he Authority is a superhero comic book. It was created by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch, published by Wildstorm and follows the adventures of The Authority, a superhero team comprising mainly of Ellis-created characters from Stormwatch - a similar comic.
It is notable for its intense graphic violence and visual flair, often described as widescreen comics, and the uncompromising attitudes of its characters (leading to them often being described as fascists).
The Ellis/Hitch run of The Authority was followed by a popular run by Mark Millar and the pseudonymous Frank Quitely, during which the comic reached the peak of its popularity and began to decline. This decline was marked by, among other things, Quitely postponing the art chores in the middle of a story arc to work on another comic book; during this hiatus a story arc written by Tom Peyer was inserted, after which the Millar/Quitely issues resumed, and the series was then cancelled. Millar claimed several sequences had been censored by Paul Levitz of DC Comics. This entire run is collected in four graphic novels:
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