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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!...more
Prestige, 48 pages
Published August 2003 by WildStorm Productions (first published 2003)
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Nicolo Yu
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
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
Paul
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...more
Addison
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...more
Martin
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...more
Garrett
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 shi...more
Mike
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...more
Craig
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
Tom
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
Federiken Masters
May 29, 2011 Federiken Masters rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Batmanistas y fans del guionista
Recommended to Federiken 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
Elizabeth Wallace
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...more
Mouse
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...more
Craig
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 n...more
Anne Barwell
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.
Angela
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.
Indah Threez Lestari
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!)
Clay Fernald
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.
Noah Soudrette
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.
May
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!
Jin
"Another masterpiece by Ellis and Cassaday! Short but great plot with superb art. A must-have for serious graphic novel collector."
Eloisa
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. :,)
Elliott Vaughn
Despite our lil tiff on twitter i'm still a fan of Warren Ellis's writing&mind.Planetary/Batman was just a great vision.
Patrick
I only gave this three stars because of the artwork. the story I was not a fan of.
Kurt Rocourt
All I have to say about this story is, Giant Bat-a-rangs. Love it.
Michelle M
Fantastic! Loved it! Very much an inside joke and a gift to the fans.
Spazzy
Shockingly, this works!
Maureen
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