Planetary/Authority: Ruling The World
This is a really interesting exercise in how different in style these two books are to each other. It's not wholly successful in meshing those two styles, but it throws up some cool moments and sets up an uneasy relationship between the two teams.
Maybe it's because I'm reading it as part of the Planetary reread, but this definitely feels more like a Planetary issue guest-starring the Authority than the other way around. Yes, we get a lot of the Authority's characteristic Widescreen Action (TM), but it feels like we largely see things from Planetary's point of view.
Plus, I wonder whether there's really enough information here for a hypothetical Authority reader who hasn't read Planetary to 'get' stuff like the significance of the Adirondacks location and how it ties into the plot here.
Weirdly though, it feels more satisfying a story on the Authority level of big action and spectacle (and political/moral concerns) than it does as a Planetary story. I think that's partly due to the issue's ending, which again feels like those very early issues of Planetary where a lot of setup leaves too little room for a really satisfying resolution, so you're left with a quick wrap-up, a glib exchange between two characters, and then that's it.
But it still feels as though it does both teams justice, even though there's a sense of unfinished business between them at the end (not least because, of course, this is quite famously a non-crossover crossover issue in which the two teams never actually meet, even though they're shown to be aware of each other and operating in the same areas). Unless you count that great teasing single page of Elijah Snow and Jenny Sparks' shared history...
Also, the art is really good throughout. Following in the footsteps of both Cassaday and Bryan Hitch is a big task, but Jimenez pulls it off with style. I love some of his creature designs - there's a touch of the JLA fighting Starro in the opening battle with the giant squid - and the characters and locations all look recognisably on-model to the point where the transition isn't jarring. I particularly like his take on The Carrier, and the alternate reptilian Authority are very cool (as are the hints that that team make a habit of killing Planetary teams throughout the multiverse).
It's maybe worth ending with a contemporary quote from Ellis on his hopes and goals for the issue, to get a sense of what he was aiming to achieve with it.
I'd say he pulled it off.