Out today, on February 1st, comes a legendary team-up from Boom! Studios and DC Comics. It’s Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #1, the first of six in total, written by Justin Jordan (Spread, Green Lantern:New Guardians). Story by Robbie Thompson (Silk, Venom:Space Knight) with art by Barnaby Bagenda (The Omega Men) and Alex Guimarães (Lord of the Jungle). These two universes finally collide in this super cross-over event, full of Lanterns, rings, and those “damn dirty Apes!”.
On an unknown red planet a cloaked figure is casting a spell, surrounded by several bound Lanterns of all different colors. The spell takes the lives of the Lanterns and cast a bolt of light out into the unknown. Where it goes, is into a parallel world where apes took over long ago and the only thing left of modern man are artifacts. A familiar face, Conrelius, discovers what the spell has unearthed. A golden ring with strange markings, which he takes home to examine further. Unsure of who to tell or who he can trust, he decides to confide in his fiance Zira. She is unsure of what the purpose of the ring could be, while Conrelius just hopes to use it to bring peace to their world.
Meanwhile back in the DCU, the Green Lanterns are fighting off an out of control group of Red Lanterns and discussing what could be the possible cause. Elsewhere, back on the unknown red planet, the cloaked figure reveals himself to be none other than Sinesto himself. The spell he cast was to find something known as the Universal ring, and now he knows where it is. As Sinestro leaves, Conrelius notices the universal ring start to glow and decides to put it on. Unlucky for Cornelius, he is unaware of the power the ring possess and struggles to control it. Suddenly, Hal Jordan gets an unusual message from his own ring, a Crosschronal Disruption and the Green Lantern responds without hesitation. However not before running into his old nemesis Sinestro on the way. The two are interrupted by a sudden bolt of light and are transported into another dimension entirely. Both fall into a deep body of water, but only one crawls out onto a sandy beach and into an all to familiar scene. Cornelius has now managed to control the Universal Ring and donned a Yellow Lantern suit. He is suddenly surrounded by a group of robed people who can somehow communicate without speaking. After telling Cornelius that the power of the ring belongs to them, he becomes angry and a blast of red light comes out of the ring killing one of the robed people. After the revelation at the amount of power that the ring and Cornelius has they start to kneel at Cornelius’ feet.
The Green Lanterns are becoming some of my favorite DC characters, not only are they genuine but there are so many to choose from. While Planet of the Apes is an iconic franchise with an incredibly interesting universal history, with lots of extended universe content. So it’s no surprise to me that when these two come together, and it’s epic! One of my favorite aspects of this book is the Universal Ring itself. The fact that it’s user seems to be wearing whichever Lantern costume correlates with their emotion. When Cornelius is scared, he is wearing the yellow suit of fear. Then when he becomes angry, it changes to the red suit of rage. All and all I really enjoyed this comic, and can’t wait for the rest to come out to see if Cornelius saves his world with peace or uses the ring as a weapon.