In 2001, acclaimed director Tim Burton released a new version of Planet of the Apes. This version was an entirely new movie rather than a remake. It failed to find its audience, but the comics were a different matter.
Merchandising king, Dark Horse Comics, quickly produced their own comic adaptation of the movie and started pumping the market with new series and titles spun-off from that fictional universe. The comic books proved to be fairly successful and published nine original comic adventures (also collected into three original graphic novels) before passing into cancellation as a result of the poor response to the movie which spawned them, and the abandonment of plans for a movie sequel.
The Dark Horse original comic series began with the three-issue series Planet of the Apes: The Human War (written by Ian Edginton, with art by Paco Medina, Adrian Sibar, Juan Vlasco, Norman Lee and Christopher Ivy), set a generation beyond the events of the movie, and concerned with the central characters Esau and Seneca, struggling to achieve the failed dream of ape/human harmony. Six issues, simply titled Planet of the Apes issues #1-6, led on directly from The Human War, although when these issues were collected as graphic novels, they were billed as Planet of the Apes: Old Gods and Planet of the Apes: Blood Lines. The three-comic series was published in June to August 2001, and the graphic novel in July 2001.