The Authority is a superhero comic book 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 comprised of Ellis-created characters taken from Stormwatch - a title Ellis had previously written.
It is notable for its intense graphic violence, use of racial and sexual stereotypes, and visual flair, often described as "widescreen" comics, and the uncompromising attitudes of its characters.
The Authority Volume 3: Revolution
The series was restarted in October of 2004 under the title The Authority: Revolution. This series was written by Ed Brubaker with art by Dustin Nguyen and Richard Friend. It focuses on the troubles the Authority faces as the rulers of America.
The Authority are plagued by a group of old superhumans called the Sons of Liberty, consisting of old patriotic superheroes from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. They rally American citizens discontented with the Authority's take-over of the US government, and lead a series of riots across the nation, answering to a mysterious man in a hood who operates his own Carrier and has an entire alien race under his control.