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All Over The World And Other Stories (Planetary, Book 1) (original 2000; edition 2001)

by Warren Ellis, John Cassaday (Illustrator)

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Title:All Over The World And Other Stories (Planetary, Book 1)
Authors:Warren Ellis
Other authors:John Cassaday (Illustrator)
Info:WildStorm Productions (2000), Paperback, 160 pages
Collections:Read, Unowned

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Planetary: All Over The World and Other Stories by Warren Ellis (2000)

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Reasonably interesting twist on Golden Age superhero stories, though it's a little too self-consciously hip for me to feel genuinely invested in it. ( )
  salimbol | Sep 18, 2013 |
Somewhere, in the middle of all the genre acrobatics and beautiful art, I may have fallen in love. ( )
  beth.t.goldstein | Apr 27, 2013 |
Comic books, especially, seem to be obsessed with retelling the same stories. Planetary just happens to do this particularly well.

Much like League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Planetary postulates a world where the characters and ideas of popular fiction are actually real, coexisting in a wild potpourri that somehow manages to cohere. But while Moore seems to revel in merely the existence of such a world, Ellis shifts his focus to the idea that such a world would have to be concealed from the masses. He sacrifices the teeming exuberance of Moore's ever-larger world for a tightly constrained and controlled conspiracy.

So, Ellis isn't just interested in encountering Doc Savage; he's interested in the fact that Doc Savage has been trapped in an underground complex for decades. Similarly, the existence of an island of Japanese movie monsters, or the Spectre showing up as the ghost of a John Woo character, is subordinate to the effort being put forth to keep the world from finding out about them.

This volume ends with the introduction of Ellis' best idea: the Fantastic Four are the evil masterminds behind the conspiracy. Their homespun wholesomeness has always concealed just how terrifying they actually are, wielding enormous power and led by a supergenius inventor. Having them turn out to be the ones collecting and concealing the existence of alien technologies and superpowers is kind of silly, but weirdly fitting, as well. Elijah Snow looks at this in terms of technology and scientific advancements being withheld from humanity, but for the reader, it is narrative itself which must be unearthed. ( )
  jawalter | Nov 18, 2012 |
Planetary was praised by comics luminaries such as Alan Moore and Joss Whedon; I thought it would be better than it is. Probably it's one for the fans. It is like X-files meets superheroes. The Planetary organisation is super rich and staffed by a few cool superheroes: kickass Jakita Wagner (think of Molly from William Gibson's Neuromancer, or Trinity from The Matrix), data hound Drummer, and the white-suited, white-haired Snow, the latest recruit. Planetary sniff out various mysteries and deep conspiratorial truths about the world in a series of stories based on old and new comics. Unfortunately, the characters don't seem very active in the investigation process. They are put into each situation and the story is just narrated to them. They are too hip and cool to really have any personality. I suspect the attraction of this series are the many visual references to comics of yore. Most of those references were lost on me though, and they weren't enough to compensate for poor storytelling and weak characters. ( )
  questbird | Oct 10, 2012 |
A collection of comics about a trio of super-powered "mystery archeologists" who travel the world on behalf of a shadowy organization, seeking to map out "the secret history of the world." Apparently the secret history of the world is very pulp fiction-y: we've got a Japanese island full of (now-dead) monsters, a ghost cop bent on vengeance, a team of astronauts who came back from a secret journey to the moon as something not-quite-human... That sort of thing. It's a terrifically fun concept. And the artwork is excellent, the characters at least potentially interesting... And yet, it just really didn't feel very satisfying to me, mainly because the stories themselves are so very, very slight. Mostly the team shows up, sees something interesting, goes, "Hey, that was interesting!" and leaves again without ever doing much. (Author Warren Ellis is clearly aware of this flaw, too, as he has one of the characters constantly complaining about it.)

So now I'm debating about whether to continue on with this series. This volume didn't leave me with a burning desire to read the rest of it, but it is only three more collections, and there are at least hints here that things might get a bit more involved, so maybe I'll give it another chance. ( )
  bragan | Nov 5, 2011 |
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This first collection of Earth-shattering adventures from Windstorm stars a team of super-powered archaeologists who have uncovered evidence of super-human activity that spans the centuries. The team includes the ancient -- and incredibly powerful -- Elijah Snow, hot-tempered Jakita Wagner, and the seemingly insane Drummer, as they deal with the abrupt appearance of a new mountain range in America and the shocking truth behind the near-destruction of the planet by the gods, which happened in 1950!… (more)

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