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The Authority (2003 Series) #11

April 10, 2004

Quick Rating: Average
Title: Fractured World Episode Two

While reality crumbles, Jenny Quantum’s mother comes to take her back.

Writer: Robbie Morrison
Pencils: Dwayne Turner
Inks: Sal Regla
Colors: David Baron
Letters: Phil Balsman
Editor: Ben Abernathy
Cover Art: Dwayne Turner & Sal Regla
Publisher: DC Comics/Wildstorm

Fractures in the fabric of reality are opening up all over Earth and threats are spilling out, from supervillains to another universe to populated cities flooding because a fracture opens them up to the ocean of an alternate Earth, and as the Authority scrambles to save lives, the government that they took over during the Coup D’etat storyline continues to question their ability to act as superheroes and rulers at the same time. Meanwhile, the woman who gave birth to Apollo and Midnighter’s daughter drops by for a visit.

This issue is a definite step up from the abysmal “Godhead” storyline, mostly because of the intriguing nature of the threat the team faces – fractures in reality through which virtually any potential threat can materialize is a very clever concept and it is put to good use in this issue. However, as clever as this is, the rest of the issue is just pretty… well… “blah.” The “superheroes in charge” storyline has been done way too often and way better (most notably in the original Squadron Supreme miniseries) to really make this stand out, and the “family” of Apollo, Midnighter and Jenny Quantum are such thinly-drawn caricatures that it’s really not possible to care about the prospect of the woman who birthed the young girl arriving to take her back.

Dwayne Turner does his usual solid job with the artwork. There are some pretty dynamic action scenes with walls of water tearing through cities and worlds of flame encroaching upon our own. The art raises the book up a notch in my estimation, but not an enormous one. The story is bland and the characters are dull, and one can only wish that the Authority would return to the days when it actually had stories to tell instead of using cardboard cutout angst with some cursing and blood thrown in for shock value.

Rating: 5/10

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