Originally conceived as a part of the “Mini Comics Included!”, “Prime-8′s” is a superhero tale steeped in the Silver Age of comics and 80′s cartoons. The team of eight primates of various species and abilities are cut from the same cloth as the Fantastic Four or the Challengers of the Unknown. Their forms instantly recall the likes of the Thundercats or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Moreci, Seeley, and Latina play the nostalgia card hard, but don’t rely on it to sell the issue. No, the story, characters, and art do that all on their own.
It’s a strange world Moreci and Seeley have created with Kyle Latino – a kind of Fantastic Four with monkeys where a group of 8 primates were sent into space and ended up with superhuman powers… and the ability to walk, talk and think like humans – but by the end of the first issue it feels fleshed out. It helps that the page length is a generous 24 pages, considering I’ve noticed quite a few MonkeyBrain titles have a more conservative page count of 14-16.