A Review by Chudd
How did it all go so wrong? That’s what you’ll be asking yourself here on July 11th when you sit down with your popcorn to watch Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes). Fortunately, it’s all explained with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm, written by Greg Keyes, and published by Titan Books. Firestorm takes place only weeks after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes (damn, how many times am I going to have to type “Planet of the Apes”?), and covers some back story you might need before watching the latest smart talking apes movie.
So here’s the story…. If you watched the last movie, you know there was a brief little altercation (spat?) on the Golden Gate bridge, between the recently freed, and… smartened up(?) apes and humans (“Monkeygate” as they call it even though apes are not monkeys… but nobody seems to really give a shit). Since then the apes have escaped into the sequoias, and are hunted by an independent contractor group, hired by the same lab (Gen Sys) that created the virus that gave the apes intelligence. Of course the apes, led by Caesar, are able to evade, and frustrate the humans. Back in San Francisco, a mysterious plague as popped up, and people start to drop dead only days after being diagnosed with it. Turns out, the same thing that gave the Caesar and his crew intelligence, kills us. I haven’t seen the movie yet (of course), but I’m guessing a couple of the characters in Firestorm will be making an appearance. Like mayoral candidate Dreyfus. And Koba! He’s an ape with a pretty messed up back story.
I don’t really want to spoil anything here. From the trailer for the next movie though, you can probably tell things aren’t hunky-dory between the humans and apes. Firestorm was a decent story that could add some helpful background to the upcoming film. I’m not sure how necessary it is to read it, but I’m glad I did. So now when I go in with my junior mints, I won’t feel lost. Anyhow, if you’re curious to learn what happens between the two movies, then I suggest you pick it up. If you want to read it before the movie comes out, then I suggest you pick it soon. I mean, it’s Sunday already… and it comes out this Friday. So you got five days… I wonder if Nova will appear in the third Planet of the Apes movie? If they make a third… I’m hungry. I’m off to get some food. Later!
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm is now available in all major books stores or online at titanbooks.com. Check out a trailer for Dawn of the planet of the Apes below!