Keeping the World Strange: A Planetary Guide

In this book you will find different interpretations of different themes found in Planetary. This book has many contributors from the comic book world. Each will have different takes on the comic book, its writer, Warren Ellis’ philosophies, and everything in between.

If you’ve read Planetary then you know what a great read it is; but if you have not read it you should borrow from a friend or pick up the trade. This comic book is worth a look. Anyways, we’ll get back to Planetary in another time. As for Keeping the World Strange: A Planetary Guide, there are 11 different contributors for this book. I will give a brief description of each. I will talk about two articles/essays that really caught my eye and had me reading. Heck, it even had me do some research just to make sure. Lol.

The first is done by Kevin Thurman; he explores the “snowflake” theory that Warren Ellis uses as to describe a multiverse.  This was a well made article/essay. Lots of time and research must have been done.

The second is done by Timothy Callahan; here he covered the correlation between Planetary and Vertigo Comics.  This was an interesting look in to the history of Vertigo comics. It goes through major players in the comic book game. I found this to pique the historian side of me.

After reading both of these and the others it made me pick up the book again. All in all this book is worth the read if you are a big Planetary fan. A fair warning to those that think this is a graphic novel. It is not, it is a collection of articles/essays.

Before I go I would like to thank the people of SequArt for allowing me the pleasure of reading this. During the year of 2011 they are proclaiming it “The Year of Warren Ellis”. They will be releasing two books covering works done by Warren Ellis, one of which is this, and they will also be releasing a movie documentary of Warren Ellis. If you would like to find out more please go to the link below.

Finally, I would like to close with a section in the introduction page. If this does not get you to read either books, I don’t know what will.

               Planetary is a book that is at once both powerfully dense and wonderfully accessible. Everything is familiar yet new. It can be a gateway for new readers and a reward for old-timers, and this is largely due to the narrative hook: super-hero archaeologists search for meaning into the past

                              —From Introduction by Cody Walker


Grade: B


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