Dawn of the Planet of the Apes #1

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes #1

Writer: Michael Moreci Artist: Dan McDaid Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: November 26, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 3
7.7Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

Bridging the gap between the RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES films, fans will bear witness to the fall of humanity and the rise of Caesar's civilization. While the apes of the world have yet to advance as a species, Caesar must find a way to unify them to one cause. On the other side of the country, Malcom must venture into the decaying Americas with his family to find a cure for the plague slowly killing his wife, Rita. World powers will shift as civilizations collapse and rise.

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Jason DiGioia Nov 26, 2014

    I've gotten lucky lately with some really great titles, and Dawn #1 should be filed in the same category. I'm really looking forward to seeing the next step in Caesar's plan and the human family's next step in surviving. They are headed for an obvious collision, and I have a feeling it's going to be a fantastic one. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Dec 6, 2014

    This is the set up and next issue will begin the action for this bridge between the two films. A good read even if you haven't seen the films. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - RobertJCross Nov 26, 2014

    I loved it. It was a good start to the series. Can't wait for the next issue! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Adam Gomolisky Nov 26, 2014

                    The story is easy enough to pick up on without having seen the movies; however, getting to know the apes may necessitate a second read-through. The art done by Dan McDaid -- credited in Catalyst and Mind the Gap -- is done in a style that reflects the story. That being said, it was a little bit difficult to follow the speech patterns of the apes as well as whom they were talking to or about. Overall, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' first issue is a good introduction with a great many directions for Moreci to expand. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Daniel Pearson Nov 29, 2014

    A strong tale bridging the gap between the already great moveis. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Nov 26, 2014

    Is this a worthy addition to the story that has been established by such a great movie? Well, only time will tell, but right now it's off to a very good start! As someone who really loved Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, it's great seeing this creative team is able to duplicate the movie's tone so well. This isn't over-the-top and it instead focuses on giving us a connection to these lead characters and reminds us why we care about them. Little things like dialogue stemming from an ape's hand as they use sign language is a nice touch, as is the rougher text when they speak. It may not be stunning debut, but it treats this universe (and the reader) with respect and leaves you wanting to see where this journey will go next. I'm very excited to see what happens in the next issue, especially since we know Malcolm and Caesar won't meet for quite some time. If you really love Dawn and its characters, this should be an obvious purchase. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Dec 3, 2014

    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a must for any hardcore POTA fans as it expands on the overall mythos and offers further insight into the film's two main characters. The movie started after these two had been through ten years of heartbreak and desperation as they struggled to survive in this new world. Now you get to see what that journey was like firsthand. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comix I Read - Boris Roberto Aguilar Nov 26, 2014

    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a well written and well drawn comic book. I usually am not a fan of reading licensed comic books but this one for sure is an exemption. While this story fills in the gap between RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, it does so in a very smart way. I feel as though it is a very original story that is for sure going to draw the reader in from issue to issue. If you are a fan of the Planet of the Apes franchise then this book is for sure for you.  Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Nov 25, 2014

    Jump on this mini series to get a full appreciation for the movies that have been released and the stories that came before them. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Nov 26, 2014

    "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" #1 is a plenty adequate start for this six-issue series that begins to fill the gap between the last two movies. It's not an essential bridge to cross, but it's a journey worthwhile starting for fans of the films. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Nov 26, 2014

    Overall, I would still stand by saying that if you're a fan of Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes then there is no reason for you to miss this comic. For one thing, Dan McDaid's art is spectacular and for another, Moreci's writing captres the stark, harsh introspective humanity of the film as it looks at what must be lost for civilisation to be built. Like I said, the only real thing that brings it down as it couldn't really capture the sense of awe from watching such intricately created cgi characters communicate without dialogue, but it's really not fair to hold that against it. Still worth checking out, but if you're not a fan of the films then there might not be much here for you. It is a licensed comic, though, so you could probably work that one out for yourself. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Derek Vigeant Dec 8, 2014

    Interesting to see some of the apes, including Maurice and Koba (and Rocket has already been mentioned), together, since we know which ones will betray Caesar down the line. But even with all of thetalk of peace in the movie, Caesar is shown to be a leader that knows he must make his group stronger in order to continue on and have a lasting future. Malcolms storyline shows him as brave and intelligent, just trying to make things better for his family. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Dec 1, 2014

    In many ways, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is an extended scene that feels like it was excised for running time at the start of the film, but it does provide a richer level of detail about this emerging world. This works best as a companion piece to the films, as it was intended, and is most likely to work even better when it is collected as one piece at the end of the run. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Martin Doyle Nov 27, 2014

    On the whole, it's a pretty solid opening issue, if a touch heavy-handed with regards to the overall theme, and nicely foreshadows some of the key elements seen in the latest film. Perhaps not a must-buy, unless of course you're a POTA completionist. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Dec 1, 2014

    Overall, I really enjoyed the movies and appreciate what is being done here, but this might not appeal to those who aren't avid Apes fans and don't need every blank filled in. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Gizmo Dec 1, 2014

    Boom has put out much better Ape comics in the past couple years, this one seems disposable. The art is ok, but severely lacks in clarity with telling the apes apart from one another and what exactly they're doing in general. At one point, one of them ambushes Ceasar or something, it was hard to tell exactly what happened, I'm actually just guessing. If the art was better this would be an easier sell but I'm not sure what we need five more issues to say with this series.

  • 10
    Frogowl Dec 9, 2014

  • 8.0
    Ceoldra Dec 1, 2014

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