I don’t know why I waited so long to read this because aaaahhhhh!!!! In many ways, Authority is a completely different book to Annihilation. The focus moves from the mysterious Area X to the equally mysterious Southern Reach, the organisation charged with studying and containing Area X. But things start to unravel almost immediately. What do the people at Southern Reach really know about Area X? And what exactly happened to the last expedition they sent in? The further into the book we get, the more unsettling things become. Loved it!
I still don’t like Jon. At all. I felt that his mental health issues were dealt with really well, and his new therapist is pretty excellent, but it wasn’t enough to make me warm to him. I’m also not a massive fan of the sex police. The way ‘Kegelface’ is drawn bothers me (those eyebrows are disturbing), as does her outfit. I’m also not sure about the diversification of sex powers throughout these volumes. I don’t know man, there are a lot of things about Sex Criminals that I’m just not in to. What I do like though, is Suzie, Ana, and the amazing scene where Suzie confronts her prejudice towards sex workers, and apologises to Ana. I’ll pick up Volume 4 when it comes out, but to be honest, this isn’t a title that I’d particularly recommend to people.
I have such mixed feelings about this series too. I feel like the underlying concept just doesn’t make a lot of sense. Hurrah for a school for assassins, but having kids from all sorts of criminal groups from across the world doesn’t seem like the best idea. What’s to stop them from killing each other on behalf of their families? We’re told that violence against fellow students is not allowed, but it happens all the time and no one ever gets punished. Plus, won’t their friendships affect their work later in life? So, yeah… Again, I’ll probably read more of this but it won’t make it on to the list of comics I recommend to other people.
A pretty solid prequel to Jupiter’s Legacy, Jupiter’s Circle gives us a look into ‘The Union’ aka the super-powered parents being rebelled against in Jupiter’s Legacy. It’s the 1950s and being a superhero isn’t as straight-forward as it seems. There’s a pleasing diversity to the characters in this, and although The Union evolve into world leaders, we see them here at their most human. A decent read if you liked Jupiter’s Legacy, but nothing particularly out of the ordinary.
A scientist creates a device that will allow us to travel to alternate versions of Earth. His idea is that we can find the cure to cancer, the solution to water-shortages, and anything else we need, in these other Earths. Of course, things can’t be quite so simple. The device gets sabotaged. The scientist finds himself jumping at random through Earths that are nothing like he expected, accompanied by a team from his lab, his boss and his kids. And it’s fun! I’m looking forward to the next two volumes which are sitting on my shelf waiting to be read.