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The Authority : Relentless Paperback – 23 Jun 2000

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (23 Jun. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840231947
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840231946
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 16.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"What If?" tales are commonplace in comics, but the idea of what would happen if superheroes accorded to themselves the rights of a "higher moral authority" is a corker. A potent cocktail of JLA-style super-heroics, Transmetropolitan's hard-edged cynicism and the visceral intensity of Preacher, rest assured that Warren Ellis's superlative The Authority: Relentless rocks. Hard. While The JLA strove to make the world a safer place, The Authority is a superhero group with an altogether harsher agenda. They will make the world a better place--whether you like it or not. Threats are dealt with with terminal prejudice as they pursue their perception of Utopia with a vengeful zeal and barely disguised fascistic undertones.

Headquartered in a 50-mile long, 35-mile high sentient spaceship existing between realities, the heroes of The Authority reflect the JLA's eclectic membership and sharp chemistry, with Ellis making no attempt to hide his re-stylings (Apollo and The Midnighter are clearly Superman and Batman). However, The Authority is about an attitude, expertly reflected in the group's sardonic British leader, the electricity-harnessing Jenny Sparks. Comprising the first eight issues, The Authority: Relentlesssquares off against a Fu-Manchu-like dictator whose army of superhuman clones are destroying cities and face an invasion from a Great Britain of an alternate Earth. The action, like the pace, is truly relentless, punctuated with vicious violence and an uncompromising attitude. Make no mistake though, this is bold, striking and confrontational, with Ellis taking superhero conventions and remoulding them with the verve and execution of Alan Moore, yet ramping up the expected action to frenzied levels. Hitch and Neary's art is breathtaking, no more so than when fleets of warships erupt from a parallel Earth. The Authority: Relentless is both clever and stunning--invigorating proof that superhero comics are nowhere near finished. --Danny Graydon


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My superhero comics collection stopped in 1988. Until, that is, enough people raved about The Authority on internet forums I visit and I bought this book, which collects the first 8 issues. The team of seven characters all have their own personalities and very different powers, and they set themselves the goal of making the world a better place no matter who gets in the way. One distinctive feature of the series is the power level - they work at a BIG scale (e.g. destroying a country to stamp out an... unpleasant regime), and the threats that they face are of similar scale. The destruction wrought by both sides is astonishing, and the nameless ordinary people like you and me die by hundreds and thousands. This is a very dangerous world to be living in (it's clearly not our own, as the technology is way ahead of what we have). There are occasional gory moments and adult themes, and I wouldn't give the book to a young child. The artwork is brilliant, using depth of colour and big panels (e.g. the Carrier floating through strange universes, or "400 flying b*****ds" over Los Angeles) for dramatic effect. Afterwards I just had to buy the four Stormwatch trade paperbacks to see where it all came from - and they're great too! The second authority collection is out now, and that continues the standard (though I don't really like Quitely's art.) My wallet is not happy - but I am.
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From the ashes of "Stormwatch" comes The Authority. A cracking tale of cross dimensional wars and alternate world history,with wry humour and great artwork. This collects 1-8 of the monthly comic and really grabs you from the outset as Moscow is attacked by an army of flying men with laser eyes. The superhero team,The Authority,are soon on the case and each member is introduced,showcasing their particular skill. The story develops and you learn more about Jenny Sparks,the leader of the team in the second half of the book. Throughout the book, the story and artwork are excellent and if I've got one gripe,its only that I want to know more about the team and their history.Guess I'll have to get the Stormwatch graphic novels! If you like your superheroes funny,mysterious and violent then this is for you!
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This book, released in 1999, marked one of the turning points in Comic’s history. The advent of “Widescreen” comics with bigger panels and a more cinematic vocabulary influenced everything from Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men to Mark Millar’s The Ultimates.

Ellis resurrects some of his ideas and characters from the Stormwatch Universe and gives them a shove into the world of politics. Unlike the traditional superhero role of restoring the status quo these unusual people decide to use their powers to affect change.
There are two stories here. The first four issue block has to introduce us to our extensive cast, the world today and the current villain; as well as hosting a globe spanning explosive action sequence. It actually does this very well although mostly through dialogue rather than more elegant methods.

The second arc appears to be another world-shattering invasion but this time from an unusual parallel world. A lot of creativity is at play here and there is a very Alan Moore feel to the magical-realism of the setting. The ending of this part shows you just how vast the scope of The Authority’s power and dominion is.

The art is a real treat. Most panels are page wide and there are more splash pages than you have ever seen before. This bigger canvas really injects a movielike experience and makes the danger and scale seem more tangible. Something reinforced by the global nature of the storyline. Brian Hitch does a great job of selecting viewpoints that draw you into the action or making the characters look right at you to unnerving effect. The colours are also superb alternating between subdued, limited tones and bombastic riots of colour at exactly the right moment. The digital trickery is covert with just the right amount of influence.
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I haven't enjoyed reading a graphic novel as much as I did this for some time.
Jaded a little by DC's regular output? The Authority will refresh you - good characters, strong plt, great art.
Thank you Mr Ellis!
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