Updated on 16 October, 2021
Planetary is an American sci-fi comic book series developed by writer Warren Ellis and graphic designer John Cassaday and published by DC comics. The series ran for 27 comics between April 1999 to October 2021, after an initial teaser issue in September. The main characters are the teenage girl called Xenia, a human girl who has a strange psionic power that allows her to manipulate time, among other things. Other notable characters include Jake O'Brien, a paraplegic; Rufus Choque, a Native American; Dyson, a robot; and Telengard, a immortal.
The series was brought to an abrupt halt after the third issue, when the line was given to the cancellation of the comic book project altogether. In the event, no further action will take place. However, Ellis has stated that there are a number of potential plot developments within the pages of the series for a possible fourth issue. In an interview with the Hollywood Trade Journal, Ellis talked about the possibility of a fourth issue, which took place in the "upcoming" comic book.
The first issue of Planetary Comic depicted the main characters, including Xenia, in the field. John Stone was a new character, who has the ability to regenerate himself. According to Ellis, he was the original pilot, who was rejected several times by DC comics for being too Human, too much like a human in that he lacked a clear distinction between his personality and that of Xenia. He was rejected for the fourth and final issue of Planetary, and after that, was not heard from again.
John Stone is, however, one of the most important supporting characters of the series. His death is marked by a cover of the series, in which the image of a young John Stone stands alongside a gravestone bearing his name. It is possible that this was the first read of the character, as he may have appeared in the first official teaser, which showed the entire field team of the Planetary comic book assembled, along with John's face. The writers also included a short story by David Michael Slater, who is an artist who has worked on projects such as Batman: Hush, the X-Men and Dark Knight Returns.
Although not directly appearing in the first issues of the series, the character of Sandman is mentioned in the second issue. In this issue, the character is mentioned as being an inhabitant of the planet Mars. It is possible that this was either meant to be a foreshadowing or a subtle reference to the fact that the character actually does appear on the red planet. Also, a future issue of the Planetary Comic would feature an alien named Wormy, who was an ally of Johnstone's in the first issues. Wormy is called by this name in the future issues.
A new character, a female version of the original Sandman, makes an appearance in the third issue. This lady is called Medusa and she has been featured in all the Planetary Comics so far. Her powers seem to be similar to that of Sandman's in that she can manipulate reality through telekinesis and use physical objects. The only major difference between her and Sandman is that she is not an alien. She is portrayed as a human female, which explains why her powers are limited like that of the latter.
The fourth and final issue of the first volume of the Planetary Comic has been promised for a future release. In this issue, the characters from the first few issues are introduced. There is also a guest star by Christian Bale, who is supposed to be the perfect villain for the role.
This new take on the classic tale is a welcome change for many readers. It is different from the comic book mythology and it introduces some new and interesting characters. The first issue of Planetary Comic promises to be a solid start to a series that will entertain readers for quite some time. It has already proven itself to be a successful miniseries.