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Two great writers and two great artists
on 3 April 2001
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. This is largely hype - they are not the first gay superheroes - though they may well be the first gay superhero couple. Also it's apparrant if you paid attention through Warren Ellis's run that they were an item from the beginning. Millar and Ellis both deserve credit though for doing it without ever drawing attention to it. It's never raised as an issue - just like it wouldn't be if it was a hetrosexual couple.
I've given this book 4 stars - and I feel a bit mean only giving it that, but it jsut doesn't quite match up to the Ellis's later Stormwatch work. Still darn good though