first_img “Taylor is Thomas, and Ape City isn’t a crude, primitive grouping of huts, it’s a bustling and urbane metropolis filled with cars and skyscrapers and a vibrant ape culture. Apes wear modern clothes and drive modern cars, they have talk shows and nightclubs and alcohol. How does a human fit into this world, and what will his presence mean to how Apes—and humans—view themselves. Based on the original, never-before-realized Rod Serling screenplay!”PLANET OF THE APES: VISIONARIES(W): Rod Serling, Dana Gould (A): Chad Lewis (I): David Wilson (C): Darrin Moore, Miquel Muerto, Marcelo Costa (L): Ed Dukeshire (CA): Paola RiveraOne of the men that I most admire (and a high-key childhood hero) in the craft of storytelling is Rod Serling. He has a particular and diverse vision for narratives that can’t be compared to anyone else. He’s so different from the status quo and makes you marvel at his brand of storytelling. He gives you another glimpse of our world upside down. I’m also an absolute geek for anything Serling, Twilight Zone and every single thing that Rod Serling has written or injected into our universe.via BOOM! StudiosThat being said, one of the most fascinating things that have ever been produced by him (besides everything) is the original screenplay for Planet of the Apes. Before Michael Wilson took over to shift and change a few things around, Rod Serling’s Planet of the Apes was a monumentally unpredictable story that leaves you holding your breath with uncertainty. In smaller words: it’s an absolute masterpiece.Dana Gould adapts Rod Serling’s script for comics and hot damn does he do a phenomenal job. Reading the original script to seeing it in a graphic novel form is WILD. Gould embodies that vision which aligns with Serling’s original script to the T. Things such as the intricate and stellar details from Thomas, Zira, Zaius and Nova’s looks. The figuring out how to make those Serling moments pop while adapted to the page. These are some of the many things that hit you as a reader and Gould brings with such love, care, and respect. Gould and Serling’s visions are almost one in the same. They’re undeniably different from the version of Planet of the Apes we see today. With that said, I feel we have to talk about Serling’s script from it’s eventual shift to Michael Wilson.via BOOM! StudiosThere’s such a varying difference between the shot script by Wilson/Serling and the original draft by Serling alone. I have to say. I wish Serling’s script was shot just the way it was without interference. Wilson’s changes to the script are meant more in the veins of entertainment. Serling’s script is much more of a philosophical message. Slowly gaining momentum to reveal these epic moments he wants to come across. This is what he was best known for and what comes across in his original script and Gould’s adaption. It feels like there’s so much more to Serling’s script that what was on screen. The skeleton of Serling’s draft is well within the movie, but Serling’s moments and the moments in Visionaries bring such a darker, shader and more twisted kind of ApeWorld.The one thing that is one of my favorite parts about the adaption versus what we got with Planet of the Apes was how real it felt. It didn’t feel as adventure-driven or primitive, but more of it feels like something that could happen. It’s more of a modern type look at Planet of the Apes. The moments are hard-hitting. The reveals blow your mind. If this was something that was shot, no director could have done this as much justice as it should have been. Gould being able to adapt Serling’s script into a Mad Men-era styled Twilight Zone twistable narrative with a 50’s to 60’s flair. I won’t be able to get out of my mind. And, trust me, you won’t either.via BOOM! StudiosFrom the first pages of this graphic novel, you’re immediately immersed in Chad Lewis’ art like nobodies business. The one thing that’s so incredibly dope about Chad Lewis’ art is the worldbuilding. Serling and Gould set these into place. However, when Lewis gets ahold of it with his pencils, it’s on another level. With the help of David Wilson on inks, they pay attention to so many of the important details.The moments of revelation in the script to the character designs of the many infamous characters allow readers to be fully developed into this world. You’ll only find yourself falling deeper in. They carve out the words with pencil and ink that enable you to follow every facial expression, moment and more within their panels. This is only fueled by the three who put together their colors to take this even further.via BOOM! StudiosDarrin Moore, Miquel Muerto, and Marcelo Costa join forces and color pages for this graphic novel. These colorists envoke the same mood throughout while being completely different at the same time. They carry their colors to bring a realistic yet heartbreaking feel. One that brings you a feel of an alternative world but still grounds you in the hear and now. They do an incredible job in lightning. Both playing on artificial like from the lab, the time of day and other sources like flashlights and hotel rooms. (The pages when they’re down in the bunker are to die for.) They never let you pull out of this world. Their colors fan even more of the mysteries within and leave you with an uneasy yet grounded feeling the way.Ed Dukeshire’s letters catch your eye upon arrival. Dukeshire’s letters within this graphic novel are some of the best I’ve seen because it’s placed flawlessly. Dukeshire’s balloon placement swings from panel to panel that gives the script more weight as you read and as you dive into the art. He also varies between his balloon placement and in his voiceover’s as well. Letting you soak in everything it has to offer. The two places that this is brought out the most is the last six pages of the graphic novel and when Thomas speaks for the first time. It’s a brilliant combination of reaction shots from the art with warm colors, a script too legit to quit and perfectly placed letters. It’s a winning combination all around.via BOOM! StudiosPlanet of the Apes: Visionaries is another piece of a franchise begging to be told. Rod Serling and Dana Gould bring this story into the light and casts another brilliant bit of storytelling our way. Planet of the Apes: Visionaries is a brilliantly adapted graphic novel that’s unpredictable, stunning, wild and, oh so twisted. Planet of the Apes: Visionaries is now available on Comixology and your local comic shop.Want to support great indie creators, we’ve got 5 Kickstarter campaigns to kick money to. Read up on Jen Bartel’s inspiration for Blackbird before you grab the new Image book. Check out our review of creator-owned lady gamer book, Renegade Rule. 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