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Planetary VOL 01: All Over the World and Other Stories Paperback – March 1, 2000
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About the Author
John Cassaday began his professional career with Negative Burn. It wasn t until he showed his portfolio to Mark Waid at San Diego Comic Con that he began receiving job offers from Dark Horse, DC, and Marvel. He eventually collaborated with Joss Whedon on "Astonishing X-Men" which led to more work and even directing an episode of Whedon s television show, "Dollhouse." Most recently he helped relaunch the successful "Star Wars" comic franchise alongside Jason Aaron for Marvel Comics.
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What's important is that Planetary works on both levels. Each chapter of All Over the World seems like a stand alone story, full of wild action and carried by the interplay between Jakita, Drummer, and Elijah. The character interaction and inventive plots would be enough to carry the book, but through each chapter a deeper mystery - largely built around the identity and history of Elijah Snow, but also around the true nature of Planetary and its adversaries - gradually unfolds, and the book ends on a great little cliffhanger that had me eagerly anticipating new chapters.
At the same time, Planetary is Ellis' chance to play with a lot of archetypes. Planetary's main adversaries are clear analogues of Marvel's Fantastic Four; Snow's hatred of them, and the reasons for it, should inspire readers to take another look at the assumptions that allow superhero universes to function. Planetary is a thrill to read, but it's a very intelligent thrill that proves that action stories don't need to check their brains at the door.Read more ›
About the story: Elijah Snow, a mysterious man who was born on January 1st of the year 1900 encounters a woman called Jakita Wagner (who is accompagnied by another man called 'the Drummer') and she invites him to be part of a supernatural archaeologist group called 'Planetary'. She invites him to be the third member of their field-team who's goal it is to unravel the 'secret history of the world'. They try to map events in history how they REALLY took place, not how the common public was told it all happened. Elijah gets offered a salary of one million dollars a year for the rest of his life and all other professional expenses will also be taken care off by an anonymous financial aid only known as 'the fourth man', a man nobody knows. Elijah accepts and goes on his way to see things common man has never known was there.
The great thing bout this title is that each detail, as little as it looks at first, turns into a mystery of his own in time. Each story in each issue seems to be a self-contained story at first, but later on turns out to be just a piece of the puzzle in the 'grand scheme of things'. There's very little going on that's useless information.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Superbly written, drawn and overall thought up. Unique blend of an action / superhero page-turner and thought-provoking look behind the dark side of epic events. I'm hooked.Published 9 months ago by Tuomas Silverang
just read the damn book already. if Amazon didn't require a twenty word minimum then best comic ever is all I would write because it's all I need to say.Published 19 months ago by jared stewart
This serious will delight the student of classic super hero and adventure comic books, old japanese B movies, hong kong detective and ghost stories, etc. Read morePublished on July 23, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This is in my top 10 favorite graphic novel series of all time. Hard to go wrong with an Ellis work.Published on July 14, 2014 by Patrick A. Villano
Picked this up volume after perusing information about it on the Internets that got my spider-sense tingling. Good ol' spider-sense.
What do we have here? Pulp heroes. Read more
Not the best representation of a Warren Ellis story but definitely not his worst. I am not dissapointed in the story.Published on March 14, 2014 by T.J.
I enjoyed the read and its references to the pulp heroes of the 30's. Very nice artwork also. Reasonable price. Just readable on my kindle fire.Published on March 13, 2014 by Mitchell Bednarek
The story of the planetary organisation and its actions to keep the world safe (or strange!), is a journey through the unique imagination of Warren Ellis and the sublime art of... Read morePublished on February 20, 2014 by Paris