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Planetary: Leaving the 20th Century Paperback – 22 Apr 2005

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; New edition edition (22 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840239387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840239386
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 0.7 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,018,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A multi-layered, challenging piece of work which gets even better with repeat reading.' --- Essex Chronicle

* Voted 3rd in Techland's Top Ten Comics of the Decade * --- Techland

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Warren Ellis' prolific writing can be seen on such varied and acclaimed titles as The Authority, Transmetropolitan, Global Frequency and Ministry of Space. John Cassaday is currently drawing the smash-hit Astonishing X-Men but has also produced artwork for Planetary, Captain America, Union Jack and Daredevil.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. J. Gallacher on 5 May 2005
Format: Paperback
For those following Planetary, this latest volume contains more answers than questions, but perhaps less development in the ongoing plot between Snow and the Four than some would like.
Those who have never read Planetary may do better looking for the first two volumes before diving headlong into this, the third book, as while it remains accessable the payoffs in character development are far greater when you know just who Jakita et al. are.
"Leaving the 20th Century" is Snow's turn to shine, and the book features as more flashbacks into important moments (yes, the origin of Jakita is here...) showing just why he's actually a force to be reckoned with rather than the slightly confused gumpy b"£$%&d of other books.
Ellis does his usual cracking job, not only on the dialogue and characterisation, but also of the riffing on pop culture elements that is half the joy of Planetary (in this episode we get Kung-Fu films). Cassiday and Martin prove that this book would be naught without them and their masterly artwork, I don't think I once noticed a duff panel in the entirety of the book.
Planetary remains a joy to everyone who loved the x-files in the first few seasons, but this compares more to those who loved the early smoking man episodes than the *weird of the week*. Don't let the fact that theres pictures and superheroes put you off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 Feb. 2012
Format: Paperback
Three books in and I'm still not sure what to make of Planetary. On the one hand the overall story is unfathomable, I'm still not sure about the bad guys called "the 4" or what the point of the whole series is, but on the other hand these books are so packed full of strange and brilliant ideas and amazing art that it's difficult to stay away from.

So here's what you can expect from the third book: an literary encounter between Elijah Snow and some of the best characters the 19th century had to offer, a great fight sequence from feudal Japan between two ancient superheroes, Ayers Rock come to life, Jakita's origin story, a strange mystical golden city in the middle of a jungle, and the discovery that space flight was achieved in 1851.

I think it was the last story that left me with a strong favourable opinion the series. It's Warren Ellis' romantic side that such relics from the past remain undisturbed for 150 years to be discovered in passing by the Planetary team that got me - what a great world that would be that our ancestors' endeavours were left so naked to their descendants.

John Cassaday's art is gorgeous as usual but especially here. There's not a single story in the book where some pages don't blow you away and have you peering at the panel, studying the detail. And he does action very well too.

Having come this far, I've got to read the final book in the series "Spacetime Archaeology" which I plan to do, but I have to say Planetary as a series has been one big question mark for me. The motives and characters behind whatever the story is all remain a mystery to me and I can't tell if it's ultra-subtle or just plain poor writing. Either way, it's an imaginative series and one I think most comics fans will enjoy, or like me just enjoy the ride.
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By D Brookes on 14 April 2011
Format: Paperback
At just under 30 issues this series did well to create the impression of multiple one-off storylines whilst actually building towards a single integrated plot. It was very well conceived and executed with brilliant artwork and snappy dialogue.

You'll notice pretty quickly that most of the characters are reinventions of popular comics heroes. I spotted the Hulk, Iceman, Captain America, the Fantastic Four and a bunch of others who are arguably interpretations of lesser known characters (or else just coincidence). It seems a stupid excuse for a book, to just rewrite all these existing creations, and akin to parody (or plaigarism). This element, I didn't like.

Other than that, it's a cool read with some great twists, lots of surprises and great, memorable moments. Not the genius that some people make it out to be, but worth a read if you can find it cheapish.

7 / 10

David Brookes
Author of 'Half Discovered Wings'
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This is what happens when a full-length motion picture gets stuffed between the covers of a book!! 17 Jan. 2010
By Anthony"Tuc-9"Tucker - Published on
Format: Paperback
This particular book essentially BLEW my mind when I first read it!! Warren Ellis has got to be THE most imaginative/clever guy in the entire GALAXY!! As an avid Japanese Monster movie fan and the biggest"Super Friends" fan also,this book even had THAT type of stuff included in its' epic storyline!!Reading only a 3rd of the way through this book will have you desperately reaching/searching around yourself for a bucket of POPCORN!! Yes this book is just THAT good!! One of the most memorable lines of this book(which is CRAMMED with witty dialogue and"disturbing"quips)was when a(shrivelled,wierd-looking)man was discovered(who'd spent his entire life standing guard/vigil over an ULTIMATELY powerful device to ensure that it wouldn't fall into the wrong hands)and was asked by the"field team"what had he been eating,and how had he sustained himself in such a sparse/barren enviroment for all these years hidden in a cave high in the Adirondacks,he calmly,matter-of-factly answered::"I eliminated my bodies need for food back in 1937." That was GREAT!! The entire book is full of"clever"remarks like so... Also if you like your movies to include a gorgeous woman,then you'll find that Jakita Wagner is HOT!!! Jakita is"bringing Brunettes BACK"!! Not only just a"babe"but she is also"bad",as she nonchalantly explains how she once drop-kicked a RHINOCEROUS across the Grand Canyon!! Then goes on to state how an"old man"(who quote"irritated the crap out of me.")was"scheduled"to be the next in line to traverse the Grand Canyon in such a fashion!! Believe me:Comics don't GET any better than this,and comics aren't just for kids anymore!! It actually REQUIRES a mature/profound adult mind to even begin to actually appreciate the creativity and thought that went into this book!!Whats more John Cassaday illustrates each page so expertly that the characters seem poised to jump off of the pages,and into your living room!! Get this book YESTERDAY!! You'll be INSTANTLY hooked"and find yourself looking under a ROCK trying to find some more Planetary adventures!! This is the acme of comicdom!!
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