Star Trek meets Planet of the Apes in new epic comics crossover

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Jul 26, 2014, 11:10 AM EDT (Updated)

Frankly, it's the sci-fi epic crossover you never knew you wanted.

IDW Publishing has announced that it will partner with Boom! Studios for the epic crossover to end all epic crossovers.

They will bring the original crew of the Starship Enterprise -- that means William Shatner's Capt. Kirk and company -- together with Charlton Heston's Taylor, Nova and the rest of the cast from the original Planet of the Apes flick, for this year’s event crossover, awesomely titled Star Trek: Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive.

Here is the official press release:

“Planet of the Apes and Star Trek are groundbreaking science-fiction properties and both deal with many of the same social issues and themes,” says Greg Goldstein IDW President & Chief Operating Officer. “A crossover between the two is a natural and long overdue.”

“Before I could read comic books as a child, I could watch science fiction on my television. My dad used to wake me up way past my bedtime to watch Star Trek in syndication—it came on after the nightly news—and I took a Planet of the Apes lunchbox with me to kindergarten every day,” says BOOM! Studios Founder and CEO Ross Richie. “Suffice to say, teaming up these two titans of science fiction on the page in a way that they probably will never meet each other on the silver screen is a huge moment for me personally and emotionally.”

The creative team will be a mix of proven experience and new blood with scripts by beloved Star Trek scribes Scott and David Tipton (Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation 2) and interior art and covers by the British newcomer Rachael Stott.

“With the Klingons secretly backing a renegade gorilla general in a coup for control of Ape City, Captain Kirk finds himself in the uncomfortable position of having to help out Dr. Zaius' orangutans,” explains David Tipton. “Taylor won't be happy with that!”

 “What an epic pairing! I'm so excited to see Taylor, Kirk...and those damned dirty our upcoming comic,” says IDW editor Sarah Gaydos, “We're eager to team up these exciting creative forces to bring this to life.” 

Are you guys psyched to see this mind-melding, awesome crossover?

(via IDW Publishing)

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