- Series: Absolute Planetary
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: WildStorm; Box Slp edition (July 20, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401227015
- ISBN-13: 978-1401227012
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.7 x 15.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,572,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Absolute Planetary Book Two Hardcover – July 20, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
This second volume advances the ongoing conflict between our three main protagonists, (Jakita Wagner, the sexy, super-powered muscle of the group; "Drums," a machine empath who's a little like an idiot savant; and Elijah Snow, a century old heat-extractionist/subtractionist, believed to be a sentient version of the planet's white blood cells,) and a group of shadowy, incredibly dangerous and sadistic people, known only as "the Four," (a sly and deliberately not too well hidden allegory of Marvel's Fantastic Four.) Elijah, like others born in the year 1900, is believed to be a "spirit of the 20th century," - people who were born into the world at the very beginning of the last century to protect and keep the world alive and safe into the next.
The stories here significantly ratchet up the tension and mystery surrounding the enigmatic Four and the Planetary organization. At the end of the last volume, Elijah discovers that he is indeed, the "Fourth Man," of Planetary, in fact the grandfather figure behind the Planetary corporation, which has been archiving strange and weird information about the world for many years.Read more ›
The art alone makes this Absolute Edition worth a purchase. When you have pages as cinematic and detailed as Cassaday's and colors as lush as Laura Martin's, you want the best presentation format possible.
That said, it's a shame DC didn't try harder to include more supplemental material. There's a brief cover gallery, a glimpse of the art designs for the action figures, and a couple other pages of random material. No notes or scripts from Ellis. No concept art or black and white pages from Cassaday. No interviews. Compared to the copious amount of extras in books like Absolute Sandman, this is just pitiful. Sadly, it's pretty much par for the course with DC's more recent Absolutes.
But again, the primary purpose of these hardcovers is to showcase the story in the best format possible. In that regard this volume is a success. If you're on the fence about buying it, you might as well make the leap now before you lose the opportunity. The first volume is already out of print again and back up to ridiculously high prices on the secondary market. This one looks like it's following suit. The standard-size hardcovers aren't that cheap either. So unless you want to read the series in boring old paperback format, this is the version you want.
As far as the quality of this edition goes, I have some mixed feelings. The binding and overall production on the book are of high quality. However, the slipcase seems to have been assembled poorly, and is a little taller than the book, leaving a 1/2 cm gap. The reproduction of the art is of very high quality, and shows the attention to detail in Cassaday's work. The paper is fairly thick, and glossy, meeting the typically high absolute standard.
One thing not up to standard is the complete lack of work or care put into the extras section. A color coded guide to all the characters that appear on the final issues wraparound cover, a gallery of 3 DC direct action figures, and a single page art spread of the snowflake universe,which comes to a whopping total of 6 pages. They also list introductions from the trade paperbacks as extras, but I've never heard an intro listed as a bullet point before.... Honestly DC seems to have really cut back on their absolute editions. The extras aren't even worth mentioning in their last several releases. Part of the enjoyment of the Absolute edition is that you have the definitive edition, with all the essays, production material, early sketches, script pages, and advertising content. The absolutes used to be like the collectors edition dvd with all the extras, now its just a larger version of the hardbacks.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First: read the first Absolute Edition. It's a necessity. Jumping in on Book 2 is not recommended. You can probably get relatively caught up to speed, but it's not the same. Read morePublished 10 months ago by James Moore
there you have the 2nd half of the series collected in a fantastic edition...
this whole planetary run (issues 1 to 27) make a wonderful, amazing series of... Read more
Ellis writes with a caustic tone that doesn't suit many. I love it and this is Ellis in his prime. If you love superhero stories, you should at least try Planetary. Read morePublished on September 15, 2011 by MNix
Just like Book One, Absolute Planetary Book Two collects the rest of the series in a beautifully constructed over sized hard back book. Read morePublished on September 1, 2011 by Low8284
Planetary, despite a rocky publishing history, is one of the finest works of fiction I've read. With likable characters, interesting settings, and a plot based on keeping the world... Read morePublished on August 13, 2011 by Thomas Hahn
I wondered if the service from the Amazon "Marketplace" supplier would be as good as the regular Amazon site...I was very pleased at the service and handling of my order. Read morePublished on January 8, 2011 by xxx