It's been nearly 20 years since Warren Elllis and Bryan Hitch launched The Authority and forever changed mainstream superhero comics with "widescreen" action (a phrase that, at this point, either brings joy or anger depending n how you feel about how influential it was in the years since) and saving the world on an absolutely grand scale. Over the course of just 12 issues, they crafted one of the most influential superhero comics of the last 30 years, and though the medium has definitely changed since it was published, The Authority still holds up.
Later this year, DC Comics will celebrate the landmark series with a new Absolute Edition collecting Ellis and Hitch's original 12 issues, along with extras including a brand-new story from the team. The edition will also feature a new cover from Hitch, and he recently shared an early peek at the art via Twitter.
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Yes, that's Swift, Apollo, The Engineer, Jack Hawksmoor, The Doctor, Jenny Sparks, and the Midnighter, together again for the first time in a long time. It's particularly exciting to see Hitch once again penciling Sparks, as she hasn't been around much since the original run of the series. If you're an Authority fan and you're just seeing this for the first time, you should know that you're not alone in making those weird squealing noises.
Absolute Authority Vol. 1 arrives October 11.