‘A Super-Prejudiced Gorilla’ – Planet Of The Apes: Ursus Tracks A Villain’s Rise

by Hannah Means Shannon

Villains really seem to be the hot new focus in non-superhero books right now, and we’re going to follow that trend in Planet of the Apes: Ursus, newly announced by Boom! Studios.

In January 2018, we’ll learn more about the world of Apes’ most notorious villain. Written by David F. Walker (Power Man & Iron Fist, War for the Planet of the Apes) and illustrated by Christopher Mooneyham (Five Ghosts), the series will follow the rise through the ranks of the ape who has hated (and feared) mankind the most, including what first brought him to the Forbidden Zone.

This kicks off Boom’s 2018 plans to celebrate the franchise’s 50th anniversary, according to the publisher.

Walker explains:

I’m a lifelong Planet of the Apes fan, and when I was a kid, General Ursus terrified me. He came right out and said, ‘The only good human is a dead human,’ and that gave me nightmares. At the same time, I always wanted to know more about him, and as a writer, few things are more interesting than exploring what makes a villain tick.

Mooneyham adds:

Ursus, to me, is just an old soldier, with no more wars to fight. He’s lost a lot, and given even more. He’s a super-prejudiced gorilla who’s just looking for a reason to keep on going. Personally, I think David has nailed Ursus’ character with this series, and I absolutely love that I get to help tell this story.

Planet of the Apes: Ursus will feature a main cover illustrated by Paolo Rivera (Daredevil), an intermix cover by Michael Allred (Silver Surfer), a subscription cover by Becca Carey (The Waves That Break), and a variant cover by Bob Larkin, presented in mock magazine cover format and virgin. This cover by Larkin, who illustrated over a dozen painted covers for Planet of the Apes magazine, was unused during the classic magazine run and has never been published before.

Print copies of Planet of the Apes: Ursus #1 will be available for sale in January 2018 at local comic book shops.