Review: Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes trade paperback (BOOM! Studios)

[A series on Planet of the Apes comics by guest reviewer Zach King. Zach writes about movies at The Cinema King and about comics on Instagram at Dr. King’s Comics.]

I can think of few crossovers that, in hindsight, seem as obvious as Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes. Why wouldn’t you take the Lord of the Jungle and put him on a planet of apes? He is, after all, Tarzan of the apes. One could even argue there is a direct throughline between the monkey tribes of Edgar Rice Burroughs and the evolutionary inversion from Planet of the Apes (and I spent just enough time in grad school to want to write that essay!). Yet while the crossover ground is fertile and the premise screams its immediate self-evidence, writers David F. Walker and Tim Seeley create a narrative that is almost too overcomplicated for its own good, nearly rescued by Fernando Dagnino’s painterly art.