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The Authority : Under New Management Paperback – Illustrated, 23 Mar 2001

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (23 Mar. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840232765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840232769
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.2 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Warren Ellis is the acclaimed writer of Transmetropolitan, Hellblazer and Planetary. Bryan Hitch has drawn Stormwatch, Superman, Batman, WildCats and X-Men among many other titles. Mark Millar is the writer of Judge Dredd, Red Razors, Superman Adventures and JLA. Frank Quitely has illustrated Batman: The Scottish Connection, The Kingdom: Offspring and Judge Dredd Megazine.

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Format: Paperback
Stormwatch was Warren Ellis doing political superhero thrillers extremely well. His follow-up, The Authority goes more for the no-brainer action movie approach, but it does do it extremely well. The concepts are good, and the script is sparce in the extreme - here Warren prefers to sit back and let the art do the job of getting across the scale of the threat. Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary's art is perfect as always - They truly are just about the slickest art team in comics at the moment.
If you've read the first Authority TPB, you'll know exactly what to expect from the first half of this book - which reprints issues 9-12 of the comic.
In the second half of the book, Mark Millar and Frank Quitely take over. I've thought for a long time that Mark Millar hadn't had the success he deserved. This book fixed all of that and he is now one of the hottest writers around. Instead of trying to top the scale of Warren Ellis's work (which would probably require at least a galaxy to be destroyed) Millar goes back to the more political side of things that Ellis did so well in Stormwatch, and I think improves the book with this move.
Frank Quitely is one of the best artist around in comics - and if you want to see proof of this, try to track down the Flex Mentallo miniseries he did with Grant Morrison - or pick up the Earth 2 book which comes a close second. Here his art is not up to his best standard - whether that is his fault or the inkers, I don't know, but it is still a lot better than most of the art you will find in comics.
As an aside - When Mark Millar's first issue came out, there were articles in newspapers saying he had created the first gay superheroes in comics.
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This is the book that redefined superheroes for the 21st century and it is still an unsurpassed masterpiece! The story: Jenny Sparks, 99 years old post-human (as some like to call superheroes this days, after writer Warren Ellis' very own definition), mistress of electricity, has called upon the most powerful post-humans in the world to put together a higher Authority, there to save the world, from itself and from outside threats... Or was it parallel worlds and fighting misbehaving, tyrannical leaders? In the first story collected here, The Authority fights a global-scale super-human terrorist attack launched by crazed pirat-dictato Kaizen Gamorra(this fictional universe'sBin Laden, in a way). In the second one, they fight off an invasion from a doomed, almost terminally exploited parallel Earth, ruled by a dying but still strng and desperate elite of blue aliens and their half-human offspring. Without spoiling too much, one can only say that the scale of the powers involved, of the quick thinking called into question and the daring of the solutions are absolutely staggering, to the point that one begins to question if this Authority isn't becoming a fascist terrorist power in its own right, barely in check yet bcause of moral standards and hearts in he right place. Still, these heroes kill and stop at nothing to obtain peace and a better world, but who#s to decide what is better, after all? The book's characters are all tough as nails, all-powerful individual brought o extreme situations, who still love the world and people they have decided to take care of. The book's grandiose scale is helped by penciller Bryan Hitch finally showing what he's capable of, after years of growth, and finally, deservingly becoming a superstar artist.Read more ›
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As noted above, this comprises two four issue arcs by two different creative teams.
Warren Ellis's Authority swansong was, I felt, always his weakest work on the book - a little too far over the top, and so sparse in terms of dialogue that it's hard to believe he was actually writing it, as opposed to sending Hitch and Neary memos with comments like 'Authority kick God in head!' Still, it's good work by normal standards, the art is as stunning as ever, and it ties up the year's run pretty well, especially for those who have been following the character of Jenny Sparks and the whole century children concept (developed further in Ellis's much superior 'Planetary'.)
But things really pick up with the fourth arc (the second here), and Millar and Quitely's arrival. Millar obviously had a hell of a lot of fun writing this, and Quitely turns the book's visual style inside out, making the Authority's world an ugly, brutal (if beautifully drawn) place. Basically the plot revolves around a struggle for the Jenny Sparks of the 21st century - a mere baby, albeit with nifty powers - between the Authority and a villian who is, to all intents and purposes, Stan Lee.
It's hilarious fun watching Apollo, Midnighter et al kick the crap out of, amongst others, the Avengers, the X-men and countless X-spin off teams. Just for the joy of character-spotting twisted versions of Stan's offspring, this is worth every penny. And the unpredictable and inspired ending does as much to question the traditional values and asumptions of the superhero genre as anything in this very revolutionary series.
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