Appearing in the 1st Story
- Time machine
Synopsis for the 1st Story
Following the conflict against The Four resolved and war with inter-dimensional alien conquerors averted, the Planetary organization harnessing the knowledge of Randall Dowling for the benefit of all mankind. Finished unearthing the mysteries of the 20th century, Planetary is now in the business of solving humanity's problems. As was promised by Elijah Snow, however, one vexing problem remains unsolved – the fate of Ambrose Chase. Planetary’s 'Third Man' who was shot and believed to have died. But, Elijah believe otherwise that Chase may have used his powers to stop time and delay his death.
Determined to save his friend at all costs, Elijah Snow urges The Drummer to open a file from Randall Dowling containing a schematic to a time machine; however, starting it could inevitably brings along with it an infinite number of story paradoxes and result in the collapse of reality.
The Planetary organization travels to England at the secret site of Dowling's failed experiment in bringing an individual from a fictional reality and the location of Ambrose's death. The Drummer and a research team comb the area to find a trace of Ambrose’s energy field, and found it and is still extant in the hallway where Ambrose fell. Drummer then leads the research team in constructing the time machine. After the machine is finish, the Drummer powers up his massive creation and Elijah Snow makes the decision to push the button himself. Rather than the end of the world, a series of time vortices open all around them, the side effect of the creation of the time machine, and each vortex emerges unique future versions of Elijah Snow, Jakita Wagner, and The Drummer. The time machine is about to break apart, however, but Jakita’s superhuman strength holds it together just long enough to pulls Ambrose Chase out of the bubble, as the med-teams run in to help him. From out of the time vortex comes another figure; a smiling Ambrose Chase. Who he thanks to Elijah for saving his life. The Planetary team gathers around their injured member, and Elijah assures the now stable Ambrose that the adventure is just beginning.
- This issue is collected in Planetary Vol. 4: Spacetime Archaeology.
- Elijah Snow mentions about the fate of the missing individual that came from a fictional world in Planetary #9, and clarifying that he may be "living in other stories now."
- This issue's cover ranked #47 on Complex.com's 50 best comic book covers of 2009.
- This issue contains a sneak preview to Victorian Undead #1.
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