Jenny Sparks is, according to those involved, a blond, female, and distinctly more super-powered version of her creator, the dynamic Warren Ellis (although there are those who would argue that he has plenty of superpowers of his own). When Ellis left The Authority in Mark Millar’s hands, Jenny too made her exit, for no one could quite fathom Jenny Sparks without Ellis’ spirit behind her. Jump forward a couple of years and Millar, with Ellis’ blessing, decides to give the impossible task a whack and revisit The Authority‘s fearless leader’s life. Shuttling back and forth through the 20th century (of course), we get to see moments private and grand. The tale is happily executed with all the familiar in your face attitude we readers have all missed. A welcome return of a unique and complex superhero, this volume also highlights the genius of both series’ writers and the unforgettable icon of a new cast for superheroes.

Jenny Sparks: The Secret History of the Authority
ISBN: 1563897695
by Mark Millar
Art by John McCrea
DC Comics/Wildstorm 2001

  • Robin B.

    | She/Her Teen Librarian, Public Library of Brookline

    Editor in Chief

    Robin E. Brenner is Teen Librarian at the Brookline Public Library in Massachusetts. She has chaired the American Library Association Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection List Committee, the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee, and served on the Michael L. Printz Award Committee. She is currently the President of the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table for ALA. She was a judge for the 2007 Eisner awards, helped judge the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards in 2011, and contributes to the Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal. She regularly gives lectures and workshops on graphic novels, manga, and anime at comics conventions including New York and San Diego Comic-Con and at the American Library Association’s conferences. Her guide, Understanding Manga and Anime (Libraries Unlimited, 2007), was nominated for a 2008 Eisner Award.

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