Four Colour Thoughts – Superman and The Authority #1

The Creators – Grant Morrison – Writer, Michael Janin – Artist, Jordie Bellaire – Colours, Steve Wands – Letters

The Players – Superman, Manchester Black, John F. Kennedy

The Story – Superman is tasked with creating a finer world. Sixty years later, he is still at it.

The Take – Grant Morrison takes on Superman, sans the Authority as they are not present as of yet in this series despite the title saying so, and the man begins it all in 1963, perhaps playing into DC’s new Multiverse aspect. That being said, it by no means hampers the story in any way, it, in fact, furthering what is to come as Superman, tasked by JFK to create a better world for generations to come, has not been able to do so even decades later. Cut to the present day and Manchester Black finds himself under attack by the authorities looking to arrest him for whatever it is he has done as of late until Superman shows up and takes him into custody. What follows is Big Blue healing Black’s injuries and telling him of his plan to create this finer world, only able to do so with Black’s help and others whom he has yet to recruit. Morrison does some fine character work in this book, showing readers a Superman who is slowly losing his powers for whatever reason and one that is willing at this point in his life to do what it takes to fulfill his promise. As for Manchester Black, he is exactly as he should be – obstinate, sarcastic, mean and a lot of fun. Missing from the book are all the high concepts, the craziness, the insanity and the sometimes unintelligible workings from Morrison who keeps this tale on the straight and narrow so that anyone can pick it up and understand what is going on. When Morrison reins it in, the man can write some truly good books, not that it has not happened otherwise when letting it all go, and this definitely has the makings of one. As for Michael Janin who joins Morrison on this odyssey, the man’s pencils continue to looks as polished and as slick as ever. Superman looks exactly as he should, that being super and majestic, even imposing while trying to gain the confidence of Black. This is the way Superman should look and feel and Morrison and Janin make it look easy, the story flowing effortlessly from the first page to the last until that finale that makes readers think that not everything is going to go the way they thought it was initially. A great issue that makes one want to come back and see just what it is that these creators have in store.

Worth It? – Yes.

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