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Planetary/Batman: Night on Earth (Batman)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  970 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
Planetary, the archaeologists of the unknown, cross paths with Batman on the trail of a killer in this new, Deluxe Edition hardcover.

When Planetary — Jakita Wagner, Elijah Snow and the Drummer — travel to Gotham City, they mean business. Wagner, Snow and the Drummer track an amoral killer to Gotham City, prepared for battle.

What they aren't prepared for is the Dark Knight!
Prestige, 48 pages
Published August 2003 by WildStorm Productions (first published 2003)
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Batman by Alan MooreBatman by Frank MillerBatman by Jeph LoebBatman by Frank MillerBatman by Grant Morrison
Best of Batman
111th out of 372 books — 711 voters
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Nicolo Yu
Apr 17, 2012 Nicolo Yu rated it it was amazing
In the late Nineties, as the old century was giving way to a new one, WildStorm Productions had its most fertile period, producing seminal comics such as the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Authority and Planetary. A Warren Ellis and John Cassaday collaboration, Planetary was team with a mysterious fourth member and was billed as “archaeologists of the impossible.” This monthly book, it started monthly until it developed a pseudo-quarterly schedule because of lateness, was Ellis’s exploration ...more
Sam Quixote
Feb 13, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it liked it
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. ...more
Feb 26, 2012 Mike rated it really liked it
Shelves: creator-owned
Starts off a little familiar and a little mysterious - the Planetary gang with their usual tensions, up against a town we all know but don't quite know how it's going to be presented. Ellis' take on Gotham is razor-sharp. Encounter the villain...

Then "bat man" shows up to take care of the villain. In the most jarringly different ways possible. Ellis & Cassaday show us all the most extremely different iterations of Batman that we remember (and one they predicted before we even saw it), in way
Hone Haapu
WARNING: To fully get the most out of this issue you must be a Bats fan and have a working knowledge of the Planetary series.

Loved it. What stood out for me was the exploration of Batman's changing psyche. He meets the Planetary team as they work to capture a dimension hopping crazed youth. In one of these dimensions they meet 'The Batman' who also wants his slice of justice from their prey. However, all in sundry keep hoping through these dimensions and it's here we meet different incarnations
Sep 28, 2011 Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
There were three Planetary one-shot stories made that are not part of the Planetary canon, and this one's [1] by far the most interesting (the other two are Planetary/JLA: Terra Occulta and Planetary/The Authority: Ruling the World), and [2] the only one to feature art by the series' regular artist John Cassaday.

In this story, Dick Grayson is an agent of Planetary. Jasper, his assistant, has an uncanny (and intentional) resemblance to Joker. Ellis and Cassaday have fun using the different itera
Mar 09, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it
I'm not much up to date when it comes to Planetary, but what I saw from this book is that it seems worthwhile for me to check up on.

Warren Ellis manages to give a good story even for those of us that aren't familiar with Planetary.
That the story revolves more around the Batman is a plus, even though the Planetary team are what threads it all together. I liked the appeareance and integration of Planetary's version of Dick Grayson and "Jasper" in the first chapter.

The story is good, but it never w
Sep 11, 2015 Addison rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Since this was out of print for awhile, I never got to read it while I was reading Planetary itself. So it was nice to get to go back to the characters and have another adventure with them.

And that's essentially what this is, a one-off Planetary adventure. More or less the same format of each of the first 12ish issues, but twice as long. It's not a phenomenal story, but it's fun.

At least, for a fan of Planetary and Batman. Not much prior knowledge is required to understand the story, so it coul
Oct 28, 2012 Garrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Dec 16, 2012 Craig rated it it was ok
Shelves: comic-books
Okay, so I think the is set in the universe that Planetary takes place on. As has been demonstrated in the series, there are similarities and parallels to other comic book characters. Here, the team goes to Gotham city to meet with the field office there run by Dick Grayson and his assistant, Jasper (who looks a little like the Joker). They are there to investigate a man named John Black who is causing localized partial multi-spatial collapses. While closing in on John Black, the team is caught ...more
Jul 10, 2011 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
The clever thing about this crossover is that it relies on the multiverse concept from Planetary, and uses that to show the widely varied perspectives past authors have taken on the iconic character of Batman. The way the art and dialog reflect the changes from an Adam West camp-style Batman, to a dark and menacing Frank Miller, Return of the Dark Night style Batman is clever, and things like scenery transformations are subtly done. Warren Ellis is probably my favorite comic author, in part due ...more
Feather Mista
May 29, 2011 Feather Mista rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Batmanistas y fans del guionista
Recommended to Feather by: Casi todo
Se nota a la legua que esta historia -y sobre todo su dibujo- está pensada para fascinar a los fans obsesivos que festejan cada vez que aparece un guiño que sólo ellos pueden cazar de una. Y como muy a mi pesar, cada vez siento que estoy más cerca de esos fans, la verdad que me gustó mucho. La historia en sí no es la gran cosa, pero los recursos narrativos que usa, el cambio de clima según cada tierra paralela que visitan y los muchos batmanes que pululan por esas tierras (de los cuales, para mi ...more
Sep 04, 2016 Campo rated it it was amazing
A self contained story set in Gotham. The Planetary team are sent in to catch something or someone comiting murders. It's a great Batman centric story, with funny twists and turns.

It does also a great showing of famous versions of Batman, that make the story worthwhile.
Oct 23, 2012 Mouse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, so apparently this is some kind've cross-over with Wildstorm Comics. Well, then that all makes sense!
Actually I'm joking. I have no idea about Planetary from Wildstorm Comics.
Well, if you're a fan of Planetary then you'll like this weird cross-over. I actually kind've did like this to be honest. It didn't really make much sense, but the writing was...interesting and the art was good. I especially liked the different Batman being represented including the original 1930's Batman when he carri
Elizabeth Wallace
Nov 07, 2009 Elizabeth Wallace rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
Very VERY fun. I've never heard of the Planetary storyline before, but now I'm going to have to find the rest of it. The writing's fantastic, and the artist also did work on the Joss Whedon "Astonishing X-Men" series that I liked so much.

It takes a second to figure out what's going on when you first start the book, but that makes it even more fun when you figure it out.

I can't stress enough how clever the writing is. I LOVE the little bits of banter that go between the main characters. Wonderful
Feb 05, 2013 Craig rated it really liked it
This is a very short book, but is very well written and illustrated. It seeems an unlikely team-up, but they pull it off well. Planetary are the archeologists's of the unknown, and Batman is... well, he's Batman. One of the best features is that reality twists and turns, presenting different incarnations of Batman from the Bob Kane vision to Adam West to Frank Miller... much like Neil Gaiman did with WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE CAPED CRUSADER?, but somehow still fresh and interesting. It's a very ...more
Anne Barwell
Mar 13, 2013 Anne Barwell rated it liked it
This is my first time reading anything to do with Planetary so the rating is probably in part to do with that. Interesting ideas with alternative universes but the artwork for the Batman they met was a little 'off', more padding than physique, and the main Planetary characters left me a little cold. If I find another in the series I'll read it - probably the fact this was a very short book - read it in about ten minutes if that - as my introduction to it didn't help.
Sep 11, 2014 Lemonmango rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As someone who hadn't read anything featuring Planetary and has an amateur knowledge of Batman at best, this comic did a good job giving a basic understanding of the former while highlighting the diversity and the character of the latter. I enjoyed the transition of one Batman to another, and it was the faithfulness to the dialogue of the campy Adam West Batman that made me pick up the book and take it home.

It's sparked an interest in reading more Batman and learning more about Planetary.
Crossovers are hard to do, and Planetary did a few of them. Most of them weren't that good, missing part of what made Planetary so unique. This is the exception to the rule. Certainly having John Cassaday's gorgeous art helps, but the story is strong too. Warren Ellis manages to include some wonderful treats for fanboys, by giving us multiple interpretations of Batman, while weaving an interesting story that keeps the personalities of both Batman and the Planetary team intact. Superb.
Jan 19, 2015 Travis rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books
Fun story where the Planetary trio investigate a dimensional rift.
Things get interesting because the rift is in Gotham and the team ends up encountering multiple versions of Batman.

good sci-fi story as well as a nice look on the many versions of Batman.

Only problem is the story is not big enough to be worth a prestige format, expensive one shot, as it just reads like a regular issue of Planetary that happens to guest star Batman.
Michael Anderson
Oct 26, 2015 Michael Anderson rated it liked it
Not much to the story. The Planetary team follows a sick man across several parallel Gothams, and, in each, is a different version of Batman, corresponding to Batmans in different comic book eras, who wants to keep the man. The Team eventually finds the hook that convinces Batman to let them take the man back to their own world, and the story ends. Too short, too sketchy.
Aug 12, 2012 Angela rated it liked it
Kind of fun. Planetary are chasing someone who can change realities and accidently murders people. They go to gotham, and switch realities a lot. The different Batmen are what makes this fun, but it feels like a one shot joke. I just wanted it to be longer.
Jun 17, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
By far the best of the crossover stories, and the funniest, too. Batman is just the best, and the character interactions were most consistent with the main storyline. Just about died laughing at a few of the jokes, especially the throwbacks to classic Batman and his bat gadgets.
My Brief Bookshelf Overview: 4-and-a-half-stars, badass-to-the-extreme, bold-or-unapologetic, exciting-premise, hell-of-a-ride, likable-or-deep-characters, odd-or-unconventional, sci-fi, suspenseful-or-engaging, top-notch-artwork
Aug 04, 2015 Travis rated it really liked it

Interesting little thing. This goes with Planetary, Vol. 1: All Over the World and Other Stories.
Clay Fernald
Oct 03, 2012 Clay Fernald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great 'Elseworlds' tale of the coolest versions of Batman you can imagine. I don't want to say too much...Highest possible recommendation for Batfans of all kinds. You only need a cursory knowledge of Planetary.
Indah Threez Lestari
Jan 30, 2010 Indah Threez Lestari rated it really liked it
Fun crossover.

Belum pernah tahu tentang Planetary sebelumnya, dan apakah satu dimensi dengan Batman atau tidak. Tapi tetap fun n entertaining buat dibaca (Beberapa versi Batman ada di sini, yang paling konyol Batman versi serial TV tentunya!)
Noah Soudrette
Jun 22, 2011 Noah Soudrette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
A fun, fantastic crossover, even if you're not familiar with Planetary. It's great fun to see John Cassaday work his magic on the different iterations of Batman. Besides, who doesn't love Bat-Female-Villain-Repellent.
Aug 09, 2011 Jin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Another masterpiece by Ellis and Cassaday! Short but great plot with superb art. A must-have for serious graphic novel collector."
This story would merit more stars if it was longer. I was so drawn into the story and kept looking forward to reading what was going to happen next when all of a sudden, it just ended. Grrr!
Feb 12, 2013 Eloisa rated it really liked it
Batman meets Planetary? I knew it was going to be good right from the title but I sure wasn't expecting this level of awesome. :,)
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Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of graphic novels like TRANSMETROPOLITAN, FELL, MINISTRY OF SPACE and PLANETARY, and the author of the NYT-bestselling GUN MACHINE and the “underground classic” novel CROOKED LITTLE VEIN. The movie RED is based on his graphic novel of the same name, its sequel having been released in summer 2013. His graphic novel GLOBAL FREQUENCY is in development at Jerry ...more
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