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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (12 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184023301X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840233018
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 0.7 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,087,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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WARREN ELLIS is the acclaimed writer of Transmetropolitan, The Authority and Code of Silence. His work has included memorable runs on Hellblazer and Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, and he's currently helping to revamp the X-Men for Marvel. JOHN CASSADAY is a relative newcomer to comics and first came to prominence on his Union Jack series for Marvel.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jnturner@talk21.com on 23 July 2001
Format: Paperback
Set in the same reality as Stormwatch and The Authority, this book sees Warren Ellis exploring the convoluted limits of his imaginative universe. Planetary are a trio of superhuman 'mystery archaeologists' involved in mapping the secret history of the twentieth century. The book begins with the recruitment of Elijah Snow to the group, and , if this book has a hero, it's him. Like the fabulous Jenny Sparks, he's as old as the twentieth century, but his memory has mysterious gaps and he's somewhat of a reluctant convert, complaining and questioning continually. What sets this concept apart is that it isn't a superhero book like Stormwatch or The Authority - saving the world is incidental rather than integral to their agenda, and as such we're treated to delightful stories, featuring ghosts, mutant monsters, secret cadres of superhumans from World War II and so on (and the occasional plug for Stormwatch and The Authority). To emphasise the anthological nature of the book, the original individual covers are included, and each Planetary logo is different. Its one weakness is that at times the complexity of the overarching plot, and the episodic nature of the early stories can leave you wishing for a conclusion - imagine Mulder and Scully with superpowers, then double the weirdness, triple the paranoia and square the scale they operate on, and you come somewhere close. Alone, it's a masterful, if slightly unsatisfying, feast for those who appreciate Ellis' work, illuminated throughout by John Cassaday's art. In conjunction with the sequel volume, when the mists clear slightly, it's a cracking piece of work that throws the distinction between comics and graphic novels into stark relief.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By r.morgan@buffythecomic.fsnet.co.uk on 16 July 2000
Format: Paperback
They are Planetary, their job on earth is to investigate all those folk laws and myths, and keep them out of the public eye, ranging from a Monster Island in Asia to an American space mission gone wrong. Collecting the first six issues of the comic book and the hard to find preview, Planetary is what the X-Files would be like if they existed in a world filled with superheroes. Both the heroes and villains add to the atmosphere of the comic, from the mentally unstable Drummer to the worlds greatest hero Doc Brass, each of them has something to do to further or twist the plot of the tale, and with each story set in a different part of the world there's no chance of getting bored. Ellis & Cassady do amazing work providing a comic book that will appeal to adults the same way the now classic Watchmen does, so go on add it to your shopping basket now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 100 REVIEWER on 7 Feb. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Planetary has always seemed to me to be a less than substantial series of Warren Ellis'. They're a group that fit in between The Authority and Stormwatch and act as a sort of Vector-13 but with superpowers. Also, Ellis really lets go of any subtlety of concept here, he just goes for it.

So there are stories of a group in the 40s who built a machine that created the world or can create the world and brought about the end of the world but the man who learned to not age survived and guarded the portal without food or water for decades... huh? There's an island of Godzilla monsters, a live spaceship that wants to get back into the Bleed (the space between space), and more zaniness. All of which to say, imaginative in concept, seen through the prism of the characters, not so impressive.

Because while Elijah Snow is an intriguing character dressed all in white like Tom Wolfe, his powers are never explicitly stated nor why he was chosen or who he really is. He remains the consummate interesting character but for all intents and purposes is little more than a cipher here. Jakita and the Drummer are very poor characters.

There's an interesting story that parodies the Fantastic Four's creation albeit much, much darker, that had potential, but like all the stories presented here was all too brief.

The story concepts save the book from becoming unreadable but ultimately Planetary, as a group of archaeologists with superpowers, failed to make much of an impression and I was left feeling that it was more of an outline than a fully fleshed-out series.
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
A paperback collection of the first six issues of the comic series Planetary. This involves three people: White haired and white suited Elijah Snow, a man as old as the century. Super powered lady Jakita Wagner. And the Drummer. A somewhat eccentric individual with a pair of drumsticks who can communicate directly with machines.

At the start of the first issue Wagner recruits Snow to Planetary. An organisation that searches the world for strange and wonderful things, and discovers the secret history of the planet.

The first few issues unfold slowly and may appear to be stand alone stories as planetary discover certain things. But gradually a bigger picture unfolds. There's a lot of mystery as Snow slowly learns about the organisation he now works for and the people he works with [the identifity of the person who funds planetary remains to be revealed] and a bigger threat that seemingly ties everything together is revealed.

This being the start of a series that is one long narrative it doesn't perhaps read well in isolation if you're looking for short stories with a beginning a middle and an end, but as the beginning of something larger it is an intriguing read that should have you wanting to find what comes next.

Every issue tells a different kind of tale, many using thinly veiled versions of famous fictional characters.

The art by John Cassady is delightfully detaied and enhanced by superb colouring.

With an introduction from comic writing legend Alan Moore, all six individual issue covers, and a short preview story for the series as well, this is an excellent start to a memorable series.
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