Planet of the Apes
Writer: Daryl Gregory
Art: Damian Couceiro & Tony Parker
The prequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, published by the Apes franchise’s current home Boom Studios, follows the plight of two captive apes: Burke and Bright Eyes (named for her startling blue eyes, and as a nod to Taylor in the original Planet).
There are hints that their jungle compatriots are unusually smart to begin with, but once taken by hunters and subjected to regular doses of the experimental drug 112, Burke and Bright Eyes quickly gain supernormal ape intelligence. Burke gets himself sent to an outside reserve by pretending to be stupid, while Bright Eyes stays in the lab and manages a frightening temporary escape to the city. Caesar doesn’t make an appearance, but the scene is set for his arrival. Neither Burke nor Bright Eyes was quite The One, but he’s on his way.
Boom also do a great monthly line in Planet of the Apes titles set during the original timeline – chronologically somewhere between the fifth and first movies. Those, as here, are written by Daryl Gregory.