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You know what's awesome about comic books?  There's no special effects budget.  So things that would be unthinkable on the big screen or television are possible.
I have to admit, when I heard that there was going to be a cross over story where Star Trek visits The Planet of the Apes, I rolled my eyes.  I was wrong.
Star Trek & The Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive by Scott Tipton and David Tipton, illustrated by Rachel Stott, is a professional, licensed fannish loveletter to two of the sixties most iconic Sci-Fi franchises.
Set after the original PotA, Charleton Heston's Taylor is on the run, being captured by the mutants in Beneath The Planet of the Apes still in his future.  The Klingons have crossed dimensions and are providing arms to a faction of the Gorillas.  The Federation suspects the Klingons are up to something and sends Kirk and crew to investigate.  This is one of those moments where the comicbook medium adds that extra kick for fans:  Uhura and Sulu, disguised as Klingons on a spy mission.
Once the Enterprise crosses over, we're reunited with our old friends Taylor, Cornelius and Zira.  Of course, Kirk and Taylor butt heads several times, culminating in a fight in the shuttle bay as Taylor tries to steal a shuttle to help restore mankind to power.  Shatner and Heston in a display of alpha male posturing for three and a half pages and Stott totally nails it.
The Primate Directive is fun, the way comics should be, a treat for fans of either franchise.
It'll be out in trade paperback in September, but the individual issues- five of them- should be available at your local comic book shop.


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