Hunter's Reviews > The Authority: Revolution, Vol. 1

The Authority by Ed Brubaker
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Jan 23, 08

bookshelves: graphic-novels, super-heroes
Read in November, 2007

** spoiler alert ** I was very surprised by how good this is. Brubaker captures the crazy action of the original Ellis/Hitch The Authority while tying in continuity from all the various incarnations of the team. What's more, he brings in some big ideas in a style I'm not used to seeing from him- it's more a Grant Morrison vibe. Also Morrison-esque- the way the whole series becomes a meta-commentary on the concept of The Authority and super-hero comics in general (see New X-Men).

The art by Dustin Nguyen is appropriately dark and pays homage to the eyes-and-teeth-and-exploding-heads graphic style of the Tom Raney Stormwatch era. Nguyen also brings it on the big actions scenes, most memorably when a brainwashed Midnighter faces down the rest of the team (er, spoilers, I suppose).

Both volumes of The Authority: Revolution continue the twin traditions of smart political commentary and big dumb action that have been the series' benchmarks.
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