Review: Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes #3

Written by Mark Henely


Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes has a habit of burning down everything from the previous issue at the beginning of the current issue. Issue 2 did this by having a massive time jump and Issue 3 does this by killing off the main antagonist with little fanfare at the beginning of this issue. While it is satisfying (in a way) that a character so despicable is dispatched so casually, it leaves the rest of the issue (and mini-series) as a question mark. Where does the story go from here?

The answer is, deep into the Science Fiction of it all. The first issue established that this team up was a result of cracks in the timeline and that these cracks could destroy the entire timeline. I’m torn on this focus for the story because there are things I like about it and things I don’t. I like that it lets the characters fight dinosaurs (the panel where Tarzan slips a raptor’s throat is worth the price of admission alone), but I think the damaged timeline is a difficult story to follow.

I also have trouble seeing where Tarzan plays into the story if it gets too deep into the Sci-Fi world. Tarzan is a very physical character. He swings on vines, cuts throats, and punches people. What does he do in the face of infinity. I would prefer the story stay a little more grounded and concentrate on the war between man and nature rather than the war between existence and infinity, but I’m open minded to see where this goes.