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The Authority Vol. 2: Under New Management (edition 2000)

by Warren Ellis

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Title:The Authority Vol. 2: Under New Management
Authors:Warren Ellis
Info:Wildstorm (2000), Paperback, 192 pages
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Tags:superhero, comics

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The Authority: Under New Management by Warren Ellis




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A clever and amusing graphic novel collecting a series about a team of superheroes. There are some pretty obvious parallels to classic characters such as Superman and Batman, of course, with a few slightly-too-clever "twists" thrown in. It's reasonably well-written, the art is good, the concepts are played with amusingly...but I couldn't help but note that there wasn't too much that was terribly original in it.

Still, a good-enough, workmanlike job.

Update: There's one odd thing about this book. In several cases there are instances of "shocking" violence, which you probably won't actually be shocked by unless you haven't read comics or watched any R-rated movies in the last twenty years. They mostly involve heads being exploded, ripped off, or cut off. For some reason, they're mostly blurred and inked in monotone - in other words, in such a way as to tone them way down. It's actually hard to figure out what's happening.

It reminds me of TV censorship, when shows that were originally broadcast on HBO are re-run on a broadcast channel. The result is always rather painful and lame. It also feels a bit patronizing; if someone's head is going to explode, have the balls to be up-front about it! And if you can't stomach writing or drawing a scene like that (or can't get it past DC censors), change it altogether. I don't particularly object to head-explosions, but they're not exactly the be-all and end-all of shock. ( )
  PMaranci | Apr 3, 2013 |
The art in the second half of this volume simply didn't work for me, even if the plot definitely did. This is, of course, a matter of taste, so if you've seen (and enjoyed) Quietly's work before, you should enjoy his art here, too. ( )
  misura | Aug 14, 2012 |
  www.snigel.nu | Nov 17, 2007 |
Outer Dark (Cool but again fairly simple plot. Jenny Sparks dies killing God on the Millenial New Year.)
The Nativity (Raw, funny, outrageous, cool.) ( )
  ragwaine | Dec 21, 2006 |
This is a combination volume, with work by Ellis and Hitch, and Millar and Quitely.

This trade deals with the final fate of Jenny Sparks, the spirit of the twentieth century, as she defends the earth from an extinction level menace, knowing her final fate all the time.

When Quitely arrives, the Authority has to deal with a posthuman producing factory and mad scientist, and the odd Marvel team parody.

http://graphicsf.blogspot.com/2006/12/authority-under-new-management.html ( )
  bluetyson | Dec 16, 2006 |
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"The 20th century comes to a close, and so does the life of Authority spearhead Jenny Sparks, The Spirit of the 20th Century. But she goes out fighting. In "Outer Dark," the team faces a godlike alien invader, back to the earth after eons, and ready to destroy the world. In "The Nativity" a now Jennyless team finds itself world celebrities, as well as world policemen. And their first challenge is to stop a diabolical super-genius with a legion of super-soldiers as he attempts to capture Jenny Quantum, the Spirit of the Twenty-First Century, and mold her to suit his own nefarious plans." -- (p.4) of cover.… (more)

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