Planetary Fourth Man

Planetary Fourth Man

by Warren Ellis


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This second PLANETARY collection focuses on the team's mysterious benefactor, the "Fourth Man." After paying their final respects to a British occultist with ties to their group, Elijah Snow, Jakita Wagner, and The Drummer continue their super-human archeological studies as they visit a hidden government compound full of radioactive human guinea pigs, discover a fictional construct that has been made real and learn of a malevolent group known simply as "The Four." As these investigations take place, Elijah begins to learn some truths about both the Fourth Man's identity as well as his own hidden past. Featuring an introduction by Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator, Joss Whedon!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781563897641
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 12/28/2001
Series: Planetary Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.61(w) x 10.17(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author

Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of Transmetropolitan, Planetary, The Authority, and the writer and co-creator of the graphic novel RED, which was the basis of two major motion pictures.   He is also the author of the NYT-bestselling novels Gun Machine and Crooked Little Vein.  His newest publication is the digital short-story single Dead Pig Collector, from FSG Originals.

His awards and recognitions include the NUIG Literary and Debating Society’s President’s Medal for service to freedom of speech, the Eagle Awards Roll Of Honour for lifetime achievement in the field of comics & graphic novels, the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire 2010, the Sidewise Award for Alternate History, and the International Horror Guild Award for illustrated narrative.

Ellis lives outside London, on the south-east coast of England, in case he needs to make a quick getaway.

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Planetary Fourth Man 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
NoirSeanF on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book2, wonderful read,Most intriguing story here is "Planet Fiction".
ragwaine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This held up to the earlier Planetary episodes but was sometimes frustrating in it's "mysteriousness". There's a great issue which is a kind of what-if homage to a couple DC heroes who are not actually named. It's so creepy that I can't stop thinking about it. It's rare that I read something that powerful. I'm very interested in where this is story is going and can't wait to get the 3rd installment.
bragan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second collection of comics featuring Planetary, a team of "mystery archeologists" on a mission to investigate "the secret history of the world." My opinion on the first volume was that I liked the concept, loved the artwork, found the characters potentially interesting, and enjoyed the way it played around with pop culture tropes, but thought the stories were far too slight, making the whole thing a little disappointing. Well, I do not have that problem with this volume. The first two chapters here do have much the same kind of structure as the stories in the first collection, but they seemed more satisfying to me, as they managed to successfully give the impression of offering windows into a much wider world. A weird, wonderful, horrible, and fascinating world. And then things suddenly get very, very dense, to the extent that I don't think I understood half of what was going on. But that's OK; I don't think I'm entirely supposed to yet, and if I'm confused, I'm also intrigued. And if I liked the way the first installment played around with the pop culture tropes... Well, this one delights in taking comics and B-movies and pulp fiction and all kinds of other familiar stories and not just playing around with them but warping and distorting them like taffy into freakish and often darkly humorous shapes.At this point, I have absolutely no idea what to make of it all, or whether any of it will make sense in the end. But I do know I want to see more of it.
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Planetary is an exploration of comics, superheros, and pop culture in general. Ellis takes ideas that have been floating around in our cultural unconsious and turns them inside out. He gives us smart and sophisticated redifinitions of such as the Fantastic Four, The Matrix, James Bond, and Vertigo comics. His plots set up intriguing mysteries and subtly dileniates characters. In other words not your mother's comic book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Planetary is one of the best examples of the industry standard when it comes to well crafted writing meshed with excellent illustration. Classical sensibilities mixed with modern realism and brief splashes of smartass humor; Planetary sets the bar for what modern storytelling should be.