Cataclysm Redux

Today, the second printing of Planet Of The Apes: Cataclysm #1 hits the stands, and somewhat late to the party, I would like to see it hit a third.

For anyone who watched the original trilogy (quintology?) of movies, it holds a special place in our hearts. As good as the 2011 movie was, when someone mentions the Planet of the Apes, what do we think of? The Statue of Liberty buried in the sand. Charlton Heston wandering through the desert sands. Dr Cornelius.

For once sharing something in common with the younger readers of this column, the very first film was released many years before I was born, and was an established part of the culture by the time I arrived. No one can deny that it has truly stood the test of time, unlike some of its contemporaries or successors. I mean, who really has dreamy memories about Buck Rogers in the Twenty-Fifth Century? (Except of maybe Twiki. Budda-budda budda-budda bud.) Space 1999?

I had not even spared a glance to the POTA comics so far, but I was attracted by the flashy title, (I’m always up for a good disaster story) and I can truly say that within three pages I was transported back to to those younger days, where the POTA world seemed so fleshed out yet with so much to reveal. Our world, but transported into the social structures of our primate cousins. The only place I have seen it done half as well was with Marvel’s Marvel Apes from a few years back, but they could not decide whether they were a serious or humor title and suffered for that. Although I rather hope that in the new world of Marvel NOW there might be a place for the Apevengers.

Maybe a new Marvel Vs DC, but in the form of the Apevengers versus Captain Carrot And His Amazing Zoo Crew? One can hope. There can’t be too many legal difficulties with that one, surely?

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The Apes, just like the Living Dead can be used to hold up an uncomfortable mirror to the darker aspects of our culture, but in the meantime, offer us a story full of passion and depth. Cataclysm does not let us down, showing us the period eight years before that original 1968 movie and making sense of the dystopia that we know and dread.

Because, is there not a small part of us that thinks the Apes are a little more realistic than the zombipocalypse?

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Darren Burr

A devoted follower of the comics industry and their characters since a child, Darren now plays in many media but always returns to characters in skin-tight costumes beating each other up on the page. Radio host, blogger, fanfic author and producer of You Tube content, Darren idles away his days until his digital conquest of the world is complete.

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