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This is the book that redefined superheroes for the 21st century and it is still an unsurpassed masterpiece!
on 19 June 2010
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. Aided by Laura Depuy's astonishingly rich palette of colours and by veteran paul Neary's inks, he started the wave of "widescreen" comic book narration and artistry. This book reads and looks like an Hollywood blockbuster, but with the added bonus of having the luxury to stop at nothing, because you can really do everything in comics and get away with the most outrageous stuff. So Warren and Bryan do just that, opening a new era of greatness in their own careers and in comic storytelling in general. of course, star writer Grant Morrison's introduction says this all better than I possibly could! Despite the bad, baaad imiators that grew out of this, The Authority: Relentless still stands tall and awaits you, dear reader, to show you a new world: One in which superheroes do change things and one in which the authors do change the rules of the superhero game.