Superman & The Authority #2
Scheduled to arrive in stores: August 17, 2021
Cover date: October 2021
“One Soul at a Time”
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artists: Mikel Janin, Fico Ossio, Evan Cagle and Travel Foreman
Cover: Mikel Janin
Variant Covers: Trevor Hairsine
Reviewed by: James Lantz
As far as superhuman abilities go, Superman is not the man he once was. Yet, his name still carries influence among the superhero community. He and Manchester Black learn this as they recruit members of their new team. Nat and John Henry Irons battle sentient tech that becomes an army of internet trolls in Metropolis. Apollo and Midnighter try to rid the world of a group experimenting on children with psi-powers in Yemen. Once they all band together, Superman and his new group go into a space-time anomaly where June Moon endures her own personal hell created by her darker self, the Enchantress.
Story – 5: Perhaps this would have worked better alongside the previous issue in a giant-sized edition as the first issue felt incomplete. If you read it with this one, they feel like they were originally intended for a special, much like Uncanny X-Men #94 and 95 were meant to be Giant-Size X-Men #2. Speaking of Giant-Size X-Men, Morrison seems influenced by #1 for this story and perhaps the entire series. I was hard on the first issue because I expect a lot from Grant Morrison. However, I’m willing to change my mind after reading it with #2. They both show the potential for a great version of the Authority for the DC Universe.
Art – 5: I normally don’t like when multiple artists do a single issue. However, each section featuring a different hero feels like an individual chapter in this saga.
Cover Art – 5: Janin shows us things to come in this issue and this series with his stupendous cover.
Variant Cover Art – 5: I don’t recall seeing Trevor Hairsine’s art before, and that’s a pity. I love what he did with this variant.
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