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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: 13 User Reviews: 45
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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
    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
    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

  • 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

  • 8.0
    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

  • 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

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