Planet of the Apes Omnibus: Before the Fall

BOOM! Studios. May 2019. 496p. ISBN 9781684153619. pap. $39.99. sf
After his friend Doctor Cato’s attempt to teach humans to communicate results in his murder at the hand of extremists bent on preserving the status quo, the legendary General Aleron finds himself at odds with a cabal of ruthless leaders eager to control the future of ape society. Soon he’s framed for murder and exiled to the Forbidden Zone, where he builds an army and launches a campaign to destroy his enemies and liberate the human slaves kept in Ape City. The consequences of the ensuing war reverberate across the tumultuous two decades explored in this terrific prequel to the classic film, which ranges among being a war story, a political thriller, and a surprisingly sophisticated exploration of a faltering caste system.
VERDICT Cocreators Hardman and Bechko (Green Lantern: Earth One, Vol. 1) have successfully crafted a tie-in to a favorite sf film that actually lives up to the original. This omnibus edition collects Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes, Exile on the Planet of the Apes, and Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm

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