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The Authority, as featured on the cover for the Under New Management trade paperback (Nov. 2000). From left to right, the Doctor, Swift, Apollo, Jenny Sparks, Midnighter, the Engineer, and Jack Hawksmoor, with the infant Jenny Quantum at the back. Art by Frank Quitely.
|Group publication information|
|First appearance||The Authority (vol. 1) #1 (May 1999)|
|Created by||Warren Ellis
|Type of organization||Team|
Doctor (Jeroen Thorndike)
Doctor (Habib ben Hassan)
|Series publication information|
|Publication date||(Vol. 1)
May 1999 – July 2002
July 2003 – November 2004
December 2004 – December 2005
(Vol. 3: The Lost Year)
December 2006 – October 2010
October 2008 – December 2010
|Number of issues||(Vol. 1): 29
(Vol. 2): 15
(Vol. 3)/The Lost Year: 12
(Vol. 4): 30
|Under New Management||ISBN 1-56389-756-3|
|Earth Inferno||ISBN 1563898543|
|Transfer of Power||ISBN 1401200206|
|Harsh Realities||ISBN 1401202780|
|Fractured Worlds||ISBN 1401203000|
|Coup D'état||ISBN 1401205704|
|Revolution (Book 1)||ISBN 1401206239|
|Revolution (Book 2)||ISBN 1401209475|
|The Lost Year, Volume 1||ISBN 140122749X|
The Authority is a superhero comic book series published by DC Comics under the Wildstorm imprint. It was created by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch, and follows the adventures of the Authority, a superhero team mainly composed of Ellis-created characters from Stormwatch.
The founding members of the Authority were:
- Jenny Sparks, "The Spirit of the Twentieth Century"; the group's founder and original leader.
- Apollo, "The Sun God".
- Midnighter a.k.a. Lucas Trent, "Night's Bringer of War".
- The Doctor a.k.a. Jeroen Thorndike, "The Shaman".
- The second Engineer a.k.a. Angela Spica, "The Maker".
- Jack Hawksmoor, "The King of Cities"; leader of the Authority from 2000 to 2005, and again from 2008 to 2010.
- Swift a.k.a. Shen Li-Min, "The World's Greatest Huntress".
Following the "Outer Dark" storyarc, Jenny Sparks was replaced with:
- Jenny Quantum, "The Spirit of the 21st Century"; leader of the Authority from 2005 to 2008.
After the "Revolution" maxi-series, new members of the Authority included:
- The Doctor a.k.a Habib ben Hassan, "The Shaman"; Thorndike's successor and
- Rose Tattoo, "The Spirit of Life"; former member of Stormwatch.
Beginning with #18 of volume five the team roster underwent a major change. Jack Hawksmoor, Swift and Engineer remained on the team, where they were joined by new members:
- Synergy a.k.a. Christine Trelane; former co-leader of Stormwatch.
- Deathblow a.k.a. Michael Cray.
- Flint a.k.a Victoria Ngengi; former member of Stormwatch.
- Freefall a.k.a. Roxanne Spaulding; former member of Gen 13.
- Grifter a.k.a. Cole Cash; former member of the Wildcats.
- The High a.k.a. John Cumberland; former Stormwatch foe and
- Rainmaker a.k.a. Sarah Rainmaker; former member of Gen 13.
The Authority's base of operations is the Carrier, a sentient, gigantic, interdimensional "shiftship" existing everywhere on Earth at the same time and capable of moving through every imaginable plane of existence.
Publication history 
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Volume 1 
Ellis/Hitch era 
In 1999, Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch created the Authority, a team of superheroes who got the job done by any means necessary. The original line-up consisted of Jenny Sparks, a British woman who could generate and turn into electricity; Jack Hawksmoor, who was psychically bonded to cities and could communicate with them; Swift, a Tibetan woman who possessed wings and sharp talons; Apollo, a bio-engineered Superman pastiche; Midnighter, a bio-engineered Batman pastiche who possessed the ability to foresee his opponents' moves in combat; The Engineer, a scientist who had replaced her blood with nine pints of nanotechnology and could create solid objects with it; and The Doctor, a Dutch drug addict and shaman who possessed the combined powers of the hundreds of shamans who came before him. On the creation of the series, Ellis noted
"One of the reasons I turned their STORMWATCH into THE AUTHORITY is that I found out that, despite the fact that no-one was buying STORMWATCH, they kept it going because they liked reading it in the [Wildstorm] office and wanted to keep me employed. And I felt so bloody awful about that, and at the same time had been so struck by Bryan Hitch’s STORMWATCH issues, that the train of thought that led to THE AUTHORITY began."
The Ellis/Hitch run of The Authority lasted 12 issues, divided into three four-issue storyarcs: The Circle, Shiftships, and Outer Dark. They showed increasingly dangerous enemies such as an international terrorist previously seen in Stormwatch; an invasion from an alternative Earth; and "God", the hostile alien creator of the Solar System.
Millar/Quitely era 
During the Millar/Quietly run, the Authority was now under Jack Hawksmoor's leadership following Jenny Sparks' death at the end of the 20th Century. They faced multiple foes such as a mad scientist and his army of superhumans who wanted to influence the 21st Century through Jenny Spark's successor Jenny Quantum, a previous Doctor who manipulated the Earth itself, and a duplicate team of superheroes modeled on the Authority that was created and backed by the G7 group of nations. Also during the run, Jenny Quantum was adopted by Apollo and Midnighter after they were married and the Doctor worked through his heroin addiction after faltering in battle.
Volume 2 
The series was subsequently restarted, (with a planned "Mature Readers" relaunch by Brian Azzarello and Glenn Fabry being scrapped in the wake of 9/11), and was written by Robbie Morrison with art by Dwayne Turner (except for the single issue "Behemoth", which featured art by Tan Eng Huat, and "Street Life", which was penciled by Whilce Portacio). This incarnation of the series lasted for 15 issues (numbered 0 to 14). Prior to issue 10, the series was part of the "Coup d'état" crossover that included The Authority, Stormwatch: Team Achilles, Sleeper, and Wildcats v3.0. The crossover revolved around the Authority taking over the United States of America.
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The series was again restarted in October 2004 as The Authority: Revolution twelve issue mini-series, written by Ed Brubaker with art by Dustin Nguyen and Richard Friend. It focused on the troubles the Authority faced as the rulers of America.
Volume 3 
Morrison/Ha era 
In February 2006, it was announced that Grant Morrison would write The Authority Volume 3, with art by Gene Ha. The series was intended to be published bimonthly, beginning in October 2006. Morrison "cited Warren Ellis’s original run as an approach he wants to return to, saying his new approach will allow the team to be effectual again".
Morrison and Ha's first issue was released in December 2006. It followed a family man named Ken in his search for a downed submarine. The sub apparently encountered something massive and unexpected in the depths of the ocean that caused it to be destroyed. Careful readers will notice one of the Authority's "doors" appeared just before the interior of the sub ignited. Indeed, when Ken finds the ship, many of the crew is missing. The issue ends as Ken and his search party encounters the Authority's Carrier, 50 miles long, lying on the ocean floor. Notably, no members of the Authority appear in this first issue.
The second issue came out five months after the first and dealt with the Authority's reaction to crash-landing on a less developed Earth than theirs. Ken meets The Authority but begins to question their methodology.
In September 2007, Gene Ha was quoted at Newsarama as saying that he did not believe his run with Morrison would continue. "...I don't think The Authority #3 by Grant Morrison and Gene Ha is ever coming out. Grant is busy redesigning the DC Universe and I've moved onto new projects. Most importantly, it seems that editor Scott Dunbier has been forced out of Wildstorm. There is no #3 script, there may never be a #3 script."
Scott Peterson announced at Wondercon 2008 that he had talked to Morrison two weeks earlier about The Authority, and there was "very serious progress" and it would start shipping again toward the end of the year. When asked to comment upon his inability to complete further issues of The Authority, Morrison has said that '"Authority was just a disaster." He said that they were doing it and running late when 52 started, but when he saw the reviews to first issue, "I said fuck it."'
The Lost Year 
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On 19 April 2008, Wildstorm announced Keith Giffen would complete Grant Morrison's scripts. Giffen unfortunately ran into an immediate problem: "I stepped into a book that was in the midst of a type of storyline that is probably my least favorite in comics. And that is, heroes come to our earth". However, according to Giffen, this was only the first short arc of the longer story:
|“||The story that Grant started wraps up in two more issues, then it moves into another adventure. This book is about the Authority having trouble with the Carrier and they're trying to find their way home. It's almost like the Odyssey, in a way, as trying to find your way home and going through various adventures. And this is what Grant had planned. This is in keeping with the basic structure that he told me over the phone. But then, I'll put in my point of view.||”|
The remaining issues of volume 4 were published by Wildstorm under the title The Authority: The Lost Year. Giffen was credited alongside Morrison as the writer, with several artists contributing. The series ran a total of twelve issues, including the original two by Morrison.
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In July 2007, it was announced that Christos Gage and Darick Robertson would do an intended storyarc as a miniseries due to the scheduling problems with the Morrison/Ha run on the title. The resulting six-issue miniseries entitled The Authority: Prime was planned to have spanned issues #6 to #11 of The Authority (vol. 4). It featured the renewed Stormwatch Prime who, along with the Authority, investigate a recently discovered secret bunker that once belonged to Henry Bendix.
Volume 4 
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Abnett/Lanning/Coleby era 
Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning relaunched the book in May 2008 in the wake of the "World's End" event and took over the writing duties, accompanied by artist Simon Coleby, writing the first seventeen issues of the series. Senior Wildstorm editor Ben Abernathy also said of four issues that had already been completed by the new team, “I can say honestly, based on the four issues of script and art that are already in the can, people will NOT be disappointed!"
Abnett and Lanning's contract with Marvel Comics included a clause which allowed them to finish their existing projects, including their run on The Authority.
Bernardin/Freeman/Barrionuevo era 
Taylor/Barrionuevo era 
Writer Tom Taylor (writer of several Star Wars titles including the Star Wars: Invasion series) took over The Authority with issue #22, (with artist Mike S. Miller filling in for two issues for Al Barrinuevo), until the series concluded with #29.
Miniseries, specials, and crossovers 
Authority Annual 2000 
This annual written by Joe Casey and penciled by Cully Hamner depicts the Authority dealing with a number of the undead as part of the "Devil's Night" crossover running throughout several Wildstorm titles at the time. Collected in The Authority: Earth Inferno and Other Stories.
Jenny Sparks: The Secret History of the Authority (2000–2001) 
This five-issue limited series written by Mark Millar and penciled by John McCrea recalls Jenny Sparks's first meetings with her future teammates. She also encounters notable historical and fictional characters such as Hitler and Rumpole.
Ruling the World (2000) 
It was particularly notable in that despite being a crossover title the two teams (Planetary and the Authority) never actually meet during the course of the story.
It was published first in Prestige format and later collected in the Planetary: Crossing Worlds graphic novel.
Wildstorm Summer Special (2001) 
A short anthology containing three stories of characters from the Wildstorm universe and includes the following: a Jack Hawksmoor story by Warren Ellis and Cully Hammer; a story about the Engineer's sex life by Paul Jenkins and Georges Jeanty; a short story regarding the Wildcats member Zealot and; a series of artists' pin ups depicting various characters from the Authority and Wildcats. Collected in The Authority: Earth Inferno and Other Stories.
Kev Saga 
The Authority: Kev (2002) 
This single issue story written by Garth Ennis and penciled by Glenn Fabry introduced Kev Hawkins, a Special Air Services corporal turned unwilling assassin. In the story, he is called in by the British government to remove the Authority. Supplied with an alien-created gun and ammunition, Kev manages to do this rather easily. He soon discovers to his horror that the British government wasn't behind his orders, but rather an alien with designs on Earth who masqueraded as his superior. Kev must convince the Carrier to rewind time and return the Authority to life so they can save Earth. The Authority decide to let Kev off, but Kev still gets beat up by Apollo and Midnighter for making a homophobic remark.
The Authority: More Kev (2004) 
Ennis and Fabry re-teamed for this four-issue miniseries in which transdimensional aliens called the Rakulai threaten Earth in their search for their #1 archcriminal, Slippery B'eeef the Galactic Thief. Years ago he flew to Earth and masqueraded as a British cabinet minister, the same one that was eaten by a tiger. This while under Kev's protection. Apollo and Midnighter must team up with their favorite homophobic SAS agent to find B'eeef's remains, since the Rakulai can regrow themselves from a single cell.
The Authority: The Magnificent Kevin (2005–2006) 
In this five-issue miniseries, written by Garth Ennis and illustrated by Carlos Ezquerra, (with covers by Glenn Fabry), Kev is again allied with the Authority. After all of the Authority, except for Midnighter, is neutralized by a bizarre intruder, Kev is sent to pick him up. Kev tells about how he entered the British S.A.S., and he and Midnighter uncover underground dealings by the British military to create their own superhumans. At long last, Kev gets his chance to redeem himself and escape the pall hanging over his career—but at a cost.
A Man Called Kev (2006–2007) 
Garth Ennis and Carlos Ezquerra return for the fourth installment of Kev's adventures. No member of the Authority actually appears in this miniseries, in which Kev encounters his old tiger-sheltering friend Danny Redburn and deals with trouble from his own past. This involves an embarrassing videotape concerning various world leaders.
The Authority: Scorched Earth (2003) 
This single issue story was written by Robbie Morrison and illustrated by Frazer Irving, and published (and presumed to take place directly) between Volumes 2 and 3. The Earth's Sun is suffering a major, potentially cataclysmic, upheaval. Its temperature is rising at an impossible rate and enormous solar flares are erupting from the photosphere, sending fireballs directly to Earth. The Authority finds out that Winter, the former field commander of Stormwatch Prime and an old friend of the team's, is behind it. After he piloted SkyWatch into the sun, Winter's energy absorbing powers made him become one with it. Trapped in eternal agony and enraged by the cruelty on Earth, Winter wanted to destroy it. The Authority was forced to cage him inside the Sun using the technology that holds that caged baby universe that powers the Carrier.
The Authority: Human on the Inside (2004) 
This single issue story was written by John Ridley and illustrated by Ben Oliver, and set between Volume 1's Brave New World and Volume 2's Reality Incorporated, published in hardcover and softcover. A story of vengeance and despair, showing the Authority manipulated by various enemies, such as the father of Rush (one of the G7 superhumans who replaced the Authority) and "The One Who Has Lost All Hope". Jackson King, formerly Battalion of Stormwatch, leads the Authority briefly after Jack Hawksmoor is wounded in battle. They are able to overcome their human faults (Apollo and Midnighter's insecurity about their relationship, the Doctor's drug addiction, the Engineer's fears of whether or not she is human, etc.) and stop the future itself from being destroyed.
The Authority/Lobo 
The Authority/ Lobo: Jingle Hell (2004) 
This single issue book was written by Keith Giffen (story), and Alan Grant (dialogue), and illustrated by Simon Bisley. Set during Christmas early in the Volume 2 era, as Baby Jenny Quantum is of toddler age, walking and talking. Baby Jenny Quantum, left to her own devices on Christmas Eve, comes across a Lobo comic book in an unexplored area of the Carrier. In the book. Lobo is shown killing Santa Claus. Upset, her imagination runs loose and she accidentally brings Lobo to the Wildstorm universe, where he proceeds to hunt down the Authority at the behest of the parasites living in "God's" corpse from Volume 1's Outer Dark storyline, now floating in orbit around Jupiter. The parasites offer God's fresh organs (valuable at the Intergalactic Organ Gambling tables) as payment to Lobo.
The Authority/ Lobo: Spring Break Massacre (2005) 
Giffen, Grant, and Bisley re-team for this single-issue story, presumably set during the Volume 2 era, for the same reasons mentioned above.
Wildstorm Winter Special (2005) 
A short anthology containing four stories about characters from the Wildstorm universe and includes the following: a story about the Wildcats member Zealot; an adventure of Midnighter and Apollo's written by Tom Peyer and Cary Nord; a story about Wildstorm hero Deathblow and; a story depicting Jack Hawksmoor by Will Pfeifer and Scott Iwahashi.
The Secret History of the Authority: Hawksmoor (2008) 
Collected editions 
The entire run of The Authority (vol. 1) was collected in four trade paperbacks:
- Relentless (collects #1-8, 192 pages, Titan Books, ISBN 1-84023-194-7, DC Comics, ISBN 1-56389-661-3)
- Under New Management (collects #9-16, 192 pages, Titan, ISBN 1-84023-276-5, DC, ISBN 1-56389-756-3)
- Earth Inferno and Other Stories (collects #17-20, the Annual 2000 and the Summer Special, 192 pages, Titan, September 2002, ISBN 1-84023-371-0, DC, August 2002, ISBN 1-56389-854-3)
- Transfer of Power (192 pages, collects #22-29, November 2002, Titan, ISBN 1-84023-490-3, DC, ISBN 1-4012-0020-6)
The first series was also collected in Absolute Editions, oversized slipcased hardcovers with extras:
- The Absolute Authority, Volume 1 (collects #1-12, 320 pages, 2002, Titan, ISBN 1-84023-512-8, DC, ISBN 1-56389-882-9)
- The Absolute Authority, Volume 2 (collects #13-20, 22, & 27-29, 304 pages, Titan, ISBN 1-84023-730-9, DC, ISBN 1-4012-0097-4)
The entire run of The Authority (vol. 2) was collected in:
- Harsh Realities (collects #0-5, 160 pages, Titan, May 2004, ISBN 1-84023-853-4, DC, April 2004, ISBN 1-4012-0278-0)
- Fractured Worlds (collects #6-14, 208 pages, January 2005, Titan, ISBN 1-84023-988-3, DC, ISBN 1-4012-0300-0)
- Coup d'état (collects the Coup d'état crossover, 112 pages, November 2004, DC, ISBN 1-4012-0570-4)
The Revolution series was collected in:
- Revolution, Book 1 (collects #1-6, 144 pages, Titan, September 2005, ISBN 1-84576-177-4, DC, October 2005, ISBN 1-4012-0623-9)
- Revolution, Book 2 (collects #7-12, 144 pages, Titan, April 2006, ISBN 1-84576-251-7, DC, March 2006, ISBN 1-4012-0947-5)
The entire run of The Authority (vol. 3)/The Lost Year was collected in:
- The Lost Year, Volume 1 (168 pages, Titan, ISBN 1-84856-803-7, DC, June 2010, ISBN 1-4012-2749-X)
- The Lost Year, Volume 2 (128 pages, Titan, ISBN 1-84856-803-7, DC, March 2011, ISBN 1-4012-2985-9)
The Authority (vol. 4) was collected in:
- World's End (collects The Authority (vol. 4) #1-7, 136 pages, August 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2362-1)
- Rule Britannia (collects The Authority (vol. 4) #8-17, 192 pages, Titan, March 2010, ISBN 1-84856-751-0, DC, February 2010, ISBN 1-4012-2667-1)
The Kev stories were collected into three trade paperbacks:
- The Authority: Kev (collects Kev #1 and More Kev #1-4)
- The Authority: The Magnificent Kevin (collects The Magnificent Kevin #1-5)
- The Authority: A Man Called Kev: Volume 3 (collects A Man Called Kev #1-5, 112 pages)
The Lobo stories were collected in:
- Lobo/Authority: Holiday Hell (Wildstorm, 160 pages, August 2006, ISBN 1-4012-0992-0):
- "The Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special" (1991)
- "Jingle Hell" (2004)
- "Spring Break Massacre" (2005)
- "Two Dangerous Ideas" (starring Apollo & Midnighter, by Tom Peyer and Cary Nord, in Wildstorm Winter Special, 2005)
- "A Small World After All" (starring Jack Hawksmoor, by Will Pfeifer and Scott Iwahashi, in Wildstorm Winter Special, 2005)
Other collections included:
- Jenny Sparks: The Secret History of the Authority (Titan Books, June 2001, ISBN 1-84023-310-9, DC Comics, ISBN 1-56389-769-5)
- The Authority: Prime (Titan Books, August 2008, ISBN 1-84576-861-2, DC Comics, August 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1834-2)
- The Secret History of the Authority: Hawksmoor (144 pages, Titan, April 2009, ISBN 1-84856-186-5, DC Comics, March 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2207-2)
Other members of the Authority 
The Nativity 
- Dr. Krigstein briefly joined the Authority at the end of The Nativity but was thrown out when the Authority was displaced during Brave New World and Transfer of Power. The Carrier still holds some of Krigstein's odd "experiments" and tech in his former quarters.
"Transfer of Power" 
During the "Transfer of Power" story arc, the members of the Authority were temporarily replaced with analogues that had roughly the same powers. Their names were references to or parodies of the original characters' names. Unlike the original Authority, this group was intentionally selected to have heroes representing the G7 nations. During this story arc, the original members were believed dead or incapacitated in some fashion.
- The Colonel, Jenny Sparks' analogue. He was a British ex-footballer and was the Authority's de facto leader. He had abilities similar to Jenny Sparks', although limited to producing electric shocks. He mistreated the group on several occasions, often attacking them for not pleasing his varying moods.
- Street, Jack Hawksmoor's black analogue. His powers were somewhat different, in that he could cause the city to manifest stone-based avatars to fight. He was American.
- Rush, like Swift, had wings, the origin of which was the result of posthuman surgery at the behest of her father, Dr. Ledbedder. She was selected to represent Canada.
- Teuton, Apollo's analogue. He was German, more than a touch insane, prone to weeping, and bi-curious. He made continual strides to explore this with Last Call.
- Last Call, Midnighter's analogue. He was a reactionary homophobe as a result of everyone assuming that he must be gay as well. His homophobia was demonstrated to be a deep part of his personality. He was from Italy and was an F-1 driver before receiving his upgrades.
- The Surgeon, the Doctor's analogue. He was a French alchemist given control over the Doctor's powers. He was never fully accepted by the collective consciousness of the previous Doctors nor did he want to be.
- Machine was given the nanotechnology extracted from the Engineer's body (while Angela Spica's blood was temporarily replaced with that of a heroin addict), which was billed as "the finest of Japanese picotechnology". She was Japanese.
- Chaplain Action, a self-proclaimed He-Man of the Cloth. He was a superpowered religious figure affiliated with the team at the Colonel's behest in order to give the Authority a more pious, morally grounded image as a PR stunt. The ruse backfires, however, as Chaplain Action takes his job much more seriously than anticipated. He demonstrates superhuman strength, as well as invulnerability to the Colonel's electrical powers (to which he responds, "Nothing shocks me, Colonel.").
"Human on the Inside" 
- Jackson King, previously known as Battalion and the third Weatherman. A powerful telekinetic, he led the team for a short time at the behest of the American government during the events of Human on the Inside while Jack Hawksmoor was crippled. When Hawksmoor was healed, King left the team.
- Danny Chan, a seemingly Asian martial artist. In reality, he was a cybernetic spy sent by the U.S. Government to infiltrate the Authority and destroy them from within during the events of "Human on the Inside". He kissed the Engineer and then Midnighter, trying to create trouble inside the team. When he was discovered by the Engineer, she immediately killed him in a fit of rage.
The Authoriteens 
Appearing in Gen¹³, the Authoriteens are a teenaged version of the Authority's original roster, minus Jenny Sparks, who are from an alternate universe where the Wildstorm characters are either teenagers or children.
- Kid Apollo, a teenage Apollo. He is every bit as powerful as his namesake although quicker to use violent force. He defeated Caitlin Fairchild who is believed to be the strongest teenager in the Wildstorm Universe. He's "somewhat overprotective of Daybreaker", but his teammates cannot figure out why. He's killed by Grunge, who is forced to use his powers to mimic the "suicide booth" the Authoriteens were about to use on his teammates. His death causes the return of the whole team into their dimension, a source of grieving for Daybreaker and a mental breakdown in Grunge.
- Daybreaker, a teenage Midnighter. He is slang spewing, mischievous, brash and slightly immature. Despite having the same enhancements as his grownup counterpart, Daybreaker (apparently called "Denny") is very easily distracted, which means his ability to calculate thousands of outcomes for a fight is somewhat lacking.
- The Contractor, a teenage Engineer. She appears very proud of her cybernetic enhancements. Due to her younger age, she doesn't share the "nude" look with the Engineer, appearing instead as wearing a darker metal swimsuit on her metal-looking body.
- The Intern, a teenage Doctor. As a trainee, he doesn't have full Doctor powers but is aware of the Multiverse and able to traverse safely through The Gutters, his version of The Bleed. He was able to take Rainmaker and Freefall into Gutters and trap them there.
- Nestling, a teenage Swift. She's feisty and cheery. Daybreaker refers to her as "inda-kay ampy-tray", as Nestling claims to be unable to let a boy go away without at least a kiss.
- Jack Hatfield, a teenage Jack Hawksmoor. Dressed as a farmboy and speaking with stereotypical Southern inflections, Jack draws his powers from the country towns.
- Steven Grant created an analogue of the Authority in Marvel's X-Man series made up of Nicola Zeitgeist (Jenny Sparks), City Dweller (Jack Hawksmoor), Nightfighter (Midnighter), Technocrat (Engineer II), Thor (Apollo), Whitebird (Swift), and Professor X (The Doctor). This team operated out of the Foldcastle capable of teleporting them anywhere.[dead link]
- Action Comics #775, written by Joe Kelly with art by Doug Mahnke, featured an analogue of the Authority called the Elite. The Elite come into conflict with Superman over their use of extreme and often fatal methods against supervillains and are ultimately taken down by Superman. Part of this involved Superman faking fatal methods against the team, stunning and confusing them.
- The Justice Lords featured in the Justice League Unlimited episodes "A Better World" Part 1 and 2 are said to have been inspired at least in part by the Authority in the creative team's commentary on the DVD. Indeed, the very title is similar to Jenny Spark's statement that the purpose of The Authority was to create a better world.
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