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Book 3 of 4 in the Planetary Series

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  • Series: Planetary (DC Comics) (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: WildStorm (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401202942
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401202941
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A must read for any comic fan.
J. Erlich
Once I started reading it, i couldn't put it down and had to have the 3rd part of the story ASAP.
Travis Eck
And he does action very well too.
Sam Quixote

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By depthpsychologist on February 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Beautifully drawn and conceived. Ellis takes us on stunning walks of levity and gravity, fantasy and gritty realism. One cannot help but wonder how much is imagained and how much is based on fact. He's found the line where pop-culture and reality collide ... some of his best work, certainly, and perhaps the first great comic book to define life in te 21st century.

A word to the wise, though ... don't pick this volume up if you haven't read the first two ... you'll be missing out.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on October 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Numerous people have told me that Planetary is one of the best comic series of the new milennium, but after reading the first two volumes, I just couldn't see what people saw in the series. It wasn't bad by any means, it just wasn't amazing. However, after rigorous recommendation by some people that I trust very much when it comes to comics, I finally picked up the third volume, and I can finally say that I see why people praise this book so much.

In these 6 issues, we start to see how things are connected along with some of Elijah Snow's previous exploits, both before the formation of Planetary and as his time as the project advisor when Ambrose Chase was still on the team. Also, the team's plan to catch and stop The Four is put in motion in the 6th issue, and it is a very nice plan indeed.

To quote one of the people who kept pushing me to go on with this series, Planetary is very much a slow-burning story. Even though each issue is a stand-alone, everything is tied together; all of the main and peripheral characters are somehow connected to each other and to various places and events. Multiple reads are a must in order to get everything, but this is definitely a series that people should stick with, as it is very good, and seems to only get better.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J.J. on October 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
This third collection of Planetary continues the story with the high quality writing and beautiful art of the other two volumes. Planetary is an elegant piece of work of high intelligence and literate appeal. Where else would you find a story that takes place in the castle of a mad scientist one moment, ancient China for a Crouching Tiger style interlude for another moment, and still remain its own thing? Planetary well worth getting into.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Buck on April 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
I love this comic, because you have great characters that Warren Ellis always writes. The characters also have powers, but these powers do not define the comic or the team. They aren't here to punch stuff, we'll not solely anyway. They are archeologists, seekers of the past and the truth. That is always their first goal, and if they get into a brawl along the way, so much the better. Highest possible recommendation on this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. David Swan VINE VOICE on March 18, 2014
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So what happens in Volume 3? In a word... stuff. Stuff happens. I'm going to compare this to Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen only because Ellis seems to be begging the reader to do so. As if having mentions of Nemo's Nautilus, the Invisible Man and an appearance by Sherlock Holmes weren't enough Holmes actually refers to the super team he was a member of as `We the Extraordinary'. Moore took famous fictional characters from literature and created a compelling narrative around them. Ellis creates his own fictional characters and has them interact with famous fictional characters from the late 19th and 20th century and just has them do.... stuff.

In the first comic in this volume Elijah Snow recalls a conversation he had years earlier with Sherlock Holmes. After some back and forth conversation Dracula shows up to attack Snow only to get frozen and have his groin shattered. What did any of this have to do with the overall narrative? No idea. Ellis just thought it would be a cool visual. Planetary feels like the end result of Ellis trying to use the ideas of Moore and the writing style of Grant Morrison. Not the Morrison of All-Star Superman but the Morrison of Final Crisis. Ellis includes all sorts of pseudoscientific mumbo jumbo, quantum theory, string theory etc. He talks about `The Bleed' and Dreamtime yadda yadda yadda. I have no idea what it all means and Ellis probably doesn't either. He read a bunch of pop science books and books on mysticism and pulled out as many phrases as possible, mixing them together in a pot and pouring them out onto a page. It is possible to weave advanced theoretic science into a story but you need to do more than just vomit it onto the reader.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
Three books in and I'm still not sure what to make of Planetary. On the one hand the overall story is unfathomable, I'm still not sure about the bad guys called "the 4" or what the point of the whole series is, but on the other hand these books are so packed full of strange and brilliant ideas and amazing art that it's difficult to stay away from.

So here's what you can expect from the third book: an literary encounter between Elijah Snow and some of the best characters the 19th century had to offer, a great fight sequence from feudal Japan between two ancient superheroes, Ayers Rock come to life, Jakita's origin story, a strange mystical golden city in the middle of a jungle, and the discovery that space flight was achieved in 1851.

I think it was the last story that left me with a strong favourable opinion the series. It's Warren Ellis' romantic side that such relics from the past remain undisturbed for 150 years to be discovered in passing by the Planetary team that got me - what a great world that would be that our ancestors' endeavours were left so naked to their descendants.

John Cassaday's art is gorgeous as usual but especially here. There's not a single story in the book where some pages don't blow you away and have you peering at the panel, studying the detail. And he does action very well too.

Having come this far, I've got to read the final book in the series "Spacetime Archaeology" which I plan to do, but I have to say Planetary as a series has been one big question mark for me. The motives and characters behind whatever the story is all remain a mystery to me and I can't tell if it's ultra-subtle or just plain poor writing. Either way, it's an imaginative series and one I think most comics fans will enjoy, or like me just enjoy the ride.
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