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5.0 out of 5 stars Let It Bleed, 23 Sept. 2010
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Stranded on our world c.2010 without the power to make the jump back into the Bleed, The Authority set about trying to find a power source to jumpstart the Carrier. Not finding a baby universe they settle on one of the new characters' which presents them with a moral choice - kill a few to save many. After much debate they make it back to the Bleed only to have the Carrier attacked by Lovecraftian horrors intent on eating it. They jump from the Carrier into the nearest universe, a place where The Authority in their reality has fractured into pairs and each are vying for absolute power over the world. And the battle to liberate this world from a power mad Authority begins...

Grant Morrison and Keith Giffen have dreamt up an epic plot for this great collection of characters. Jumping from everyday situations into abstraction has always been Morrison's strength as a writer and his enormous imagination is a perfect fit for The Authority's stories. The events rack up but never become convoluted or difficult to follow. Morrison pens the first two issues and the Giffen takes over seamlessly for the remainder of the series. He finishes Book One on a tantalising finale with the Carrier at stake and a weakened Authority under attack.

The artwork is sensational throughout. Gene Ha's work is superb as always while Darick Robertson's pencils are always gorgeous. Brian Stelfreeze, Trevor Scott and Jonathan Wayshak do some great work here too. The Authority's vast plotlines of parallel universes and larger than life battles serve to bring out the best in these artists.

"Lost Year" is a brilliant saga well suited to a superb series. Highly recommended for fans of The Authority and superhero comics. Roll on Book Two!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A real shame, 3 May 2015
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This review is from: Authority The Lost Year TP Book 01 (Authority (Unnumbered)) (Paperback)
Wow, The Authority written by Grant Morrison? A dream come true! Well that was the plan. Unfortunately Morrison lasted two issues then handed his notes to Giffen and was never seen again. Or something.

It’s a mess you can live without. Without the bigger picture that The Authority was founded on then they are just another annoying superteam. You can see the Morrison genius just sprouting before it is snatched away. Giffen has done a reasonable job with the Midnighter standalone title but here he is telling the kind of story he hates. So even he disappears for a while and Brian Stelfreeze takes the strain.

There are also five artists in these six issues as this troubled book was passed from pillar to post. We start off with Gene Ha whose digital manipulation takes a moment to get used to but he produces some incredible effects. His photo-manipulation brings makes it feel really intimate, just as if you are there.

Three other artists, including the esteemed Darick Robertson, do a serviceable job but a new name to me is Jonathan Wayshak. He really stands out, but for the wrong reason. His caricatured style and warped expressions definitely don’t suit this title, which could be why he only did a single issue.

Grant Morrison’s ideas and Gene Ha’s art definitely deserve a Thumbs Up but the rest doesn’t. A real shame.
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