Planet of the Apes: Visionaries is Unpredictable, Stunning and WildVariant Covers to Grab This Week (8/29/18) Stay on target DC Comics crossover and collaboration game has been strong lately, with a slew of titles across multiple publishers. A ton of great series, including Justice League/Power Rangers, Batman/TMNT, and now the newest crossover, Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern comes to us courtesy of DC Comics and BOOM! Studios.Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #1(W) Robbie Thompson & Justin Jordan (A) Barnaby BagendaBOOM! Studios and DC are proud to bring together two classic properties in an unprecedented crossover event. When the Forbidden Zone is thrown into chaos, Cornelius investigates and discovers an ancient ring, unlike anything the universe has ever seen. As its power echoes through the stars, the Guardians must reveal to their Lanterns a secret they had hoped would remain buried. With the Green Lantern Corps, led by Hal Jordan, racing to get to the source of this power before Sinestro can get his hands on it, they will discover a truth that will change them forever on…THE PLANET OF THE APES.While the rebooted Planet of the Apes movie franchise is currently in its baby steps, still years away from getting to a true planet of apes, this comic instead focuses on the classic 1968 film. Following the chimpanzee archaeologist, Cornelius, as he follows the humans Taylor and Nova into the Forbidden Zone, the series kicks off with a mysterious portal being opened to the DC Comics Universe. Writers Robbie Thompson and Justin Jordan do an excellent job here, with Thompson’s plot being a ton of fun, which is no surprise given how enjoyable his Silk series is at Marvel. Jordan’s script nails the voices of the classic movie characters, as he is no stranger to the Green Lantern mythos, having worked on Green Lantern: New Guardians during the New 52. The tone of the series has just the right amount of over-the-top cheesiness needed to make a premise like this work, and it does.Artist Barnaby Bagenda is also familiar with the Lantern populated corners of the DC Universe, having been the artist for the critically acclaimed Omega Men series, by him and writer Tom King, which ended last year. His style is loose and energetic, which works well with all of the abstract designs and shapes that come with the Lantern-verse. Strangely enough, his art seems to shine more during the scenes that focus more on the apes. They are strongly designed, and the pages with them just seem to pop. The colors here by Alex Guimaraes help make the somewhat dull design of the apes’ world still manage to be eye-catching. Bagenda is one of those artists where I feel as if their art is a selling point for a book alone. Thankfully, this first issue has it all, with great art, a solid script, and all of the ridiculous ideas that get brought out of the premise.Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #1 is written by Robbie Thompson and Justin Jordan, with art by Barnaby Bagenda, and published by DC Comics & BOOM! Studios. Next Wednesday, February 1st, the first issue of the series will be available in stores and online at Comixology.com.