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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 321

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we begin a two-part look at the Planetary/Batman: Night on Earth one-shot, by writer Warren Ellis and artist John Cassaday.

The gist of the story is that a superpowered fellow is pretty messed up (drugs and some childhood trauma), so when his universe re-writing powers kick in, well, it does not go well, and people are starting to die if they’re too close to him.

So Elijah Snow, Jakita Wagner and The Drummer go to Gotham City to investigate (All the history re-writing energy is seriously messing up the Drummer’s head).

Batman shows up, naturally, and he wants control over the suspect. He and Jakita fight, but soon, some history re-writing kicks in…

Awesomely handled all around.

I think “the” moment is probably the Female-Villain-Repellent Spray.


The best Batman story this decade, in any medium.

Brilliant moment! Will this be in the Absolute edition?

I just love how, even when he’s the ridiculous television show Batman, he still can’t be stopped!!!!!! He’s the GODDAMN BATMAN!!!!!!

Neat. I take the “tank” moment to mean he’s been turned into the DKR version. Did any other neat incarnations of Batman show up in this story?

A couple more, Adam.

I love, love, love, love Planetary. I’ve read all the TBP’s out there (3 to date I think) as well as the recent final issue, but I’ve missed all of the issues between. Was this a part of their regular continuity or was this some kind of one-shot crossover? I have to get it no matter what.

Only Planetary could pull off such a unique treatment Batman and still maintain Batman’s baddassery w/o it being at the expense of the Team. I love it and I have to have me more of it!

I’d love to see Planetary do similar treatments of other heros (Supes, Spidey, hell – even Deadpool) but I know we’ll never see it. Besides, the deal with “versions” of most of the mainstream superheroes through the course of the regular series anyway.

Still – this one’s a nice treat.

Oh, I missed at the beginnign that this is a two-part “Cool Moment.” More bat-goodness tomorrow!

Two cool moments here…

One: “Bat-Apologies”

Two: “From this position there are nine ways to take you down. … Six of them kill you outright”

Warren Ellis tapping in perfectly to Adam West and Frank Miller Bat-Verses…

I also hope this gets included in Absolute Planetary Vol. 2…

i would also go whtere Elijah is facing down the dark knight returns bats and then the batmobile runs over the suspect. not to mention the batman with the bat replent looks a lot like Adam west from the tv series

“Bat-apologies?!?” tsk tsk, The Goddamn Batman would NEVER apologize!!

I’ve seen the DC listings for the Absolute Planetary vol. one and two, and does not appear to include: Planetary/Batman: Night On Earth, Planetary/Authority one-shot, and the Planetary/JLA: Terra Obscurra one-shot.

However, I believe there’s a tpb reprinting the above: Planetary: Crossing Worlds.

That’s cute.

The Drummer always gets the best lines.

“Bat-Female-Villain-Repellent?” It’s just Axe.

I’d say there were two more great moments from before this:

1) the picture of three people melded together, with the explanation of a “partial multiverse collapse” in 1985 — hey, that’s Crisis on Infinite Earths!

2) Jakita, upon seeing Batman for the first time in his outfit dishing out justice: “Tell me you’re single.”

Tomorrow’s installment better have some purple gloves on…

Ellis is so good at aping other interpretations of The Goddamn Batman that it makes me VERY curious as to what his own interpretation of the character might be like…

@ed: Planetary did deal with Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman in the Planetary/JLA one-shot. That’s collected together with this one, and a Planetary/Authority one-shot, in the Crossing Worlds TPB: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Planetary-Crossing-Worlds-Warren-Ellis/dp/1840238542

@fanboy d: Ellis’s “straight” version of Batman can be found in the JLA story: New Maps of Hell: http://www.amazon.co.uk/JLA-Classified-New-Maps-Hell/dp/1845762509/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1258561703&sr=1-8

Zero hour.

I recall that one of the issues in that crossover showed earlier incantations of Batman. That included Miller’s DKR, Neal Adams (complete with the hand pose) and I think one form Bob Kane.

It would have been even better if DC editorial hadn’t forced Cassaday to slightly alter the Adam West Batman who looked even more like Adam West (yellow oval around the bat, actual eyes in the cowl) when it was originally drawn

He still did a good job of evoking Adam West’s lack of six pack abs. I got who it was right off :-)

Two words….I WANT!

It would have been even better if DC editorial hadn’t forced Cassaday to slightly alter the Adam West Batman who looked even more like Adam West (yellow oval around the bat, actual eyes in the cowl) when it was originally drawn

Any idea why they made him change it?

You missed ‘Tell me you’re single’. It was the best line in the issue!

The moment for me is when Snow turned around and found himself face to face with the Dark Knight.

“Tell me you’re single.” was flat out brilliant.

When Adam West turns into DKR is the moment for me. that “oops” is priceless.

I agree with Greg, absolutely hilarious that even Adam West batman can’t be stopped. lol.

The problem with the “single” line is that to get it in, I’d really have to do three days of moments, and I thought that that was a bit much.

Well, I don’t know what tomorrow’s moment is, but “tell me you’re single” has a pretty amusing callback at the end of the issue. I think it’s actually a bit more fun than the line itself, so there’s a chance everyone will still be happy. And by everyone, I mean me. ;)

Pretty much every line out of Adam West Batman’s mouth is gold here. And the Drummer’s line.

The whole thing is one big moment. Bugga one or two more days how about a page a day for the remaining 44 days or is that too much to ask? :)

John Cassaday should get a lot of credit for such great versions of Batman.

Brian, was the first version of Batman the one that was appearing at the time?

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