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Ape-ril Special #1

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 5 critic ratings.

Please be ape-vised.

Gorilla Grodd’s recent incarcer-ape-tion in the pages of The Flash has left a void that Monsieur Mallah is more than happy to fill.

Ape-sembling a group of the DCU’s most sinister simians, Mallah forms the Legion of D(oo-oo-ah-ah)m, with an eye toward world domin-ape-tion. But the world won’t be conquered that easily!

Enter the all-ape JUNGLE L(ee-ee)gue.

Can this team of hero-eek anthropoids be the salv-ape-tion we need, or will Mallah’s team of maniacal monkeys bring forth the ape-pocalypse?

Get ready to go bananas as we honor DC’s storied history with mankind’s closest relatives in this ape-ic adventure!

It’s gonna be orangu-tastic, so heat up a capuchin-o, prepare a batch of chocolate chimp cookies, and get ready to r(ee-ee)d the one comic b(oo-oo)k this year that’s guaranteed to make you go… APE!

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Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
45 pages
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5 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    As a big fan of all things simian in DC Comics, maybe I’m biased here but Ape-Ril Special #1 slaps and if you’re also a fan of all things simian? Well, the issue is honest from the cover, declaring “In this issue: Apes”. The issue contains three delightfully weird stories featuring some of DC’s best and most under appreciated characters. We start strong with “Plan of the Apes,” a story that has all the heavy hitters: Monsieur Mallah, Ultra-Humanite, Titano, Jackanapes, and Silverback in a post-arrest of Gorilla Grodd tale. Literally a banger of a battle for ape kingdom tale that morphs into a noir tale that also features Detective Chimp, Monkey Prince and more. It’s bananas (pun intended) but the characterizations here are spot on. The second story, “Detour” is just classic Detective Chimp with a deeply human core to it which is fantastic to read while the final story, “A Call to Arms” continues Monkey Prince’s story following his series and it’s a perfect tone not only as an epilogue to that story but a great way to tie a nice bow on this issue. Honestly, this one is just great all around.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    Finally, the creative team of Yang and Chang reunites for “A Call To Arms,” following up on the Monkey Prince series. Picking up after Marcus’ arm was stolen by Mallah and co, he finds his arm acting weird—because the mad scientists aren’t done. Eek-Gor, Mallah’s evil assistant, is working with Ultra-Humanite to clone the arm for nefarious purposes, and this is complicated, of course, by the fact that the giant ape is Marcus’ evil grandfather. This is a light, funny epilogue to this surprisingly good series of oddball stories.

  • 83

    Superman Homepage

    Story 1: Plan of the Apes – Look, normally I’d give an in depth explanation. But must I? It’s a story about the Monkey Justice League with my new favorite character Sam Simeon taking on evil monkeys. Must I even explain?? Also, Sam Simeon must get a solo series and now.

    Story 2: Detective Chump in Detour – A genuinely perfect noir story that wouldn’t feel out of place as a classic Batman tale from the 80’s. I somehow love Bobo more now.

    Story 3: Monkey Prince in Call to Arms – The least interesting story but still quite fun, at least for the twist!

  • 75

    Comics From The Multiverse

  • 70


    If you’re a fan of the simian side of DC Comics, this will be an instant buy, but for most, I’d say curb expectations. For an April Fool’s issue, the anthology generally lacks humor. It’s more of a highlight of just how robust the monkey/ape side of DC Comics is, which is silly enough for fans to enjoy.

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