We learned that Green Lantern and Planet of the Apes would make sweet, sweet crossover love back in early October, before New York Comic Con. Details have been scarce since then, other than a tease from Ethan Van Sciver showing some in-progress artwork of an ape hand. Today, BOOM! has sent out a press release, and defying expectations, Planet of the Apes takes top billing in the historic super-mega-crossover event, Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern, a six issue mini-series from writers Robbie Thompson and Justin Jordan, and artist Barnaby Bagenda.
"We've been having endless amounts of fun collaborating with our friends at DC Entertainment," said BOOM! CEO Matt Gagnon, who has a very strange definition of fun which includes hanging out with Dan Didio. "And this new crossover only ups the ante." Gagnon went on to attest that Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern would be "an ambitious, epic story that's brimming with one of the most enjoyable cast of characters in all of comics."
"A Green Lantern Ring seeks out one who is utterly honest and born without fear, so landing a Ring on the Planet of the Apes is filled with unlimited potential," explained Hank Kanalz, Senior Vice President, Editorial Strategy, Administration, and Unnecessarily Long Titles at DC Entertainment. "The real fun begins when other rings—and other apes—get thrown in the mix!"
Of course, we're sure you're asking: what would a super-mega-crossover event be without variant covers? Well, BOOM! and DC have some of those, friend. There's a Silver Age-themed cover by Paul Rivoche, a foil-stamped cover by Felipe Massafera, a vintage action cover by David Ryan Robinson, and a movie poster homage cover by Steve Morris. Four isn't a bad start, we suppose.
The press release describes the story:
When Taylor goes missing, Cornelius investigates and discovers an ancient ring, unlike anything he has ever seen. As its power echoes through the stars, the Guardians of the Universe must reveal to their Lanterns a secret they had hoped would remain buried. With the Green Lantern Corps, led by Hal Jordan, racing to get to the source of this power before Sinestro can get his hands on it, they will discover a truth that will change them forever on…the Planet of the Apes!
Unfortunately, none of those forever changes are likely to carry back to the characters' regular books, but maybe if enough buy this it will get a sequel and the characters can be changed forever in that.
The first issue hits stores And that in-progress drawing from Van Sciver? That's the main cover: