Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch– it was the kind of pairing widescreen superhero dreams were made of. And in 1999, when The Authority was launched as a revamp of Ellis’ and Hitch’s groundwork that was laid within the second volume of Stormwatch.
Thus, the cinematic era of the cape comic was born. It’s harder to envision this twenty years on, but there’s an argument to be made that the first volume of The Authority was almost as groundbreaking in how it shaped popular modes of storytelling within comics as the 1986 two-fer of The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen. Frankly, thanks to the titanic metahuman vistas provided by Hitch and Ellis’ ahead-of-their-time concepts, The Authority wasn’t just reflective of how we wanted our superhero comics to look; it was also how we dreamed our superhero movies would look until they finally caught up about a decade later.
This year, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Wildstorm, DC will be releasing the hardcover collection – Wildstorm: A Celebration of 25 Years this Wednesday (10/25). Priced at $29.99, this new graphic novel collection features a reunion of a number of classic Wildstorm creative teams from throughout its history, one of which will be a brand new short-story by Ellis and Hitch, reuniting them on the very team in which they *made* history. The new short features inks by Paul Neary (making it the original trio that’s brought back together), colors by Laura Martin, and letters by Josh Reed.
And The Beat has an exclusive preview of that very short, give it a look below ahead of its arrival on shelves tomorrow:
Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Bryan Hitch
Inker: Paul Neary
Colorist: Laura Martin
Letterer: Josh Reed
This new hardcover also includes a massive pinup gallery featuring new art by WS alumni including John Cassaday, Tim Sale, Adam Hughes, Carlos D’Anda, Adam Warren, Tony Harris, Lee Bermejo, Ryan Benjamin, Neil Googe, Fiona Staples, Cully Hamner and more, plus behind-the-scenes material that will blow your mind, and epic reprints of some of WildStorm’s greatest stories! This new hardcover is a must-have for old fans and new readers alike!
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