The oversized Absolute Authority is getting a new printing and to celebrate the book is receiving a new cover by Bryan Hitch.
It is tough to overstate what The Authority did for comic books when it first hit stands in 1999. Before Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch unleashed the super group, phrases like “over the top” and “widescreen” were rarely applied to comic books.
The Authority changed that.
The book took the idea of a superhero team and took it to an absurd level. The group, comprised of Jenny Sparks, Jack Hawksmoor, Swift, Apollo and Midnighter, The Engineer and The Doctor, did whatever it took to keep the planet safe. And that usually involved massive destruction and lots of super-villains meeting an early demise.
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The initial run by Ellis and Hitch has become a modern classic since it was published and has been collected in a number of different ways over the years. But the best might have been Absolute Authority.
The book, which was published in a huge oversized edition with amazing paper and lots of extra content, was the first of its kind. It collected the first 12 issues of the series, everything done by Ellis and Hitch and weighed in at over 300 pages. It’s a model that has been adapted by almost every other comic publisher since but Absolute Authority was the first and many still consider it the best.
The book has been out of print for years, much to the chagrin of fans everywhere who missed out on getting a copy.
Well, DC has heard you and it going to hook you up.
DC has announced that Absolute Authority is getting a new printing and hitting store shelves later this year. And just to make sure you don’t miss it again, the book is getting a new cover by Hitch and a new Authority story by the original creators.
Hitch went to Twitter on Tuesday to show off the new cover art for the book. But don’t tell anyone, he may get in trouble.
Cannot wait to see what that looks like in full color.
The Authority was one of the best comics ever published and inspired much of what would come in the pages of Mark Millar’s The Ultimates that he worked on with Hitch. It’s safe to say The Ultimates might not have gotten the accolades it did without The Authority paving the way.
Absolute Authority will arrive in comic shops and book stores in October, 2017 with a price tag of $99.99. That may sound a bit steep, but take my word for it, this book is worth every penny.
Do not miss it.