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Batman / Superman: Authority Special #1

Writer: Phillip K. Johnson Artist: Trevor Hairsine, Ben Templesmith Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 3, 2021 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 28
8.8Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

Following Mongul’s brazen attack on Earth, Superman’s world has been turned upside down: conflict between Atlantis and the surface world, the discovery of an immensely powerful new element, dead refugees with mysterious ties to Krypton, and expulsion from the Justice League! When Superman re-forms the experimental, antiestablishment Authority to join him in liberating Warworld, Batman comes to them with a request: join him for one unorthodox, off-the-books mission first, one he could never ask the Justice League to be a part of…and one he doesn’t expect everyone to come back from.

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Nov 5, 2021

    Buy this book. To have Batman needing the Authority to help him close some loops in the whole Multiverse dilemma that he arguably opened up with Death Metal is awesome. Turns out our Big Blue Boy Scout knows that in order to beat Mongul's Warworld, his team needs to flex their muscles against an alternate Al Ghul threat. Turns out the Multiverse is still a playground that needs to be dealt with. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Sharna Jahangir Nov 8, 2021

    TheBatman/Superman: Authority Special #1should be one of the number-one sellers for DC Comics, and there's a great reason why. The story is engaging and epic, it opens many avenues for future stories, and of course, it features our World's Finest team. Some serious narrative thought's gone into this issue, as well as a taste of fun superhero banter. The art is gorgeous and eye-catching, and I've collected both the initial cover and variant and do not regret it. I don't think you will either. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 2, 2021

    While most of the Authority doesn't get too much more fleshing out here, the story is compelling and also serves as a one final team-up for Batman and Superman before Superman leaves. But the ending cliffhanger promises there are maybe more twists coming for the Dark Multiverse. It hits on basically all cylinders and makes me hopeful Johnson will be coming back to this twisted world before long. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Matthew Aguilar Nov 3, 2021

    Superman and The Authority has been a delight, so what happens when you add Batman to the mix? Well, it actually somehow manages to get better. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 2, 2021

    All told, Batman/Superman Authority Special is an exciting story that features some great character interactions and a heck of a high-stakes story. The many artists involved do make the work read a bit jarringly, but it's an exciting adventure that uses Batman and Midnighter in really cool ways. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Nov 2, 2021

    This special proved another worthwhile glimpse at Supermans new team. With Warworld dead ahead, that arc is set to begin, but Johnson raised the possibility of The Authority traveling to other earths on multiverse-spanning missions. That sounds like a great premise once the Warworld arc is over. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Nov 8, 2021

    Nice little story settling the mini-feud between Batman and Superman. Nice seeing the Authority in action again. And wonderful art portraying the story. For a special, this worked very well. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Nov 3, 2021

    Batman/Superman: The Authority Special shows that a creative team other than Grant Morrison and Mikel Janin can tell a compelling story with this cast characters, and I'm excited to see some of the character moments, such as Lightray going from being hero for fame to being in real action or Apollo and Midnighter working on the whole no-killing thing, expanded up on in future issues of Action Comics from Philip Kennedy Johnson. Paper-thin villain characterization aside, this book is a solid one-shot adventure with an eerie setting thanks to memorable art from Ben Templesmith plus loads of funny interactions between Batman and Midnighter. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Nov 2, 2021

    As someone who loved the SUPERMAN AND THE AUTHORITY series by Morrison, I was expecting something rather similar. However, other than the team and characters involved, that's about all that remained from Morrison's take. In all reality, this was a DARK NIGHTS Multiversal tale with a dangling carrot for the future. If you loved those events and find the Dark Multiverse exciting, this issue of BATMAN/ SUPERMAN AUTHORITY SPECIAL #1 is for you. However, if you came for SUPERMAN AND THE AUTHORITY, you won't really find much of that here. Read Full Review

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