In a curious move, DC Comics just killed off the powerful super team. The authority just as they are about to make their debut on the big screen. Appearing in the recently published Outsiders #1, the Authority’s multidimensional ship, the Carrier, announces that the team it used to house is now dead.
Clearly inspired by the classic Wildstorm series. Planetary, Outsiders #1 by Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Robert Carey, Valentina Taddeo and Tom Napolitano brings together Batwing Luke Fox, Batwoman Kate Kane and a new version of Planetary hero Drummer to explore and excavate the farthest reaches of the DC Universe. After Luke explains that he has started a new organization with his father Lucius, he recruits Batwoman on her first official mission: exploring a mysterious fifty-mile-wide spaceship that is about to explode.
Upon entering the huge ship, he informs them that everyone in his universe is now dead and that he wants to take out his frustrations on this new universe. “I was a home for heroes“says the carrier,”And now everyone I know is dead.“
The carrier announces that the authority is dead
The Authority was created by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch in a groundbreaking twelve-issue series published by Wildstorm/DC in 1999-2000. The Authority, consisting of Jenny Sparks, Apollo, Midnighter, the Doctor, the Engineer, Jack Hawksmoor and Swift, was a super team that did what they wanted, when they wanted. If a dictator in one part of the world did something reprehensible, the Authority did not hesitate to cross national borders and eliminate them, repercussions be damned. After Wildstorm stopped publishing comics in 2010, several of its characters were included in the main DCU, such as Apollo and Midnighter. Otherwise, the Authority as a team has remained largely unnoticed since then.
Planetary was a twenty-four issue series by Warren Ellis and John Cassaday, published by DC/Wildstorm.
The Wildstorm Universe seems to be a touchstone for this new version of DC’s Outsiders team, given the events of this first issue. Now that the Authority is dead, it will be interesting to see what happens as the new Outsiders continue their explorations. The Outsiders themselves appear to be operating as the DC Universe’s version of Planetary, in which main characters Elijah Snow, Jakita Wagner, and the original Drummer explored and excavated the strangest corners of the Wildstorm universe, essentially acting as chroniclers of the history of the Outsiders. Superheros. Other Easter eggs in Outsiders #1 hint at other Wildstorm properties that have been dormant for over a decade at this point.
Will authority return to DC? Outsiders?
Announcing the death of one of DC’s most notable super teams before their big screen debut is an odd choice, but it’s important to remember that the new Outsiders The series is just beginning. Given the other hints given later in the first issue, it seems like DC could be preparing to reintroduce many of the Wildstorm characters and concepts for an entirely new generation ahead of the new Authority movie. Yeah The authority will return in the pages of Outsiders That remains to be seen, so fans will have to read on to find out.
Outsiders #1 is now available from DC Comics.
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