh at the same time.  Charlton Heston and William Shatner together--good times!  I don't think they ever worked together in real life.  I bet they would have had good chemistry, if they didn't kill each other.  The Primate Directive is pretty much like an episode of Star Trek.  The graphic novel format allows the story and science to develop a bit more than a TV episode would.  This would be fun to see on the screen, but I think J.J. Abrams is busy right now with another project. . . .

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!

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