For a long time I have wanted to read Planetary. It was just a graphic novel that drew me in and made me want to know more. A month ago I finally bought the first volume, later that day I ended up buying parts 2 and 3 as well. Written by Warren Ellis (Thunderbolts, Iron Man and Judge Dredd to name a few). This book tells the story of a group of super humans whose job is to investigate the secret history of the 20th Century.
This leads them down a path filled with giant ants, evil master minds, massive corporations, alternate universes, ghosts, hidden cities and much more. It’s a massive tribute to the pop culture of the last 110years, so if you’re a sad no lifer such as myself this is definitely worth a read. Both Grant Morrison (Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth and many more Batman titles) and Joss Whedon (You should know he is by now) where massive fans of the series, both writing the foreword for parts 1 and 2 of the collected editions.
Planetary introduces us to 3 of my all-time favourite protagonists in Comic book history.
Elijah Snow is initially presented as a vagrant missing many memories of his past. Snow is recruited as an investigator for the Planetary field team by Jakita Wagner. Possessing the ability of cold manipulation, Snow assists the Planetary team.
Metahuman Jakita Wagner is the field leader for the Planetary team. Jakita has superhuman abilities (e.g. enhanced strength, speed and senses), but also possesses a very low tolerance for boredom.
The Drummer is the information gathering specialist of the Planetary field team, with his code name referring to the drum sticks he uses to aid his concentration. He is also crazy and probably would be amazing on a night out.
There is so much more I could tell you but it would ruin everything.
With Planetary the less you know going into the series the better.
Each issue’s cover art is a unique style helping it further stand out. After you have read it all you genuanly feel like you have read a novel, because that’s what it really is. If The Authority and Stormwatch are Ellis’s look into the future of comics then Planetary is a look at the past. It’s a must read for any comic book fan and anyone who looks down on the genre I dare you to read this and not have your mind changed.
Categories: Comics/Graphic Novels