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Spacetime Archaeology (Planetary, Book 4) (edition 2010)

by Warren Ellis, John Cassaday (Illustrator)

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Title:Spacetime Archaeology (Planetary, Book 4)
Authors:Warren Ellis
Other authors:John Cassaday (Illustrator)
Info:WildStorm (2010), Paperback, 224 pages
Collections:Read, Unowned
Tags:comic, speculative

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Planetary Book 4: Spacetime Archaeology by Warren Ellis



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Issue #27 finally came out, & I dug up my back issues & read the series from start to finish because I wanted to get a sense of the narrative arc since this tale was 10 YEARS in the making.

The Verdict: this is one of the most brilliant extended storylines I've ever encounters. It will stand the test of time, up there with Watchmen and others of the 'hero' genre.

PLANETARY is ultimately a holographic version of the Arabian Nights; it can be read as hero-noir, pastiche/tribute to the history of comic books & pulp & pop culture, delightful space-time science theoretical exploration, or a personal story of redemption and revenge.

I was amazed that Ellis found a way to keep his narrative tone & pacing in tune over the course of 27 issues & 10 years-- that in itself is to be lauded. ( )
  VladVerano | Oct 20, 2015 |
Planetary is not a long series, but it is so densely plotted that it could easily have been stretched out for several more volumes. In fact, that's pretty much my only disappointment with the series. The defeat of Dowling and Suskind felt especially rushed (although it made perfect sense), and I wouldn't have minded seeing Snow and his team have to deal with each of them seperately.

That said, the book's revelations feel completely organic and well-thought-out, ending the series without needing to completely kill off its world. I can't wait to revisit it now that I've seen the bigger picture. ( )
  jawalter | Nov 18, 2012 |
The fourth and final collection of Planetary comics. I was really astonished by what a satisfying wrap-up this is. Everything finally comes together and... Well, to say that it makes sense is to completely misunderstand the nature of the exercise, but it does all hang together surprisingly well. One major point does get resolved so suddenly that I couldn't avoid a bit of a "Wait, that was it?" reaction, but even that kind of works in context, and everything around it made me happy enough that I wouldn't be particularly inclined to complain, anyway. Also, there's beautiful artwork, nifty plot twists, inventive science fictional environments, freaky drug trips, weird (but based-on-real-science!) physics, fun flashes of humor, still more bizarre twists on familiar stories, and, through it all, the exhilarating sense that there is a profound and wonderful strangeness lying just below the surface of the world, ready to break through at every opportunity. I'm so glad I stuck with this series, after a slightly uncertain start. ( )
1 vote bragan | Apr 29, 2012 |
There's a point in Ellis's career where he just loses my interest. A point where the ratio of interesting narrative works to long-winded lectures about whatever fringe theory he's encountered recently just drops past a point I can tolerate. Planetary Vol. 4, particularly when compared to the earlier 3 volumes, does a good job of illustrating that change.

Cassady's art is still as gorgeous as ever, but the story's style has changed, and frankly I'm just not as interested as I used to be. ( )
  g026r | Dec 2, 2010 |
This is a great ending to one of my favorite comic series of all time. The final showdown between Elijah and The Four was a bit anticlimactic, but that was probably inevitable after the enormous buildup that's been leading to that point from the beginning. (I also would have loved to see more of the Planetary version of Darkseid, but that's just the fanboy in me nitpicking.) Great action, incredible artwork by John Cassaday, and very interesting ideas all come together beautifully. ( )
  drewandlori | Nov 3, 2010 |
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This is it - the long-awaited fourth and final graphic novel collecting the adventures of Elijah Snow, a powerful, hundred year old man, Jakita Wagner, an extremely powerful but bored woman, and The Drummer, a man with the ability to communicate with machines. Infatuated with tracking down evidence of super-human activity, these mystery archaeologists of the late 20th Century uncover unknown paranormal secrets and histories, such as a World War II supercomputer that can access other universes, a ghostly spirit of vengeance, and a lost island of dying monsters.In this volume, the team encounters an abandoned alien spacecraft -- but will the heroes beat their rival, Jacob Greene of the villainous "Four," to the ship? Then, Elijah Snow begins to pull back from his allies, acting increasingly in secret. Will he be able to draw the last of the Four out of hiding, and can he act before his teammates lose their faith in him?… (more)

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