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Planetary by Warren Ellis
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Dec 04, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: graphic-novel, fiction
Read from December 02 to 03, 2010 — I own a copy

** spoiler alert ** I'm not sure what I like best about this volume. The Constantine story is, perhaps, a little too obvious for my taste, with its dramatization of the cultural clash between golden age comic book heroics and the darker style of comics in the 90s, but it's still fun. The continuation of the overarching story involving the Four is well-developed, with the revelation of the identity of the Fourth Man proving to be unexpected, while still making perfect sense.

But I think my favorite part of this volume was the rather straight-forward retelling of the Superman, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman stories. Yes, on the one hand, they're almost exactly the same as the usual DC canon, but by changing slight details, Ellis manages to remind us of just how alien these all-American heroes really are.

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