Superman and the Authority #1

Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Mikel Janin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 21, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 63
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Sometimes even Superman finds a task almost impossible. Sometimes even the Last Son of Krypton needs to enlist help. Some tasks require methods and heroes that don’t scream “Justice League.” So Clark Kent, the Metropolis Marvel, seeks out Manchester Black, the most dastardly of rogues, to form an all-new Authority tasked with taking care of some business on the sly. Not only will Black know the right candidates for the team, but if Superman can make him behave himself and act in service of the greater good, then he’ll prove literally anyone can be a hero! They’ll have to move quickly, however, as the Ultra-Humanite forms his own tea more

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Aug 1, 2021

    Buy this book. So many Easter Eggs and nuances that point to Jonathan assuming the mantle of Superman, but also of a weakened Clark who needs this team as much as they need him. Here's to a long run for The Authority! Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Justin Harrison Jul 20, 2021

    While it may not have been meant as Grant Morrison's final farewell to DC Comics, Superman and the Authority's first issue suggests that it'll make a worthy capstone to their time with the company. Mikel Jann's illustrations and Jordie Bellaire's colors are stupendous. The work this team is doing with Manchester Black is as exciting as it is intriguing. I cannot wait to see where this goes. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Jul 22, 2021

    Superman & The Authority #1 is a complex, layered, and insightful look at superheroes that provides readers with initial satisfaction, only to become more rewarding with each subsequent read. For those worried that this might be as challenging as some of Morrisons works can be, do not fret. This is arguably his most accessible DC work since JLA. With a fascinating story that is brought to life by a brilliant art team, Superman & The Authority #1 is a must read. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jul 21, 2021

    Morrison writes a fun script that is a nice take on the mythos. He shows us some weird things but mostly it is just crazy fun. Mikel Janin does an amazing job drawing this story. The two work well together. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 20, 2021

    It has a wicked, subtle sense of humor that creeps in, and that's where Morrison is at their best. It's unlike anything else in DC's roster right now, and I imagine this will be one of the highlights of the next few months. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Jul 20, 2021

    Powered by career-best artwork from Mikel Jann with colors by Jordie Bellaire, Superman and the Authority #1 is visionary writer Grant Morrisons take on The Authority, a take perhaps at odds with its source material. This first issue is fantastic, and we should all be excited to follow this story. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Sequential Planet - Geoffrey Luu Jul 24, 2021

    Though this issue mostly devotes itself to exposition and to establishing its world and status quo, Superman and the Authority #1 shows promise for an exciting take on a Superman who has been affected by the world's tragedies but remains at his core, apparently, a hero. The interactions between Superman and sometime-enemy Manchester Black are entertaining, as the two play off each other well, and the art and lettering are clean, yet striking and appealing. Readers should definitely be excited about what Morrison has planned for the remainder of this miniseries. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Jul 20, 2021

    SUPERMAN AND THE AUTHORITY #1 delivers a fresh new take on a classic character with a nostalgic spin. Furthermore, Morrison's style isn't as polarizing or unconventional as many would expect with an average level of intensity and concept. That said, if you dig that Morrison-style approach, please don't be deterred. The story is clever, unique, and dangles some intriguing questions to be uncovered as the series progresses. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Comic Watch - Jeff Brister Jul 20, 2021

    Classic and current Grant Morrison collide wonderfully in Superman and the Authority #1, a thoughtful and weighty introduction to a Superman's mission to create A Finer World. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Jul 20, 2021

    To sum it all up, Superman and the Authority #1 is about the failure of the supposed Age of Aquarius as Morrison, Janin, and Bellaire turn from smiling, well-hewn Superman to a half-naked Manchester Black surrounded by detritus and targeted by the mooks of American imperialism. But there's always hope even the more commercially successful superhero team failed in their mission to make the world a better place. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 20, 2021

    With the drastic changes to Superman in other titles, its nice to see Morrison can quickly capture the core of the character even when throwing a wild card like Manchester Black in the mix. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller Jul 23, 2021

    This book promises a lot, and I really hope it delivers. It certainly feels epic. If it does, it could be the best thing Morrison's done for some time. High bar indeed. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Jul 20, 2021

    Janin uses detailed drawings with an emphasis on character expression and form. This is highlighted by Bellaire's use of multiple color schemes that changes with the tone of the story. I really loved how the artwork reflected the different time periods. And the alternating palette's kept me fully engaged and emotionally involved in the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jul 27, 2021

    Black makes some calls to his circle of friends to see who will join the cause and he says he got a few people who are interested. Interesting.Again, this is a Superman who is depowered and almost seems desperate. I love how this Superman recognizes that he is recruiting one of the most vile villains to be part of a hero team. He admits to 'viscerally disliking' Black and he should. Black is horrible. But maybe just maybe Black can save the world. So this is a very good opening issue setting up the premise. It left me wanting more. Is there a story that can be told in just 3 issues? Will I want more? Or will this just be a premise to mull over. I guess we will find out. I do wonder if Black will be turned or eventually try a back stab. The art is gorgeous.  Janin draws a grizzled older Superman who still looks tough. The rough Zapruder film is well rendered. And he draws one hell of a thought beast!Bring on the next issue! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 24, 2021

    A very strong start, both in writing and art, for this hopefully fun little mini-series about a new take on Superman. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Jul 21, 2021

    Superman and The Authority ultimately serves as abstract and introduction for the dissertation to come, and it sets expectations reasonably high. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Jul 20, 2021

    Superman and the Authority #1 features the Man of Steel at his best, along with the promise of a classic Wildstorm team being resurrected. If you are a fan of Superman, the Wildstorm Universe, or the creative team's work, you'll definitely want to add this to your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Jul 23, 2021

    Superman faces his mortality as the world needs more heroes. It's full of great ideas, cool designs and a lot of promise that's well worth picking up. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jul 20, 2021

    Grant Morrison kicks off his four-issue mini with some historical feels, intrigue, and great art by Mikel Janin.  Morrison fans will eat this up, but others might want to wait for another issue or two to see what's going on. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Merlyn Jul 20, 2021

    I will always appreciate a book with Mikel Janin's art but Morrison is a hard sell lately. This wasn't bad or anything and the idea is interesting but for a first issue out of four, I feel like we didn't get much. Manchester Black has always been poor man's Constantine and that tracks here, too. Also I found Superman's voice odd at times. I hope this gets better but I can't say I believe that, if Green Lantern was any indication, it will get worse actually.

  • 5.5
    Blackgirl Jul 20, 2021

    I don't like it, sorry. It is not the most terrible thing, there are issus that are so bad that I prefer to ignore them. But simply this union between Clark and Black is a nonsense, erroneous. Doesn't the super have much better support?

  • 9.0
    daspidaboy Jul 20, 2021

    So Superman wants to ask Manchester Black's help because the Phantom Zone robots are going rogue, and it might make the Phantom Zone prisoners escape. Just a bit confused on why Manchester Black wants to help Superman.

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  • 6.5
    Mother of dragons Jul 20, 2021

    This first installment feels unconvincing and at the same time curious about what will happen next.
    I didn't like the integration of a historically important character in a comic, that made me very uncomfortable. But that's me.

  • 6.5
    ThiagoRos9 Jul 22, 2021

    A very boring beginning.

  • 8.0
    Lions Jul 20, 2021

    Interesting first installment, DC really likes to put villains helping heroes, so I don't see Black's intervention so bad, even though it may give to Superman headaches, we'll know in the next numbers.

  • 7.5
    fenixalasnegras Jul 20, 2021

    It was a really strange start, the situation with Kenedy was interesting. Morrison has given good success in some of his comics and according to what I read this will be the last one before taking a break, so this must be a good series in the future, we will know as we progress.

  • 7.0
    BigCliff Jul 28, 2021

    This is pretty interesting. Seeing the JFK stuff, doing the space race talking with the Man of Tomorrow was a pleasant change to the superman mythos. Two prominent figures talking about the future of mankind & the steps needed to strive really resonates with me. It set's up that superman takes on the personal responsibility to see not just America, but the world's future generations, have a way to prosper & flourish. And I'm so curious to see, since superman has seen failure after failure such as, JFK's murder, MLK's murder, his own failures with the Justice League, I'm curious to see how he finally reaches the promises he made to JFK...& king Arthur. How far will he be willing to go? I like Manchester Black in this. He feels like the ordin more

  • 9.5
    SONOFBATMANN Jul 20, 2021

    Peak Morrison. Peak Janin. It doesn't get better than this.

    "All these people jumping on the bandwagon, the ones who hate you now they've got you down as a dodgy reactionary who can't be trusted? I hated you first! I can spot a trend a mile off!"

    I can definitely see the meta-commentary of Manchester Black as the cynical comic reader while a hardened/older Superman becomes another one of Morrison's fiction suits, taking us along for the ride. This issue is meant to convince us to embrace the story and concept, just as Supes gets Black to join his crusade.

  • 9.0
    axdn Jul 20, 2021

    This was a great book!

  • 9.0
    Onomatopoeia Jul 20, 2021

    I like the idea of an older Superman losing his powers and thus coming to terms with his imperfections. I think this was a strong start and I'm ready to see where it goes.

  • 9.0
    C.V.R. The Bard Jul 27, 2021

    Morrison didn't retire. Morrison didn't retire! MORRISON DIDN'T RETIRE! Those were my initial thoughts when I picked up "Superman And The Authority". Happy that one of my favorite scribes and teachers was not going to hang his hat on a series about my least favorite (and most overrated) Green Lantern's. It appears that authors in all mediums have a tendency to pull the ol' bait and switch to get consumers to purchase more of their product. But with Morrison's ecletic bibliography - I do not mind playing the game right along with him.
    The book begins with the type of mind-altering that one can expect with reading Milligan's run of "Shade The Changing Man", and once more a Vertigo-alumni's fascination with U.S. Presi. J.F.K. is present more

  • 9.0
    Smock948 Nov 3, 2021

    Morrison still shows that he's the best Superman writer out there, and the alliance between him and Manchester is fun. Superman has a way of seeing the best in people and this is a great example of that.

  • 8.5
    Fracadactyl Jul 20, 2021

    I love how Grant Morrison is not afraid to get weird! Also screw mainstream continuity that doesn't make a big impression! It's part of why an older Superman from the 60s is around. I don't know if this is an Elseworlds story or not but I don't really care! Gathering underutilized heroes and villains for a smorgasboard is good in my book.

    Also I realize why Manchester Black is around! Aside from acting as a foil, it can challenge reader's expectations. With Superman able to tackle the absurd like those weird aliens with help, what about the more complicated stuff? Would Black seeing Superman do what he normally would cause a change of heart? That's what I wanna find out!

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  • 8.5
    BigWill71 Jul 21, 2021

    The idea of mashing up Superman & the Authority made my head hurt at first glance, but I'm very glad I took a risk on this one. Morrison doesn't let me down.

    This feels like a prologue to whatever the main story is going to be and appears set in a timeline that is outside of "normal continuity". I was happy that Superman is Superman and Manchester Black is Manchester Black (unless there is a big swerve coming up).

    Loved the dialogue here and laughed on two occasions. Looking forward to the next issue.

  • 8.0
    allenquanobi Jul 20, 2021

    Hmm, I'm really not sure how to feel about this. I'm also confused where this takes place in continuity. I assume it's in the future, separate from the current Superman comics. I know Jon is getting a new series soon, but I feel like I'm missing something. Regardless, the premise of the book is cool: Superman is losing his powers (Grant Morrison really likes that concept), and he needs help that he knows the Justice League can't provide, but other unsavory folks can. And it's admittedly cool, Grant Morrison once again shows they can still write witty entertaining dialogue while also not decompressing any of the story. The issue feels like the first 30 minutes of a standard action superhero movie, which is great, considering this is ju more

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  • 7.5
    King-Maker Psycamorean Jul 20, 2021

    This was pretty good but I really don't know what the point of this miniseries will be. Where does it fit in continuity? Is it even in continuity? And like, just how many Constantine clones are there? I feel like DC has at least 18 clones of Constantine. It's really distracting, honestly.

  • 7.5
    TSMack Jul 29, 2021

    I am not a Superman reader but I picked this up because of Morrison. The artwork is top tier but the story was just OK. I didn't follow some of the dialogue probably due to not being familiar with Black. I'm not sure whether I will pick up the next issue unless I hear good things about it.

  • 5.0
    KFuqua Jul 23, 2021

    Nice art, as usual, by Janin. Uninteresting story, as usual, by Morrison.

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    RedKSuperman Sep 2, 2021

    Story and art are crap. What a waste.

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