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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 203

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at the amazing meeting between Batman and the Planetary team in Planetary/Batman: Night on Earth.


First off, how bold is it to put Planetary’s name first in the title? I like it.

In any event, this one-shot crossover issue was done by the regular Planetary creative team of Warren Ellis and John Cassaday.

Planetary are effectively inter-dimensional archeologists. They are the ones who get called it when really weird stuff goes down (and pretty much always, the “weird stuff” will parallel an actual pop culture character, like Lone Ranger, Doc Savage, John Constantine, etc.).

So in this story, they’re called to Gotham City to investigate a superpowered fellow who is causing some damage – he is messing with reality itself.

Elijah Snow (a guy who can make things cold and one of the three members of Planetary – the other two are the enhanced strength Jakita Wagner and the reality “tuner,” the Drummer) recognizes the effect – it’s something he saw in 1986 – realities collapsing on each other…

Of course, he’s making reference to the Crisis on Infinite Earths, which ended with Earths “combining.”

So they track the guy, John Black, down. He’s pretty messed up (drugs and childhood trauma), so he’s been altering reality almost without knowing. And when they find him, he alters reality and suddenly they’re not in THEIR Gotham City, they are now in you-know-who’s Gotham City…

And he, naturally, wants the suspect himself. Jakita goes to deal with him, but she is surprised to learn that, well, this is Batman she’s talking trash to…

After an elaborate and awesome fight, Black changes reality once again…

After some more amusing changes, Black makes what seems to be a fatal move – changing Batman to old school “shoot to kill” Batman…

And what happens next, well, you should go pick up the book, people! It’s collected into a trade with all the other Planetary crossover issues (including the particularly awesome JLA one)!!! Go get it!


As an aside, the comic book speculation market of the early 1990s has totally ruined the number 201 for me

And apparently it has continued to bother you through number 203 as well.

whoa…i think Thok just got shifted a day into the future…stay calm…

And apparently it has continued to bother you through number 203 as well.

Ha! How come no one noticed it on yesterday’s piece?

Ha! How come no one noticed it on yesterday’s piece?

Obviously, everybody was so enthused by Beta Ray Bill that they didn’t read the intro.

i liked how the crossover showed that there are some characters who do not buy batman menacing personality. plus love the scene where jacusta is dealing with the adam west version from the tv show and gets hit by the bat repellant.

Actually, i noticed. I just never comment.

And, yes, i see the irony in taking credit after teh fact.

Best Batman story of the decade?


“Partial multiverse collapse” may be my favorite three words I’ve ever read in any comic. It explains just about anything.

After reading this I really, really wanted Ellis and Cassaday to do a run on Batman. I read recently the issue got a lot of online criticism at the time, but it’s maybe my favourite single issue from the last ten years.

I don’t recall it getting a lot of criticism.

What’s the criticism?

I don’t either, but I didn’t read it at the time so I figured I just hadn’t noticed. Here’s the link I was reading last night: http://home.earthlink.net/~rkkman/frames/summaries/SPB.htm
Just after the “Analysis,” is the relevant portion.

Great scene. Surprised Cassaday forgot to put the oval on the Adam West Batman since the rest of the West Batman seemed so accurately rendered but that’s a minor nitpick.

I’m also curious, what criticism? I remember it being universally liked when it was released…

If I’m remembering correctly, editorial made them color in the Adam West Batman’s eyes and remove the yellow oval from his chest symbol. That always stuck out and annoyed me (especially the eyes) but other than that, this was a really fun read.


Wow, horrible choices there by editorial. Glad to know it wasn’t Cassaday’s doing at least.

Indeed you can see Cassaday’s original here:

I suspect more than just editorial, someone in legal took exception to it using both Adam West’s likeness and a Batman costume design belonging to a TV show that has been in a legal quagmire for ages.

True, Graeme – in fact, as soon as I saw T’s post I thought, “Oooh…good idea for a legend!” :)

True, Graeme – in fact, as soon as I saw T’s post I thought, “Oooh…good idea for a legend!”

Not going to ask you to spill the beans and tell us the answer beforehand, but can you at least tell us if it’s something you already know the answer to or are you going to have to do further research on it?

Pete Woodhouse

July 23, 2010 at 2:10 pm

OK so in the above sequence, Batman #2 was Adam West, #3 was Miller /DKR, #4 was the original Kane Batman, so is #1 the modern version? (I haven’t read the issue)

The former, T.

so is #1 the modern version? (I haven’t read the issue)


Among the Batmen I didn’t show you were also the O’Neil/Adams Batman plus Ellis/Cassaday’s take on what the “ultimate” Batman would look like.

…awesome. There’s really nothing else to say.

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Just another superb issue of Planetary by Warren, John and Laura.

“Please tell me you’re single.”

It really doesn’t get much better than that.

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