Marvel Apes #2 Review: Wolverine and the X-Apes

Marvel Apes #2 coverMarvel Apes #2
“See No Evil!”
Writer: Karl Kesel
Artist: Ramon Bachs

This issue attempts to pivot from comedy to a more serious story filled with startling revelations. A pivot that I don’t think quite works. Especially with the ridiculous ape names and ape visuals running throughout, not to mention the comedically-challenged backup story.

I have a hunch if the first issue had taken a more serious approach, akin to the ‘Planet of the Apes,’ Marvel might have pulled this one off. But that and the humorous marketing only served to set up expectations of this as a farce. And farces tend not to be the best breeding ground for dramatic storytelling.

Oh, and Wolverine and the X-Apes do appear, setting the stage for a much more significant role next issue.

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From Marvel (preview):
“Flingin’ feces, True Believer– the entire Marvel Universe has gone APE!
Just when he thinks life can’t get any worse or weirder, Marty Blank – a.k.a. that lovable loser, the Gibbon — finds himself and the brilliant-and-beautiful Dr. Fiona Fitzhugh transported to a world where monkeys rule and humans don’t exist!
SEE the spectacular simian city of Monkhattan!
MEET the hominoid heroes and villains – SPIDER-MONKEY! DOC OOK! IRON MANDRILL! SIMIAN TORCH! THE APE-VENGERS! And more!
THRILL to the return of Speedball!
CONTAINS No-Ads, as we are thrilled to present you backup tales exploring the Apeiverse!
LEARN the dark secret of the primate planet!
WORRY that the fate of the entire universe is in the hands of the Gibbon!
Not a hoax, not a dream, not an imaginary story – just the most not-to-be-missed mini-series of the season! If you only buy one (well, two) comics this month about super-powered, intelligent apes-in-capes, it must be MARVEL APES!” On sale September 17, 2008.

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