Superman and the Authority #2
Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Mikel Janin, Fico Ossio, Evan Cagle, Travel Foreman
Colors by Jordie Bellaire, Sebastian Cheng, Dave Stewart, and Alex Sinclair
Letters by Steve Wands
The Rundown: Superman and Manchester Black go on a recruiting mission. June Moone confronts someone from her past.
Black teases Superman about his exercise routine, causing the latter to reflect on the aging process. From Fort Superman, the two look in on Natasha Irons fight with AI produced enemies in Metropolis. Next. The pair travel to Yemen, where they recruit lovers/partners Apollo and The Midnighter after their battle with a monster. Elsewhere, June Moone and Alan go to a hotel. Once their, they encounter something surprising. Soon Alan reveals his part in a devastating plot. Then, June is forced into an altercation with Alan and The Enchantress. Afterwards, she finds herself in an unusual position. Finally, she is met by Superman and his team. The group must then decide how to proceed.
The Story: The second chapter in this series is a foundational episode. As Superman builds his elite team, Grant Morrison takes time to give a bit of insight into the personalities of the protagonists. While each member had adequate introductory time, I was underwhelmed with the new additions. The characters felt very cliché and stereotypical. This includes the plot involving the Enchantress. I feel like that tone was purposefully crafted. And I could theorize on the point to be made in doing so. Unfortunately, the technique did little to hold my overall interest. I hope that the story, going forward clearly articulates its use of tropes as a commentary on society.
The Art: A myriad of styles are used to illustrate this issue, varying with the particular individuals focused upon. These techniques find commonality in their attention to detail and focus on either character expression or form. I appreciate how each character’s arc feels like a different story. The art expertly fits the mood of the different characters perfectly and helps foster an emotional connection with them.