Planetary #2 - The Fourth Man
(2001 [January 2002])

DC, 2000 Series
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Price
14.95 USD; 24.95 CAD
Pages
148
On-sale Date
2001-11-14
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
WildStorm Productions
Brand
WS [WildStorm]
ISBN
1-56389-764-4 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
761941228792 00111
Printer
Printed in Canada
Editing
John Layman

Issue Notes

Seventh printing available March 20, 2013 (per comiclist.com).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Planetary / cover / 2 pages (report information)

Script
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Pencils
John Cassaday (credited) (signed as JC)
Inks
John Cassaday (credited) (signed as JC)
Colors
Laura Martin (credited as Laura DePuy)
Letters
typeset

Genre
science fiction; superhero
Characters
Jakita Wagner; Elijah Snow; Drummer
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1)

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illustration / 1 page (report information)

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credits, title page / 2 pages (report information)

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Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Page contains title, artist credits, publisher's information, dedications and indicia.

Introduction by Joss Whedon (Table of Contents: 4)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script
Joss Whedon (credited)
Pencils
John Cassaday (illustration)
Inks
John Cassaday (illustration)
Colors
Laura Martin (illustration)
Letters
typeset

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

Planetary / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
John Cassaday (credited) (signed as JC)
Inks
John Cassaday (credited) (signed as JC)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
science fiction; superhero
Characters
Jack Carter
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Indexer Notes

This cover is a homage to Dave McKean's Hellblazer covers from the late 1980s.

To Be in England, in the Summertime (Table of Contents: 6)

Planetary / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
Warren Ellis (credited)
Pencils
John Cassaday (credited)
Inks
John Cassaday (credited)
Colors
David Baron (credited)
Letters
Ryan Cline (credited)

Genre
science fiction; superhero
Characters
Planetary [Elijah Snow; Jakita Wagner; the Drummer]; Jack Carter; the modern Herod; an unnamed superhero; unnamed mourners
Synopsis
Planetary attends the funeral of Jack Carter, a 1980s major magic user and one of Jakita's former lovers.
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Indexer Notes

Credits include "with thanks to Laura DePuy."

The attendees at the funeral are homages to the 1980s DC Vertigo line. They include: the Sandman, Death, Black Orchid, Animal Man, The Writer (Grant Morrison), Swamp Thing, the Demon, the Doom Patrol, the Metal Men (not a Vertigo book), the Ragman, Shade, the Changing Man, and other unidentified mourners. Jack Carter is also a homage to John Constantine, another DC Vertigo character.

The Day the World Turned Slower (Table of Contents: 7)

Planetary / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
John Cassaday (credited) (signed as JC)
Inks
John Cassaday (credited) (signed as JC)
Colors
Laura Martin (credited as Laura DePuy)
Letters
typeset

Genre
science fiction; superhero
Synopsis
Giant insects, giant and normal-sized humans, aliens, robots and flying saucers.
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Indexer Notes

The cover resembles a movie poster, including the credits.

The Day the World Turned Slower (Table of Contents: 8)

Planetary / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
Warren Ellis (credited)
Pencils
John Cassaday (credited)
Inks
John Cassaday (credited)
Colors
Laura Martin (credited as Laura DePuy)
Letters
Ryan Cline (credited)

Genre
science fiction; superhero
Characters
Planetary [Elijah Snow; Jakita Wagner; the Drummer]; Allison; Randall Dowling (cameo-flashback); Anna Hark (cameo-flashback)
Synopsis
Planetary is contacted by a woman named Allison, who relates to them the horrors of Science City Zero. City Zero was an experimental base where people disappeared during the height of the “Red Scare” and were subjected to scientific tortures designed to test the limits of the human body.
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Indexer Notes

Credits include "with special thanks to Wendy Fouts."

Some of the monsters and mutated humans are reminiscent of the B-Grade science fiction movies of the 1950s and 1960s.

Planet Fiction (Table of Contents: 9)

Planetary / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
John Cassaday (credited) (signed as JC)
Inks
John Cassaday (credited) (signed as JC)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction; superhero
Characters
Planetary [Ambrose Chase; Jakita Wagner; the Drummer]
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Planet Fiction (Table of Contents: 10)

Planetary / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
Warren Ellis (credited)
Pencils
John Cassaday (credited)
Inks
John Cassaday (credited)
Colors
David Baron (credited)
Letters
Michael Heisler (credited as Mike Heisler)

Genre
science fiction; superhero
Characters
Planetary [Ambrose Chase (death); Jakita Wagner; the Drummer]; Mr. Devis; Miss Bourke
Synopsis
Planetary follows the recovery of a rocket that crash-lands in Norfolk England in 1997 from a fictional universe. Three astronauts left in the rocket, but four came back. The fourth kills the other astronauts before escaping into Planetary's world.
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Indexer Notes

Dedication: "For Grant Morrison". This story takes place before Elijah Snow joined the team.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11)

Planetary / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
John Cassaday (credited)
Inks
John Cassaday (credited)
Colors
Laura Martin (credited as Laura DePuy)

Genre
science fiction; superhero
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Magic and Loss (Table of Contents: 12)

Planetary / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
Warren Ellis (credited)
Pencils
John Cassaday (credited)
Inks
John Cassaday (credited)
Colors
Laura Martin (credited as Laura DePuy); David Baron (credited)
Letters
Ryan Cline (credited)

Genre
science fiction; superhero
Characters
Elijah Snow; the Planetary clean-up team; 2 unnamed aliens from a doomed planet; another alien, a member of a legion of alien policemen; a mother and her grown daughter from a hidden civilization on Earth; William Leather; Randall Dowling
Synopsis
As the Planetary clean-up team gathers various items from the Four Voyagers Plaza, Elijah looks at 3 artifacts and wonders about their history. The artifacts are a blanket with alien symbols on it, a pair of golden wrist bands, and a blue, alien lantern. The owners of the artifacts were killed by the Four.
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Indexer Notes

The three artifacts and their history are reminiscent of Superman (the blanket); Wonder Woman (the bracelets), and Green Lantern [Hal Jordan] (the lantern).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13)

Planetary / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
John Cassaday (credited) (signed as JC)
Inks
John Cassaday (credited) (signed as JC)
Colors
Laura Martin (credited as Laura DePuy)

Genre
science fiction; superhero
Characters
Elijah Snow; Jakita Wagner; the Drummer; John Stone
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Cold World (Table of Contents: 14)

Planetary / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
Warren Ellis (credited)
Pencils
John Cassaday (credited)
Inks
John Cassaday (credited)
Colors
Laura Martin (credited as Laura DePuy)
Letters
Bill O'Neil (credited)

Genre
science fiction; superhero
Characters
John Stone; Bride; Elijah Snow
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 15)

Planetary / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
John Cassaday (credited)
Inks
John Cassaday (credited)
Colors
?

Genre
science fiction; superhero
Characters
Elijah Snow
Synopsis
Elijah Snow opaquely over various covers and interior pages of the previous 11 issues.
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Memory Cloud (Table of Contents: 16)

Planetary / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
Warren Ellis (credited)
Pencils
John Cassaday (credited)
Inks
John Cassaday (credited)
Colors
Laura Martin (credited as Laura DePuy)
Letters
Bill O'Neil (credited)

Genre
science fiction; superhero
Characters
Planetary [Elijah Snow; Jakita Wagner; the Drummer]; Sherlock Holmes (cameo-flashback); Randall Dowling (cameo-flashback)
Synopsis
As Elijah deals with his apparent memory loss with Jakita and the Drummer, the identity of the Fourth Man is revealed.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17)

text article / 1 page (report information)

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Inks
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Colors
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Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Biographies of Warren Ellis. John Cassaday, Laura DePuy, and David Baron.

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promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Planetary
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
  5. 4. Introduction by Joss Whedon
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Planetary
  7. 6. To Be in England, in the Summertime
    Planetary
  8. 7. The Day the World Turned Slower
    Planetary
  9. 8. The Day the World Turned Slower
    Planetary
  10. 9. Planet Fiction
    Planetary
  11. 10. Planet Fiction
    Planetary
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Planetary
  13. 12. Magic and Loss
    Planetary
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Planetary
  15. 14. Cold World
    Planetary
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Planetary
  17. 16. Memory Cloud
    Planetary
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
  19. 18. ["Look for these other great books from WildStorm and DC:"]
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
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