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The Authority: The Lost Year #12

“Reality” (No Spoilers)

Writers: Grant Morrison & Keith Giffen
Pencils: Jerry Ordway
Inks: Kevin Nowlan
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb
Letters: Rob Leigh
Editor: Scott Peterson
Cover: Gene Ha

Here we are finally and so ends half (looking at you Wildcats) of the redemption for Worldstorm and this title which had been put on hold since Grant Morrison left it in 2006. It has been a bumpy ride to say the least but it is very interesting how they chose to end this.

All of you who have been following our coverage of this title know that for the most part we’ve been really frustrated with it. Morrison had a strong start when he worked on it, so when Keith Giffen was announced to take it over it seemed like a good fit. Giffen, after all, had already written these characters several times. But somewhere along the way, it seemed that this series as a whole just started to fall apart. One thing that was evident was the story arcs were way too short. There were several alternate worlds that the team visited that were really cool but only lasted two issues. This led to a lot of great set up being resolved super fast in order to move on to the next alternate reality.

This was hard to accept until those two beautiful issues drawn by Brandon Badeaux we just recently reviewed. By that time, we already knew to expect the shorter arcs and Badeaux’s art certainly made up for it. Which brings us to this issue. It is very interesting the way they decided to end this. It’s hard to talk about without spoiling but let’s just say, you’d get a very different feel for this ending if this series had come before DnA’s World’s End Authority run (in continuity this story takes place before World’s End). I’d go as far as to say this ending would’ve been very lackluster if you didn’t have DnA’s run to juxtapose. For me it was a reminder of why I didn’t like The Authority much before DnA’s run.

Another thing worth noting about this issue is that the art is by industry legend Jerry Ordway. We’re talking this is the equivalent of Jack Kirby drawing The Authority. It’s crazy to even see his name here. This is one of the guys who worked on Crisis on Infinite Earths (which is highly appropriate based on the premise of this Authority series). His art is obviously very old school but it still looks great!

Overall, I think this series fell flat. It had a great start and some great issues here towards the end but honestly it just ended up being another Authority adventure. It seemed like they were trying really hard to learn something here at the end but I’m not so sure they did. It’s a shame because there was such potential here but somehow it got lost along the way (pun intended). Honestly, I hope this is the last we ever see of this version of The Authority. I hope the lessons they learned in the DnA run are never forgotten.

I think they’re much better off for it.

7 out of 10 (Above Average)

The Authority: The Lost Year #11

“Damage Control” (No Spoilers)

Writers: Grant Morrison & Keith Giffen
Pencils: Brandon Badeaux
Colors: Jonny Rench
Letters: Rob Leigh
Editor: Scott Peterson
Cover: Gene Ha

In-freaking-credible! I wish all of Lost Year had been like these last two issues. Everything came together in this issue; the story was engaging and once again we’re treated to amazing art by Brandon Badeaux.

Badeaux’s art is what really made this arc for me. It is incredibly detailed and combined with Jonny Rench’s colors makes for some of the best art in a comic I’ve seen in a long time. Plus, Badeaux’s designs for the alternate reality Authority are just wicked! I’ve heard people say they don’t think Badeaux could handle a monthly book because his art is so detailed. Personally, I’d wait on a bi-monthly book if he were doing the art. It’s that good.

But one thing’s that also really good here is the story. It’s not something that’s entirely original but it’s enough to give this little two-issue arc the sense of being something bigger and more epic. There are also a ton of cameos by other Wildstorm heroes in this alternate universe which adds to the scope of the events. And this time, even though the story is wrapped up quickly, I don’t feel cheated. I consider this the big budget movie of this series (complete with awesome special effects).

If you have not been following Lost Year, or got frustrated by some of the same things I did along the way, I say pick up issue 10 and 11. They are just too beautiful not to have in your collection. I cannot say enough good things about them. Although at the same time it saddens me that the series as a whole was not like this. It could be argued that they were saving the best for last but it’s still a lot stuff to sift through before we get to this point.

Well, we’re done to one issue left and then this series wraps up. It will be interesting to look at the series as a whole when all is said and done but the awesomeness displayed here is probably too little too late.

9 out of 10 (Excellent!)

The Authority: The Lost Year #10 – Cover

The Authority: The Lost Year #10

“The Seventh Day” (No Spoilers)

Writers: Grant Morrison & Keith Giffen
Pencils: Brandon Badeaux
Colors: Jonny Rench
Letters: Rob Leigh
Editor: Scott Peterson
Cover: Gene Ha

FINALLY! An issue of Lost Year I really like! I haven’t liked an issue this much since issue 6 (which ultimately let me down with the following issue). The difference here is I now know this little arc will be resolved next issue. Would I like for it to run longer? Hell yeah! Especially with Brandon Badeaux drawing it. But for now I’ll take what I can get.

I’ll start with Brandon Badeaux. He is an incredible artist! Wildstorm fans have seen his work in the “Dane: Loyalties” back-up story which ran in the early World’s End titles and also in The Authority #10. Not since Gene Ha opened up this series have I come across art I loved this much. He is extremely detailed and I think that may be his blessing and his curse. I’m not sure if he could do a monthly because he spends so much time on his art but even if it were bi-monthly, I’d wait for a title with his art.

One very cool aspect of this story that is unlike any previous is this series is that this acts as a “What If?” to a very major storyline in Wildstorm’s past (don’t want to spoil it). It was one of my personal favorite storylines and it is really cool to see how things played out in this alternate Earth as a result. There are even a couple of Wildstorm characters we haven’t seen in a while who have alternate versions here.

Speaking of which, because this spins out of a major storyline from Wildstorm’s past, it features a ton of characters from around the WSU. And again, seeing Badeaux draw some of these characters is pure eye-candy. It also gives this story a more epic feel because with the other heroes around it feels like there’s more at stake here.

Even though I know it ends the story, I’m hoping next issue is as enjoyable as this one. For as much as this series has disappointed me as a whole, it’s nice to be excited about at least two of the last three issues. We’ll see how the final issue plays-out.

8 out of 10 (On its way to greatness)

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)