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Planetary vol 1 – All Over the World and Other Stories

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PLANETARY Vol 1 – All Over the World and Other Stories

Written – Warren Ellis
Art – John Cassaday
Colours – Laura Depuy

Planetary is one of the best structured concepts that has graced contemporary comics.

The story kicks off as The Planetary Organization, a team of “Archaeologists of the Impossible” recruit Elijah Snow, a man of cold-temperament and abilities, as head investigator of unexplainable phenomena drawing back through one hundred plus years of manufactured super-hero history.

The actual layout of Planetary is as unique as the premise. Each chapter tells a stand-alone story, putting the team into a different genre and setting. From Pulp Adventures to Japanese Monsters, each chapter is a uniquely designed and presented case study of the Impossible events of history, warped by the super powered principles of the Wildstorm Universe. Concepts and ideas not limited by genre or age – new and old – have the dirt wiped off them and are inspected closely to create a wholly new feel of things. A new, vibrant atmosphere for a new age of information.

With the book’s origin in the pulps, the reader is lead deeper and deeper into the mysteries of the book. Elijah Snow joins the Planetary Organization without any knowledge of the Fourth Man or his/her intentions or any modus operandi to Planetary. So as we travel around the world, from Hong Kong to contested Japanese islands to the very edge of the multiverse, Planetary threads the mysteries of the book – What is the purpose of the Planetary Organization?

Also included in this volume is the introduction of the Four, the antithesis to the Planetary organization. Four adventures mutated by a trip in a stolen rocket ship – their intelligence secret, their abilities overpowering and their purpose a secret. As the Four become the backbone of PLANETARY’s purposes, building a story that crests into the high concept competition that Planetary, like all pulps, is drawn to.

Planetary is not just smart comics; it’s unique, original and rolls with more than a hundred years of created history that plays off all the genres, each with unique pay-offs and highlighting their unique substances with a uniquely styled cover.

Let it be said, far and wide, than when Warren Ellis is good, he’s the best. And when he’s got a talent like John Cassaday working with him, the results are incomparable.

Planetary is one of those books. One of the unsung, true giants of the medium. Impossible to transfer, unnecessary to try. Each story is the juiciest fruit or oldest whiskey, each from a different side of the world with its own taste and colour you’ve never glimpsed before. Planetary really, really is that good.

– – Timothy Legion

Timothy Legion is not presently read, looked to or admired. He created a newspaper (pamphlet) at his University that is fondly remembered by six people. He has not won any awards or been considered for nominations. He is wrist-deep in the Third Year of his self-imposed GLORIOUS FIVE YEAR PLAN.

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Written by thesilentmajoritysays

February 11, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Locke and Key vol 1 – Welcome to Lovecraft

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Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft

Typically, I’m not a fan of horror comics. It’s become something of a rule that I don’t associate with horror comics because they’re usually, generally speaking, light on story, and heavy on gore. Sure, blood and guts are nice, but after two blood-splattered pages, I’m no longer impressed. I enjoy pretty pictures, but no matter what medium, I crave story above all else. Thankfully, Locke & Key manages to overcome its genre’s handicaps and delivers an exceptional tale about a family recovering from a tragedy, trying to make a new life in the town of Lovecraft.

Written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez, Locke & Key revolves around a mysterious New England mansion known as Keyhouse, and its new guests: A family disrupted by a horrific tragedy.

Locke & Key strikes a glorious balance between horror and story. I was genuinely terrified at certain moments because creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez made me care for the characters – their innocence and grief shining through from the stark terror of the attack done onto them. There is plenty of axe-to-the-face action, but when the blood flows, it comes at an emotional price. This book uses violence to inform the story, and not the other way around. To this, I say Bravo.

A chilling, atmospheric, and suspenseful tale, Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft is an intelligent horror comic which transcends its genre. While being terribly gruesome, it manages to engage the reader emotionally, which for contemporary horror comics, is exceptional in itself.

Keyhouse Mansion awaits your entry.

– – Alex Lyons

Alex Lyons studied English and History at the University of Guelph, where he acquired keen insights into late Victorian history and its literature. This education, of course, serves no purpose here. Alex still lives in Guelph, and thinks of Jack the Ripper often.

Written by thesilentmajoritysays

February 5, 2009 at 12:01 PM

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