Jeff Jensen
March 24, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST

Planetary

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
John Cassaday, Warren Ellis
publisher
Wildstorm
genre
Fiction, Comic Books/Graphic Novels

We gave it an A

Our world has a strange and strangely suppressed history, of gods and monsters, pulp heroes and interstellar villains. Now that secret history is being brought to light in Planetary by a trio of kick-ass archaeologists, with superpowers and awful secrets of their own. Warren Ellis (a 1999 EW It Lister for Transmetropolitan) lets his mythic mystery unspool slowly, with individual stories encoded with sharp genre satire and a transcendent, prescient Big Point: Strip the nostalgic goo off the 20th century, folks, it’s time for some sober reassessment. Kudos, too, for John Cassaday’s crisp, cinematic layouts and irresistible covers. Call it The X-Files in tights — but also call Planetary provocative, eminently addictive, and top of its class. A

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