Planetary, Vol. 1, All Over The World And Other Stories Paperback – 25 Apr 2006
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About the Author
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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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.
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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