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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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The title’s probably the smartest thing about this, working as it does on the level of story and creative context, with a change in leadership and also in the creative team handling the book at the halfway point of this volume. Ellis’ last stand on the title is pretty much as bold a concept as you can get – The Authority go up against God, who’s actually rather annoyed at humanity simply for existing. Plenty of carnage, but it’s all too straightforward for my tastes - once God’s power is established there’s no real twist nor tension, Ellis content to coast on the gauchely iconoclastic central idea.

Mark Millar’s take is, as usual, sadistically gleeful and hyperactive. I’ve never been a particular fan, though I concede that there’s a compelling energy to his best work. It’s a logical extension of Ellis’ run, particularly with regard to the character who sparks (or rather quantums) the whole story. There’s a sly dig at the origins of one of Marvel’s most famous characters and the resolution to the story actually surprised me given Millar’s tendencies and the way superhero narratives usually work. It achieves its aim of feeling like a fresh beginning for the title, but as such it makes this feel like an episode of the story rather than a satisfying tale within its own right. That though, is hardly Millar’s fault – as Alan Moore’s pointed out it’s near impossible to make a novel out of what’s designed to be an ongoing monthly title. Perhaps then, it’d have been more creatively sensible to collect Ellis’s run as one graphic novel and Millar’s run as another. Ultimately an entertaining but deeply flawed hybrid. ( )
  JonArnold | Apr 24, 2014 |
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 |
  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 |
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AUTHORITY o segundo volume traz mais aventuras extraordinárias e surpreendentes!
O Século Vinte chega ao fim, assim como a vida da líder do Authority, Jenny Sparks, que é o Espírito do Século Vinte. Mas ela não vai simplesmente sair de cena sem lutar.
Em “Trevas Cósmicas”, o último arco de histórias escrito por Warren Ellis (de Planetary) e desenhado por Bryan Hitch (de Os Supremos), a equipe enfrenta um invasor alienígena divino, que volta à Terra após uma eternidade, pronto para destruir o mundo.
Na verdade, este ser é o mais próximo do que poderíamos chamar de Deus, que retornou para tomar de volta o que é seu e está decidido a acabar com a praga que infestou a Terra: o homem.
A outra história deste volume, “Natividade”, é o primeiro arco da nova equipe criativa formada por Mark Millar e Frank Quitely. O Authority, agora sem Jenny Sparks, tornou-se uma celebridade mundial e, também, uma força policial global.
Seu primeiro desafio é deter um supergênio diabólico e sua legião de supersoldados, enquanto o vilão tenta capturar Jenny Quantum, o Espírito do Século Vinte e Um, para submetê-la aos seus próprios planos abomináveis.
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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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