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WildStorm's wildest super-team returns in its third trade paperback - an anthology of outrageousness collecting some of the Authority's most unforgettable tales. Included is the much talked-about "Earth Inferno" story from THE AUTHORITY #17-20, where the very planet we live on rebels against its inhabitants. Plus, THE AUTHORITY 2000 ANNUAL, and two tales from the WILDSTORMWildStorm's wildest super-team returns in its third trade paperback - an anthology of outrageousness collecting some of the Authority's most unforgettable tales. Included is the much talked-about "Earth Inferno" story from THE AUTHORITY #17-20, where the very planet we live on rebels against its inhabitants. Plus, THE AUTHORITY 2000 ANNUAL, and two tales from the WILDSTORM SUMMER SPECIAL: an introspective look at Jack Hawksmoor and a peek into the private life of the nanotech-enhanced Engineer. For more information, see the feature article. MATURE READERS...

Title : The Authority, Vol. 3: Earth Inferno and Other Stories
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Number of Pages : 160 Pages
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The Authority, Vol. 3: Earth Inferno and Other Stories Reviews

  • Patrick
    2019-01-12 07:56

    One of my least-favorite things in comics is when I start reading a comic, fall in love with it, and then, suddenly, they change creative teams. For me, this is especially true if they swap out the writer. Because I'm word-focused, I sometimes don't even notice them changing an artist on me. But a different writer suddenly takes over the story, it's a huge tonal shift. The focus of the story changes. The characters change. Everything changes. That's what happened to me the first time I read this series. I read the first one and *loved* it, so I went out and bought all the other trade paperbacks that existed for the comic.When I hit this one, something didn't feel right to me. The story felt.... off. It wasn't until I was almost all the way through that I realized someone else was writing it. And then I was pissed. Incensed. I felt betrayed.This time through my reading, (I think this is my third time through the series) it didn't bother me at all. Part of this might be due to the fact that I know Millar as an author now, and enjoy his writing. Same with the people that came after him on the series. Brubaker. Morrison. Ennis.Even so, part of me still wishes I could see what the series might have been with Ellis at the help from start to finish....

  • Travis
    2019-01-21 13:49

    When people ask me why I hate Mark Millar, this is the series I point to. Warren Ellis basically wrote the Authority as the Justice League. If the JLA smoke, drank, had bad attitudes and yet still had time to have big cosmic adventures and save the world.Millar sucked all the larger than life, sense of wonder out of the series, added a lot of sex references, unfunny one liners and a group of bad guys that he recycles later into the Ultimates for marvel.It feels more like a not terribly funny parody of super hero team books than an actual comic book or like Millar is trying to see what he can get away with.Not an uncommon theme in his writing.Plus, the artist draws everyone too skinny and with the same constipated facial expression.

  • Quentin Wallace
    2019-01-11 11:48

    This volume didn't quite reach the level of the previous two. For one thing, I'm already seeing an issue that may arise later in the series. We're only on volume 3 and the team has already faced "God" and in this one, they face the planet Earth itself. Seems like the quality of opposition will have to start going down after that. Maybe they should have faced slightly less powerful opposition and then built up to these mega-threats? Then again, this book is pretty inventive, so who knows what they'll be facing next.For example, in this volume the entire planet Earth is evacuated to numerous other dimensions. I have to admit the book is anything but typical. However, in this issue we had several one shot issues collected as well as the main story, and unfortunately the various creatives teams didn't mesh as well as I'd have liked.Overall, still a good volume, just quite on the level of the last two.

  • Sam Quixote
    2019-01-03 07:08

    "Earth Inferno" follows a series of global catastrophes - Rome broken up by an earthquake, New York drowned by a massive tidal wave, San Francisco burned down by a volcano - ravaging the planet as part of a nefarious plot by a former doctor trying to get his powers back. It's up to The Authority to stop him but they underestimated his abilities and they now have a real fight on their hands! This is an interesting book to follow up the first two excellent books in the series. Mark Millar does a fine job of writing the mini-series while Frank Quitely does a fantastic job of making a pudgy 50-something wearing a dinner jacket seem menacing. The other stories here are more character development ones. Angie the Engineer wants to get laid by a stubby Mexican chap while Jack Hawksmoor talks about running across the cities of the world to let off steam. It's a fun book with some great writing and great art, fans of The Authority will love it. If you're new though you'll want to start where it all began with "Relentless".

  • Jacobi
    2019-01-12 10:14

    (Note: I'm only talking about the Earth Inferno story-arc)The good is Frank Quitely (the main reason this book is getting 2 stars, as he only drew 2 issues in this volume). This dude is arguable the best comic artist of the last 15 years. He gives a real weight and power to all of the characters that is just awesome. The rest is Mark Millar. He is so edgy, you guys. Edgy McEdge. Sure, there is some cool stuff here, but then you hit a page when The Authority is talking about how the Big Bad has a small dick, or how stupid France and its citizens are, or having Swift refer to herself as "the little oriental chick". His tone just has an overall hatefulness to it that pops up like speed bumps in what is an otherwise pretty neat story. You know what it is? It seems like Millar saw what Garth Ennis did with his writing in Preacher, but only took the surface stuff from Ennis' style.

  • Martin
    2018-12-23 14:00

    The two-star rating is for the book taken as a whole. If I were to rate just the Earth Inferno story, I'd give it 3 stars. Frank Quitely only drew chapters 3 & 4 (Chris Weston drew chapters 1 & 2). I'm pretty sure if Quitely had drawn all 4 parts, this story would've earned 4 stars. Weston's art isn't bad per se, it's just... sufficient (and it also has a few scale issues). What brings down the overall score are the "other" stories, which consist of - you guessed it - filler material (and about 40% of the total page count).This Millar tale, while still violent and "shocking" (at least that's what he's going for) is pretty tame compared to The Nativity and Transfer Of Power, which bookend his run on The Authority.

  • Ma'Belle
    2019-01-07 14:53

    I agree with many other reviewers. The first volume of The Authority excited me tremendously. If Ellis had continued writing it, I'm confident it would continue to be amazing. As it stands, The Authority is one of my favourite superhero teams for sure - conceptually - but Millar ruins it.

  • Kiki
    2019-01-04 06:46

    HERE is where too much Millar comes in, oops.

  • Michael
    2018-12-24 14:11

    The third in the series of the Authority. Not as good as the first two, it feels like the comic has stagnated with its plot and doesn't know how to develop the characters ot situations any more. whereas the outlandish and grand scale disaster events were novel in the first two books, by this book it has become repetitive and stale. The plots are instantly forgettable, and this book does nothing to add to the universe. I definitely recommend the first two volumes, but maybe give this one a miss.

  • Mike
    2018-12-28 09:07

    Millar's section, with two different artists? Felt like he was trying too hard at re-defining the characters to really say this is a great addition to the continuity. On the other hand, the final issue almost makes up for the previous ham-fisted writing.The Casey/Hamner one-off was entertaining but really just filler. Who wants to bet the loose plot thread they left at the end doesn't get sewn up by anyone?The Jenkins/Jeanty was an interesting character study, but I'm not used to that in this book so it was hard to appreciate.The Ellis/Hamner story was a near-total waste of pages. A bit of a character study too but also reviewed all the early plotlines of this series. sad to see Ellis wasting his enormous talents on a flashbacks episode.Overall this spotty book makes some advances in the Authority universe, but feels like I got ripped off.

  • Doreen
    2019-01-19 14:00

    I really enjoyed Earth Inferno, which carries on Millar's goal of creative problem-solving in superheroics. I also found The Meritocracy a really neat concept. As to the other stories in this collection, Isolation was pretty good, but Devil's Night probably really only works if you're more familiar with the Stormwatch history (and if you're privy to the rest of the goings-on in the publisher-wide cross-over, as I wasn't and didn't care to be.) I liked the art of Orbital but the story itself wasn't anything you didn't already know about Jack Hawksmoor. To be honest, reading Millar's work before the rest only made the other stories seem flat in comparison.

  • Colton
    2018-12-31 10:11

    I still love these characters, but this arc feels a little more transparent than the previous ones. Millar has an okay handle on the team, but his writing suffers from an unnecessary need to inject the story with supposedly witty and badass dialogue that often falls flat. The additional stories are only interesting if you have previous knowledge of Stormwatch or are interested in the private lives of characters. Still good, but not in the same caliber as earlier trades.

  • Raina
    2019-01-13 11:12

    Fun superhero series. Wish I'd noticed it was volume 3 before I bought it. I think I would probably really really dig it (in the same vein as Rising Stars Book 1: Born in Fire) if I'd started from the beginning, but since I started in the middle, I only got to witness the complicated adult culture of this group of superhero misfits.

  • Feather Mista
    2019-01-06 11:47

    Tremebundo, como evidencié en mi review del segundo Absolute español, tanto que -aunque por separado no sea tan impresionante como en conjunto, me niego a ponerle sólo tres estrellitas a cada uno. Así que al azar voy a ponerle a uno 3 y al otro 4, pero sabiendo que su suma se promedia para arriba y más allá. Cuando lo relea seguro le haga una review personalizada a cada saga.

  • Don Bernal
    2018-12-29 09:50

    the team and the characters lose their luster - the villain ends up being more interesting; the action is over-the-top, but in a ridiculous, anything-goes way, where the scale ebbs and flows to an unsatisfying climax; warren ellis's first two books on the team are still the standard of how well their stories can be told.

  • Hannah Givens
    2018-12-23 12:03

    I liked it because I like the series, but really the quality dropped a lot in this volume with the change of writer. Not necessarily an indictment of Mark Millar and the others, but that's just the way it works... The first two volumes were brilliant, and cohesive in every way. There's no way any other author can just pick that up and continue it as it was.

  • Stewart Tame
    2018-12-31 10:54

    Still an interesting series, but it seems to be floundering. Millar and Quitely are doing fine work, but this volume feels a bit patchy compared to the previous two. Even the return of Warren Ellis on one story doesn't help much. Granted, not every volume is going to be as mind-blowing as the first, but is it so wrong of me to expect better than this? Still good, but definitely in decline.

  • arjuna
    2019-01-09 08:00

    Discretion being the better part of valour, I'm only going to say that I pretty much agree with this review as far as plot goes - succinct and to the point.

  • Joe S
    2019-01-16 09:46

    Done. Done and done. I now recommend that no one ever think of wasting their money on the first volume in the hopes that it will improve. This is juvenile bullshit at its finest. I can't believe I've just wasted four sentences on it.

  • Hannah G.
    2019-01-11 08:16

    just more proof that mark millar ruins everything he touches.

  • Jamie Gaughran-Perez
    2019-01-15 10:07

    This volume pales against the others. The "problem" was a great idea, but "fixing it" seemed half-written. (Not that I didn't plow through it cover to cover anyway...).

  • Jutta
    2019-01-14 14:59

    so i definately like warren ellis more. read 2003

  • Jimmy Corvan
    2018-12-28 06:49

    Earth Inferno is the shit! The short stories(not Millar) are completely skip able.

  • Karen Chong
    2019-01-06 14:14

    I liked the storyline, and most of the artwork. The only thing I found kind of jarring was the baby. It seemed to look really, really different in each frame.

  • Joe Young
    2018-12-28 14:50


  • Michael
    2018-12-29 09:49

    Say what you will! Yes, Millar is juvenile, but this volume furthers the Authority's distancing from bureaucracy, which is great.

  • Simon
    2019-01-08 09:52

    But this is where it started to go wrong for me.I think I maybe loved the Ellis arcs too much, so I wasn't adapting to the new writer well.

  • Todd
    2019-01-16 11:01

    This is the first time I've ever seen forced empathy used as a weapon. It was surprisingly ingenious.These guys are badasses of the Nth degree. Even Quietly's art didn't completely bother me.

  • Sharon
    2019-01-18 08:09

    Individual issues on comixology