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The Authority: Kev (The Authority Kev 1)

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,274 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
To date, the life of down on his-luck S.A.S. Corporal Kev Hawkins has been an interesting mix of surprises and disappointments--but nothing could have prepared him for his repeated run-ins with the super-hero team knows as "The Authority"! After committing a debacle in his early career with the S.A.S, Kev was reassigned to a shadowy British intelligence agency as their "cl ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Wildstorm
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Sep 26, 2015 Patrick rated it really liked it
It's best to see this as a loosely connected spinoff from the Authority series rather than a continuation of it.

Ennis has a... distinctive style. A style that I very much enjoy from time to time, but it's bleak and gratuitously brutal. And while the Authority is violent and occasionally angry, that's not really the same thing.

Gratuitously brutal *does* fit the Midnighter character pretty well though. So I can see why the story focuses on that character and Kevin (for the most part.) So while th
Oct 30, 2010 Mike rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-and-read
Irreverence and no fear of bodily functions or ridiculous violence: that is the Garth Ennis I know and love. Something about Ennis never takes any of this shit seriously (unlike Mark Millar, who wasn't as good a read on The Authority the second time around), and it's a relief seeing these characters for just as ridiculous as they really are. Plus Ennis comes up with some of the most twisted ways to see humans do weird shit to each other. Love the amount of creative energy Ennis puts into making ...more
Aug 22, 2014 Zedsdead rated it really liked it
Recommended to Zedsdead by: Borrowed from Robert
Shelves: graphic-novels
Heh. Vintage Ennis.

My only exposure to The Authority before this was a cameo appearance by the Midnighter in Sleeper, so I may be missing some of the story's nuances. Apparently it's a team of foul-mouthed, telepathic superheroes with a magical time-traveling interdimensional space station. The Authority's job is to repeatedly repel hostile extraterrestrial war fleets bent on subjugating and/or vaporizing the planet Earth.

Kev is a loser SAS hitman whose only superpower is "world's biggest shit-m
Apr 07, 2014 Shane rated it it was amazing
So this is the first thing I've read by Garth Ennis. He's obviously been around for quite a while and I've been tempted in the past but it was really the "Authority" name on the cover (and the discounted price) that got me to purchase this.

Obviously if you look up just a bit you'll notice I gave it 5 stars. This means a couple of things. 1) Garth Ennis is an author I will be reading more of, in fact I already have The Authority: The Magnificent Kevin so I'll be reading that next. 2) The Authorit
May 29, 2007 Mel rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: comic book aficionados
Shelves: comics, friendrec
So hilarious and subversive of the comic book genre. I'd never heard of Kev or The Authority before reading this, so I may have lost out on some serious inside jokes but it was still hilarious. Not for weak stomachs though... the art is grisly and unsparing, but perfect for the style of the writing. I laugh just thinking about it.
Jun 08, 2015 Cale added it
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This actually collects two short series starring Kev - the Two issue introduction, then a second story that recounts... the Tiger incident. The first section is more Authority focused, with Kev actually being sent to assassinate them. Things end up... strange... The second half is more in keeping with the later Kev stories, with him recounting the incident that made him the recipient of the SAS' worst assignments. Both stories are very much in Ennis' style, with over-the-top language and violenc ...more
Sep 06, 2013 Jbpg rated it did not like it
The plot seemed non-organic and lacking in subtlety. It was as if, instead of events unraveling naturally, plot points were forced in order to drive home particular points (ex. the story needs to show that the Authority is valuable, so suddenly such-and-such a thing happens). The book has a high level of gore, crude sexual elements, and strong swearing that felt gratuitous rather than important.

I ended up skimming, so maybe I just skipped over the part that would prove me wrong about this book.
Oct 04, 2013 David rated it really liked it
Really good. Amusing, anarchic, violent and critical. Focuses largely on Kev having to deal with the ridiculous group of libertarians that are The Authority and deal with being the small cog that gets all the crap jobs in the big machine.

Poor place to start with The Authority, great piece for people who already love it. The story about the tiger was totally worth waiting for...
ça se lit, mais c'est pas vraiment du Authority (ça me rappelle un certain histoire bizarre de Hellboy : ça a la bonne couverture, mais pas le bon contenu, mais bon, ça reste beaucoup plus lisible que le dit Hellboy, juste qu'il faut pas s'attendre à quoi que ce soit d'épique)
May 15, 2012 Paul rated it it was amazing
This is the funniest comic I've ever read, Garth Ennis has superb timing. Though it probably helps if your a fan of Stormwatch and The Authority.
Dec 26, 2012 Sonic rated it really liked it
We groan at Ennis's Trademark take on superheroes, yet we love it all the same.

Warped and funny, with Fabry's art, this was excellent!

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Aug 25, 2012 Tracey Sinclair rated it liked it
Enjoyable take on the Authority, though the art wasn't t my personal taste
Oct 22, 2011 Timo rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Nice fun.
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Ennis began his comic-writing career in 1989 with the series Troubled Souls. Appearing in the short-lived but critically-acclaimed British anthology Crisis and illustrated by McCrea, it told the story of a young, apolitical Protestant man caught up by fate in the violence of the Irish 'Troubles'. It spawned a sequel, For a Few Troubles More, a broad Belfast-based comedy featuring two supporting ch ...more
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