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Planetary VOL 01: All Over the World and Other Stories Paperback – March 1, 2000
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Layers of mystery wrap Planetary: All over the World like rice candy. Follow the enigmatic heroes Jakita Wagner, Elijah Snow, and the Drummer as they excavate the secret history of the world from its wealth of bizarre happenings. Though the characterization isn't sparklingly brilliant--the "insane" Drummer behaves more like the A-Team's Murdock than a believable madman--the stories are both broad and deep, exploring a web of conspiracies and shadowy superheroes that manipulate and "protect" our world. Clever retellings of primal comics myths are interlaced with X-Files-esque secret government tales, and they drive the reader back and forth to collate evidence; the characters can't do all the work. Illustrator John Cassaday mirrors Warren Ellis's script from circumspect to sublime, befitting the best successor yet to the pulp comics of the 1940s. --Rob Lightner
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Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of Transmetropolitan, Planetary, The Authority, and the writer and co-creator of the graphic novel RED, which was the basis of two major motion pictures. He is also the author of the NYT-bestselling novels Gun Machine and Crooked Little Vein. His newest publication is the digital short-story single Dead Pig Collector, from FSG Originals.
His awards and 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.
Ellis lives outside London, on the south-east coast of England, in case he needs to make a quick getaway.
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Planetary begins with an introduction by great Alan Moore, who sums up the appeal of this series better than I ever could. Planetary is not a comic about super heroes. Instead, it follows a trio of archeologists uncovering the secrets of the 20th cenutry. What are these secrets, you ask? Basically, every fictional genre of the last 100 years. The first issue starts out as your standard 'Justice League' type examination, and from, Ellis takes on Japan monster movies, Hong Kong crime dramas, and so much more. What's more, Ellis exudes the concept of cinematic. His dialogue is witty and engaging, but he always knows when to pull back and let John Cassaday's phenomenal artwork. Seriously, just read issue three, your jaw will drop.
One other notable thing about this series is that each issue is very self-contained. In an age when stories take months to tell, Ellis wanted each issue to be meaningful.
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Ellis's characters are archetypes and sometimes feel a bit empty, but the deepen throughout the comic. Ellis, however, does not let his archetypes remain static archetypes nor does he completely hallow-out his dialogue. This is greatly aided by John Cassady's character design, consistent art, and use of blending genre-styles in the art to match the meta-fictive elements. Ellis is also interesting in that this is not purely a "concept comic" nor a super-hero comic, but somehow straddles that line in ways even the "high concept super-hero" writers don't.
Jakita is stunning and appropriately edgy without being obnoxious. Drums could be the weakest, but his psychic connection to electronics just works, and Elijah Snow is fascinating. At first he seems to be just grumpy for the sake of being a grumpy character, to give him lines, but it blossoms into a perfect characterization. What's refreshing about Elijah, is that he is a superhero who doesn't have all the answers. He doesn't instantly respond to a crisis with heroics as is the rule. This is a man figuring out the world, realizing there is much he doesn't know, and slowly building towards action. That alone would keep me reading.
The stories overflow with creativity, incorporating aspects of comics and popular culture in an alternate view of the past that has been kept hidden from the world at large. Ellis isn't quite as deft with this as Moore is in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but neither is he quite as heavy-handed or borderline pretentious (and I do love Moore's work). Reading the description for the book, it sounds like the perfect idea, brilliantly inventive and intriguing. In actual practice though, I was somewhat let down. The primary flaw is that the stories are so passive.
Many people give Planetary the nod over the Authority, but at first I was blown away by the excitement of the Authority. There is a similar feel to the two books, but the Authority are active superheroes. Here, Planetary are more like children being told stories. As such it was more reading a story than experiencing it. It was quite apparent to me and provided my chief dissatisfaction with this book.
That being said, this is a series that builds. Reading Vol. 2, I was definitely on board and loving it. Book 2 retains the passivity, but the stories go to another level, and the action begins to build. There are some truly brilliant stories in Vol. 2 that definitely provoke an emotional response. Maybe they aren't knocking on the Watchmen's door, but they've arrived on the same street.
So though I think this book 1 is a bit slow and passive, this is a worthy starting point for a fascinating series, and as such I recommend it. Definitely more creative and intriguing than 90% of the superhero books out there.