Star Trek: Review: Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive #3

ST-APES03-coverAWritten by Scott and David Tipton

Art by Rachel Stott

IDW, out now

Taylor escapes to the Enterprise

For once the cover is indicative of the content inside as Taylor and Kirk get into a fist-fight – although it’s across the shuttlebay as Taylor tries to steal the Galileo, rather than on the bridge. It’s the highlight of the series so far, which still isn’t saying very much: otherwise, things proceed at a snail’s pace. We’re over halfway through, yet we’ve only just had an indication of why the Apes might need the Klingons’ help, and not really much else involving them.

Some crossovers take the best from two franchises and meld them together. This is a Star Trek story, pure and simple, which happens to be set on a planet that features in a different franchise, with guest star Charlton Heston as George Taylor (getting more screen time in this than he did in Beneath…!) The artwork is terrific – Stott gets some great body language into her depiction of the Enterprise crew and the guest stars – but this is not the series that I (and I suspect many other people) hoped for when it was first announced.

Verdict: No surprises in what’s become a real wasted opportunity. 6/10

Paul Simpson

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