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- Print Length: 157 pages
- Publisher: DC (November 21, 2011)
- Publication Date: November 5, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0064W64C6
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #905,362 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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|Length: 157 pages||Book 2 of 5 in Planetary|
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About the Author
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
Buy this as fast as you can.
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.
What do we have here? Pulp heroes. The Justice League of America (or a reasonable facsimile thereof). Giant Japanese monsters. The Fantastic Four (or a reasonable facsimile thereof). The Secret History Of The Twentieth Century. What's not to love? (Assuming you're not one of WildStorm's lawyers; they were probably kept rather busy with this one.)
Yes, this sort of thing has been done before (Phil Farmer's Wold Newton tales being the most obvious antecedent). Yes, it could be hopelessly cornball and banal (and could certainly turn out to be - I've only just read Vol. 1, y'know). But it really seems that Messrs. Ellis and Cassaday are doing their own thing with this one, and I certainly plan on tuning in for future installments.
PS Did I mention the artwork's really great? No? Oh. The artwork's really great. Thought you might want to know.
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.
Top international reviews
In this medium this title uses a slightly fiddly 'panel focus function' (this steps through to, and expands, the next panel or zooms into the key segment / text of a lage or full page panel.) rather than pages which can be resized by dragging the image. The art work is crisp and pleasing, and the stories short and snappy and pleasingly pithy. It all happens in it's own 'universe' which is intriguing as it is revealed. There's plenty of room for this title to flourish and deepen.
The Fire HD is smaller than your average DC / Marvel title, making text, personally speaking, a little hard to read unnassisted , and the artwork is clearly detailed but without a way to 'get closer'.to it. It remains to be seen if a Kindle App on a device with a llarger monitor would conpensate or whether I would do better with the newer, larger, fire.
I will buy more titles in this seriies. The main choice is in which medium to buy them. The paperbacks are cheaper and more comfortable to read, but need storage. So cheap, in fact, I may re-buy the 1st volume for comparison.
Choose a format and try it out. Another winner from one of today's leading comics authors.
On y retrouve E Snow, immortel (?), qui peut congeler ce qu'il veut. J Wagner, une guerrière absolue, le batteur un génie informatique, et Chase, un tireur d'élite qui peut freiner le temps. Ce groupe enquête sur les mystères du XXème sicle, tout y passe, Roswell, J F K...
Drôle, inventif, bourré de clin d'oeils à la culture américaine, c'est dix fois mieux que X files.
La vérité est ici... Enfin peut-être...