Beyond that, though, I do feel Moench takes the "Terror" storyline well beyond the scope of the five feature films. It's solid storytelling that uses the Planet of the Apes premise remarkably well, regardless of whether or not you cared for the films, and the characters are entirely new creations anyway.
If you read the first three issues, you would have been looking at Tuska's work. I really enjoyed it.The movie adapatation artwork was quite simplistic compared to the terror story.
The animated series was quality, but it was also a significant departure from the rest of the franchise (most obviously in making the Apes technologically advanced). I wouldn't gauge your expectations of the comic based upon the animated series.Pedantry aside, I'm looking forward to this as I know nothing about these series. I have vague memories of watching the 1970s animated series, but that's about it for my Planet of the Apes knowledge.
As far as I recall, no reason has been given as of issue #8. Maybe an explanation will be given once they all return to Ape City.Why he left that bumbling Xavier in charge in his absence i cant remember, isnt there a reason given? Something like he's the only impartial one (albeit weak and incompetent and easily leaned on).