Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive by Scott Tipton is a fanboy’s secret trove, right under the bed with the 10 year old stash of wrinkled porn magazines. The Enterprise, under Captain James T. Kirk and the Planet of the Apes? Not the crappy Markie Mark version either. But the old Charleston Heston, horses and bolt action rifles, and demolished Statue of Liberty Planet of the Apes. Yes, it is that much fun!
The Enterprise battles Klingon Bird of Preys (yes I know what they are called!) in deep space and one ship escapes; the Enterprise follows it into a parallel dimension toward what appears to be the planet Earth. Understanding that they are in a different version of their own universe, Kirk and crew beam down to the Earth to stop the Klingons from escaping only to find an Earth ruled by apes! They meet Colonel George Taylor who crash landed on the Earth from his own Earth after passing through a time portal. Will the crew of the Enterprise help Colonel Taylor in his battle against the apes? Can they stop the Klingons from giving advanced weapons to the apes in hopes of creating a world war that would keep the Federation from ever coming into being? Or will they do what they are commanded to do and follow the prime directive?
“…”No identification of self or mission. No interference with the social development of said planet. No references to space or the fact that there are other worlds or civilizations…”
This comic series is fun, just freaking fun. Kirk battling Klingons and arguing with Spock and McCoy and just getting all sorts of horn dog on the primal cave women of this alternate Earth. Dr. Zaius heading off an ape civil war when the rebels are armed with phasers from Klingons. But most of all and the best character is Colonel Taylor. Marooned on this ape planet, his friends murdered and meeting these advanced human space travelers who refuse to come to his aid. The timing of this adventure is when Taylor and the apes were hiding in the cliff caves and finding the traces of a past human civilization on Earth. Before he sets off on horseback and finds the destroyed Statue of Liberty and realizes he was on his own Earth all along.
This is terrific and it keeps to the timeline and integrity of the both of these franchises and their individual universes. Pick it up if you are a trekkie or an apie (just made that last one up) or if you are just a fan of good graphic novels.
A fun good read!