Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #1 must be the last crossover combination I can ever think of. DC has been on a bizarre tear recently, not only with their Rebirth comics but also with the weird crossovers with random franchises of the 90’s. I mean, Power Rangers was already grasping at straws, but Planet of the Apes is just downright mind-boggling.
The eerie Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern crossover starts with a member of each of the Lantern Corp being attacked by a hooded figure. Once the figure has sapped all their energies, a ring emerges from their combined powers that crash lands in alternate Earth where one of the pacifist apes, Cornelius, has taken it home to study it. Meanwhile the Green Lantern Corps are busy rounding up the other spectrum of Lanterns who are somehow looking for some of their members, until Hal Jordan investigates a crosschronal disruption, leading him to alternate Earth. It’s then revealed that Sinestro is on the prowl and looking for Universal Ring that Cornelius currently wears.
There’s something about Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern that is strangely mundane, to the point that I actually slept half way reading the whole darn thing. For one, it’s not very creative. Yes, yes, I sound like another vehement DC hater, but hear me out: creating a plot using an obvious MacGuffin that is not even established in canon, going to an alternate Earth all of a sudden without explaining why and simply pulling out crosschronal disruption that’s not even an established DC term can only be described as one simple term: asspull.
I’m glad to see John Stewart, Guy Gardner and Hal Jordan together. Heck, I’m even happy I can see Kilowog again in Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern, but their presence is bogged down by the fact that, surprise!, it’s Sinestro again. I like Sinestro as much as the next guy but reader’s fatigue builds up whenever you see the guy to be the villain. Every. Single. Time. It’s like the Spiderman movies and their fascination with the Green Goblin and just the Green Goblin.
I couldn’t care less about the Planet of the Apes side of the Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern crossover as a whole. I enjoy watching Planet of the Apes but did anyone truly care about what the monkeys did? I know there may be a fringe cult following somewhere on the internet, but I don’t think it’s big enough to warrant a crossover like this.
Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern is a crossover nobody asked for. I’m not sure who approved this or who’s reading this mini-series other than me or people who would need to review this for a living. It’s another one of those DC wtf moments that may be forgotten in due time because nobody cares enough. It’s the best thing of a bad plethora of new titles in February’s first week. Who would read this anyway if there’s Superman #16 ready for the week? Nobody. This is just another one of those “I can’t find a reason to love some DC comics” type of situations. Who knows? I personally don’t think I’d like to be reading about smart apes anyway if it’s not a DC villain.