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“I know a devious mind when I see it”

The BOOM! Studios crossover between the Planet of the Apes and Green Lantern nears the end in the recently released fifth issue.  With the similarities between the Universal Ring and the Phantom Ring behind us the story sets itself up for the finale with a shocking turn of events.

Writer Justin Jordan pulls all of the elements together this issue while keeping the tension ratcheted up as all the Lanterns and the Apes clash on the battlefield, determined to gain the upper hand on the others.  To be honest I’m finding the interaction between Grodd and Cornelius to be my favorite part of the series and this issue really shines a spotlight on their dynamic as the Universal Ring wielding Cornelius stands up to Grodd, defying him to the very end.

Zira makes a stand against Grodd

There’s not really much of a plot to this particular installment and the issue’s purpose seems to be just to get all the various elements of the series positioned where they need to be for the big ending.  But that doesn’t stop the book from being a fun experience despite the fact that it’s a quick read.  There’s a lot of action and there’s a moment which give this series some much needed dramatic punch.  Beyond that there’s really not much more to say.

I’ve struggled with the art on this series from the very start so I don’t think there’s much more to say at this point other than your opinion, positive or negative, on the event’s visuals won’t be changed either way with this issue.  I’ll give the art team points for consistency but I can’t say that I’m a fan of either the primitive looking art style or the decisions made by the colorist.
Planet of the Apes / Green Lantern #5 is an action packed issue anchored by the most emotionally powerful moment of the series thus far.  Seven out of ten lanterns.


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