Crossing Worlds

Author: Warren Ellis
Artists: Various
Titan Books
RRP 10.99
ISBN 1 84023 854 2
Available 21 May 2004

From the twisted and endlessly-innovative mind of award-winning writer Warren Ellis comes Planetary, a mysterious organisation endlessly probing and dissecting the secret history of Earth...

In Crossing Worlds, Planetary probe a little too far, tearing the very fabric of reality and finding themselves in alternate universes. This collection features three very distinct tales where Planetary encounter jackbooted metahumans The Authority; a twisted incarnation of fabled superteam JLA; and various versions of the Dark Knight himself, Batman.

All three stories are enjoyable, but it was the third tale, Night on Earth, that really had me smiling. I loved Ellis's take on Batman - in this universe Dick Grayson and the Joker work together on the side of the law. Add to Ellis's fantastic script the beautiful illustrations of John Cassaday and you have a winning combination.

The other two stories, illustrated by Phil Jimenez and Jerry Ordway, are well above average tales and all three are easy to dip into - so you don't even really need to be that familiar with the history of Planetary.

If you are looking for something a little different, with tongue firmly in cheek, then this could be just the comic you need.

Nick Smithson

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