For years, I’ve been hounded by a persistent, sad fact: I am a comic book fan, a comic book blogger, a comic book reader for over 30 years, a big admirer of Warren Ellis…And I never read Planetary.  Until recently.  Planetary is celebrated as one of the greatest comic book series of all time.  Technically part of the DC’s Wildstorm universe, the book really stood on its own with only passing references to Jenny Sparks and The Authority.

And it is, indeed, pure genius.

It’s basically Warren Ellis’ trippy sci fi celebration of all things comic book-y.  It pays tributes to all the major tropes, incorporates most of the major “big two” heroes, and for the most part focused on one genre per issue: Godzilla!  Shazam!   Wonder Woman!  Green Lanetern!  Swamp Thing and all the creepy DCs! Westerns!  Thor!  The Fantastic Four!  Seriously, if it’s been in a comic, it was examined in Planetary.

Oh, and it wouldn’t nearly be as wonderful as it is without the art by John Cassaday.  Beautiful.

This post is a SPOILER-FREE tribute to Planetary.  Rather than pull a panel a day, I’m pulling a panel (a few from one issue) that shows why you need to go out–run!–and buy every volume of this book.

Note: I’m only blogging on the 26 issues of the series that ran consecutively.  Years later, they pulled out a final epilogue issue, and there were a few (very good) crossover issues with Batman and The Authority.

But this is a tribute to the main series, with captions on the genre/trope Ellis and Cassaday deconstructed.

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