BOOM! Studios and 20th Century Fox Consumer Products have announced a comic miniseries that serves as a prequel to the upcoming film War for the Planet of the Apes, which hits UK cinemas on 14th July 2017.
The four-issue miniseries is written by David F. Walker (Power Man and Iron Fist, Occupy Avengers) and illustrated by Jonas Sharf, who I was lucky enough to work with on what remains, sadly, an unpublished episode of “Black Ops Extreme” for STRIP Magazine.
His stunning work on Warlords of Appalachia got deserved attention, also published by BOOM! Studios, which is being released as a collection in August.
The first issue will feature covers by Mikhail Borulko and Jay Shaw (Evil Empire).
The series launches on 12th July 2017, two days before the film opens.
“I’m a huge fan of the original Planet of the Apes films, and I really love what they’ve done with the new series,” says Walker. “Working on War for the Planet of the Apes not only means that I get to play around in my favourite film franchise – it means I get to contribute to what may ultimately be the best Apes film since the first one in 1968.”
“It’s going to be both fun and challenging to work on such a well-established franchise. Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes were both fantastic movies that had some really beautiful visuals and great character development,” adds Scharf.
“Playing around with more realistic likenesses and locations from the movies and a more stylised approach in the context of the medium of comics is also going to be interesting. And let’s be honest here, drawing apes is also just a ton of fun.”
Picking up where the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes film left off, the War for the Planet of the Apes comic series will serve as a bridge to the upcoming new movie. Spanning the course of a year, this limited series focuses on various groups of characters throughout the United States, giving readers a look into this mysterious world.
“The story I’ve written for War for the Planet of the Apes takes place between the Dawn and War films, as Caesar prepares the apes for the threat he knows they are about to face from the human military,” explains Walker. “At the same time, we explore what is happening in other parts of the country, and how apes and humans struggle for dominance in the aftermath of the Simian Virus.”
War for the Planet of the Apes is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, whose titles include Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, WWE, Big Trouble in Little China, Victor LaValle’s Destroyer, Godshaper, Grass Kings, and Grant Morrison’s Klaus.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.