The final new comics day of 2014 was a light one with only eleven titles published in total so I’ve thrown in my thoughts on Daredevil #11 which published the week before. This week sees the first instalment of a cross-over between IDW Publishing and Boom Studios as the crew of the Enterprise boldly go where no man has gone before and wind up on The Planet of the Apes.
Daredevil #11 | Marvel Comics
With Matt Murdock now openly revealed as Daredevil and relocated to San Francisco, it seems that his past adversaries are following his as we begin a new story arc this week from storytellers Mark Waid and Chris Samnee.
The Stunt-Master returns amazing the public with bigger and more dangerous stunts than ever before but when Matt Murdock takes on a case for the original Stunt-Master, concerned that his name and reputation have been stolen, it becomes apparent that all is not as it seems and these stunts are having mortal consequences as Murdock’s client seemingly takes his own life. On top of all else the Stunt-Master challenges Daredevil to his title as the man without fear.
A well paced action adventure this story arc is set up nicely. I was hoping, however, that Daredevil would be exposed to new challenges and dangers in his new location rather than facing his old foes in a different setting. The artwork is as expected from Marvel. Clean, bold and consistent in it’s presentation.
Story [4/5] Artwork [4/5]
Star Trek / Planet Of The Apes – The Primate Directive #1 | IDW Publishing & Boom Studios
Despite the jokey sub-heading ‘The Primate Directive’ a play, of course, on The Prime Directive, this story has a lot of potential as the original crew of the Enterprise encounter The Planet of the Apes.
We join the story with Sulu and Ahura on a clandestine mission to acquire data from the Klingons. Their mission successful the crew discover that the Klingons have access to an alternative universe via the means of a portal built from technology far beyond the capabilities of the Klingons or the Federation. Clashing with Klingon ships at the coordinates of the portal a decision must be made. Travel through the portal to discover what the Klingons are up to or stay behind and face the incoming Klingon fleet. Boldly going where no man has gone before Kirk and Spock conclude that their fate lays beyond the portal. They discover an Earth that has taken a far different course to their own and find the Klingons in cohorts with the planet’s dominant species.
I love the crossover concept and there’s a treat for anyone familiar with the original Planet of the Apes films as a teaser for the next installment. The artwork offers a good effort at presenting the original Star Trek cast on the pages without absolutely nailing it. It’ll be fun to see how this one progresses.
Story [4/5] Artwork [3/5]
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