IDW and BOOM Studios are planning an epic crossover between two of the world's biggest science-fiction franchises; Star Trek and Planet of the Apes. The crossover is between the original Star Trek crew and the original Planet of the Apes apes (and their damn dirty human pals), and the story will of course brilliantly be titled, "The Primate Directive."
With its dramatic tale of time travel trauma, "City on the Edge of Forever" is widely considered one of the best episodes of the original Star Trek TV series, but what made it to the screen was quite different from sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison's original script, which was too long for a one-hour TV show and had far too many speaking parts for the production budget.
Comics don't have those restrictions, though, so IDW Publishing is taking Ellison's full, original teleplay and adapting it into a comics mini-series, starting in June. It'll be written by Scott Tipton and David Tipton, and with interior art by J.K. Woodward. Juan Ortiz will be the artist on the main covers, which give the series a sort of pulp-novel look, while movie poster artist Paul Shipper will be on variant covers. Ellison will serve as a sort of consultant.
With just a month between Nickelodeon's first and second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles seasons, fans haven't exactly been starved as they await the CG animated show's return later this fall. Still, it's been nice to see all-new stories during the interim from IDW. This week's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures #3 by David Tipton, Scott Tipton and artist Dario Dario Brizuela continues to fill the month-long cartoon void with a comics tale involving multiple flavors of brains.