- Gebundene Ausgabe: 864 Seiten
- Verlag: DC Comics; Auflage: 01 (28. Januar 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1401242383
- ISBN-13: 978-1401242381
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19,3 x 5,3 x 28,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 13.978 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Planetary Omnibus (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 28. Januar 2014
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Warren Ellis is a prolific writer whose works include the novel Crooked Little Vein (William Morrow) and, for Marvel Comics, Iron Man, Nextwave, Newuniversal and many others. His work for DC Comics includes PLANETARY, RED, STORMWATCH, OCEAN, GLOBAL FREQUENCY, HELLBLAZER, and a five-year run on TRANSMETROPOLITAN.
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In this book you will find all 27 issues AND the Planetary/ JLA , Planetary/Batman , Planetray/Authority - Crossovers AND the Planetray-Prequel. The cover, by the way, ist the cover of a Planetary Guide, very cool. All thumbs up, 5 stars!
It's a nice and heavy bound collection, but hey... it's the omnibus!
Ofcourse it's in English and it makes a wonderful addition to one's comic collection.
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PLANETARY OMNIBUS collects the entire series from issue #1 - #27, the preview issue released in 1998 #33 of Gen13 and issue #6 of C-23, as well as PLANETARY/THE AUTHORITY, PLANETARY/BATMAN, and JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA. The following are collected in the links below:
Planetary VOL 01: All Over the World and Other Stories (collects preview & #1-6)
Planetary VOL 02: The Fourth Man (Planetary (Windstorm)) (collects #7-12)
Planetary VOL 03: Leaving the 20th Century (Planetary (DC Comics)) (collects #13-18)
Planetary Vol. 4: Spacetime Archaeology (collects #19 -27)
Planetary: Crossing Worlds(collects the three crossover one-shots)
--- Since each of the links has far more detailed information on each of the collected books, I will not go into as much depth and keep it more summarized. ---
PLANETARY OMNIBUS stars Elijah Snow, a century baby (a person born January 1, 1700, 1800, 1900, etc.) who has immortality from being born 1900 and can create cold and heat from his surroundings. Snow has lost majority of his memory of the last century and gets approached by Jakita Wagner, a metahuman with enhanced physical traits, and the Drummer, another metahuman that can communicate and control machinery, to join Planetary. Planetary is an organization of archeologist that is about uncovering the world's secret history backed by a mysterious Forth member. By having Snow's knowledge of the last century in helping Planetary, it means fending off the true villains of the world of metahumans called the Four, a parallel Fantastic Four (Dr. Randall Dowling, Kim Süskind, William Leather and Jacob Greene) intent on using the secrets of the world for personal gain. What exactly is this Four group and its true motives? What knowledge of the past has Snow forgotten? What does it mean for the future of the planet? All these answers will come in a dramatic and grand finale.
PLANETARY is not like other comics where there are heroes and villains fighting it out. This book looks at the genres of the past 100 years from 1900 to 2000 and makes a fitting ode to world of fiction including everything from traditional work like Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, to Pulp comics The Shadow and Doc Savage, to DC figures the Justice League, Vertigo (an entire issue dedicated to the 1980's British invasion on comics) and even Marvel comics themselves (The Four references for examples). Planetary also uses pop culture like Godzilla and The Lone Ranger. This makes it that Snow and the Planetary gang are just a bunch of archeologist traveling the world in pursuit of knowledge within those 100 years including looking for monsters, aliens, other superhumans, and unusual relics in the pursuit for the betterment of mankind and out of sheer curiosity. It's a simple premise but it works out beautifully, especially those who have extensive knowledge of the histories being presented.
Each chapter within PLANETARY are mostly stand alone stories, full of action and insightful interplay between Jakita, Drummer, and Snow. But Ellis cleverly makes it through each chapter a deeper mystery gradually unfolds, building around the identity and history of Elijah Snow, as well as the true nature of Planetary and its adversaries. You'll be confused reading at first, but mostly everything gets explained and fleshed out near the course of the series. The overall themes also go into the metafictional and non-fictional (things like America landing on the Moon) that also give some insightful look of comics not like many others. It will definitely get you thinking about things.
The three One-Shots include the Planetary/The Authority: Ruling the World: standalone story featuring the two Wildstorm teams in a plot tangentially related to an element in the first issue of Planetary. Planetary/Batman: Night on Earth: features various versions and interpretations of Batman spanning the character's history. And Planetary/JLA: Terra Occulta: standalone story featuring an alternate version of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, who oppose a version of Planetary that act like the Four. Not as great as the regular 27 main series, but still worth your time.
Mention must be given to artist John Cassaday, who has made some of the most vivid, detailed, abstract, flashy, and emotional books out there. It's simply lovely. Cassaday's work also include Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men and Captain America and he actually did all 27 issues of this series (AND the Planetary/Batman issue!). Art on JLA is by Jerry Ordway, The Authority by Phil Jimenez also do great jobs.
For this 2014 omnibus is still glued/binding (will DC ever change that?), but it's still super sturdy. The book was a little tight when I took the plastic wrapping off, but it layed flat with barely any gutter lost near the spine (it might be different for other books though...). The paper is think and non-glossy, so lights won't reflect off the paper. The duskjacket uses issue #26 as the front cover, the spine of the jacket is black with simple modern text of "The Planetary Omnibus", with the back jacket being blue and made up of puzzle pieces and the summary of the book. The really cool part here is under the duskjacket. The cover itself looks like the Planetary Guides illustrated from the book! This gives it a unique look and vibe of that of a travel/dictionary. Well done on that part, DC! Beyond the 27 issues, the preview issues, and three One-Shots, we get every cover of the singles, trades, AND Absolute Editions, including the script to issue #1. Some sketches, a teaser ad, and introduction by Alan Moore and Afterword by Joss Whedon.
Overall, if there are any problems, it that this isn't like convential comics. It has it's share of slower and wordier issues, as well as confusing plots and concepts of metafiction that might make your head spin (though I do not think it's as deep as the likes of Grant Morrison, just so you know). So it's not for everyone. And considering this was published under the Wildstorm brand, this is for teens to adults. There is quite a lot of cursing and adult themes without going mature status, so this is not for children (you already know that, but it's still a heads up).
None the less, PLANETARY OMNIBUS is possibly one of my favorite series now and I can see why this series set the bar for comics in a lot of ways. Great characters, superb storytelling, enriching art, and a ton of content for the price at $75 and cheaper under Amazon (there's enough here where this could be a $100 book) AND it has the three One-Shots that the expensive Absolutes do not have. The only flaw might be the high-concept and ideas Ellis works with, but I think the positives greatly outweight the negatives. So buy this omnibus if you are a fan of Ellis, or Cassaday, or a college student who want a thorough look at the comic world and literature itself. This is one of the best series that deserves its place on the bookshelf with the other classic.
This edition collects everything in one volume. EVERYTHING. Even the "Planetary Preview" issue, which was a bagged promotion with some Wildstorm books months before #1 hit the shelves. (It is placed after #12 in the Omnibus, as opposed to after #6 in "Volume" collected editions).
It also includes the three Planetary crossover books (Two are in-continuity, One is a "what-if" Elseworlds book. These are included at the end of the book, after the final issue of the series - #27). These crossovers have already been collected in their own volume, but were notoriously absent from the "Absolute Planetary" mega-collections. I believe the Preview issue was also absent, but I will confirm that when I check my Absolute Planetary Vol.1 and Vol.2 books. Will update review if I find the otherwise.
Planetary/Authority: Ruling the World
Planetary/JLA: Terra Occulta
Planetary/Batman: Night on Earth
covers of all issues listed above
covers of all collected editions (volumes, absolute editions)
script for first issue
early promotional page
Worth every penny.
Planetary's characters are well written and thought out and through the twists and turns they go through, we come to identify with them and with what they represent. If a character doesn't seem familiar to you, or you don't get the reference, that's fine and you can still enjoy the book and appreciate it. If you do get the reference, then its even better and a major treat. We see analogues to Tarzan, Fu Manchu, Doc Savage, and more, as well as comic characters from 80's DC and how they change. Plus analogues to Marvel characters show up as well with a major bearing on the plot.
But what is the plot you may ask? Planetary is an organization that serves as the architects for the hidden secrets of the universe, whether that be Giant monsters in Japan, super computers in mountains or the design of the multiverse. Chief among enemies is the Four a group of four superhumans who explore the strange secrets ( sound familiar?) but with no compassion for humanity. The struggle depicted is excellent to read and enjoy.
The Art in Planetary is simply amazing and must be seen to be believed. Previously reprinted in two different absolute volumes, the art still looks good in the omnibus and is a real feast for the eyes.
The omnibus also contains the 3 crossovers, between Batman ( where different aspects of Batman and his character are explored), JLA ( with a different look at Planetary) and the Authority). There is also some bonus, art, the script for the first issue, the cover of some collections, A foreword by Alan Moore, and Afterward by Joss Whedon and some preliminary art.
For those wondering, the Planetary preview is included. its in the middle of the book where it fits.
The binding is well done and while a little stiff, it holds well.
All in all this is the complete planetary collection and a wonder to see and hold. These are amazing comics and should not be missed.
For anyone who might not get why at their best comics can be a fantastic experience, get them THIS Omnibus and they will become true believers. To make a comparison of comics to written books strictly in terms of greatness and high regard, Watchmen is to War and Peace as Planetary is to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, IMO. This story will NOT disappoint!
All the fiction, all the fantastic stories you have read and enjoyed in your lifetime. Tarzan, Superman, the Fantastic Four, Sherlock Holmes, Japanese monster movies and pulp heroes.
In the world of Planetary, these things happened. Their not things that people have read about, or imagined, or can even conceive. But they're out there, waiting to be discovered. This is where Elijah Snow, Jakita Wagner and The Drummer, super-powered archaeologists of the impossible step in, and where Warren Ellis and John Cassaday craft the most optimistic, beautiful and inventive homage to the popular fiction of the Twentieth Century.
Sure there's a story running through the book, about the conflict between the Planetary team and a mysterious group (analogous to the Fantastic Four from Marvel Comics) hoping to use these undiscovered secrets for themselves. But at its core, each issue of Planetary (save for some of the later, climactic issues) works as a self-contained homage and exploration of fiction. This is also how you should approach reading the book. I was used to reading long, serialised stories and was caught off-guard when the team investigated an island of monsters in one issue and tracked down a ghost cop in Hong Kong in the next. It's a book where the story unfurls slowly, and characters and events that only become significant later in the story. Still, the payoff is great and the optimism and fondness for the stories it investigates is obvious.
And the art! This is a book that is, simply, exceptional to behold. This is very much a "wide-screen" comic, full of splash pages and detailed and epic images that you want to hang on your walls. Some may prefer a more tightly-formatted and crafted style, but with the scope of the story, epic and dazzling images fir perfectly. Wait 'till issues 19-20. Sometimes I just have to go back and marvel at the sights all over again.
In terms of extras the book is comprehensive. Alongside the 27 issues (and 1 prologue) the three lengthy one-offs featuring The Authority, The Justice League and Batman are all included (though only the Batman issue is drawn by Cassady.) There is a foreword by Alan Moore and an afterward by Joss Whedon, as well as character sketches and the script to the first issue. High quality all around.
Overall this Omnibus is the best way to experience the story. It's worth it.