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Planetary/JLA: Terra Occulta

Posted: Monday, September 16, 2002
By: Michael Deeley



Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Jerry Ordway

Publisher: DC Comics

Plot:
The world is controlled by the Planetary Organization, an enterprise controlled by four super-humans. Planetary has given the world great technologies, but only when they profit from them. Much of their technology came at the expense of other super-beings, peaceful aliens, and human lives. They control the world. And Bruce Wayne, Diana Prince, and Clark Kent are going to kill them.

Comments:
Fans of ‘Planetary’ should enjoy this book. There are references to ‘Planetary’ #6 and #10. Diana is dressed like her counterpart for issue #10. This “evil” Planetary is modeled after the Four, the main villains in “Planetary”. Besides that, we get the secrets of the universe uncovered through tireless investigation and the defeat of those who would keep the world ordinary.

The story moves at a fast pace, but doesn’t leave you behind. We get some typical Ellis story elements, including fantastic ideas explained in simple terms, and a sudden death that leaves you cold. Ordway’s art is in top form; very detailed, very rich. I’d compare it to George Perez and Phil Winslade. Overall, a fine, fine, work.

There are only two flaws. First, the lettering seems slightly crude. Perhaps I’ve been spoiled by computer-aided lettering. Second, there’s a major loose end regarding The Drummer. He’s seen spying on Diana, is mentioned in Bruce’s mission brief, then disappears from the story. Could be the beginning of a sequel. But given the story’s ending, I doubt it.

Final Word:
Another excellent work from Ellis. This should tide you over until the ‘Planetary’ series is up and running again.



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