The Authority: v. 2: Fractured Worlds Paperback – 21 Jan 2005
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"So there you have it: theology, politics and murder in one cover-whatmore do you want. 8/10" -- www.sci-fi-online.com February 2005 review by Pete Boomer
About the Author
Robbie Morrison is best known for his work on the UK's legendary sci-fi comic 2000 AD, for which he has written Judge Dredd and created the hugely popular Nikolai Dante. Dwayne Turner has drawn the likes of Aliens vs. Predator vs. Terminator, Conan the Barbarian, The Incredible Hulk, Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man and Wolverine.
Top Customer Reviews
Then the events of Coup D’état take place off-screen (collected in a separate trade paperback) and we enter a new story. This is definitely the highlight of Morrison’s run with an unusual and unexpected antagonist, the Authority pushed to breaking point, and some hard decisions being made.
Finally we have a one shot concerning Jack Hawksmoor. This is a much more personal tale dealing with the death of just one person. An interesting choice but possibly motivated by the announcement Morrison was being replaced.
Dwayne Turner does a fine job on the art but it isn’t the clean, sweeping strokes of the original Bryan Hitch work. Whilce Portacio does the last issue and really shakes things up in terms of layout making the visuals just as unusual as the theme. The colours for this are also distinctive and well chosen.
The curse of The Authority is that no one (other than superb colourist David Baron) lasts more than a year.
A proud Thumbs Up!
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The first story has the Authority going up against the leader of a new religion that is spreading around the globe like wildfire.
After a short notice telling us to look for the Coup D'Etat mini series that should come next, we have the post Coup story where apparently Jenny Quantum's mother is suing for rights to Jenny. Right at the same time massive ruptures into the Bleed occur all over the world.
Finally we have an almost touching tale where Jack Hawksmoor takes on a small murder case that has some personal meaning for him.
For fans of The Authority, these are good stories. No one should be surprised that violence and anarchy are the dish of the day. After all, the group was founded by government-hating Jenny Sparks. If you like the series you should have no complaints with these stories but if you don't, you will.
The bad guys were not moving and contained no really original powers. The story of Jenny Spark's twin sister was really lame. All of the predicaments the team found themselves in were solved way to easily and with nothing short of brute force.
Overall, I was really disappointed with this story line. On a more positive note, it seems to me that The Authority: Revolution was much more inspired.