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Absolute Planetary Book One Hardcover – July 13, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: WildStorm; Slp edition (July 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401203272
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401203276
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1.4 x 15.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,528,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of graphic novels like TRANSMETROPOLITAN, FELL, MINISTRY OF SPACE and PLANETARY, and the author of the NYT-bestselling GUN MACHINE (being adapted for TV by Microsoft Xbox) and the "underground classic" novel CROOKED LITTLE VEIN. The movie RED is based on his graphic novel of the same name, its sequel having been released in summer 2013. His GRAVEL books are in development for film at Legendary Pictures. IRON MAN 3 is based on his Marvel Comics graphic novel IRON MAN: EXTREMIS. He's also written extensively for VICE, WIRED UK and Reuters on technological and cultural matters. Warren Ellis is currently working on a non-fiction book about the future of the city for Farrar Giroux Straus.

His newest publication is the digital short-story single DEAD PIG COLLECTOR, from FSG Originals. His next book will be the novella NORMAL, also from FSG.

A documentary about his work, CAPTURED GHOSTS, was released in 2012.

Recognitions include the NUIG Literary and Debating Society's President's Medal for service to freedom of speech, the EAGLE AWARDS Roll Of Honour for lifetime achievement in the field of comics & graphic novels, the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire 2010, the Sidewise Award for Alternate History and the International Horror Guild Award for illustrated narrative.

Warren Ellis lives outside London, on the south-east coast of England, in case he needs to make a quick getaway.

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Tight, beautiful scripts.
Tim D
Since these are the first issues of Planetary, this is a perfect place for newbies to start reading the series.
Vincent
I highly recomend this to anyone who is a comic-book fan.
Don Frier

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Cesar A. Valle on December 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Planetary to me is Warren Ellis's (The Authority) masterpiece, his clever story telling and homage to the golden age heroes makes this book a endless treasure. His plots are well written and the connections un fall able. He put a lot of effort and time into this novel. John Cassadays (Astonishing X-men, Desperado)work is marvelous, a bit rough at the beginning but his ever daunting potential was visible even then, this collection is evidence of his talent and his beautiful artistic development. The oversize pages filled with Cassadays pencils are alone worth the cost. This is a must have for any planetary fan, a hard bound collection of today's best stories. Snatch this up while you still can, 1st prints were limited and quickly made there way onto ebay for upward of $100 plus. Thank God I found one for the retail price. Absolute Planetary collects issues 1-12 and the preview issue.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Vincent on December 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Planetary is the magnum opus of Warren Ellis and John Cassaday.

This edition collects issues 1 -12 in a gorgeous oversided hardcover edition.

Since these are the first issues of Planetary, this is a perfect place for newbies to start reading the series.

The series features an eclectic mix of superhero, archeology, secret histories,

ghost stories and good old fashioned mystery.

Each story fits beautifully into main story arc of the series.

The art by Cassaday is incredible and this edition's 12" x 8" glossy paper really brings that out.

Absolutely wonderful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tz on November 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Planetary is one of those series that is not for everyone, its main focus is showing off the various genres of storytelling that came out in the 20th century from a present day perceptive. So if your just starting to get into comics and/or do not have much knowledge of anything earlier than the 80s a lot of the content you may end up not getting, however for long time fans of comics you'll be in for a great time seeing homage from all the classics you have grown to enjoy over the years.
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By Timothy J Walburg on April 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Planetary is a maxie series from Wildstorm. Written by Warren Ellis and with art by John Cassaday it is a modern day classic. It ran for 27 issues and is a very interesting take on Archeology with 'enhanced' archeologists. The first volume contains the first 12 issues of the series and what a varied series of stories they are.

You have a monster island where ostensibly Godzilla came from. You have a story about a certain Man Of Bronze. You have quantum computers, vampires and Lord Greystoke(?)! But my favorite story is the Hong Kong actioner starring a vengeful cop's ghost. Some fantastic art that evokes all of the action from a John Woo film. To give you an idea how worthwhile these Absolute editions are I went back and bought the comic that this story was in originally and it didn't have near the scope of the oversize pages. And no ads breaking up the flow!

The stories are so different from each other that you wonder where it's all heading and I had to wait until the Absolute Planetary Volume Two was published to find out. (I knew it was coming so I just waited for it)

It's well worth what I paid for it and it even went into a second printing when Volume Two was released. However it looks like the second printing is now out of print too. Which is a shame. Hopefully these will come back in a one volume omnibus edition for new readers.
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By Low8284 on August 28, 2011
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I was so thrilled when I found out Volume One was being reprinted. As with many classic works of art, movies, literature, and comics, I sometimes don't discover them until some time after their publication.

Upon reading the Planetary series I was blown away. It is easily my favorite comic series combining everything that I have come to love about story telling and adventure. Much to my dismay when originally searching for Volume One it was completely sold out and going for upwards of $300. My friend owned a copy that I just envied and when this collection was finally available again I made sure to pre order my copy.

Beautifully put together with large gorgeous pages of art this collection is a must for any fan of the series and would doubtlessly be enjoyed by anyone who is into comics.

I would give this a million stars if I could.
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Format: Hardcover
There's nothing new that can be said about this series.

Masterpiece of a story from beginning to end.
Gorgeous artwork.
Tight, beautiful scripts.
Intense stories worth your time.

It's all true, but what is also true is that you must buy vol. 2 to get the whole story. (For anybody wanting to try it.)
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