The Authority: Human on the Inside
by John Ridley & Ben Oliver
I wasn't going to be bothered with this, but when I saw that it was being written by John Ridley--author of perhaps the best 'super-hero' novel ever, Those Who Walk in Darkness--I decided to give it a go. In Ridley's story, the U.S. President is tired of being bullied by The Authority, so he asks a secret operative to take care of them. Unfortunately he suceeds, and of course that's when an existential menace from the future arrives. It's a decent, if somewhat threadworn, Authority story, and the art by Oliver is good as well. In short, it's a good, but not great, story, which begs the question of why this needed to be an original hardcover. We should be getting stories at least this good every month in the regular Authority comic. Of course, we haven't for a long time (but I hold out hope that Brubaker will turn that around...)
Rating: 3 (of 5)
Star Wars: Infinities - Return of the Jedi
by Adam Gallardo, Ryan Benjamin & Saleem Crawford with Dan Norton & Juvaun Kirby
Infinities is the Star Wars comic books' version of Marvel's old What If... In this case, it's "What if C-3PO was damaged and could not serve as Jabba's translator?" The answer is that things don't go as planned on Tatooine, Han is not rescued as Boba Fett absconds with his carbonite encased body, and the timetable is messed up. Everything, including Luke's journey to Dagobah, gets delayed, and the Rebel Assault doesn't go as planned. The art, by many hands, is good in places but uneven in others. It's a fun diversion, but nothing much more.
Rating: 2.5 (of 5)