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4.0 out of 5 stars One wedding , one transfer and many deaths
Let's face it - The Authority never went in for common-or-garden superhero sized problems. Or even held average superhero-sized egos. They were Jung's superego given claws and teeth, they acted like the wrathful Jahweh when he pored his wrath over Sodom nad Gomorrah and asked Job where he was when the foundations of the world were laid.
Too clever and powerful by...
Published on 7 Feb 2003 by pfenech

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3.0 out of 5 stars Authoritative
The Authority are gotten rid of by a psychotically kitted out monster machine of a hillbilly and replaced with similar heroes albeit without the morals and intention of safeguarding the Earth. This new Authority ends up causing genocide and it's up to the original sole surviving Authority member - Midnighter - to get rid of this new Authority and bring back the old...
Published on 8 Nov 2010 by Sam Quixote


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One wedding , one transfer and many deaths, 7 Feb 2003
Let's face it - The Authority never went in for common-or-garden superhero sized problems. Or even held average superhero-sized egos. They were Jung's superego given claws and teeth, they acted like the wrathful Jahweh when he pored his wrath over Sodom nad Gomorrah and asked Job where he was when the foundations of the world were laid.
Too clever and powerful by half - and that rarely augurs well. They put politicl correctness into action when it was to be reserved for lip-service. The pessimist in me thought they would get their - albeit temporary - comeupance sooner or later. The cynic in me rejoiced that here they finally do.
Well - industrial and economic owers combine wealth to create a super-cyborg called Seth who beats the Authority to pieces. They disappear and a new Authority takes over. You can guess the rest so I won't bother to divulge it. Buy and read the thing anyway. It's good.
And letting your imagination run over the details makes for fun in drawing mythical parallels. The new Authority is, predictably, at the beck and call of the establihment. What is interesting is that the new onesadopt the same costumes and have the same powers as the originals. Except that Jenny Sparks is now a bald englishman and the Midnighter and Apollo are volubly NOT gay.
And the first thing this new group does is an act of genocide.
Not nice people. Same arrogance, different victims. Or to keep to the religio-mythical-messianic theme they are Anti-Authority.
Like I said,this one has potential. And a marriage.
But also flaws. The story is divided intwo parts. The first chapter and the last three written by Mark Millar whist the other four by Tom Peyer. The first handles the old Authority and the second the antics of the new.
Now Peyer is not bad as a writer but he lacks wit and his plot includes a foray into a parallel dimension which merely confuses.
Millar is up to his usual good standards, thankfully, and the various artists are competent and generally do a good job.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Authoritative, 8 Nov 2010
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This review is from: Transfer of Power (Authority) (Paperback)
The Authority are gotten rid of by a psychotically kitted out monster machine of a hillbilly and replaced with similar heroes albeit without the morals and intention of safeguarding the Earth. This new Authority ends up causing genocide and it's up to the original sole surviving Authority member - Midnighter - to get rid of this new Authority and bring back the old.

The book is pretty good with Mark Millar writing the first issue and the last 3 in the book which were the best parts of it. A different writer Tom Peyer takes over for a large part of the book and doesn't do enough to make the story interesting. Frank Quitely's art is as awe-inspiring as ever, especially his depiction of the deranged mecha-hillbilly.

It's probably from this book that gave Wildstorm the idea to give Midnighter his own series as his revenge driven part of the book is the best part of it and is probably the only reason to read this. There's also Midnighter and Apollo's wedding at the end. Ahh.

A good enough read for the most part, Millar shows why he's a name writer in the comics world and we get to see another blood-drenched Authority story.
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