Under the watchful eye of publisher BOOM! Studios, the primates of the legendary Planet of the Apes franchise have met everyone from the crew of the Enterprise to the Green Lantern Corps, and even Tarzan. But their latest universe-uniting venture may be the greatest and most clamored-for crossover yet.
That’s because this November, the Planet of the Apes will be invaded by the greatest apes of them all in Kong on the Planet of the Apes. Written by Ryan Ferrier, with art by Carlos Magno, the six-issue miniseries will follow Doctor Zaius and General Ursus after the events of the original film, as they head out on an excursion into the Forbidden Zone and find something they weren’t looking for, and could never have imagined: a new form of giant, intelligent ape known as Kong. Their journey will take them beyond the Forbidden Zone, to Skull Island and beyond in their search for answers, and what they find may shake the ape world to its core.
“With this series,” says Ferrier in the press release, “we’ve found a coherent, meaningful way of having these two worlds and their legacies fold into each other. The implications of the Ape civilization discovering the Kong world are huge, and that’s certainly on the forefront of the series.”
I had the pleasure of interviewing artist Carlos Magno last year about Kong of Skull Island, and his approach and work on the series have made him one of the defining Kong artists, so it will be a treat to see him return to Kong, but in an all-new setting. Check out the interview to see why you’ll be completely blown away by the art in this series.
When Kong on the Planet of the Apes hits store shelves in November, it will feature covers by Magno, acclaimed movie poster artist Hans Woody, and artist Mike Huddleston, whose striking cover to issue #1 you can find below. And be sure to let us know if the thought of this series has you going apes*** in the comments!