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The Authority: The Lost Year #9 - Cover

The Authority: The Lost Year #9

The Authority: The Lost Year #9 - Cover“Punch Drunk”

Writers: Grant Morrison, Keith Giffen, & J.M. DeMatteis
Pencils: J.J. Kirby and Michael Lopez
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb
Letters: Rob Leigh
Editor: Scott Peterson
Cover: Gene Ha

I am truly shocked but I actually thought this issue was okay. Last issue really frustrated me to no end and I dreaded picking this one up. But there were several factors that were different about this issue that I think slightly improved it from the last one.

First off, we get J.J. Kirby as the artist this time. I didn’t think David Williams and Kelsey Shannon’s art from last issue was horrible at all. In fact I stated in my review for that issue that I thought it was perfect especially with some of the facial expression they did. But I think Kirby’s art suited the story just that much more. I remember first seeing J.J. Kirby’s work in the Backlash series. I didn’t care for it as much back then but when he returned and did The New Dynamix mini-series in 2008, I enjoyed his art. I think he’s improved even further in this issue. He’s got a cartoony style that definitely matches the tone of the story.

The Authority: The Lost Year #9 - Image 1The first part of this story last issue didn’t appeal to me because it was trying to be funny and I just didn’t find it to be. Here however, I think the overall humor worked better. Was it outstanding? No. But it was much better than last issue. It was almost like watching an episode of The Tick (or reading the comic). The characters from the alternate Earth were goofy enough to have been villains in The Tick.

I think something else that helped this issue is that it’s basically fighting through the majority of it. The dialogue does have fun with the situation but I think the action allowed for better visual jokes this time.

Does this issue redeem my feelings towards this series? Not really. But I’m glad to read an issue and not regret that I did. We’ve got 3 issues left so we’ll see if the team will end up anywhere else that’s interesting before all is said and done.

7 out of 10 (Above Average)

The Authority: The Lost Year #8 - Cover

The Authority: The Lost Year #8

“No Laughing Matter” (No Spoilers)

Writers: Grant Morrison, Keith Giffen, & J.M. DeMatteis
Pencils: David Williams & Kelsey Shannon
Letters: Rob Leigh
Editor: Scott Peterson
Cover: Gene Ha

I have to admit, I’ve struggled a lot with The Authority: The Lost Year. It has really been hit and miss for me. I believe there have been some great ideas presented in this series but I’m not really enjoying the way they’re being presented. However, with J.M. DeMatteis helping with the story this time we do get some humor which is very unusual for an Authority comic.

In visiting parallel worlds, the team has encountered several doppelgangers of themselves, both here and in past Authority stories. But this time, we get a more comedic take on the parallel Authority team encountered here. When DeMatteis did his Justice League of America series in 1987, it was kind of tongue-in-cheek. It took place in DC continuity but it was definitely very light-hearted. Basically what we have here is a light-hearted version of The Authority. This of course leads to some pretty funny moments where the characters react to situations in a more “classic” superhero way.

The Authority of the parallel Earth act as if they were in a sitcom rather than a comic. You can almost hear the laugh track appropriately placed as you read. While it was funny, it wasn’t laugh out loud funny. It’s kind of like a big name comedian that’s very popular making a movie and it receives lukewarm ratings. That’s what I feel here. I get what they were trying to do but I didn’t find it that amusing.

However, I will say David Williams and Kelsey Shannon’s art was perfect for this story. This is especially true with some of the facial expressions of the characters. At times I felt like I was reading a Mad Magazine parody of The Authority and the pictures went along perfect with that idea as I read.

Fans of J.M. DeMatteis will appreciate his take on The Authority but I think the idea fell a little short. But we still have the second part of this next month so we’ll see how this is all resolved.

Rating: 6 out of 10 (Slightly above average)