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WorldStorm (2006-2010)

At the end of the nine-issue Captain Atom: Armageddon, Void rebooted the WildStorm Universe. WildStorm used this as a chance to relaunch, in late 2006, its titles as part of an event dubbed “WorldStorm.” One of the new WildStorm’s flagship titles was to be a new Authority series with a top-list creative team, writer Grant Morrison and artist Gene Ha. Morrison looked to Warren Ellis’s run on the title for inspiration. WorldStorm also saw the debut of a solo series for Midnighter, with the initial team of writer Garth Ennis and artist Chris Sprouse, and a new Stormwatch series. Titled Stormwatch: P.H.D. (short for Post-Human Division), the title was initially written by Christos Gage and illustrated by Doug Mahnke.

Unfortunately, this bold initiative quickly lost steam. The new Authority series, originally slated to be bimonthly, lasted only two issues, the second of which was published some five months after the first. The delays were reportedly caused by Grant Morrison being busy co-writing the weekly mini-series 52, set in the DC Universe. Still, the new Authority series fared better than the new Wildcats title, also written by Morrison and launched as part of the WorldStorm event; that title lasted only a single issue. Months after WorldStorm debuted, its two flagship titles were on hiatus, their fate uncertain and their storylines left incomplete. In September 2007, Gene Ha expressed doubt that the series would continue and said he hadn’t seen a script for the third issue. In February 2008, WildStorm claimed that Morrison would return, but in April, WildStorm instead announced that Keith Giffen would be finishing Morrison’s story, using Morrison’s own plans for a 12-issue run. In an interview at this time, Morrison explained that, in addition to being busy, he’d seen the negative reviews of the first issue (which largely focused on how the Authority wasn’t featured enough) and “said fuck it.”

While WorldStorm was judged a failure, and reader enthusiasm certainly faltered for the event, some of the titles launched as part of the event received good reviews, even if they weren’t especially long-lived. Stormwatch: P.H.D. lasted 12 issues before it went on hiatus; it would return as part of World’s End, WildStorm’s next big event. Midnighter wound up being one of the more successful titles to come out of WorldStorm. The series was only expected to run six issues, but it survived the departure of its original team of Ennis and Sprouse; their work was not only critically favored but proved the viability of a solo Midnighter title. The series ultimately lasted 20 issues, and was cancelled just prior to the World’s End event.

While the Authority languished, the six-issue The Authority: Prime, published in 2007-2008, helped fill the gap. By Christos Gage and Darick Robertson, the mini-series featured a new version of Stormwatch Prime and saw the titular team investigate a hidden bunker left by Henry Bendix.

As The Authority: Prime was ending, WildStorm continued its Authority offerings with the six-issue Secret History of the Authority: Hawksmoor, a spiritual sequel to Mark Millar’s Jenny Sparks: The Secret History of the Authority. This mini-series was followed by the new ongoing Authority title, launched as part of World’s End.

Giffen’s continuation of Morrison’s aborted run wouldn’t debut until late 2009. By then, it would be published alongside the new Authority title. Thus, Giffen’s series would be titled The Authority: The Lost Years, although it would start with issue #3, continuing the numbering from Morrison’s series. It was completed with issue #12.

The Lost Year

The Authority Vol. 3 #1

“Utopian” -- 22 pages

  • written by Grant Morrison; art by Gene Ha
  • humans in a universe much like our own discover the Carrier

first issue; cover by Gene Ha; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Dec 2006

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The Authority Vol. 3 #2

“Utopian”

  • written by Grant Morrison; art by Gene Ha
  • the Authority explores the superhuman-less world around them

final issue; cover by Gene Ha; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated May 2007

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The Authority: The Lost Year Reader
reprints The Authority Vol. 3 #1-2; cover taken from The Authority Vol. 3 #1 and #2; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Jan 2010
The Authority: The Lost Year #3

untitled -- 22 pages

  • script by Keith Giffen; story by Grant Morrison and Keith Giffen; pencils by Darick Robertson; inks by Trevor Scott

first issue; cover by Gene Ha; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Jan 2010

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The Authority: The Lost Year #4

“Jumpstart” -- 22 pages

  • script by Keith Giffen; story by Grant Morrison and Keith Giffen; pencils by Darick Robertson; inks by Trevor Scott
  • the Authority escape the universe they’re stuck in, but at the apparent cost of every life on that universe’s Earth

cover by Gene Ha; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Feb 2010
The Authority: The Lost Year #5

“Blood Brothers” -- 22 pages

  • script by Keith Giffen; story by Grant Morrison and Keith Giffen; art by Jonathan Wayshak
  • parasites in the Bleed attack the Carrier, and the Authority hypothesize that these parasites hunted the Carrier’s species to extinction

cover by Gene Ha; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Mar 2010
The Authority: The Lost Year #6

“Absolute Authority” -- 22 pages

  • script by Keith Giffen; story by Grant Morrison and Keith Giffen; breakdowns by Brian Stelfreeze; finishes by Joel Gomez
  • the Authority encounters an alternate-universe Authority on a broken world

cover by Gene Ha; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Apr 2010
The Authority: The Lost Year #7

“Wildcats”

  • script by Keith Giffen; story by Grant Morrison and Keith Giffen; breakdowns by Brian Stelfreeze; finishes by Joel Gomez
  • concludes the alternate Authority story

cover by Gene Ha; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated May 2010
The Authority: The Lost Year, Book One

collects The Authority Vol. 3 #1-2 and The Authority: The Lost Year #3-7; a second volume was solicited but cancelled before its release; cover taken from The Authority Vol. 3 #1, The Authority: The Lost Year #3, and The Authority: The Lost Year #5; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $17.99; published Apr 2010

The Authority: The Lost Year #8

“No Laughing Matter” -- 22 pages

  • script by Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis; story by Grant Morrison and Keith Giffen; art by David Williams
  • the Authority fights another alternate-universe Authority, then meets the League of Nasty Bastards in the cliffhanger ending

cover by Gene Ha based on Justice League Vol. 1 #1; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated June 2010
The Authority: The Lost Year #9

“Punch Drunk!” -- 22 pages

  • script by Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis; story by Grant Morrison and Keith Giffen; pencils by J.J. Kirby; inks by Michael Lopez
  • concludes the silly story begun in the previous issue

cover by Gene Ha; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated July 2010
The Authority: The Lost Year #10

“The Seventh Day”

  • script by Keith Giffen; story by Grant Morrison and Keith Giffen; art by Brandon Badeaux
  • the Authority visits an Earth ruled by its Authority, including the team’s original Doctor

cover by Gene Ha; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Aug 2010
The Authority: The Lost Year #11

“Damage Control” -- 22 pages

  • script by Keith Giffen; story by Grant Morrison and Keith Giffen; art by Brandon Badeaux

cover by Gene Ha; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Sept 2010
The Authority: The Lost Year #12

“Reality”

  • script by Keith Giffen; story by Grant Morrison and Keith Giffen; pencils by Jerry Ordway; inks by Kevin Nowlan
  • the Authority returns home and its team members contemplate whether the paths taken by the other versions of themselves represent something in them
  • an oddly decompressed issue, compared to previous ones

final issue; cover by Gene Ha; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Oct 2010

WildStorm Fine Arts: Spotlight on the Authority #1

only issue; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; cover-dated Jan 2008

Breach of Trust

The Authority: Prime #1

“Breach of Trust, Part 1″

  • written by Christos Gage; art by Darick Robertson

first issue; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Dec 2007

The Authority: Prime #2

“Breach of Trust, Part 2″

  • written by Christos Gage; art by Darick Robertson

published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Jan 2008
The Authority: Prime #3

“Breach of Trust, Part 3″

  • written by Christos Gage; art by Darick Robertson

published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Feb 2008
The Authority: Prime #4

“Breach of Trust, Part 4″

  • written by Christos Gage; art by Darick Robertson

published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Mar 2008
The Authority: Prime #5

“Breach of Trust, Part 5″

  • written by Christos Gage; art by Darick Robertson

published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Apr 2008
The Authority: Prime #6

“Breach of Trust, Part 6″

  • written by Christos Gage; art by Darick Robertson

final issue; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated May 2008

The Authority: Prime

collects The Authority: Prime #1-6; cover taken from The Authority: Prime #1; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $17.99; cover-dated Aug 2008

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Hawksmoor (Not in Sequence)

Secret History of the Authority: Hawksmoor #1

“Uptown & Downtown”

  • written by Mike Costa; art by Fiona Staples

first issue; cover by Cully Hamner; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated May 2008

Secret History of the Authority: Hawksmoor #2

“Housing & Development”

  • written by Mike Costa; art by Fiona Staples

cover by Cully Hamner; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated June 2008
Secret History of the Authority: Hawksmoor #3

“Bridge & Tunnel”

  • written by Mike Costa; art by Fiona Staples

cover by Cully Hamner; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated July 2008
Secret History of the Authority: Hawksmoor #4

“Parks & Recreation”

  • written by Mike Costa; art by Fiona Staples

cover by Cully Hamner; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Aug 2008
Secret History of the Authority: Hawksmoor #5

“Highways & Byways”

  • written by Mike Costa; art by Fiona Staples

cover by Cully Hamner; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Sept 2008
Secret History of the Authority: Hawksmoor #6

“Town & Country”

  • written by Mike Costa; art by Fiona Staples

final issue; cover by Cully Hamner; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Oct 2008

Secret History of the Authority: Hawksmoor

collects Secret History of the Authority: Hawksmoor #1-6; cover taken from Secret History of the Authority: Hawksmoor #1; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; cover-dated Mar 2009

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Stormwatch: P.H.D. (Not in Sequence)

Stormwatch: P.H.D. #1

“In a New York minute” -- 22 pages

  • written by Christos Gage; art by Doug Mahnke

first issue; cover by Dave Baron and Doug Mahnke; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Jan 2007

Stormwatch: P.H.D. #2

“Ghosts” -- 22 pages

  • written by Christos Gage; art by Doug Mahnke

cover by Dave Baron and Doug Mahnke; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Feb 2007
Stormwatch: P.H.D. #3

“What happens in Vegas” -- 22 pages

  • written by Christos Gage; art by Doug Mahnke

cover by Dave Baron and Doug Mahnke; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Mar 2007
Stormwatch: P.H.D. #4

“Ladies’ Night” -- 22 pages

  • written by Christos Gage; art by Doug Mahnke

cover by Dave Baron and Doug Mahnke; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Apr 2007
Stormwatch: P.H.D. #5

“Talking with the King” -- 22 pages

  • written by Christos Gage; art by Doug Mahnke

cover by Dave Baron and Doug Mahnke; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated May 2007
Stormwatch: P.H.D. #6

“A day at the office” -- 22 pages

  • written by Christos Gage; art by Doug Mahnke

cover by Dave Baron and Doug Mahnke; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated June 2007
Stormwatch: P.H.D. #7

“Assault on Precinct 18″ -- 22 pages

  • written by Christos Gage; art by Doug Mahnke

cover by Dave Baron and Doug Mahnke; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated July 2007
Stormwatch: P.H.D., Book One

collects Stormwatch: P.H.D. #1-4 and #6-7, plus material from WorldStorm #1; cover taken from Stormwatch: P.H.D. #1; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $17.99; cover-dated Sept 2007

Stormwatch: P.H.D. #8

“Upstairs, Downstairs” -- 22 pages

  • written by Christos Gage; art by Andy Smith

cover by Mike McKone and Carrie Strachan; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Aug 2007
Stormwatch: P.H.D. #9

“Who shot J.K.?” -- 22 pages

  • written by Christos Gage; art by Andy Smith

cover by Dave Baron and Mike McKone; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Sept 2007
Stormwatch: P.H.D. #10

“Where are they now?” -- 22 pages

  • written by Christos Gage; art by Andy Smith

cover by Dave Baron and Mike McKone; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Oct 2007
Stormwatch: P.H.D. #11

“Family Matters” -- 22 pages

  • written by Christos Gage; art by Andy Smith

cover by Dave Baron and Mike McKone; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Nov 2007
Stormwatch: P.H.D. #12

“The Big Paycheck” -- 22 pages

  • written by Christos Gage; art by Andy Smith

after this issue, the title went on hiatus for 10 months until it returned as part of the “World’s End” storyline; cover by Dave Baron and Mike McKone; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Dec 2007
Stormwatch: P.H.D., Book Two

collects Stormwatch: P.H.D. #5 and #8-12; cover taken from Stormwatch: P.H.D. #12; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; 144 pages; $17.99; cover-dated Apr 2008

Killing Machine (Not in Sequence)

Midnighter #1

“Killing Machine, Part 1″ -- 22 pages

  • written by Garth Ennis; pencils by Chris Sprouse; inks by Karl Story

first issue; cover by Chris Sprouse and Karl Story; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Jan 2007

Midnighter #2

“Killing Machine, Part 2″ -- 22 pages

  • written by Garth Ennis; pencils by Chris Sprouse; inks by Karl Story

cover by Chris Sprouse and Karl Story; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Feb 2007
Midnighter #3

“Killing Machine, Part 3″ -- 22 pages

  • written by Garth Ennis; pencils by Joe Phillips and Chris Sprouse; inks by Saleem Crawford, Jasen Rodriguez, Karl Story, and Scott Williams

cover by Chris Sprouse and Karl Story; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Mar 2007
Midnighter #4

“Killing Machine, Part 4″ -- 22 pages

  • written by Garth Ennis; pencils by Peter Snejbjerg; inks by Karl Story

cover by Chris Sprouse and Karl Story; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Apr 2007
Midnighter #5

“Killing Machine, Conclusion” -- 22 pages

  • written by Garth Ennis; pencils by Chris Sprouse; inks by Ray Snyder and Karl Story

cover by Chris Sprouse, Brian Stelfreeze, and Karl Story; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated May 2007

Short Stories (Not in Sequence)

Midnighter #6

“Flowers for the Sun” -- 22 pages

  • written by Garth Ennis; art by Glenn Fabry

cover by Chris Sprouse, Brian Stelfreeze, and Karl Story; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated June 2007
Midnighter: Killing Machine

collects Midnighter #1-6; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $14.99; cover-dated Nov 2007

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Midnighter #7

“Fait Accompli”

  • written by Brian K. Vaughan; pencils by Darick Robertson; inks by Karl Story

cover by Karl Story and Chris Sprouse; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated July 2007
Midnighter #8

“Ordinary People” -- 22 pages

  • written by Christos Gage; art by John Paul Leon

cover by Chris Sprouse and Karl Story; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Aug 2007
Midnighter #9

“The Hercules Virus”

  • written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti; art by Brian Stelfreeze

cover by Chris Sprouse and Karl Story; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Sept 2007

Anthem (Not in Sequence)

Midnighter #10

“Past Imperfect”

  • written by Keith Giffen; pencils by Chris Sprouse; inks by Karl Story

cover by Randy Mayor, Chris Sprouse, and Karl Story; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; cover-dated Oct 2007
Midnighter #11

“Anthem” -- 22 pages

  • written by Keith Giffen; pencils by Chris Cross; inks by Chris Cross and Troy Hubbs

cover by Randy Mayor, Chris Sprouse, and Karl Story; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Nov 2007
Midnighter #12

“Foul Play” -- 22 pages

  • written by Keith Giffen; pencils by Rafael Sandoval; inks by Karl Story

cover by Randy Mayor, Chris Sprouse, and Karl Story; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Dec 2007
Midnighter #13

“Untitled” -- 22 pages

  • written by Keith Giffen; pencils by Jon Landry; inks by Rick Burchett

cover by Brian Stelfreeze and Karl Story; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Jan 2008
Midnighter #14

“Life Choices” -- 22 pages

  • written by Keith Giffen; pencils by Jon Landry; inks by Rick Burchett

cover by Randy Mayor, Chris Sprouse, and Karl Story; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Feb 2008
Midnighter #15

“Truth and Consequences” -- 22 pages

  • written by Keith Giffen; pencils by Jon Landry; inks by Rick Burchett

cover by Randy Mayor, Chris Sprouse, and Karl Story; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Mar 2008
Midnighter: Anthem

collects Midnighter #7 and #10-15; cover taken from Midnighter #10; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $14.99; cover-dated Aug 2008

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Assassin8 (Not in Sequence)

Midnighter #16

“VIII”

  • written by Keith Giffen; pencils by Lee Garbett; inks by Rick Burchett’

cover by Lee Garbett, Randy Mayor, and Trevor Scott; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Apr 2008
Midnighter #17

“Melee”

  • written by Keith Giffen; pencils by Lee Garbett; inks by Rick Burchett

cover by Lee Garbett, Randy Mayor, and Trevor Scott; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated May 2008
Midnighter #18

“By the Numbers”

  • written by Keith Giffen; pencils by Lee Garbett; inks by Rick Burchett

cover by Lee Garbett, Randy Mayor, and Trevor Scott; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated June 2008
Midnighter #19

“My Town”

  • written by Keith Giffen; pencils by Lee Garbett; inks by Rick Burchett

cover by Lee Garbett, Randy Mayor, and Trevor Scott; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated July 2008
Midnighter #20

“There and Back Again”

  • written by Keith Giffen; pencils by Lee Garbett; inks by Rick Burchett

final issue; cover by Lee Garbett, Randy Mayor, and Trevor Scott; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Aug 2008

Midnighter: Assassin8

collects Midnighter #16-20; cover taken from Midnighter #16; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $14.99; cover-dated Dec 2008

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