Perhaps Vining's greatest accomplishment with this book is how he manages to instill personality in the chimp characters without personifying them. The characterization is powerful and effective. We really get to know Ham and some of his chimp colleagues, and there's anthropormorphication of the animals. The writer/artist conveys Ham's intelligence and his primal nature quite well; it's a balanced approach and a solid one. Ham turns out to be a sympathetic figure and an admirable one. Is he brave? I don't know, but I sensed trust in how Vining depicts his behavior and reactions. Read Full Review
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