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Absolute Planetary Book One Hardcover – July 13, 2010
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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.
The amazing thing about this, the first of two parts, is how much of it is set up. Seriously, it's awesome on its own, but once you read the 2nd collection, it all comes together perfectly. It was crafted so ingeniously that you have to wonder how someone reading it on a month-to-month basis would be able to keep up with it... Then again, it took almost TEN YEARS to put together 28 issues. The story revolves around a group that discovers and accounts for all sorts of weirdness going on in the world, and almost all of it are allusions to DC and Marvel characters, and it's done in a fun way that doesn't really make fun of them, but is kind of a twisted homage.
John Cassaday's art is incredible. Seriously amazing. The oversized collection allows you to really appreciate his greatness. First few issues he was getting into his groove, but then it gets really good really quick.
The coloring needs to be addressed. It's as important as the art, Laura Martin deserves a ton of credit for making it so beautiful.
The only minor negative is a wholly unnecessary and fairly inaccurate attack on Margaret Thatcher, but for the most part it doesn't hurt the story at all (though it bothered me enough to mention it), and he even kind of diffuses that with what the main character says immediately after the diatribe.
Can't recommend this enough, Book 2 as well.
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.
The copy I bought was slightly used, but still in great shape. I highly recomend this to anyone who is a comic-book fan. You will not be dissapointed.
you get a slipcase, dust jacket and a great hardcover with thick glossy paper.
unfortunately it is not as big as Amazon info says.
it is not 16 inches but usual Absolute Edition size.
still, looks and feels great!!
Granted, the printing is gorgeous and vibrant and this would make a great collectors item, however, I was looking forward to the next graphics novel and was truly bummed.
So, if you would like a large-size reprint of the early Planetary story arcs, go for it! If not, wait for the next graphic novel for the story's continuation.
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.
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