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Planet of the Apes among new comic reviews 

Planet of the Apes No. 4

Published by Boom! Studios. Written by Daryl Gregory. Art by Carlos Magno.

Another week, another big-ass stack of comics. Here's a look at a few things I liked — and didn't like:

Planet of the Apes No. 4: I can't remember if I've already recommended this series, but you should definitely be picking it up. And, yes, I'm as surprised as anyone else that a comic about a franchise that I'm pretty tired of could be this good. But Planet of the Apes really delivers a surprisingly satisfying read — sort of a science fiction meets espionage/political thriller tale. And the art, by Carlos Magno, is a real treat ... incredibly detailed but clean and stylized. Good stuff.

X-Men: Schism No 3: As much as I wanted to dislike this series, I'm finding myself digging it more and more each issue. Writer Jason Aaron doesn't really excel at coming up with brand-new ideas, but he does have a talent for injecting new life into old concepts. The premise of this limited series is logical and engaging, and I'm really interested to see where the X-Men franchise is going after the comic concludes.

X-Factor No. 224: In another section of the "X" universe, I wasn't thrilled with the latest issue of X-Factor. Last month, writer Peter David really had a dramatic tale going — with the impending birth a magic/mutant hybrid baby — but he seems to have squandered all that potential this time around. I haven't been a regular reader of this series ... and it looks like I won't be following it in the future.

Conan: Road of Kings No. 7: Here's another book I haven't read in ages; luckily, legendary scribe Roy Thomas really delivered a classic Conan adventure. Even if you don't follow the comic every month, it's easy to jump into the story and sink your teeth into all the things that make this character so timeless. I'll definitely go back and try to scoop up the back issues and then follow the series on an issue-by-issue basis.

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