Deluxe Planetary/Batman Hardcover – Jun 7 2011
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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.Read more ›
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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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).
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.
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)