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Planet Of The Apes: Annual #1 (2012)
Fiction Review by The Gravedigger

Planet Of The Apes: Annual #1 (2012) Consists of four different stories. The first tale takes place in the continuity of Booms! current ongoing POTA series, some 600 years after Caesar's Revolution.

Sully and Alaya, human and ape, are the adopted daughters of The Lawgiver (seen in the movie BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES).

Sully is the first human accepted to the Mak Preparatory Academy. A human protestor starts a riot and he's killed by Nix, the Albino Gorilla. He's hauled off to jail because the lawgiver had said that human and ape were equal. It's an interesting tale because it provides an integral backstory to the current series. A BOY AND HIS HUMAN takes place a few thousand years later, in Ape City, during the great human purge when all humans--pets and otherwise--are banned from the city. Aiden, a chimp, finds a young human and takes her home as a pet. His mother calls the authorities because she doesn't want them to get in trouble, so Aiden and the girl take off. However, she's captured and taken to the pens. He's heartbroken-- but ends up having an idea of how to get her out of there. OLD WORLD ORDER takes place in a port town, Port Simian, near Ape City. An orangutan named Trajan is the ruler and lives like a sultan. An envoy from Ape City is sent there to check up on them, as this town exists beyond known Ape borders. The sense is that they want to close down this port town. However, the visitors are shocked when Trajan shows them the arena--and the primitive gorillas he has caged. The last story, THE SCROLL, takes place forty years before Taylor's appearance. A group of gorillas travel on horseback through snow covered mountains. They are supposed to get a sacred scroll, from the time of the Lawgiver, from a monk. There's an avalanche and only one gorilla soldier survives to find the monk, who seems in shock for killing a human who was stealing his food stores. The monk, an orangutan, shoots himself. Later, we find out why when the scroll is brought back. The council says it's a forgery--but we see that this lost Lawgiver scroll says "Ape and man shall live together in friendship and share dominion over the world in peace." This is a good collections of stories. Recommended.

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