One Mad Dog

[The Authority: The Magnificent Kevin] – (Garth Ennis, Carlos Ezquerra)
April 7, 2010, 3:14 am
Filed under: 8 Stars, Carlos Ezquerra, Garth Ennis, Kev
I really enjoyed the previous two books in the Kev series. I found them to be laugh out loud funny and although much of the material could be viewed as offensive it really seemed to work in the context it was used. The third book is probably the weakest in the series and has less funny moments but it is still definitely worth a read.
What this book does is flesh out the Kev story and bring it to a satisfying close. The story keeps your attention and has satisfying plot twists and surprises. It continues the very anti-establishment focus of the first two novels but concentrates more on the bad treatment of the SAS. The artwork by Carlos Ezquerra is great as usual and the “Alien” based dream Kev has at the beginning of the book has a very “Strontium Dog” look to it. I think the bad language might be a little overdone but this is a minor criticism. (ISBN-13: 978-1401209902) 8/10

[The Authority : Kev] – (Garth Ennis, Glen Fabry)
April 7, 2010, 3:09 am
Filed under: 8 Stars, Garth Ennis, Glen Fabry, Kev
I think this book will polarize many people. It probably wont appeal to the hardcore superhero marvel and DC comic book readers but it may well appeal to some of the old school 2000AD, Starlord types. Up front I have to say I fall into the latter category and I have never really been into Batman, Superman, Spider man etc. I grew up on a diet of Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog, Robohunter, ABC warriors etc. This book feels like an adult progression of those days so perhaps this is a comic book that appeals to a limited demographic?
The book is a strange mix of gritty British sarcastic humor and over the top alien superhero stuff. I think the SAS stuff works well and the Alien stuff less so. I found it to be an enjoyable read with art that is both clean and appropriate. It is horribly politically incorrect and contains scenes of gore and nudity in profusion but that didn’t bother me.
I dont think it works quite as well as the follow on book “A Man Called KEV” but I still found it an enjoyable read. It hasnt made me want to try out any of the authority books. (ISBN-13: 978-1401206147) .8/10

[The Authority : A Man Called Kev] – (Garth Ennis, Carlos Ezquerra)
April 7, 2010, 3:03 am
Filed under: 9 stars, Carlos Ezquerra, Garth Ennis, Kev
I was drawn to this book because I am a great fan of carlos Ezquerra’s earlier 2000AD work. I was very pleasantly surprised to find a good story, excellent art and some truly laugh out loud funny bits. This book permeates a kind of dry sarcastic humor that is so prevalent in the UK. “A man Called Kev” ties up the story from “The Authority KEV” and it is more of an urban war story than the superhero stuff in the earlier book. The art is very much in the style of 2000AD instead of some of the glossy “SPAWN” type detailed stuff but it fits the story perfectly.
Be warned that its is not a “politically correct” book and may offend various groups. It is the most enjoyable book I have read in a long while. (ISBN-13: 978-1401206147). 9/10