It's been almost three months since Harambe was taken away from this world. Mourn him with us by reading these gorilla-focused comics!
1. MARVEL APES (2008)
by Karl Kesel and Ramon Bachs (Marvel)
In an alternate reality, the world is run by apes. No, I'm not talking about The Planet of the Apes. I'm talking about the 2008 Marvel mini-series Marvel Apes. Just like in the 616-Marvel universe (or maybe it's Prime-Earth. I don't know. Thanks Hickman.) the safety of the world is in the hand of a group of super-powered beings named the Ape-Vengers! In this reality, Captain America is a hulking gorilla, instead of a blonde haired, blue-eyed, straight male. This is a world of true heroes; heroes Harambe would have fit right in with. Also, it has some of the punniest names I've read in a while. A gorilla Hank Pym named Gro-rilla? Yes please.
2. GORILLA-MAN (2010)
by Jeff Parker and Giancarlo Caracuzzo (Marvel)
What if a man, seeking immortality, inadvertently kills a mystical gorilla in self defense only to be cursed with living his life out as a Gorilla-Man? For all we know, Harambe may have been that man, but in Jeff Parker's spin-off miniseries Gorilla-Man (2010) we explore adventurer Ken Hale's origin and life as a gorilla. Fighting with the Agents of Atlas, we learn how he becomes the heart of the team and how to have fun doing it.
3. THE FLASH VOL. 3: GORILLA WARFARE (2014)
by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccelato (DC Comics)
Not all gorillas can fight for the side of good, like our good friend Harambe. Frequent Flash nemesis, Gorilla Grodd is a prime example of what can happen when you rub an ape the wrong way. There have been many Grodd stories throughout the years, even on television. Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato's take on the fearsome primate is one of the most visceral and menacing yet. In the 2014 Flash arc Gorilla Warfare, the Flash needs to team up with his greatest enemies to stop the rampaging Grodd. If anything, Manapul's art alone is reason enough to check this book out, and I think Harambe would agree.
4. THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY (2007)
by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba (Dark Horse)
What if those zookeepers actually didn't kill Harambe just to save that young child's life? What if there was an ulterior motive? What if Harambe's body and strength needed to be harnessed for humanity's gain? The Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba can give us a glimpse into what these sneaky zookeepers/government operatives could be planning. The book follows Spaceboy, one of the world's greatest heroes. He also happens to be half-gorilla/half-man. This could be our future, people!
5. SIX-GUN GORILLA (2013)
by Simon Spurrier and Jeff Stokely (Boom Studios)
Harambe's death at the hands of those zookeepers was tragic. A defenseless simian, killed from afar by the cowardly weapons of the human race. Had Harambe been equipped with two giant revolvers and a poncho, much like Six-Gun Gorilla, things would have gone a different way. This story follows the Six-Gun Gorilla as he attempts to stop an interplanetary civil war that is being filmed as a reality TV show for the mindless flesh-bags on Earth. It's a violent, space western that's a ton of fun to read.