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The Authority: Revolution Bk. 2 Paperback – 21 Apr 2006

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (21 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845762517
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845762513
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 25.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,443,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* "Fantastic. Do yourself a favour and check it all out." - Jockey Slut * "About as much malevolent fun as a superhero book can be." - SFX Best Ever"

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Ed Brubaker is best known for his award-winning reimagination of the Catwoman series, and has also worked on Batman and Deadenders, as well as the acclaimed Sleeper and Lowlife. Dustin Nguyen pencilled the critically acclaimed WildCats 3.0, and has also illustrated Batman.

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By 365 Graphic Novels on 8 April 2015
Format: Paperback
Well Brubaker certainly knows his history as Bendix is not the only blast from the past. Trouble is if you don’t know your Stormwatch you will definitely be lost. Brubaker has a reputation for dialogue and our villain spends forty odd pages espousing his evil machinations. Admittedly it is the best plan ever and only someone with his knowledge could prove a serious threat to the Authority.

There are lots of little touches if you have been a reader from the beginning. He handles Jenny Q and the other Jenny’s very well. He is respectful to the source material but picks it up and runs with it. There is even some ideology, but this is definitely second fiddle to the thriller/ action movie he is intent on creating.

The art is certainly colourful and imaginative but it doesn’t have that widescreen feel to it. A lot of effort goes into it and with locations such as the Bleed and the Garden, and new ones being introduced, there is certainly a feast for the eyes. It has a tough ancestry to compete with and you will have to make up your mind if it delivers or not.

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Format: Paperback
This is the first half of Ed Brubaker's year-long run on The Authority and it's pretty good. Why it seems to have gone out of print is anyone's guess.

If you're looking for Brubaker and The Authority, this is the book to get -- and it's much better than Book 2.
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Ed Brubaker's epic story concludes. 28 May 2008
By Sean Curley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ed Brubaker, best known as the man who killed Captain America over at Marvel Comics, had earlier written a twelve-issue arc on DC/Wildstorm's "The Authority", a JLA-esque superteam with fewer morals and more sex and violence. Introduced by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch, and later handled by the likes of Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, Brubaker's run restores some prestige to a property that had meandered for some time. The first half of the story revolved around the Authority running the United States, with a mysterious off-panel foe manipulating events.

This volume picks up a few years in the future after the Authority's disbanding at the end of the last volume, with Jack Hawksmoor (poorly-defined powers relating to cities), Swift (basically DC's Hawkgirl, though Asian), Apollo (Superman analogue), and Midnighter (Batman analogue) (the two are also gay, which is handled as a background detail), the Doctor (an incredibly powerful magician), the Engineer (a woman with nine pints of nanotechnology in lieu of blood, which she extends over her nude body to form a metal skin and weaponry in battle), and Jenny Quantum (the spirit of the 21st century) mostly living separate lives (some, such as the family pairing of Apollo and Jenny, and the romantic Hawksmoor and the Engineer, stick together). The villain behind their disbanding is revealed as Henry Bendix, a villain from the old "Stormwatch" series, and he has a major plan in the works to finally defeat his old enemies and secure corporate dominance of America.

Brubaker is best known for street-level grit, but here he holds his own with the likes of Ellis, throwing out numerous sci-fi concepts, particularly with regard to the history of the various Jennys (the spirits of various eras), whose backstory he embellishes considerably; Jenny Quantum, a relatively minor figure in the first half of this arc, takes centre-stage here, as we see her start to assume the leadership role that Jenny Sparks played in the original incarnation of the team. Bendix is a masterfully-handled villain, and most of the heroes get some big moments that showcase their skills (Shen/Swift remains pretty superfluous, something that seems to invariably be the case no matter who is writing "The Authority"). He also makes the first alterations to the team's lineup since the introduction of Jenny Quantum many issues earlier, adding the latest incarnation of the Doctor (who gets quite an interesting origin story) (at the same time sending off the version who's been around for the series so far), and another member whose identity I'll refrain from mentioning, since it's a twist. On art is Dustin Nguyen, whose work fits the Authority absolutely perfectly; his is the best stuff the team has seen since Hitch left.

One can debate the merits of the various runs on "The Authority" (both Ellis and Millar's tenures have much to recommend in different aspects), but Brubaker's may be the best for balancing action, inventiveness, and characterization.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The book and its writer really don't live up to the hype here 15 Aug. 2010
By Hadourien68 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After stepping down from governing the US, superteam The Authority has disbanded over personal conflicts and the inability to cope with their failure to defend Washington DC in Revolution's firs book.
The second book here picks up some time after that and has the team learning who it was that caused their failure and split and their glorious comeback under new leader jenny Quantum.
The good part is that the team is back together and that the Jenny "Spirit Of The Century" concept is developed to its logical conclusion: jenny Sparks was not the first and won't be the last, and in older times the Spirit could have lasted much more than a century. Besides, Dustin Nguyen is a great artist and his covers are brilliant! So the book looks terrific and the storytelling is quite fine.
Plot and script though, well, they kind of suck. My qualms with volume got only worse.
Characters basically act like foul mouthed self-important bullies. In trying to pit the heroes against a moral dilemma of trying to save a world that is doing possibly better than with them, well, the writer doesn't manage to give The Authority the necessary moral high ground. It turns out that super villain Henry Bendis, who came back to life because of the most banal deus ex-machina of superhero comics (he was switched with another self from another reaity before being killed in ours - sic), seems to actually have made capitalism to work for the betterment of all society... Why knock hm down then? Because that's not the right waay to save the world? Aw, c'mon...
Also, ageing Jenny Quantum with the trick that she made herself age because that was what the era needed... and turning her into a Jenny Sparks (the previous spirit of the century) clone? Another cheap, copycat way out of a self-made stupid conundrum.
Whatever: The book is a bit of a pain to read and not wirth the collector prices it goes for, but if you manage to find a cheap copy you might want to decide on your own if Ed Brubaker's trademark retconning of superheroes histories works or not. The art, as I said is very good after all!
Not as impressive as it seemed. 27 Feb. 2015
By Sir John Jameson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
For the prices it goes for you'd expect more, but no. I was lucky enough to get it for a penny and let me tell you I think it was a fair deal. Anything more would've been a ripoff. These 2 volumes are by no means rare, they are just rarely available at low prices. It seems like an interesting story for those of you who haven't had a look (a couple of people take over the country in order to build a finer world, they screw up and are manipulated into breaking up, you'd think it get interesting after that) but it severely disappoints. It's not a terrible tale, it's just a terribly simple one. Good guys win bad guys lose. Almost every time they are overly powerful and the only members who ever die are replaced by someone with a similar skill set who fills the exact same role. I was enough of a fan (in 2014-15) to purchase all the books up to this one and I even read the next few volumes, some of which never appeared as TPB's. Believe me when I say, The Authority Revolution is not worth your money. World's End, now there it get's interesting! Unfortunately these 2 books are essential if one is to realize why The Doctor was replaced, so that kinda forces you to read at least a summary of this storyline. Here's some advice, Skip everything after the first four volumes of The Authority, until you get to World's End. I've read and own it all, and even though I got some of it cheap or free, I wish I'd gotten burgers instead. The Lost Year sucks too, which is sad cause the first 2 issues had potential.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
GOOD and entertaining_for adult or mature readers 10 Sept. 2011
By Ant-Man - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed The Authority trade paper backs. The first time I encountered such violence in a comic.
For the mature readers. It's a lot of 'in your face' about topics like politics and religion and relationships, evil corporations, etc..
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