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The Fourth Man (Planetary) [Paperback]

Warren Ellis , John Cassaday
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3 May 2006 Planetary (Book 2)
Written by Warren Ellis; Art by John Cassaday This second PLANETARY collection focuses on the team's mysterious benefactor, the "Fourth Man." After paying their final respects to a British occultist with ties to their group, Elijah Snow, Jakita Wagner, and The Drummer continue their super-human archeological studies as they visit a hidden government compound full of radioactive human guinea pigs, discover a fictional construct that has been made real and learn of a malevolent group known simply as "The Four." As these investigations take place, Elijah begins to learn some truths about both the Fourth Man's identity as well as his own hidden past. Featuring an introduction by Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator, Joss Whedon!

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (3 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563897644
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563897641
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 16.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Spare, harsh, and brilliant" -- Book Review Magazine Vectors 223- Gary Wilkinson

Intricately plotted storytelling from the masters of the genre. A definite must have for any graphic novel collection. -- Essex CHronicle, 19th April 2001, with MAtt Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Warren Ellis has worked for Marvel comics, DC / Wildstorm, where he created the immensely successful Authority and still writes the award-winning Transmetropolitan and Planetary, and is currently working on Ministry of Space and Morning Dragons. John Cassaday is a relative newcomer to comics and first came to prominence on his Union Jack series for Marvel. He is soon to take over as artist of Captain America. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Archaeology has never been this interesting 11 Feb 2012
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
"Was that Spider Jerusalem?" was my thought when I saw the ending to the first story. And then the riffs on Hellblazer, Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern... but I'm jumping around. But then that's what Ellis and Cassaday do with this strange series, Planetary, they leap from one story to another, each one seemingly unconnected, with odd glimpses into sci-fi storylines that seem faintly familiar and intriguing.

Readers who made it through the first book hoping for more clarity in the second will be surprised to see that no, unlike most series where explanations occur some ways into it, Planetary eschews this model to continue baffling the reader. This is my second time reading this series and I'm still not sure why the mystery of the fourth man is so important or who these characters are and what they're doing, but it's building to something, sometime, somehow.

In this second volume there are world famous superspies who fake their deaths to kill superheroes, giant desert ants and ghosts of Cold War experiments gone wrong, mad scientists, aliens, eye lasers, and literary allusions aplenty including alternate takes on the Superman, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman mythol.

I find that so long as you're looking for a traditional narrative and go along with the ride that the books are more enjoyable to read. Trust in Warren Ellis and John Cassaday, they probably know what they're doing. Some of the stories are interesting, some not so, but hang in there because I know Book 3 makes the first two books make a bit more sense and a larger picture of the storyline emerges in it. Meanwhile, enjoy some whacky and abstract short comics in "The Fourth Man" and give yourself an entertaining headache.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Ellis's greatest works 24 May 2013
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This book is definitely worth a try, the storyline is great, very enjoyable, the characters are likable and funny when needed, the art of John Cassaday is fantastic, it’s good to look at. I recommend this book to anyone who loves comics or just interested in getting to know the genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Three plus one versus four 17 Aug 2011
Second volume to collect issues of the comic planetary, this contains all of issues seven to twelve.

Planetary is the story of three disparate individuals who work for an organisation that investigates the mysterious. While some issues are largely self contained the whole thing is one big story, so it's best to start with Planetary Vol 01: All Over the World and Other Stories rather than here.

Those who do read the whole story in order will find this volume does a lot of what volume one did - stories that are relatively self contained whilst also being part of a much bigger one - but also that the main narrative does develop very nicely. Elijah Snow slowly learns more about planetary. The mysterious fourth man behind the organisation. And about their enemies the four.

All the time encountering characters who are thinly veiled takes on famous comic book characters and fictional characters from other realms, all told in a variety of different storytelling styles.

The art is superb and eye catching. As is the colouring.

There's one major plot development towards the end and that lifts the story up nicely.

This does exactly what it should: Make you reconsider all you've read so far, and leaves you eager to see what happens next.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Planetary 14 April 2011
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical memory tour 11 Mar 2004
Having discovered the mechcaninations of the Four, Eijah Snow must attempt to discover his missing memories and learn what his teammates have been hiding from him. A wonderful story against a fantastic background.
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