Graphic Novel/Comics Review


The Authority: Kev

(2005) Garth Ennis and Glenn Fabry, Titan Books, 9.99, trdpbk, 144pp, ISBN 1-84576-040-9

This volume collects the one-shot, Kev, and the four-part mini-series More Kev. Kev Hawkins is an ex-SAS corporal, turned spookshow assassin, who is tricked into eliminating the Authority with a gun that uses multi-dimensional bullets that seek the quantum state in which the victim is most vulnerable. This is a prelude to a massive invasion of Earth and only the interdimensional Carrier can save the day. In the second tale, Apollo and the Midnighter (the gay 'Superman' and 'Batman') must delve into Kev's past and learn the secret of the tiger and the politician that ruined Kev's SAS career. It turns out that the MP was actually an alien criminal on the run, and a battle fleet has turned up to take him into custody. If the Authority can't turn him over, the Earth will be destroyed.

Ennis has written some outrageously funny material over the years, and this is no exception. You'll delight in Kev's homophobic run-ins with the gay super-duo, as well as the bungling attempts of IRA assassins to extract vengeance from him. Fabry's art is lovely as always and he clearly revels in the opportunity to portray Ennis's violent script (almost as many 'head-shots' as Dawn of the Dead) in detail. There's lots to enjoy here from tiger cubs to an alien flagship being speared by the Eiffle Tower ("Knew it must be good for something" says Kev). Recommended.

Tony Chester


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