While inter-franchise crossover events might be rare when it comes to movies or television, they’re pretty common in the world of comic books. The crew of the Enterprise have been the subject of several of those crossovers over the years. And why not? They’ve been back in time, into other dimensions, and even to the center of the galaxy to find God, so why not warp into an entirely different universe now and then? We’ve seen comics team-ups between Star Trek and the X-Men, Star Trek and the Legion of Super-Heroes, even Star Trek and The Doctor. IDW Publishing and Boom! Studios are giving us one of the craziest Trek crossovers yet, and now we’ve got new details about the upcoming Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive. Yeah. They pretty much had to create this series just to get that title out there.
Also, I’m not sure if that’s supposed to be an ape-ified Kirk or just an ape in a Starfleet uniform up top, but if it is Kirk can we just take a moment to appreciate him finding yet another way to rip open his shirt?
IDW Publishing and Boom! Studios are collaborating to give us The Primate Directive, which we first tipped you off to this past July. Now it’s been revealed that the first issue of the five-part Primate Directive series will hit shelves this December. The series is being written by Scott and David Tipton, the sibling duo who also wrote the aforementioned Trek/Doctor Who crossover series, Assimilation2. British artist Rachael Stott is doing the interior art, and tag-teaming on the covers with Juan Ortiz, the dude who gave us all those amazing Star Trek episodic posters. There will also be a variant cover for issue #1 by comics legend George Pérez.
Here’s the official synopsis for Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #1:
Star Trek: The hope for the best of mankind’s future. Planet of the Apes: A chilling look at the fall of humanity. How could these worlds possibly collide? What could possibly cause Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise to side with Dr. Zaius to protect Ape City? And what does Colonel George Taylor have to say about it? It’s a madhouse! A madhouse!!
A Star Trek/Planet of the Apes crossover might just seem like the setup for a bad joke, this isn’t nearly as ridiculous as some of the crossovers IDW has been doing in recent months. Their Conspiracy event slammed together the worlds of X-Files, Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, and The Crow.
Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #1 will run 32 pages and list for $3.99.