A review by annastarlight
Planet of the Apes, Vol. 1: The Long War, by Juan Manuel Tumburús, Carlos Magno, Nolan Woodard, Daryl Gregory


Summary: When an ape is assassinated by a human, the unstable truce between the two factions shatters.

What I liked:
- Even though I have never seen any movie or read any comic in the Planet of the Apes franchise, I had no trouble getting into this book. Everything is exposed clearly and without resorting to massive chunks of text to explain back story
- The art style is grittier and darker than I'm usually attracted to, but it works great with the subject matter
- There are so many themes underlying the conflicts in this book. It's interesting how a war between apes and humans forces you to think about humanity
- I'm starting to think this is just a Boom! Studios staple, but, female characters that are integral to the plot! There is nothing I hate more than the obligatory eye-candy damsel in distress female, in a story that is 99% male. There are good males, good females, bad males, and bad females. That's what I like to see
- Also, a pregnant female main character who's still kicking ass. Awesome

What I didn't like:
- The story is so short! I wish this was told in six-issue arcs rather than a four-issue one. It's over so quickly
- Some evil characters just look too much like evil characters. They just ooze evilness
- I think some of the technology is rather implausible

Verdict: This Planet of the Apes comic is a great place to start if you're unfamiliar to the franchise. It has the added benefit of being way less sexist than most comics, though the downside is that it's rather short.