And Then I Read: PLANETARY 27


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PLANETARY begin in 1999, which seems like another century…oh, wait, it was. At first it came out fairly often, but then waits between issues grew longer and longer, until over the last few years it was always a surprise to see a new one, reminding me the book was still going. Apparently this is the final issue, though writer Warren Ellis leaves plenty of room at the end for it to continue. Above is one third of the fabulous cover by artist John Cassaday. All the covers on the series have been terrific, and full of variety. In fact, I definitely felt the pressure of competition when J.H. Williams III and I were designing the covers for PROMETHEA, since each book was using a similar approach: different styles on each cover, often homages to other artists or areas of popular culture.


John’s art inside the book is just as impressive, and has remained wonderfully consistent over the past decade, too, while still appearing fresh each time, not an easy thing to do.

The story? Well, I have to admit I’ve forgotten a lot of the overall storyline, but let’s just say that much of the old team is here and working together to try to resolve a very old plot thread, right an old wrong, and rescue an old teammate. Even though I may have missed some resonance, it still worked fine for me as a single issue. I bet reading all 27 together would make it much better. Recommended.

One thought on “And Then I Read: PLANETARY 27

  1. Xteve

    Planetary #27 was fantastic, as was the entire series. I’d be hard pressed to think of a comic that played as well with the whole of creative literature, film, science, paranormal investigation, everything the way this series did. I think of Planetary as a 20th/21st century cousin to Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series. Both series owe a debt to the late great Philip Jose Farmer’s Wold Newton family … great stuff and as Todd says, recommended. Comics don’t get much better than this.

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