Superman and the Authority #1
Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Mikel Janin
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Letters by Steve Wands
The Rundown: Superman asks Manchester Black for his assistance in stopping a cataclysmic event.
In 1963, Superman has a conversation with an important official. In the present, Manchester Black is awakened by the authorities. After a deadly confrontation, he is subdued by a powerful enemy. Later, he awakes to find that he has been captured by Superman. Superman then offers Black the opportunity to assist him in an important endeavor. Black initially declines, leaving Superman to face-off against powerful foes. However, Black has a change of heart, and aides his greatest enemy. In the end, Superman makes a surprising move that changes everything.
The Story: Morrison crafts an intense narrative that causes the reader to question the nature of a well known hero. It is interesting to see Superman portrayed in such a manipulative manner. His questionable morals makes it easy to see the world through the eyes of Manchester Black. And I have to wonder what else has Superman done to cause so much distrust in his eyes. The ending of this chapter is both astonishing and intriguing. I have so many questions about this iteration of Superman, and can’t wait to find out more about his intentions.
The Art: 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.