For twenty years, Hong Kong residents have told stories of a cop who came back from the dead to bring justice--and vengeance--to the streets of his city. Now, after a verified sighting of the spectral policeman with thundering guns, Planetary comes calling, looking to disprove what they feel must be an urban legend. They come looking for a lie, but what they find is something very different.
Ghost cops, ancient archaeology and a mystery turned deadly in the middle of Hong Kong? What better way to continue the surprisingly adept series, Planetary, in its third issue! With yet another one-shot style issue, the series keeps up it’s momentum for a story that is both riveting and visually stunning.
Sure, Elijah and Jakita are strong characters, and maybe The Drummer just hasn’t had enough time to develop as a character yet, but the world building that is happening is just incredible in this third issue. Planetary #3 takes a dark yet mystical turn featuring a ghost cursed to roam the streets until another is betrayed and can take his place. This leads the Planetary team to some remarkable discoveries, but none as important as the revelation of nature’s inclinations.
For three issues now, this series has ended on a note that inspires both personal reflection and interpretation. The story of Hong Kong’s ghost cop is certainly something we have seen before, but it’s packaged and presented in a way that feels uniquely fresh. As we start to unravel this mystery, there is an inherent inevitability happening akin to what we see in Mignola’s work dealing with the forces of existence. It’s a ghost story on its surface, but the team uncovers so much more in Planetary #3 and ends with a stark look at the reality of what lays before each one of us.
The visuals are the true strength of this issue though. From the ghost of Chi-Wai to the emergence of the archaeological monolith that can only be described as god, we are treated to artwork that is just incredible. The power of the emotion in character depictions helps to sell the story, but like I said before, it’s the world building that makes the series special. Visuals like this help to craft a living, breathing and dynamic world that begs your attention and keeps you coming back for more.
Ultimately, Planetary #3 is an excellent read. This series is certainly a lot of fun, but there is an underlying emotional core that pushes the story to new depths. There is a lot to dig into, even in these one-shot issues, because of both the character development and the world they inhabit. The mission might be broad, but their adventures so far have been epic and I can’t wait to see what’s next.
It's a ghost story on its surface, but there is so much more to uncover in Planetary #3, a visually spectacular issue that ends with a stark look at the reality of exactly what lies before each one of us.
Planetary #3: There’s Just Us
Writing - 9/109/10
Storyline - 9/109/10
Art - 9.5/109.5/10
Color - 9/109/10
Cover Art - 8.5/108.5/10
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