It's 1933 and [Elijah] Snow floats down-river towards a golden city shrouded by the immense jungle, the fabled city of Opak-Re, an ancient city of lost science deep in Africa. He finds more than he bargained for, another myth from this green hell at the heart of the world: The Englishman raised by apes, now returned as lord of this dark domain. Elijah Snow meets Lord Stephen Blackstock, who became one of Axel Brass' comrades and died in the Adirondacks at the end of World War Two. After encountering this dashing figure, a man raised by animals, Snow meets a brilliant and harmonious people - and one of the great loves of his life.
That link has images of the first few pages, and a slightly longer blurb. If you're not reading Planetary, this might be a bit deep into a series-spanning arc to jump in. Luckily, there are trades of Planetary: All Over the World and Other Stories and Planetary: The Fourth Man available from the collection-friendly Wildstorm division of the DC Comics division of
AOL Time Warner. And, heh, clicking the AOL link in there, which points to www.aoltimewarner.com, redirects you to the latter, www.timewarner.com. Boy, they ain't waste no time. . .
In the meantime, the latest issue of the Christine-recommended New X-Men came out last week, and you might be able to find a copy. Stupid no-overprint policy.
I only post these things to annoy Jason. We all know that, right?
Update: I do thank Jason for reminding me about Two-Step, even if he did point out that Ellis will make you broke trying to keep up with his stuff.
It's going for a good cause, though.
Cigarettes and booze.
Oh, and I guess he feeds the kid from time to time.
Want to know more? From The X-Axis review:
Two-Step is another of Warren Ellis' oddball miniseries for WildStorm. It's an alternate London of 2001, and online cam-girl Rosi Blades is getting bored with her audience and her city. Until she stumbles upon zen gunman Tony Ling, who livens up her day tremendously.
This book reads like self-parody. The obsession with London. The chainsmoking lead male in a black suit and tie. The clever-clever internet-oriented mobile technology that Ellis bangs on about incessantly in his blog. The sci-fi pseudo-journalism. The cynical yet broad comedy.
No, really, it's a positive review.