Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes #1

by RobertJCross on November 26, 2014

Written By: Micheal Moreci
Art by: Dan McDaid

(movie spoilers ahead)

Oo Oo Oo Aa Aa Aa! Those are the usual sounds you'd expect to hear out of an ape's mouth. Not supremely intelligent prose and war strategies. In DotPotA #1, you get mostly intelligent discourse between the apes and OF COURSE, there has to be a human story. This comic bridges the gap between Rise and Dawn. It does this by telling the story of human Malcolm, his wife (who dies, duh), and his son Alex as they struggle to stay at the family farm before heading to what will presumably be San Francisco (eventually). While this is going on, the GREAT ape Caesar builds his ape empire in the California wilderness. All the familiar faces from the movie are there...but there's something I didn't like...

Moreci does a fine job of setting up the six-issue arc. He fails in two places to me: The first being that the human story unfortunately never connects with me (or anyone I know for that matter) and secondly he REUSES the dynamic of the movie. There's an ape who is trying to stand up to Caesar named Pope, same as Koba did in the film. What boggles my mind is that Pope and Koba are friends, so whatever ends up happening to Pope would be a precursor to Koba's eventual mutiny and death. Other than that, everything was pretty spot on and good. I like the turn from thought based conversation to the actual speaking that Caesar does, surprises you much like the film. I dug that a lot actually and it was good when it was used.

McDaid's art was pretty good too. Not anything groundbreaking though. I'm seeing an influx of artists who blotch colors around an inked outline and call it a day. This was one of those comics. Not that I don't like it, a lot of the newer indie comics that I enjoy do it liberally. In this comic it's used mostly with the apes, but you're able to distinguish the various characters...so I guess it works.

I loved it. It was a good start to the series. Can't wait for the next issue!

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