RULING THE WORLD
"Everybody wants to rule the world..."
Penciler: Phil Jimenez
Inker: Andy Lanning with Phil Jimenez
Colorist: Laura DePuy
Letterer: Ryan Cline
45page Prestige Format
Original Graphic Novel
Published by DC/Wildstorm 2000
by Scott J Grunewald
AUTHORITY was Warren Ellisí answer to JLA or the X-Men. A super
team made up of heroes unwilling to only go half way, but rather
ready to take off the spandex and capes and do some real good. THE
AUTHORITY are not your fathers superheroes, they are pissed off
and eager to change things for the better. Essentially, Ellis created
a new breed of superheroes, one unwilling to simply fight crime,
but ready to kill it (and I donít use the term Ďkillí lightly) at
the regular bi-monthly PLANETARY series, creator Warren Ellis dissects
and examines the pop culture genreís that permeate the literary
world. Ellisí skilled hand has already tackled super spies, pulp
icons and b-movie starlets. He freely takes other authors work and
boils it down to itís core, leaving the best facets in place to
tell his greater story.
in the prestige format RULING THE WORLD, Ellis turns his literary
microscope on himself. A monster from Snowís past wakes up in a
small Rhode Island town and promptly starts eating people. THE AUTHORITY,
Jenny Sparks, Jack Hawksmoore, The Engineer, The Doctor, Swift,
Apollo and the Midnighter are, of course, there to smoosh the monster.
thatís only half the job, the hidden threesome, Jakita Wagner, Elijah
Snow and the Drummer, known as PLANETARY find out that the monster
didnít just land in Rhode Island, it was send there by some very
familiar super powered individuals.
archeologists of secrets decide that the AUTHORITY has a past that
PLANETARY should know about. What they find is quite frankly the
obvious; The AUTHORITY are really quite scary.
about it, a 100 year old drunk, a man who eats the pollution created
by cities, a drug addicted, marginally sane ex-video game mogul,
a techno fetishist, a bird woman, and Jesse Helms worst nightmare,
two big, bad ass-kicking gay men are running around the world telling
us what is and is not okay. Sure, they protect earth and all the
people who live here. Yes, they are doing what they can to help
us any way they can. But the fact remains that even if we disagreed
with them, we couldnít stop them.
I'm aware that itís just a comic, and that in the real world, real
men are incapable of punching through heads. But the message is
a solid one. He who rules the world really is the strongest. It
has nothing to do with brains or skills; itís who hits the hardest.
AUTHORITY hit the hardest, and the world should be lucky that they
are on the good side. But what happens when they fall out of favor?
What happens when they go to far, whoís there to tell them to cool
course these questions never get answered or directly raised in
RULING THE WORLD, only implied. But I think thatís what makes this
graphic novel so good. Ellis gives us a solid, interesting and typical
AUTHORITY kill the big bad monster things story within PLANETARYíS
quiet examination of the world around it. He mixes the best of both
books together seamlessly, and, if you can believe it, there was
no good guy versus the other good guy mistaken identity fight. Will
superhero comics ever be the same? God I hope not.
Scott J Grunewald is publisher of PopImage
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