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Deluxe Planetary/Batman Hardcover – Jun 7 2011

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; De Luxe edition edition (June 7 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401231845
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401231842
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.1 x 28.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 440 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Stover on Dec 17 2011
Format: Hardcover
Planetary/Batman: Night on Earth: the Deluxe Edition, written by Warren Ellis, illustrated by John Cassaday and Laura Martin (2003; this edition 2011): OK, so it's a shameless money-grab in many ways, reprinting a 48-page story in an oversized 96-page hardcover. On the other hand, the art by Planetary co-creator John Cassaday pretty much warrants the package. He's one of a handful of contemporary comic-book artists whose art looks better the larger it gets.

Taking place some time during the first 12 to 15 issues of the main Planetary comic book, Night on Earth brings a Batman-less Gotham City into the Planetary universe. Strange murders involving what appears to be multiversal shifting have been taking place, so Elijah Snow, Jakita Wagner and The Drummer meet up with Gotham City Planetary office workers Dick Grayson and Jasper (who looks a lot like the Joker) to find out what's going on.

And then their prey, John Black, starts shifting portions of Gotham again -- bringing the Batmen of different worlds (or, from out POV, different comic books and TV shows) into conflict with the Planetary team.

It's all great, meta-fun as Batman and Gotham jump among several major versions from comics and television due to John Black's multiversally shifting brainstorms. Cassaday renders each iteration in marvelous, telling detail, while Ellis gives us both the usual Planetary bickering (100-year-old Elijah Snow is especially grumpy throughout because of his previous experiences with Gotham, which even in the Planetary universe is a really screwed-up place) and some relevant character moments for Batman.

I hope that after the way-too-oversized Absolute Planetary editions are done we'll get something more like this size for future reprints.
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By S.G.S TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 25 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have yet to read any planetary books. I still bought this because of the Bat attachment. I hesitated more for low page count than anything else. I may be wrong, but if memory serves correct this book is only 80 pages of story.

I found that I loved the way(s) Batman was used in this book very surprising ). This is a good add to any Batman collection, and if you are a Bat fan don't let the Planetary headline shy you away. You will not be disappointed. If anything you will come away curious about the 3 main Planetary characters. The writting, and art is amazing. The extra script at the back isnot worth the price of admission. The review would have been 5 stars if they had to include some sketches, or something.

All in all a great quick read, that will be a book you can pull out and read time and time again.
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By klintbaxter on Oct. 1 2014
Format: Hardcover
Interesting premise, but overall too short.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By peter e farago on July 13 2011
Format: Hardcover
Note that this is a planetary story with Batman as a cameo character. If you are a batman fan only, you should probably read some planetary stories before reading this. I enjoyed the story.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Great story, rip-off price Aug. 23 2011
By EndlessMike - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This IS a great story, no doubt. (All the Planetary stuff is.)

But I can't get past the idea of paying TWENTY DOLLARS for a FORTY-PAGE STORY. (The listed page count is padded with script, credits pages, etc.)

You can buy this issue through digital comics apps for .99 cents or 1.99 depending where you look. Use the remaining money to order a full Planetary trade (or some of Scott Snyder's Detective Comics trades).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic look at the various incarnations of and motivation of Batman July 9 2011
By Marc Vidito - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I am a Batman fan. I know very little about Planetary. However, this is very much a Batman story with little required foreknowledge of the Planetary story. The trio is tracking a villian with interdimensional or multiversal properties. In this backdrop, you see Batman in all of his main incarnations and dynamic personae as he pursues the "villain" and the Planetary team. The final scene reveals an emotional side of the Dark Knight that is rarely, if ever as portrayed here, seen in other tales. A must read for any Batman fan who, like me, is intrigued by the character under the cowl.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Batman for all ages Feb. 13 2012
By Sam Quixote - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a brief crossover between Warren Ellis' team of archaeologists set on uncovering the world's secret history, and the Batman. Planetary go to Gotham City to find a man who has escaped from a secret concentration camp where his parents were murdered and horrible experiments conducted on him, and discover who was behind this. The man's abilities enable him to jump between parallel universes and as Planetary are taken along with him, they notice the Batman undergo some startling changes too.

The book is brief at 48 pages but an enjoyable romp for fans of Planetary. It helps if you're a Batman fan as well as Batman undergoes visual changes going from 90s Batman to 00s Batman to 60s Batman to 80s Batman, each time looking different as he is drawn in the style of a certain era by a certain artist.

It's not a bad read but all too brief and really only serves to have Planetary and Batman meet rather than go through a particularly satisfying adventure. John Cassaday's artwork though continues to be a revelation.

The deluxe edition includes the entire script for the story as written by Warren Ellis but that's it. It looks nice in a shiny sleeve and hardback but it's hardly deluxe.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Dynamic duo here is Ellis & Cassiday Aug. 14 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I happen to be a fan of every element here(Planetary,Batman,Ellis and Cassiday).But all you really need to like is a good,self contained story.Joker makes a small appearance although not in the way you'd expect.The best part is Cassidays portrayal of Batman of different eras.Cool story worth checking out.Plus it looks nice on your bookshelf between your Batman and Planetary trade paperbacks.
proof that comics are art Oct. 28 2012
By Garrett Wroblewski - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A team-up between the independent team of detectives/superheroes Planetary and the king of all detectives and superheroes, the Batman, might be a cool idea. I have no idea, having no clue who the hell Planetary were. An old detective made out of ice, a hot ninja chick, and some guy dressed up like Ignatius J. Reilly of Confederacy of Dunces Fame make up the team. They are tracking a serial killer through Gotham City (in some sort of multi-verse) and as they keep chasing the various universes shift as well. Ostensibly an excuse for Planetary to meet various versions of the Batman, the book is nonetheless as absolute delight.

Jakita (the sexy ninja chick ) spits out at the Caped Crusader pre-fight "You just sit there a second, Leatherboy. .. Severely beating men dressed as fetish bats are all that keeps me sane, some days." In another universe the Adam West Batman (with no muscle tone at all, just like the real one) proclaims, "Stand aside, citizen. There's a miscreant on the loose in Gotham City." One of the male members of Planetary mistake this 60's Batman for a transvestite hooker.

Stuffed with adult material (I'm still disgusted by the visual of an alien insect gangbang), crackling dialogue, and drool-worthy art of one of the sexiest characters in all of comics, Jakita Wagner, this is an acerbic and AWESOME addition to the pantheon of Batman team-ups. Grade: A+ (but still... like $15 too expensive)