Behold The Future
A gorilla with a brilliant mind.
It began as an experiment in the nature of intelligence, attempting to enhance the mental capabilities of primates. ASTRO Labs used a variety of methods on different test subjects. The results were not overly promising. Combined with protests about the use of apes and monkeys as experimental subjects, it was only a matter of time before the project was closed down. Its director, Dr. Carmine Mosley, didn’t want to see that happen. He knew he was close to a breakthrough, he just didn’t know how close. So he took it upon himself to disregard guidelines on safety and procedure. He used unproven methods on the most promising of the experiment’s subjects, and succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. Dr. Mosley’s subsequent death and the disappearance of his experimental subject spelled the end of the primate enhancement project. Although ASTRO Labs and the New York City authorities searched for the missing ape, they were unable to find him. Little did they know just how good he had become at hiding. Mosley’s experiment awakened a tremendous intellect in the African gorilla, an intellect born in pain and torment caused by humans. The ape killed his tormenter and fled, finding shelter in the underground tunnels and abandoned subway stations beneath New York City. Dr. Simian, as he called himself, crept out at night. In his initial weeks of sentience, the superape absorbed knowledge at a prodigious rate. Within months, he had the equivalent of multiple Ph.D.s just from reading stolen books. Eventually, he discovered other inhabitants of the underground.