Star Trek / The Planet of the Apes – The Primate Directive #5
Published by: IDW Publishing in partnership with BOOM! Studios
Written by: Scott and David Tipton
Art by: Rachael Stott
Inks by: Charlie Kirchoff
Letters by: Tom B. Long
Covers by: Rachael Stott and Charlie Kirchoff (Regular cover) JK Woodward (Sub cover)
Edited by: Sarah Gaydos (IDW) and Dafna Pleban (BOOM!)
Release Date: April 8, 2015

Overview: When we left off in issue #4, Kor had General Ursus in his sights; having been vexed by Kirk and Taylor’s efforts to end the Ape’s civil war, Kor decided to push things along. Now, Kirk and Taylor must work together to stop Kor; putting an end to the hostilities on the planet and, also, to prevent any further contamination the Enterprise and Klingon’s presence is causing.

The Story: What great ending to this crossover! I won’t lie to you, this wasn’t how I expected this series to end – I never saw it coming! That said, it just goes to prove that the Tipton brothers are true pros; just when you think you’ve got them figured out, they turn the tables and surprise the hell out of you.

As I’ve said before, I’m not a die hard Planet of the Apes fan, but I was able to follow along and understand the basics of what the Tipton’s were trying to convey throughout the series (some of what I do know, began to come back to me, as well). unnamed (2)

What I liked most, was that everyone – from the Enterprise, to the Ape’s cast, to the Klingon’s – had their moments to shine, making this a successful crossover series. There was plenty of action and adventure and space battles, great storytelling and humor, as well as a terrific twist ending that wrapped it all up with dramatic style. (I do have questions about the ending, though; time travel and paradoxes give me a headache…)

The Art: I couldn’t be happier! Indeed, I believe I’ve come full circle with this series, because when I read issue #1, I wasn’t pleased with the artwork. Since then, Rachael Stott and Charlie Kirchoff have proven themselves time and again; Issue #5 is no exception. As with #4, there is a lot of ground and characters to cover and they’ve pulled it all together nicely for this finale. unnamed

What I like in a great comic book is details. Rachael Stott does a tremendous job in providing them; from the way Uhura holds her hand to her ear, to the symbols on Ursus’ headdress and armor, to the hair on George Taylor’s chest. Charlie Kirchoff has outdone himself with his coloring and ink; his panels are vibrant and catch the reader’s eye. Tom B. Long has provided excellent lettering throughout this series, as well.

The Covers: First off, Rachael Stott and Charlie Kirchoff have put out a fantastic regular-issue cover. Spock and Dr. Zaius are playing a game of 3-D chess; however, the pieces in this game are Kirk, Bones, Kor, Taylor and Nova. It’s brilliant! I’m at odds with which cover I like better: this issue, or the Statue of Liberty cover for issue #2. I’ll hang them both, though.

J.K. Woodward gets another turn showing his awesome talent, as well. His sub-cover has a fully armored ape holding a Bat’leth over his head, yelling out a war cry, his booted foot on a seemingly unconscious Captain Kirk’s chest; while a fiery battle ensues in the background.

The retail incentive cover will be a keepsake, as this issue is dedicated to Leonard Nimoy. Also, at the conclusion of issue #5, you’ll find a few tributes to Leonard from Scott and David, Sarah Gaydos, as well as Mike Johnson.

Overall: The Primate Directive issue #5 impressed the hell out of me, because I was totally expecting something entirely different; yet, I was refreshingly surprised with the outcome. The series as a whole has been fantastic! It was everything I’d hoped for (as I was skeptical when I first heard about it); plus, it was a nice change of pace, giving us hardcore fans a whole new adventure.

unnamed (3)The Primate Directive is fun! I enjoyed the story, the art and all of the covers (and there have been many, for this crossover). If I had to give it a rating, I’d go with four stars.

‘Til, next time, see ya ‘out there…’

Lt. Eric Cone