The PLANETARY preview you may have missed

Planetary 27-1
Speaking of Warren Ellis…Don’t! It’s been three years….can we stand the last two months of waiting time?

Comments

  1. Like every Planetary enthusiast, I’ll be reading my trades and floppies before this excellent series comes to a bitter-sweet end. A perennial favorite.

  2. Jimvanhise says:

    I never cared for Planetary as it was the first of many comics I read which had no captions or thought balloons, and thus the characters had no internal lives. They were what they spoke and we either believed them or didn’t. It seemed a lazy way to tell a story.

  3. “thus the characters had no internal lives…seemed a lazy way to tell a story. “

    Sometimes the art doesn’t need the backup. In a good comic, with strong synergy between the creators, you don’t always need to rely on the text to get the subtext.

    I mean, I see where you’re coming from – there are people who eschew sound effects as a hard and fast rule, when really they ought to be much more flexible about it (Ennis) – but the bit in Planetary 12 when Snow reaches out and lifts a lock of Jakita’s hair off her shoulder says just as much (almost as much) as (picking my favrit) any end-of-the-bed handwringer panel from the Lee/Ditko Spider-Man ever did.

    Less is more, is what I’m getting at, HE SAID IN FULL AWARENESS OF THE IRONY.

    //Oo/\

  4. Micah says:

    This is the best series of all time. I felt like I was cheating when I read the preview. And all of my nervousness about the characterization disappearing after 3 years is unfounded. I got the goosebumps all over again.

    What would be really interesting is to farm out some Planetary one-shots to Ellis-approved writers to tell some more backstories. We never got the issue regarding John Stone on the Nautilus in the 60′s!

  5. “had no captions or thought balloons, and thus the characters had no internal lives”

    You must find movies and plays rather unsatisfying. And real life, possibly quite frustrating.

  6. Synsidar says:

    You must find movies and plays rather unsatisfying. And real life, possibly quite frustrating.

    You seem to be assuming that when a story tells you nothing about a character’s thoughts or inner self generally, that it’s just a case of a writer choosing to use a particular point of view. That’s often not the case. Rather, thought balloons as a means of introspection and narration are considered old-fashioned. Compare dialogue-only stories to stories using the same characters, written decades ago; the current stories are, stylistically, inferior. Bendis can’t serve as an example of dialogue-only writers generally, given his lack of skills, but in MIGHTY AVENGERS, he tried to use thought balloons, with disastrous results. He had nothing to say about the characters; he only has them say things.

    SRS

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