Marvel Apes: The Evolution Starts Here

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Feces front, True Believers, it's the Amazing Spider-Monkey! From the pages of last year's simian-smash hit, join the Monkey-verse's Peter Parker as he comes to grips with a world too savage for his heroic legacy to allow. Then in Grunt Line: when teenager Roy Reyna finds he can transform into the super-powered simian APE X, it's more fun than a barrel of monkeys... until H.A.M.M.E.R. agents capture him. The next thing Ape X knows, he's in a secret prison being interrogated about some strange... Ape Universe. He ...

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Overview

Feces front, True Believers, it's the Amazing Spider-Monkey! From the pages of last year's simian-smash hit, join the Monkey-verse's Peter Parker as he comes to grips with a world too savage for his heroic legacy to allow. Then in Grunt Line: when teenager Roy Reyna finds he can transform into the super-powered simian APE X, it's more fun than a barrel of monkeys... until H.A.M.M.E.R. agents capture him. The next thing Ape X knows, he's in a secret prison being interrogated about some strange... Ape Universe. He doesn't have the answers they want, and they don't believe him. But they'll break him, one way or another. And, bouncing out of the pages of the hit Marvel Apes mini-series - it's the masked (monkey) marvel Speedball! Branded a traitor to the entire Ape Universe, the simian superhero is now exiled, alienated, and alone on a bizarre Planet of Humans! Can this monkey make it in Man's World? All this plus Prime Eight!

Collects Marvel Apes Specials: Amazing Spider-Monkey, Grunt Line, Prime Eight, and Speedball.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785139911
  • Publisher: Marvel
  • Publication date: 10/25/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 13 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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  • Posted August 23, 2014

    Comic readers and creators have a long history with the concept

    Comic readers and creators have a long history with the concept of parallel universes.  Marvel takes the concept and puts a unique spin on it with the creation of one in which apes emerged as the dominant species from the evolutionary process.  Take that universe, and create a tangent with our own in which a few denizens cross into the other plane of existence, and you have the premise of Marvel Apes.

    The Evolution Starts Here appears to be the 2nd graphic novel in a series, collecting books published under prior and separate cover.  Fortunately, there is sufficient flashback so that those of us who have not read (or in my case, even heard of) the earlier book will not be lost due to that omission.  

    I found the overall story to be enjoyable, easy to follow, and a nice salute to the Marvel Universe – which is what I've come to expect when Karl Kesel is at the helm. Long time readers will appreciate that when Super Apes are involved, it should not be a surprise that the Red Ghost would make an appearance.  Toss in a tip of the hat, although not an actual appearance, to the High Evolutionary, and the only regret is that Kesel didn't manage to find a spot for Gorr, the Golden Gorilla in his tale.  (Long-time Fantastic Four watchers may remember Gorr from his appearances in that comic back in the mid-70s.)

    A perfect romp … uh, no.  There's a little side story going on that involves the Ancient One and Charles Darwin, which I've given up on trying to understand – although this is the contribution of Tom Peyer to the mix, Kesel's hands are clean on this one.  Somehow, the simian version of the Invisible Woman has turned human, with no explanation other than “something happened and we'll try to cure her”.  And the Marvel Zombies make an appearance, as well – THEIR universe is not nearly as well explained as the Ape universe, so those of us unfamiliar with it had to make a lot of assumptions and guesses.  (I'd seen something about it a few years ago in a magazine article, otherwise I'd have been in worse shape when the concept was introduced in this book.)

    RATING: After weighing between 4 and 5 stars … 4 1/2 stars, rounded down to 4.  Yes, it was entertaining and yes, I will fondly remember details after I've moved on to other material.  BUT I had enough issues with this book that I cannot hand it my highest rating.

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