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Authority/StormWatch/WildCATS: Coup d'Etat (The Authority #5.5)

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  154 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Tao has tricked the US Government into committing an interdimensional atrocity and only The Authority can save the planet. Unaware of Tao's involvement, The Authority is forced to take drastic measures to prevent this from ever happening again. But their actions send shock waves that shake the foundation of the WildStorm universe and force StormWatch: Team Achilles and The ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Wildstorm
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Shannon Appelcline
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Generally a good story, and definitely one with interesting and long-lasting repercussions for many of the people featured herein.
Aug 08, 2007 rated it it was ok
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There's a lot going on here which is worthy of comment.

First of all, it's worth noting that this isn't just an Authority comic. It's sort of pan-universe (Wildstorm universe, if you care), so there's an Authority one, a "Sleeper" one, a "WildC.A.T.s Version 3.0", and one "Stormwatch: Team Achilles". I'm unfamiliar with Sleeper and Wildcats and I have only passing familiarity with Stormwatch (I read it up to the point where it spun off the Authority). So my opinion is coloured by that. You probab
Jonathan Briggs
May 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
A scientific experiment goes awry, resulting in interstellar slaughter and the destruction of Florida. The Authority, trying to prevent an invasion by vengeful aliens, investigates and discovers the culprits: That's right, it's the Republicans. Not content to simply screw up our world, they've gotta look for other planets to wreck. The Authority has had enough and finally indulges its fascist tendencies and takes over, declaring puny humans too stupid to elect their own leaders. The new law of t ...more
Jan 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comic-books
Attempt at a big crossover story featuring all the major players in the Wildstorm Universe is hurt by the fact that the 'heroes', the Authoritry, were at this point in their history being written as a complete bunch of dicks, so rooting for them becomes a bit difficult.
The Stormwatch section where the two teams so distrust each other, so can never get past their attitudes and trust each other was clever and the 'Wildcats' section was interesting, as one of the heroes tries to talk the Authority
Feb 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-and-read
Seems like this was meant as an "event" in the Wildstorm universe. Reading it so many years later, I don't feel the same urgency I felt when reading the Marvel events like Secret Invasion or Siege. Is that because of the distance from the original release? Is it informed in part by knowing that the Wildstorm imprint has now been folded into the DC parent behemoth? Or is it because the event just didn't feel that much "bigger" than the usual, already larger-than-life Authority storylines? I like ...more
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Not sure I can comment fairly or comprehensively on this; I came to it knowing only about The Authority (and only reading it to flesh out what had been going on in that universe) - not knowing anything about the other teams featured, their reactions to the Authority's actions didn't really make an impact on me one way or the other, other than sparking a mild interest in following up the Team Achilles content. As an Authority fan - precisely because of their faults and hubris - well, not much hap ...more
Filip Różanek
Jul 29, 2013 rated it liked it
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Sleeper part is obviously the best in entire story - it's jsut pure Sleeper with all I lvoe about that series.
Stormwatch part is...meh. I enjoyed Doctor Doom parody and I team was interesting, but I feel like it was only waste of space here, a sidenote to real thing.
Same can be said about Wild C.A.T.S. part, but their plot carries over with much more interesting characters. I'll consider picking up main series with that team of those authors.
Authority was Authority, what I came to expect from th
Jess Horsley
Mar 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Enjoyable graphic novel showing what happens in the Stormwatch world when the U.S. gov't gets stupid and doesn't think ahead. Thus, their mistake allows The authority to seemingly take over the U.S. gov't...and there's not a damn thing anyone can - or wants to - do to remedy the situation. Of course, had Stormwatch: Team Achilles stuck around, they'd probably have made The Authority eat it, but - sadly - SW:TA was canceled and the powers that be didn't involved SW:TA as they ...more
Feather Mista
Jul 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Leído del Absolute #3 de Norma, que ya reseñé por su lado. Por ahora, hasta que Goodreads encuentre un modo mejor de hacerlo, voy a tener que ir marcando ediciones superpuestas para tener bien en claro que estoy leyendo.
May 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2011
Kind of inevitable that we would end up here, at this storyline; could have been developed better, but it dovetailed with how The Authority has changed over time. Brubaker is a great writer.
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Ed Brubaker (born November 17, 1966) is an Eisner Award-winning American cartoonist and writer. He was born at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.

Brubaker is best known for his work as a comic book writer on such titles as Batman, Daredevil, Captain America, Iron Fist, Catwoman, Gotham Central and Uncanny X-Men. In more recent years, he has focused solely on creator-owned titles
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