Sky Ape: Waiting for Crime

 SAWC   (AiT/Planet Lar, 2001)

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Recent discoveries of ancient ruins have shown that someone has gone back in time and tinkered with history in ways that no one would imagine. Installing vinyl siding on old American Indian pueblos? Hot tubs in ancient Egypt? The villainous yet enterprising company known as O’Donnelly’s Roofing will stop at nothing to expand its business. And it’s up to Kirk Madge, aka Sky Ape, to stop them from cornering the home-improvement market.

Creator Phil Amara returns with a follow-up to his original Sky Ape series from a few years back. Like the original, Waiting for Crime is a well-crafted, offbeat story. It reads much like Indiana Jones meets Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol, only it makes a lot more sense. Madge comes no closer to finding out how he became an articulate gorilla genius but, instead, tries to find his niche as a normal, everyday Joe. Of course, this is denied him, as he’s again forced to take on O’Donnelly and his conglomerate.

This will appeal to a large cross-section of readers: Fans of DC’s talking gorillas, time-travel paradoxes, and quirky stories in general will enjoy this. And it’s really fun to think about what the world would be like today if the Pharaohs had had Jacuzzis.

—Jim Johnson

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