Red Lanterns, Green Lanterns, Apes, OH MY!
The Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern crossover comes to a grand conclusion with the sixth and final issue of this Boom Studios/DC comics joint offering. The creative team of Justin Jordan (writer) and Barnaby Bagenda (artist) wrap a bow nice and snug around the Robbie Thompson penned story while giving fans the conclusion they deserve. We pick up the story in the midst of a blockbuster battle between the Red and Green factions with the future of the Ape world hanging in the balance. If you’ve been following this chronicle, you’ll know there has been a generational rift within the Ape society that threatens to wreak havoc upon their civilization. Atrocitus and his merry band of rage-aholics do their best to insure total destruction, as usual, while Hal, Guy, and yes even a green ring wearing Sinestro wield their power in attempt to stop the carnage before it can go any further.
Barnaby Bagenda and colorist Alex Guimaraes have done a tremendous job of bringing the Apes and Lantern worlds together. Their artistic stylings sew together the familiar and the original without missing a stitch. The blend of characters is harmonious and very appealing. Writer Justin Jordan has provided an intense canvas for the artistic team to work with. You’ll be left breathless, even after finishing the last panel. This narrative may be complete, but the overall saga between these two worlds does leave the door open for a follow-up tale we can only hope comes to fruition.
There have been plenty of crossovers and mashup books recently. Some have been done really well, others do leave you desiring more. This Apes/Lantern series has delivered a solid story throughout. If you were unfamiliar with either of these franchises, you could pick up this series without needing the encyclopedia of history from either of them. (With that said, the Apes comics Marvel put out in the mid ‘70’s are classic, and Kyle Rayner’s time as Green Lantern penned by Judd Winick is highly underrated and worth your attention.)
I recommend the conclusion to this series, and if you’ve not picked up the previous issues, it is worth checking with your local comic shop to see if they can get them for you. You’ll be glad you did.
Written by: Justin Jordan, Robbie Thompson (story)
Art by: Barnaby Bagenda
Colors by: Alex Guimaraes
Published by: BOOM! Studios