The Authority: Apollo And Midnighter // artwork by Rod Reis (2012)
The Authority’s Midnighter // Artwork by David Williams (*BroHawk,2011)
So I Read Today: The Authority: Earth Inferno (The Authority vol.1 #17 to #21)
When you get a JLA level powered team of bastards to police the world and your name is Mark Millar, you are going to have some fun with those characters for sure. Back in these days, Mark Millar was a really good writer giving an exploration to idealistic left-wing emotions through his comic writing about Superheroes. The Authority was the premier team in the Wildstorm Universe and the threats they faced where always epic and in a end-of-the-world scale, this story of course was no exception. It all begins with natural disasters tearing the world apart, earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes appearing out of nowhere and killing thousands of people. The team itself is dealing with some hard times when the earth’s shaman, The Doctor is out for the count from an heroine overdose.
When the teams gets on the case they discover that the predecessor of The Doctor has convinced the planet earth that humanity is bad for her, therefore they all should be exterminated. When The Authority learns that the only way the damage can be reverted is by letting the same man convince the earth of the contrary, the team agrees to the terms of the old Doctor so he can fix the planet, but first they have to make a worldwide evacuation of the entire planet to the multiverse so they can save humanity. When all is said and done the gloves comes off, the Doctor gives his predecessor his powers back for exactly one hour and all hell breaks loose.
The team manages to win this one when the true purpose of being the earth’s shaman is revealed to the villain, as with most of this book run, this story is grand and epic in nature, something that is written and illustrated to make you go “Woa” more than once. Don’t miss this one out, It sure makes you wish this book where still around, “Earth Inferno” was written by Mark Millar, with art by Chris Weston in parts 1 and 2 and Frank Quitely in parts 3 and 4, is a hell of a good read, but then all the 28 numbers of The first volume of the Authority are worth your time!
Apollo and Midnighter // pencils and watercolors painting by Dustin Nguyen, a.k.a *duss005 (2004)
So I Read Today… The Authority #13
If there was actual super people in this world, The Authority would be the equivalent of the JLA. Created in the Wildstorm studios, back in the day before their asses belonged to DC comics, we had a very young and very subversive Mark Millar writing the premiere super team of the Wildstorm Universe. Born out of the remnants of Stormwacht, The Authority was the world’s police, this was a team composed of no-nonsense men and women of power that didn’t doubt to put it to use against ego maniacal and tyrannical world leaders. As some of the most amazing reads of the time, the Authority stood out for taking superheroes where Marvel and DC where denied to.
In this magazine Jack Hawksmoore, the appointed leader of the team after Jenny Sparks’s death (the spirit of the 20th century) basically flips off Bill Clinton after they depose a middle east dictatorship. After this, fellow team member The Doctor speaks to him about their leader being born again somewhere else, so it’s up to them to find and protect the new spirit of the 21th century against a villain called Dr. Jacob Kringstein (who’s essentially an evil version of comic creator Jack Kirby). The shocks, twist and references in the story are some of the greatest you are gonna find in any book of the early 2000’s.
I won’t spoil this one for you, because this comic begs to be read. Make no mistake: The Authority is one of the best comic books out there, it lasted only 29 issues, it featured the early works of Warren Ellis, Mark Millar and Tom Peyer, all of the recognized writers of tales of shock and awe. It featured the art of Bryan Hicht, Frank Quitely and Arthur Adams, current volumes don’t show the brutality or the epic scale the team could go on to achieve their goals of to defeat their enemies, if someone at DC is reading, this deserves the omnibus treatment like, yesterday!