Authority's reputation has grown throughout the multiverse;
their exploits are legendary in many circles - and loathed
in most. Here, the Authority find themselves up to their necks
in trouble - from a vast world where the biggest gamble of
all is the survival of the planet Earth, to a multiversal
corporation bent on exploiting the lower realities... like
ours! Even when their adversary is a less-than-global threat,
they're forced to confront their inner demons. And it's just
the beginning for a team coping with notoriety while attempting
to maintain a semblance of normality in their lives...
a bit of an acquired taste. Harsh Realities is not
really the collection to start with if you are unfamiliar
with the characters. However, if you know this series then
you'll find it to be a fantastic collection.
are three stories collected here, High Stakes, Reality
Incorporated and Behemoth. Reality Incorporated
is the main story, and sees The Authority hot on the heels
of an organisation that has acquired dozens of worlds throughout
the multiverse, terraforming them for industrial exploitation
as well as creating pleasure worlds
final story, Behemoth - illustrated by Tan Eng Huat,
pays homage to Akira. This is probably the easiest
story to digest if you are unfamiliar with the series.
is an interesting mix of stories, which helps to keep the
book from being a little too stale. The problem with The
Authority in general is that because we are dealing with
a multiverse the rules that govern our universe don't always
apply. This means that the writer doesn't really ever paint
themselves into a corner, because they can open up a doorway
to another universe and everything can be solved. This ultimately
means that the readers will often feel cheated, or be scratching
their head wondering which universe they are currently in.
you are not already a fan, then you'd be better off picking
up one of the earlier collections first. However, if you are
a fan then you'll find that there is plenty to keep you occupied
for a lazy afternoon.
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