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Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive

(Star Trek Graphic Novel Collection #s2)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  361 ratings  ·  71 reviews
STAR TREK: The hope for the best of mankind's future! PLANET OF THE APES: A chilling look at the fall of humanity! How could these worlds possibly collide? What could possibly cause Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise to side with Dr. Zaius to protect Ape City? And what does Colonel George Taylor have to say about it? ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by IDW Publishing (first published December 1st 2014)
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I'll have to admit I was a bit skeptical when I first heard news that IDW was crossing over the Star Trek and Planet of the Apes franchises. Unlike the crossover of Trek and Doctor Who, this one didn't necessarily seem like two great tastes that would taste great together.

And now having read all five issues in this collected edition, I can only say that my initial doubts were confirmed by what we get here. Set in the non-rebooted TOS era, the Klingons have found a gateway into an alternate unive
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
The Enterprise follows a Klingon ship to a parallel world where they find “Earth” overtaken by apes. Now they must stop the Klingon's from starting civil war on the planet.

Have you always wanted to know what would have happened if Kirk and the rest of the crew happened to find themselves on the "Earth" from the Planet of the Apes? Well I haven't, but it was an interesting reading experience and this mixing different science fiction shows/movies together is a fun idea. What's next Star trek meets
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
The Klingon Empire has had some setbacks. Forced into signing the Treaty of Organia with the Federation which mandates a cease fire and hemmed in by the Romulan Empire, the Klingons are looking to stir up trouble.

They do so by finding a wormhole that takes them to another universe. Kirk and the Enterprise, finding out about this strange location, end up engaging the Klingons and are sucked into the wormhole. Yet it seems like the wormhole has transported them to Earth. But, it is not the Earth o
Rob Walker
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
This graphic novel was a lot of fun but I can't imagine it being for anyone other than Trek or Apes fans. The art is well done and the dialogue captures both the writing of Star Trek and PotA. However, my favorite part of this crossover wasn't the comic itself, but the essays by comedian Dana Gould at the end of the volume. Gould, a lifelong Apes fan, provides brilliant insight into the historical context of these two series as well as their differing outlook on humanity and their Hollywood conn ...more
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive by Scott Tipton is a fanboy's secret trove, right under the bed with the 10 year old stash of wrinkled porn magazines. The Enterprise, under Captain James T. Kirk and the Planet of the Apes? Not the crappy Markie Mark version either. But the old Charleston Heston, horses and bolt action rifles, and demolished Statue of Liberty Planet of the Apes. Yes, it is that much fun!

The Enterprise battles Klingon Bird of Preys (yes I know what they are cal
Wayne McCoy
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Despite the groaner title 'Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive' is a pretty decent crossover comic between the original Star Trek crew and the original Planet of the Apes movie.

When the crew of the Enterprise discovers the Klingons are up to something, they decide to investigate. When their pursuit puts them into a slingshot maneuver, they find themselves in an alternate universe. In this universe, there was also a nuclear war, but there is no Federation and the planet is run by
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, st-comics
I thought this was great & I enjoyed it immensely from cover to cover. Great writing, great artwork. The only complaint I have is I think maybe the ending was a little anti-climactic but not horribly so. Highly recommend.
James Bowman
Oct 11, 2020 rated it liked it
A carefully designed crossover that fits in-between the first and second Planet of the Apes films. This plays out much like an episode of the original Star Trek, but also respects the tone of the Apes films as well. The only downside to this approach is that it all feels a little too safe, a little too status-quo. The last section also feels a little contrived, as well. But the resulting story is overall pretty solid. Also of note: some essays at the end which compare and contrast the two franch ...more
Aug 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

What on earth did I just read? Do people not have ideas for things anymore? Who let this happen? Word
Andrew Sorrentino
An average adventure story. The illustrations are fair, however any action sequences are not choreographed well at all. It's clear from the essays included with this collection that the author is passionate about both franchises. It's disappointing that I enjoyed the essays more than the graphic novel. ...more
Quentin Wallace
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a crossover that worked better than you'd think. Star Trek has an advantage with crossovers like this because due to the nature of the Enterprise and its explorations, it can cross over with almost anything and at least have a somewhat plausible explanation. Time Travel, other universes, etc. were all commonplace with Star Trek.

So here we have two beloved franchises finally meeting, and it was pretty enjoyable. We find the crew of the Enterprise landing on the Planet of the Apes right a
"Two great tastes, that taste great together." What can I say. This is one of those silly fan-boy mash-ups that is so stupidly wrong it should be laughable. Except it is only laughable because it so much fun. Honestly, this should be terrible, but the writers and artists pulled off a wonderful story that pays homage to both franchises and offers some interesting and thoughtful ideas and insights about both. The character's "voice" seem to ring fairly true and the story has just enough continuity ...more
Jul 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, idw
Collects Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive issues #1-5

I enjoy both of these franchises (especially the Planet of the Apes), so when I heard that they would be featured in the same story, I knew I had to check it out. This seems like an obvious combination, so I'm surprised it was never done before.

The actual story focused more on the Star Trek cast (as they were featured as the primary protagonists and the story was told from their perspective).

Interestingly, this story doesn't
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. While reading it, it felt just like an episode of Star Trek The original series. The artwork was great, and more importantly looked like the crew of the Enterprise. I mean they chase a Klingon ship into a portal that places them in an alternate reality/Earth. Sounds just like a Star trek episode. If You're a fan of eithet Planet of the apes, or Star Trek, check this out. I really enjoyed it, and I think You will too.

I recieved an advanced copy from and the Pu
Nicola Mansfield
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Totally believable crossover between these two universes that hit its mark. A lot of fun as the original Star trek team enters a portal to an alternate universe and finds themselves on the Planet of the Apes where a Klingon is arming the Gorillas for his own nefarious reasons. Great story with all the characters from each side you could possibly hope for and good art with everyone looking just like you'd expect them too. They can re-invent Star Trek as many times as they want but give me the ori ...more
John Yelverton
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was just a fun and enjoyable read as two great science fiction franchises from the '60's combine for an enjoyable adventure. ...more
Gaz Watson
Nov 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Awful. I've got to stop buying IDW, every one I've tried has been horrific so far. ...more
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Didn't work for me. It's really hard to get Apes to work right. ...more
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I hate to say this but I sort of love goofy nonsensical crossovers. You know, stuff like Archie Meets Punisher or Superman and Terminator. Stuff that shouldn't work but somehow do. I went in expecting that and was almost disappointed.

This story manages to capture the feel of both optimistic early to mid sixties sci-fi of which Star Trek is almost the chief paragon and the dark, cynical type of sci-fi of the late sixties and 70s of which Hollywood started to embrace with Planet of the Apes witho
Joe Kessler
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This trade paperback collects the complete five issues of a comic book crossover between Star Trek and Planet of the Apes, and I have to admit that I didn't have very high expectations for it. Franchise crossovers and comic book media tie-ins can each struggle to present significant stakes in the face of a mandated status quo, so I had some skepticism over the prospect of both in one book.

Happily, "The Primate Directive" exceeds my expectations on that front. The plot that brings these two unive
Matthew Kresal
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's hard to think of two more diametrically opposed pieces of 1960s SF than Star Trek and The Planet of the Apes. One a bright and glorious vision of humanity's future, the other a tale of our world destroyed and ruled over by the creatures we once considered our inferiors. It's something that makes it all the more surprising that the 2014/15 crossover The Primate Directive works as well as it does, telling the story of the Enterprise and Klingons of TOS crossing over into the classic Apes univ ...more
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Jan 17, 2021 rated it liked it
This story story fits into the Planet of the Apes narrative and takes place after Planet of the Apes and before Beneath Planet of the Apes.

The klingons have discovered a way to travel to another dimension, where Earth is ruled by Apes! Captain Kirk and the USS Enterprise discover this portal and find themselves on a different Earth, where they meet some familiar faces, Taylor, Cornelius and Zira.

The story is very much a TOS story. Kirk even gets his shirt torn in a fight. Oh yes, death of a red
Daniel Wright
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
A short and sweet 5 issue crossover event imagining what would happen if the original crew of the Enterprise (Kirk, Spock and the rest) crossed into an alternate dimension featuring the Earth from the classic film series Planet of the Apes. With a Klingon commander aiding a rogue Gorilla force, Kirk and his crew must aid George, Cornelius, Zira and Zaius to stop the time line being altered and the Prime Directive being violated.

This story starts off interesting yet quickly becomes stale in spite
Trying too hard not to upset the canon of both series the authors played it too close to the vest and didn't take a deep dive into really exploring the possibilities of the USS Enterprise crew colliding w/the Planet of the Apes world (future Earth.) Too bad, since they could have had some really neat fun w/it but not wanting to step on any toes this five part series never gets passed it's nostalgia appeal for sci-fi nerds (like me) from the 70's. Some cool covers and Dana Gould's essays at the b ...more
Connor McKenna
Mar 31, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

This is a crossover that NEEDED to happen given how compatible these two universes are thematically, visually and well in pretty much every other way. The characterizations and tone are generally spot on, I could hear Shatner's voice and the iconic star trek theme with the hooting of Goldsmith's Planet of the Apes score, but I was never 100% on the art, especially the rendition of Charlton Heston. Still, while it's a bit by the numbers it's good enough that it's a must read for a fan of
Zachary King
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ripping good yarn pitting the original Star Trek crew against the 1960s Planet of the Apes. Maybe this would have scanned better if I knew more about Star Trek, but the Apes segments held my attention much more raptly. I really liked the way this book tied into the Apes films and would have happily read more about the apes. Always a treat seeing Dr. Zaius!
Hannah Givens
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
For a little while there I thought this might shape up into something cool. It does a great job of mimicking a TOS-style episode where they stumble onto a remarkably earthlike planet with a twist. Unfortunately it just kind of dribbles off, and as with most crossovers, there can't be much lasting impact so it feels like not much at all. ...more
Ron Turner
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
An entertaining crossover between the Original Star Trek and the original Planet of the Apes. I just got a kick out of watching William Shatner's Captain Kirk and Charlton Heston's Col. Taylor yelling at each other. ...more
Casey Taylor
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2020
This works surprisingly well. While it's not a super deep story, I can imagine both of these franchises in their original 1960s setting doing a crossover pretty well. Unlike the other IDW Star Trek publications, this does not follow the Kelvin verse crew but the original. ...more
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