Twentieth Century Fox's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" will be hitting theaters soon. It only makes sense that the promotional tie-ins start to surface. The reboot is one of the most anticipated films of the year for fans of the classic science fiction franchise as well as moviegoers in general.
Comic book publisher BOOM! Studios has announced the launch of a free online digital comic book that will serve as a prequel to the events in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." The comic will be split up into different parts and released every Wednesday up until the conclusion on August 3, which is two days before the release of the movie in theaters.
The comic is set before the events in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." It will focus on two apes who suffer a life of captivity and scientific experimentation after being violently ripped from their home in the wild. The fate of the world will be forever affected by these horrific actions.
BOOM! Studios Founder and CEO Ross Richie couldn't be more excited to be a part of movie and comic book history.
"It's incredibly exciting to be a part of a new dynasty with one of the most beloved franchises of all time. We're proud to be working closely with Fox to tell a prelude story in the fantastic and story-rich world of the 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes.' From what I've already read I can tell you that the online prelude will be exploding with enough excitement and surprises to whet the appetites of Apes fans new and old," Richie said.
Daryl Gregory wrote the prequel to "Rise of the Planet of the Apes". Gregory has been penning the successful ongoing monthly "Planet of the Apes" comic book series. It serves as an official prequel to the original "Planet of the Apes" movie series that began in 1968. The comic's first issue sold out and had to go into a second printing before it even hit the newsstands.
Damien Couceiro and Tony Park handled art for the "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" online comic prequel. Park is known for his artwork on the "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" comic series, which was a word-for-word illustrated adaptation of Philip K. Dick's classic novel that inspired the movie "Blade Runner." Couceiro's previous work includes comics based on Conan creator Robert E. Howard's "Hawks of Outremer" books.
The first 5 pages of the "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" prequel will debut at www.apescomic.com on July 13. A new part of the story will be published on the website every Wednesday up until the 10-page conclusion on August 3.
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