The Authority Improved Black Adam’s Superhero Civil War
The trope of superheroes fighting each other based on philosophical differences first transitioned from a perennial storyline in comics to film in 2016. Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War loosely adapted the best examples of an excuse to bring down the most iconic heroes.
black adam takes a similar path to the battle between Adam and the Justice Society. Black Adam wants to use overwhelming force to end Intergang’s occupation of Khandaq. The Justice Society attempted to maintain the status quo, advocating for Intergang to be legally shut down. Despite the tensions between them, the Justice Society and Adam complete the “misunderstanding, fight, team” checklist of bloodless superhero interactions. Fans looking for a comic with something bolder might be more interested in Wildstorm. Authority.
The Authority overthrew a dictator before battling other superheroes
Writer Mark Millar’s controversial run Authority began in number 13, the first part of “The Nativity”. Its opening page is a mission statement. The page’s single narrative caption, “Why don’t great people ever pick on real bastards,” leads the team to do just that. Artist Frank Quitely, inker Trevor Scott, colorist David Baron and letterer Ryan Cline show The Authority effortlessly toppling the dictator of an unnamed Southeast Asian country.
Emboldened by stardom after saving the world at the end of Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch‘s run, Authority chief Jack Hawksmoor tells President Bill Clinton the team isn’t interested in maintaining the status quo. . If they risk their lives in Extinction-level events, the Authority will make sure the world is worth saving without asking permission.
The Authority fought a twisted version of the Avengers
The Authority’s decision to play by its own rules eventually led to the team being briefly replaced with a more compliant version installed by G7 nations. Before that happened, they fought a team that represented the interests of the status quo. The Authority’s first leader, Jenny Sparks, was reincarnated as a baby in Singapore. Like her predecessor before her, the child nicknamed Jenny Quantum was the spirit of her century.
A mad scientist named Jacob Krigstein sent a twisted version of the Avengers called the Americans after Quantum. Fittingly, Krigstein was a twisted version of co-creator of the Avengers and much of the Silver Age Marvel universe, Jack Kirby. Krigstein originally intended to kill Quantum, but changed his mind once she showed Sparks’ level of power as a child. This led him to decide to mold her in his image instead. Unwilling to let Krigstein have that power over their reincarnated teammate, the Authority fought a brutal battle with the Americans.
Authority Has Gone Where Superhero Movies Still Can’t
The conflict recalls the bloody battles that took place The boys However, unlike Garth Ennis, Millar casts the black ops killers as the bad guys. Although more nervous than the Justice League, the Authority are still heroes. The conflict also looks like The boys because the bad guys are super beings created by the military-industrial complex. That of the Authority the villains are more menacing than those the boys encountered, as they are trained killers instead of pampered celebrities. They serve a similar purpose, however; being violently sent. Other than an Iron Man analogue, the Midnighter emotionally breaks into empathy with his loneliness, Krigstein’s creations die a brutal death.
A thrill of the Wildstorm universe is that it’s gone in bolder directions than the traditional Marvel or DC universes. This is also true for their films. Authority stands with the biggest blockbusters. It’s easy to see why that made Millar a star. Quitely’s art also lives up to the standards set by Hitch for superhero spectacle in his run for the book. It’s easy to see why Marvel recruited them for comic books like The Ultimatesthough there’s an irony that Millar gets a job reimagining the Avengers by writing them as depraved villains.
Beyond fast-paced writing and “special effects” that don’t rely on inconsistent CGI, comics like Authority don’t have to worry about being cogs in a big franchise wheel. They can do things like take down a legion of characters that have spinoff potential. Resolving their issues with Krigstein is also new. Instead of continuing to fight against his endless creations, the Authority recruits Krigstein to create a better world. “The Nativity” shows that no matter how successful superhero movies are, there are always unique pleasures to comic books. Not all are bloody.