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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!
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