Artist: Rachael Stott
The Enterprise crew discuss the situation they have found – at length – and meet Colonel Taylor…
As the description above might indicate, this story continues to be a Star Trek story that’s set on the Planet of the Apes, not really a crossover between the two franchises. Sure, during this issue the Enterprise crew intersect with Charlton Heston’s Taylor, as well as a couple of other key characters from the original Planet of the Apes film. What doesn’t happen is any sort of insight really into the world of the apes, and the Klingons are pretty much wasted – for all its faults, the Star Trek/Doctor Who crossover did use both elements pretty well, and the various Judge Dredd crossovers have demonstrated how you can maintain the integrity of the core parts without one overpowering the other – which is what’s happening here.
As far as the art is concerned Rachael Stott provides us with some nice recreations of scenes from the 1968 film, and the start of the sequel, but this really doesn’t make up for the weakness of the story. Certainly if I was coming to this series as an Apes fan, I would be very disappointed by what we’ve seen so far. The only real bright point has been some of the covers – just a shame that the images they portray aren’t in the books themselves!
Verdict: The potential of this series continues to be wasted. 4/10