The original universe is back, with Marvel’s Beware the Planet of the Apes mini-series, and we’ve got a preview for you.
Most sci-fi movie fans, and probably most people in general, remember the hook to the original Planet of the Apes movie series. The adventure starred actor Charlton Heston as a time-lost man who’d found himself trapped in a horrific age where humanity had lost control of the world, giving rise to the titular “planet”.
But while that version of the lore has been formerly forgotten in the face of a new movie series, it’s about to come roaring back. That’s thanks to Marvel Comics, who’ll be launching Beware the Planet of the Apes, a four-issue limited series that will serve as a prequel to the first set of movies.
Here’s a (mostly unlettered) preview of what to expect:
Into the Forbidden Zone! In a hostile world run by aggressive gorillas, scientists Cornelius and Zira are the only apes alive who see value in the mute, dumb human race—but even they know human capabilities have severe limits. So when their nephew Lucius goes missing, it is with great trepidation that they turn to a human ally, a young woman who will someday earn the moniker “Nova”…
“I’ve been entertained and intrigued by Planet of the Apes ever since I got a Mego Doctor Zaius doll as a birthday present, and my local television station ran the original pentalogy every afternoon for a week in the summertime,” Guggenheim shared. “In many ways, Apes is one of the OG franchises, filled with mystery, fascinating characters, and some truly off-the-wall surprises. That’s the spirit I’m working to evoke with BEWARE THE PLANET OF THE APES.”Marvel Comics press release
Written by Marc Guggenheim and with art by Álvaro López, look for Beware the Planet of the Apes #1 (of 4) on the stands this coming January 3rd.