Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes #1

Writer: Tim Seeley, David Walker Artist: Fernando Dagnino Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: September 28, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 2
8.2Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

Raised as brothers but separated by slave traders, Tarzan and his ape brother Caesar reunite when the war between man and ape takes them from the jungles of Africa to the center of the earth.

  • 10
    Graphic Policy - pharoahmiles Sep 11, 2016

    Overall, a great first issue, that fires on all cylinders, as this series so far reminds of the brilliant Steven Barnes classic, Lions Blood, as both books ask similar questions, and doesnt give the reader a chance to flinch when it asks the hard questions. The story by Tim Seeley and David Walker immerses the reader into a world, familiar enough but not all at the same time. The art by Fernando Dagnino, elevates the canons of their respective properties, as he captures the soul of these characters. Altogether, something the comic world needed yesterday. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Matthew Strackbein Sep 8, 2016

    As fun as it is, the plot is a serious one and the stakes are high and getting higher. Expect the usual a clash of cultures and species youd typically find in Tarzan or POTA with an extra dose of intensity as we learn about how these worlds have collided. Fantastic start to a series that is already well worth the cover price. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Sep 28, 2016

    Seeley, Walker, Dagnino, Molina, and Piekos have crafted a fitting, adventurous tribute to two historical franchises that celebrates their differences and revels in their similarities. I was hooked on the concept at solicit, but reading the actual story exceeds any expectation I had. I simply cannot wait for more and implore you to check the book out. It is wild comic book fun that simply needs to be shared. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Majeed Sayibu Sep 7, 2016

    Overall, Tim Seeley and David Walker have set up a world that can definitely go to new and exciting places with these classic characters and yet continue to feel familiar to the audience. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 28, 2016

    If you thought Star Trek/Planet of the Apes was a cool crossover, you haven't seen anything yet. This book not only realizes the fun of such an obvious pop culture pairing, it manages to fuse the mythologies together in a way that's both clever and poignant. Thanks to a talented and ambitious creative team, this series is much more than a typical crossover comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - soshillinois Sep 29, 2016

    Fernando Dagnino also does a great job of establishing the tone and feel of the two different worlds. The characters from the Planet of the Apes remain true to the look of the original movie, while Tarzan and his world has a different feel as well. Sandra Molina similarly adds a great deal of texture with the colors at play in the issue. Even with two different time periods that are both in the jungle, there's plenty of little things that distinguish the two. That said, the comic is most definitely worth the time and the money. As mentioned earlier: crossovers tend to fit into pretty easy categories, and they can be fairly forgettable at worst. All things being equal though, if youre gonna pick up a comic this week, youll definitely be getting a pretty wild story with Tarzan On the Planet of the Apes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Oct 1, 2016

    The art is good but the story is a bit of a mush - hopefully future issues will clear things up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Patrick Larose Sep 8, 2016

    The plot points almost feel like an obligation"a lip service to the bombastic pulp nature of Tarzan to set up something that'd make for a good action movie. But this comic made me not want an action movie. Tarzan's destined to be a human hero and Caesar an ape revolutionary and seeing this origin of a relationship, this united history, made me want to see where their natural paths would end and which side of a war they'd stand on. I want that story, and if this miniseries is willing to offer it, I'm ready to follow it to the end. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    411Mania - RobF Oct 6, 2016

    Seeley, Walker and CO. has crafted a story that stands out from most crossovers. It will be interesting to see how the rest plays out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Chris Hassan Sep 26, 2016

    You'll never see Tarzan battle ape soldiers on the big screen, so enjoy it here, free of the major studio intervention that's become all too common in modern blockbusters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Sep 28, 2016

    Seely and Walker put together a solid enough piece here that I think will work even better with the second issue since a lot of preconceptions will be shaken off by then. The blending of these two works is pretty ideal and you can see a lot of different ways it can work, which has me kind of hopeful that this succeeds and we can get more stories in this brave new world. Especially if they keep Dagnino on board with it as he definitely captures the animal side very well, works with dinosaurs in intriguing ways, and most definitely captures the time period for man really well in giving us that whole safari expedition thing. I definitely like the concept though I'm still wary on the execution of it with the use of the past and present day instead of just exploring something in the far flung future in some other way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Pop Break - Mark Henely Sep 28, 2016

    Fernando Dagnino does a great job on art duties.The big appeal to doing a crossover like this is in seeing the characters interact with each other. Dagnino really does a great job of taking two properties with two very different aesthetics and putting them together while still making it all seem streamlined. He also nails all of the actions scenes. Readers always know who is doing what to whom. This really must be a fun project for him to work on. In just one page, he got to draw Tarzan, a character from Planet of the Apes, and a Triceratops. It's fun stuff. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerdist - Blair Marnell Sep 8, 2016

    Of course, it just wouldn't be Tarzan or the Planet of the Apes without a little tragedy to get the story going. By the end of the issue, young Tarzan and Milo faced the loss of someone important to them as the Tarzan of the present edged closer to reuniting with someone from his past. As an opening chapter in the miniseries, it was very effective at baiting the hook for the rest of the story. That's what all comics, not just crossovers, should aspire to. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Capeless Crusader - Josh Epstein Sep 6, 2016

    Overall, the first issue of Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes is a success. It checks off all the boxes needed to jump-start a story. Walker and Seeley's unique approach to the combination is beautifully aided by Dagnino and Molina's art. The combination makes for an beautifully engaging read. There is enough meat to the story to bring readers back for more, and it will be interesting to see where it goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Robert Anderegg Sep 14, 2016

    If the whole 5-issue miniseries lives up to the standard of this first issue, then it totally gets my seal of approval. The art captures realism and beauty, and the writing resonates enough to make the reader invest in the characters. Even with a limited background of these wild stories, I was able to understand the plot and appreciate the connections between humans, gorillas, and the Mangani. You'll go bananas over this! Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Nerds On The Rocks - Logan Dalton Sep 29, 2016

    Tarzan On the Planet of the Apes #1 has some real flashes of greatness as David Walker, Tim Seeley, Fernando Dagnino, and Sandra Molina began to tell a story of a world that is trying to be a utopia, but ends up becoming a dystopia. The art and colors are pulpy and beautiful, and if the creators can make clear transitions between the different eras, this book could be an even better read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Outright Geekery - Zack Saad Sep 6, 2016

    Man, this comic stumbles in the writing department. It feels like the writers did jut enough research to make all the characters act like they would in their respective franchises, but not enough to make a story that would make sense. Maybe I should describe the plot briefly. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Sep 29, 2016

    Though probably best suited for diehard Edgar Rice Burroughs and Apes franchise fans, Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes #1 still stands as an interesting narrative mash up between two unlikely titles. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geek-O-Rama - David Doub Oct 17, 2016

    I like to think I have a better than average familiarity with both Planet of the Apes and the original Tarzan novels, so this promises to be an interesting read. Once I was able to place where these two timelines diverged from the originals, it became much easier to sit back and enjoy it. The art and colouring feels a bit like Tim Burton's 2001 Apes attempt, but still manages to invoke the original series aesthetic. The panel layout is artistic without being distracting, and the writing is tight. As with many crossovers there are a few jarring moments as they weave two very well known franchises together, but the end result is a great beginning. Read Full Review

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