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The Authority, Vol. 2: Under New Management

(The Authority #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  4,121 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Are we ready for yet another take on superhero morality?Let's hope so, because The Authority: Relentless retools old ideas for a new century. Warren Ellis has his heroes think globally as they kick butt locally, stopping or slowing down to consider how they can use their powers to "make the world a better place."How he can pull this off in our oh-so-ironic age is an artist ...more
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Published November 1st 2000 by Wildstorm
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Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
A fresh look at superhero teams or a clever satire on the genre?

Maybe a little of both.

 Warren Ellis, Mark Millar, Bryan Hitch, and Frank Quitely collaborate on The Authority, a group of “post humans” (evoking both Arthur C. Clarke and Theodore Sturgeon) who inhabit an orbiting station and who safeguard the Earth from extraterrestrial menace as well as the pain and suffering we can inflict on each other. Broken up into two stories, the artwork was sharp and crisp, the characters and dialogue pre
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Spoiler warning:
In my opinion, the relationship between Midnighter and Apollo is enough to justify the existence of this entire series.

So yeah, if you've ever wondered what Superman and Batman would be like if they were in a long-term relationship, this is probably the best example you're going to find without hitting the fanfiction sites.

It's not campy or tongue-in-cheek, either. It's not the focus of the series either. In fact, one of my favorite parts of the story is that it'
Nov 26, 2009 rated it liked it
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This volume actually deserves two ratings. Warren's story is four star and a grand send off to his run on this 'Justice League' big screen movie of a comic that he created.

Mark Millar's stuff would be lucky to get half a star with his too many weak attempts at clever dialogue, his lame rip off of marvel characters (which he's made a career out of, come to think about it) his idea that that a mature title must involve lots of cussing, sex and all the characters should be jerks.
In fact, I think Mi
Joe S
Feb 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Per my review of the Volume 1 trade paperback, this volume had to make up for a couple glaring sins. As in, I wanted real characters with moderately nuanced plotlines. Volume 2 delivers. Not in spades, and not even graciously, but delivers nonetheless. Mostly because Warren Ellis didn't write the second storyline collected here. That didactic bastard was replaced with another didactic bastard who delights in writing commentary on Marvel Comics characters. Which feels like the autoerotic navel-ga ...more
Quentin Wallace
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this volume a little more than the first.

This one has two storylines. In the first, we find out that that supremely powerful alien that created the Earth years ago has returned, and wants the Earth back. But first, it wants to get rid of all the pesky humans crowding up the planet. So the Authority has to face it's biggest test yet: a giant alien with the power of a god.

Next was my personal favorite. The Authority has to battle an evil version of the Avengers. Obviously they aren't re
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Received from fellow Goodreads member, Martin - Thanks Martin.

Even though I hadn't read volume 1, I liked this. The setting is a believable world where the heroes have decided to make the Earth a better place by directly involving themselves in world events. While all the while having classic world menacing super-hero events.

I now have a problem... I liked this and I'll want to read the other stories... but dammit! my comic-book stories budget is already stretched over its limit!
Daniel Sevitt
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-comic
I had never read these stories before. They're a mixed bag. The first story line has the team killing God, or at least the Earth's creator. Might have been more shocking if Preacher hadn't already done this in a more satisfying and up front way.

Then the next story sees the team go up against rogue superhero killers with no conscience. This was the riff that Garth Ennis turned into a 60-episode series in The Boys, but it's nicely thrown away here with some casual nastiness.

There's no urgent need
Sep 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Aug 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
I read comics instead of watching television, alot of comics. Anyways, if you dont, you should look into trade paperback collections of comics - call 'em graphic novels if it makes you feel better. There is alot of great stuff out there if you know where to start.

I like superhero stories, I think its great mythology. But if you grow tired of politically naive mainstream comics throwing out stories where Superman puts the Stars and Stripes back on its pole after saving the world from [fill in the
Jul 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-and-read
Ellis' final storyline is suitably thought-provoking, funny and dare I say epic. The invasion from outer space starts weird and mysterious, kicks into high gear early and doesn't let up.

Millar (or apparently Grant Morrison, if the rumors are true) then turns the arrogance, take-no-prisoners & funny up to maximum in the takeover of the book. Hit the ground running, emerge with a flashbang, call it whatever you like, this is *The Authority* as I remember it from the first time I devoured these
Fugo Feedback
Jan 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Impresionante, como evidencia mi reseña del primer Absolute español, pero lo amarreteo para abajo porque cada saguita no está tan buena en sí como el gran resultado final. De todos modos, cuando lo relea seguro le haga una reseña específica a cada una y ahí probablemente termine redondeando pa'rriba de nuevo.
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
5 stars for Warren Ellis' story arc, Mark Millar's gets downgraded to 2. Millar really is pretty awful, isn't he? Great ideas, but unable to focus on any of them long enough to develop them properly. Not remotely interested in building his characters, either. Shame.
Shannon Appelcline
Jenny's last Hurrah by Ellis is good [7/10], but then Millar shows he just doesn't get it, equating the Authority with brutality and misunderstanding what the Spirit of the Century is [3/10]. I hate that this volume is marred by Millar's tripe.
Oct 09, 2009 rated it liked it
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Entertaining. Interesting concepts. Somewhat extreme violence and sex references here & there.

The illustrators Bryan Hitch (The Ultimates) and Frank Quitely are awesome.
Saif Saeed
May 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sequential-art
People. Do not. Talk like this in real life. Also, Midnighter and Apollo in a gay relationship and being the Batman and Superman clones that they are is about 85% of the reason most people like this series. I will be judging it on other things.

So Stormwatch was a bust for me, and so is the first part of this Authority series. I just don't think Warren Ellis knows how to write proper dialogue. Mark Millar for all his flaws, makes this comic a little more bearable but still not enough to keep me r
I thought I would want to pick this up again but it's not going to happen in the near future. Thanks a lot, Mark Millar, you took one of my favourite superhero teams and Warren Ellis' incredible work, and made this pile of unreadable garbage
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
The Ellis story is a fun capstone to his widescreen capes comics with SF high concepts & Utopian consciousness.

The Millar story is an embarrassing pastiche of Marvel characters leavened with nonsensical rape humor, or, as I said, a Millar story.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Like some others I've seen here, I would split my rating if I could. First half was very good but ugg the second part, maybe a 2 for that.
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m really getting into this series. I just hope I can find more in my local library!
Jan 31, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked the end of the Ellis/Hitch run in this, but boy does Millar suck.
Jon Arnold
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
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 establi ...more
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. I
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: trades-read
This volume of Authority sees Warren Ellis and Brian Hitch hand over creative duties to Mark Millar and Frank Quitely. The end of the Ellis/Hitch run is more of the same, which is good big superhero fun. The character development is still very crisp, but also subtle. Yeah, this is a team of badasses of the highest order, but that doesn't stop Ellis from throwing some sweet interpersonal moments in the story for good measure.

You really notice how subtle Ellis was when Millar takes over the book.
May 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
I'd been waiting so long for Volume 2 to arrive at the public library for me that I've had to read several volumes out of sequential order. They all had information holes that I knew would be filled by the events in this volume, but I was worried about what Mark Millar would do the second he picked up the series. The other Millar-written Authority issues have not impressed me, to say the least, but his story arc "The Nativity" was actually pretty good and in keeping with Ellis' main points in Th ...more
Joe Young
Dec 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Jennie Sparks, the literal spirit of the 20th century, dies saving the world from a galactic entity so powerful and vast it may as well be called "God." Who will lead The Authority now? Hold on just a moment, faithful reader. As The Doctor points out, "when the spirit of the 20th century dies (on December, 31st 1999) what do you think happens the next day? (January 1, 2000)" Now the race is on to locate the newly reborn Jennie Sparks, now Jennie Quantum, the spirit of the 21st century! But The A ...more
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love the close out of Warren Ellis' run. His dedication says it all. He says that he spent the rest of the day after he came up with how to kill God giggling to himself. As he should. It's a clever end to his run.

Mark Millar does not disappoint here. He's at his irreverent best. When The Authority shows up to a fight still stinking of booze, they still beat the other guys. Jack Hawksmoor at one point talks about beating people to death with a severed head. Midnighter kills a team of X-men stan
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I am appalled that I've forgotten how awesome this book is. From the issues that wrap up Warren Ellis' story arc (and the career of Jenny Sparks) to the focus on tyranny in Indonesia (heh) and Jenny Quantum's birth in Singapore (she could be Malay!) to the blatant nose-thumbing at Marvel superheroes, this book is smart, sharp and hilarious. Mark Millar picks up where Mr Ellis leaves off without a hitch (ugh, terrible unintentional pun,) though Frank Quitely's art takes a bit of getting used to, ...more
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Difficult. I agree with both this reviewer as to the bad points and this one as to the good ones... the differences in style between the two major stories are sometimes jarring - most notably in regard to the artwork, and I'd have to say I'm no great fan of Quitely in this instance - but on the whole it all still works rather well. Yes, there is a flavour of self-consciously pomo navel-gazery and snark that coincides with the handover, but that's not *necessarily* a bad thing, and at least it is ...more
Mar 23, 2015 rated it liked it
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Good follow up. I read blew through the first storyline in this volume (yes, there are 2, and they are connected. The first one leads into the second one, and where the 3rd volume will start up.) The second part didn't grab my attention as much, but still good (my own personal preferences here.) I just felt that it kind of slowed down a bit after the first story ends. Anyway, great book. Can't wait to read the 3rd one. I already screwed this series up for myself because I read the 4th book first ...more
Stewart Tame
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
The title of this volume carries a double meaning as the creative team changes midway through the book. Warren Ellis finishes his run in style, and then Mark Millar and Frank Quitely take over. There's a shift in tone that's somewhat jarring. We go from cosmic adventure to ultraviolent superhero parody, as the Authority battle a team of superpowered individuals who are not really the Avengers. I love Mark Millar as a writer, but this probably isn't his best work, though it could be considered as ...more
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