Comics Rewind: Warren Ellis’ THE AUTHORITY

(Welcome to Comics Rewind, a weekly column devoted to discovering – or re-discovering – great comics published some time in the past. Here you will find looks back at comics published in every era, from the Golden Age to the Modern Age, as well as retrospectives on the work of important comics writers, lists of “essential” comics, and evaluations of important works, as well as works worthy of a second look or a wider audience. Enjoy!)

I try to keep a sense of diversity in this column. Really I do. I want to present a mix of creator-owned and corporate comics, superhero comics and non-superhero comics, limited series and ongoing series, new writers and old. But being the completist-minded fanboy that I am, there are certain recurring themes that I won’t be able to shy away from until there’s nothing else there to talk about. Chief among them is the work of Warren Ellis, a comics writer I worship without apology. We’re coming up on a year of work with this column and I’ve already looked at his writing here several times. But guess what? It’s time to do it again, because I can’t wait any longer to talk about The Authority.


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“The First Hundred Days” collects the first five issues of Brian K. Vaughan’s Ex Machina, one of two brilliant series the writer has introduced to comics fans in the last decade, the other being the somewhat better known Y: The Last Man. While Y is a story told on a somewhat bigger scale, with a bigger concept and a more action-heavy story, Ex Machina may very well be the better tale. It’s part political thriller, part hero’s journey, part superhero adventure and part psychological trip, all told with Vaughan’s flair for playing with chronology, brilliant dialogue, and primal attachment to compelling characters.