Planet of the Apes Revelations

War For The Planet Of The Apes Revelations

With War for the Planet of the Apes set to debut tomorrow. It is the perfect time to head out and pick up the prequel from Titan Books. Written by Greg Keyes War for the Planet of the Apes Revelations picks up shortly after the events of the 2014 film. I certainly hope this won’t come as a spoiler but Caesar’s clan of apes isn’t so exactly sure that what Koba attempted to pull off was the wrong thing.
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So of course with some apes feeling that Caesar might in fact be a little too forgiving of the Humans. I feel it’s more than safe to tell you that Koba’s revolution isn’t quite finished. Or at the very least in Planet of the Apes Revelations there is still the very real threat of dissent.
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In addition if you remember at the end of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The community of humans was able to send a signal to a military group. With the end of the film painting a rather and the unevitable war between apes and humans. This is in fact exactly where Planet of the Apes Revelations picks up, just moments after the end of the film.

Keyes does a wonderful job with not just the cast of characters we’ve met through the films but also introducing new ones. Case in point, Ray, an oranguatan who is both friend and companion to the Son of Caesar, Blue Eyes. Much like in the films with Maurice, Ray kind of steals the show in the book, providing wisdom beyond his years and counsel.
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As I said, Caesar has his hands full with possible treachery and dissension within his ranks. Which is why of course Blue Eyes and Ray get the majority of attention in the book. However it also introduces us to a main protagonist from the upcoming film. Colonel McCullough who is of course played by Woody Harrelson and at least in Planet of the Apes Revelations you can’t help but kind of understand where he is coming from. While some elements of his personality are very much like Caesar – he is obviously the dark side of that.
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So do you need to read Planet of the Apes Revelations before seeing War for the Planet of the Apes? Having not seen the film for myself yet I am still confident in saying that the answer is a negative. But Keyes really does a great job expanding the cinematic world we’ve been introduced to in the first two films. I’ve read his previous prequel novel for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes entitled Firestorm. He won’t let you Apes fans down and the best part is you can head out right this minute and pick up the book for yourself!

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BOOK REVIEW: The Art of Ian Miller (Titan Books)

When the ol’ Rollickin’ Retroist sent me Titan Books’ The Art of Ian Miller to review I had but one thought; “Who in the hairy hells is Ian Miller?” Well dear fiends, after thumbing through this lavish tome, I simply cannot believe my ignorance as to the work of this immeasurably talented artist.

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In a way I am happy to have been unfamiliar with the enchanting etchings of Mr. Miller, as it provided me with the pure visceral reaction of seeing his work uncluttered by the sweet miasmic haze of our beloved nostalgia (although we will touch upon that more in a bit). The best way that I can describe the work of Ian Miller is thus; it is the cumulative result of what would happen when a teenage metal head’s notebook doodling forgot it was a sketch and became fine art! Monsters, demons and Elder Gods dance across the pages, brought to life by lines simultaneously sketchy and breathtakingly detailed. It’s a fascinating dichotomy that imbibes Miller’s subjects with both a surreal nature and a sense of plausibility.

With this being the home for so many lovers of pop culture ephemera, special attention should be paid to this book for lovers of two specific genres of nostalgia; namely tabletop role-playing games of the 80’s and outré pulp stories of the 30’s, as Miller unleashed his distinctive aesthetics upon both the seminal RPG Warhammer (as well as the first edition of its off-shoot Warhammer 40,000) for which he provided the illustrations that helped solidify that universe, as well as the covers for paperback editions collecting the work of weird fiction legend H.P. Lovecraft.

In short, if you are anything like me; a lover of fantastic creatures that defy imagination as well as the fantastic environments they call home, this collection is an absolute must have! Head here to order your copy today!