DC Day: In “Coup D’Etat”, The Authority Finally Takes Over The U.S. Government Because Of Their Conspiracy To Conquer The Bleed

DC DAY

In 'Coup D'Etat' (2004) #1, the Authority takes over the U.S. government over its attempt to conquer the Bleed.
In ‘Coup D’Etat: Sleeper’ (2004) #1 the Authority takes over the U.S. government because of its attempt to travel to the Bleed. AP Photo/DC Comics

IN GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY

TAO, A FORMER WILDC.a.t.s. AGENT, TRICKS THE U.S. GOVERNMENT INTO TRAVELING TO THE BLEED LEADING TO AN ACCIDENT

In ‘Coup D’Etat: Sleeper’ (2004) #1, the U.S. government follows the conspiracy of Tao in order to conquer the Bleed. Following a mission by Agent Carver and Misery at a secret U.S. base, the U.S. government retrieves a device. In reality, it was an elaborate set-up by Tao, a former WILDC.A.T.s. who orchestrated the covert operation.

Realizing that the device can actually help them travel the Bleed, they send a probe into space. However, per Tao’s knowledge, the device “was powered by a tiny black hole.”1 Upon reaching the Bleed, the black hole became unstable and the probe exploded. The accident tore “open an enormous hole in the Bleed” and destroyed a shiftship.1

In 'Coup D'etat' (2004) #1, Tao tricks the U.S. government into traveling to the Bleed leading to an accident.
In ‘Coup D’Etat: Sleeper’ (2004) #1, Tao tricks the U.S. government into traveling to the Bleed leading to an accident. AP Photo/DC Comics

THE AUTHORITY TAKES OVER THE U.S. GOVERNMENT AFTER IT CAN’T CONTAIN THE DISASTER IN FLORIDA

In Florida, the Authority are on the scene. Hawksmoor sends telepathic readings of a ship breaching the Bleed. Swift thinks it’s a meteor shower. However, Apollo realizes that it’s not a meteor shower, it’s giants. Swift identifies that it’s a shiftship six times bigger than the Carrier with hundreds of hull breaches.

Its crew are giants falling to the Earth like meteors. Midnighter says they have about 10 minutes until the shiftship lands on Earth, a collision worse than the meteor that extinguished the dinosaurs. The Doctor cannot affect the shiftship with his magic so he stretches out time. The Authority uses doors to evacuate the population of Florida. But that is not enough. The ship hits Florida and millions die.

 

In 'Coup D'etat' (2004) #1, the shiftship's crew are falling on re-entry to Florida through hull breaches.
In ‘Coup D’Etat: Sleeper’ (2004) #1, the shiftship’s crew are falling on re-entry to Florida through hull breaches. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Florida has been turned into an archipelago with Key West. Aboard the Carrier, the Engineer informs Hawksmoor that the Giants are an extra-dimensional race, from a universe billions older than the Wildstorm universe. They are known as the Vigil and they are the first species to use the Bleed. They collect information and observe the multiverse.

The shiftship was headed for the Gathering, when “all new knowledge is collected to their planet.”1 The Vigil have never gone to war and it is unclear what their response to the catastrophe would be. Later at night, the Authority makes an announcement on a jumbotron, Hawksmoor declares the Authority are going to take over the U.S. government.

In 'Coup D'Etat' (2004) #1, the Authority takes over the U.S. government over its attempt to conquer the Bleed.
In ‘Coup D’Etat’ (2004) #1, the Authority takes over the U.S. government because of its attempt to travel to the Bleed. AP Photo/DC Comics

SPARTAN WARNS THE AUTHORITY AS TO THE CONSEQUENCES OF THEIR ACTIONS

In ‘Coup D’Etat: Wildcats’ (2004) #1, former WILDC.a.t.s. members intervene in the U.S. government conspiracy. Members of the HALO Corporation, Jack Marlowe (Spartan), Edwin Dolby and Grifter are concerned over recent events. The wheelchair-bound Grifter recruits Edwin Dolby for a mission. Together, they head to a former supervillain, now weapons dealer codenamed Warmaker. Grifter first attempts to woo Warmaker in order to retrieve a weapon. Sensing that there is no money involved, but rather an exchange, Warmaker shoots Grifter.

Grifter evades from his wheelchair, and shoots Warmaker in the head, killing him. Then, he calls Dolby and together they head behind the bookcase in Warmaker’s study. They find a massive negative gamma particle. Grifter tells Jack his plan: He plans to have Jack teleport the WMD into the Bleed to trigger a singularity and send the Authority to a parallel universe. Jack does not agree to Grifter’s plan and says the Authority’s conspiracy is likely temporary. Later, Jack appears on the Authority’s carrier in hologram form. They have an argument and taking the form of Spartan, he warns them of the consequences of their actions.

In 'Coup D'Etat' (2004) #1, Spartan warns the Authority of the consequences of their actions.
In ‘Coup D’Etat: Wildcats’ (2004) #1, Spartan in hologram form warns the Authority of the consequences of their actions. AP Photo/DC Comics

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WITH CONTROL OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, THE AUTHORITY FACES AN ALIEN INVASION BY THE VIGIL

In ‘Coup D’Etat: The Authority’ (2004) #1, the Authority have to contend with the consequences of the government conspiracy. The Authority have taken over the U.S. government: NORAD is under their control, they have disabled nuclear weapons, the NAVY has been de-commissioned, the Engineer disabled the Air Force and the Army. The Authority has dismantled the U.S. armed forces in six hours. World leaders are in disarray and officially endorse the Authority.

Suddenly, the Vigil invade Earth. Hawksmoor orders the Carrier to start teleporting people out of Times Square similarly to the procedure in Florida. Hawksmoor, Apollo and Engineer head to Times Square, the Doctor heads to the White House and Midnighter has to negotiate the President’s resignation. The Authority arrive in Times Square and do battle. Apollo flies through the Vigil “faster than a speeding bullet.”2 Hawksmoor negotiates the Vigil’s surrender. Finally, the whole team is teleported aboard the Carrier with the President.

In 'Coup D'Etat' (2004) #1, Apollo flies through the Vigil "faster than a speeding bullet."
In ‘Coup D’Etat: The Authority’ (2004) #1, Apollo flies through the Vigil “faster than a speeding bullet”. AP Photo/DC Comics

They are showing video footage of the President’s attempt to conquer the Bleed. The Vigil comment on humanity’s potential for destruction and state they have not engaged in combat in 500 Earth years. The Engineer informs the Vigil that the Authority downloaded 60% of their shiftship’s data before it was destroyed. Asked what can prevent humanity from being a threat to the multiverse, Apollo incinerates President Kent with his heat vision. The Vigil calls the Authority “savages.” Then, they depart for the Bleed.

Swift remarks that President Kent was actually manipulated by outside forces. The Engineer says she manipulated the footage to place guilt on President Kent in order to ensure that the Vigil would stop their invasion of Earth and leave. Swift questions the decision and states that the Authority never compromises. At night, Hawksmoor proclaims the Authority as the new U.S. government. His first order of the day is to suspend democratic elections. After the broadcast, Midnighter asks what they do next.

In 'Coup D'Etat: The Authority' (2004) #1, Apollo murders President Kent with his heat vision.
In ‘Coup D’Etat: The Authority’ (2004) #1, Apollo murders President Kent with his heat vision. AP Photo/DC Comics.

SOURCES

Coup d’État: Sleeper Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Coup d’État: Wildcats Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Coup d’État: The Authority Vol 1 1 in DC Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Coup D’Etat: Sleeper #1.
  2. Coup D’Etat: The Authority #1.

Image Day: Jenny Quantum Leads The Authority Against The Government Conspiracy Of Harry Bendix

DC DAY

In 'The Authority: Revolution' (2005) #4, Jenny Quantum saves members of the Authority from a  massive nuclear explosion triggered by the Doctor.
In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ (2005) #4, the Authority fights Paul Revere and The Sons of Liberty in Washington D.C. Jenny Quantum saves members of the Authority from a nuclear explosion triggered by Fallout. Photo/DC Comics

WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS MATURE CONTENT.

IN IMAGE COMICS

IN THE BATTLE AGAINST PAUL REVERE AND THE SONS OF LIBERTY, FALLOUT TRIGGERS AN ATOMIC EXPLOSION IN FRONT OF THE WHITE HOUSE

In ‘The Authority: Revolution’, the Authority is a victim of a government conspiracy. The Authority has taken over the U.S. government and Paul Revere leads a political militia called the Sons of Liberty oppose what they perceive as the Authority’s dictatorship.

The Sons of Liberty are a group of old patriotic superheroes from the 1940s, 50s and 60s. They take orders from a mysterious man in a Helicarrier in the sky. In a bloody battle in front of the White House, the Authority fight the Sons of Liberty. As Paul Revere and the Sons of Liberty are de-powered by the strange man in the heli-carrier, FallOut triggers an atomic explosion.

In 'The Authority: Revolution' (2005) #4, Jenny Quantum saves members of the Authority from a  massive nuclear explosion triggered by the Doctor.
In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ (2005) #4, the Authority fights Paul Revere and The Sons of Liberty in Washington D.C. Jenny Quantum saves members of the Authority from a nuclear explosion triggered by Fallout. Photo/DC Comics

IN THE FALLOUT, THE AUTHORITY DISBANDS

In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ #5, the Authority is holding a meeting on the Carrier. They are discussing the possible security breaches that led to the nuclear fallout. Midnighter seeing a vision from future Apollo, decides to resign.

In some ways, he neglects the government conspiracy the Authority is victim to, and is afraid by Apollo’s future of totalitarian government created by the Authority.

In 'The Authority: Revolution' (2005) #5, Midnighter resigns from the Authority.
In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ (2005) #5, Midnighter resigns from the Authority.

Midnighter argues that the Authority has lost its way. In the beginning, the Authority was created by Jenny Sparks in order to save the world. He blames recent events on their current leader, Jack Hawksmoor. Midnighter argues that the fact the Authority has taken over the U.S. government shows they have lost their neutrality: from heroes they have become dictators.

As Midnighter leaves, Jenny Quantum tells him she knows he did something to the Carrier before the fallout. In present day, Jack Hawksmoor make an announcement on the U.S. mass media: The Authority takes full responsibility for the nuclear explosion and disbands.

In 'The Authority: Revolution' (2005) #5, the Authority disbands as a result of the nuclear fallout at the White House.
In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ (2005) #5, the Authority disbands as a result of the nuclear fallout at the White House. Photo/Image Comics

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JENNY QUANTUM UNCOVERS THE GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY FROM THE INFINITE CITY

In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ #7, after three years, Jenny Quantum is now eight years old and is getting a physical in New Washington. She complains that people keep treating her like a kid She returns home and draws the man she thins is responsible for the Doctor’s death. She visits the Garden of Ancestral Memory where all the previous Doctors go when they die. She finds out that Jeroen (the previous Doctor) and his “successor” are not there.1

As she returns home, she gets a visit from her future fourteen year old self. Jenny can’t identify whether the girl is Jenny Sparks or Jenny Quantum. She does agree to travel with her in order to find out. They travel to Infinite City which houses all the past Jenny Quantum. There, she finds out the man behind the government conspiracy who has been manipulating the Authority. His name is Henry Bendix. As Jenny comes back home, she realizes she is her fourteen year old self. Apollo is startled.

In 'The Authority: Revolution' (2005) #7, Jenny Quantum and her 14 year old self travel to Infinite City.
In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ (2005) #7, Jenny Quantum and her fourteen year old self travel to Infinite City. Photo/Image Comics

JENNY QUANTUM LEADS THE AUTHORITY IN BATTLE AGAINST HENRY BENDIX

The Authority face the government conspiracy: Henry Bendix used the Rose Tattoo, the Spirit of Murder to seduce and kill the Doctor. In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ #12, Henry Bendix mind controls Midnighter to fight Jenny and the Authority. Jenny faces Midnighter in combat and The Engineer enters Midnighters brain and does micro-surgery with “a virus that wipes out any implant installed after the 20th century.”2

Before Midnighter was freed from mind-control, Bendix made him initiate the Carrier’s Suicide Protocol. Jenny has the current Doctor simulate her death as the Carrier explodes. Bendix attempts to transport Jenny’s naked body onboard only for the Authority to trace his location. A battle ensues at Bendix’s base. During the battle, the Rose Tattoo kisses Jenny who gets her first kiss, though the Doctor battles Rose Tattoo. Apollo decapitates Samson and Midnighter bloodily decapitates Henry Bendix because of Bendix’s government conspiracy. The Doctor turns the Rose Tattoo in the Spirit of Life who joins the Authority. The Authority claims Bendix’s base as their new base.

In 'The Authority: Revolution' (2005) #12, Midnighter viciously decapitates Henry Bendix.
In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ (2005) #12, Midnighter bloodily decapitates Henry Bendix.

COMIC GALLERY

In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ (2005) #11, Henry Bendix mind controls Midnighter to turn him against the Authority.


SOURCES

The Authority in Image Comics Database.
The Authority: Revolution #4 in Comic Vine.
The Authority: Revolution #5 in Comic Vine.
The Authority: Revolution #7 in Comic Vine.
The Authority: Revolution #12 in Comic Vine.
The Authority: Revolution #11 in Comic Vine.

FOOTNOTES

  1. The Authority Revolution #7.
  2. The Authority Revolution #12.

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Image Day: In The Battle For Jenny Quantum, The Commander Beats Down And Rapes Apollo

IMAGE DAY

he Authority' (2000) #14, Storm-God blasts Apollo with an "ionized particle strike."
In ‘The Authority’ (2000) #14, Storm-God blasts Apollo with an “ionized particle strike.” Photo/Image Comics

WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS MATURE CONTENT.

IN IMAGE COMICS

THE BIRTH OF JENNY QUANTUM, SPIRIT OF THE 21ST CENTURY

In ‘The Authority’ (2000) #14, the birth of Jenny Quantum, the spirit of the 21st century, attracts a conflict with the government-backed Super Powered Beings (S.P.B) team called the Americans. The threat of a government abuse of civil rights is all the more urgent faced with the draconian measures of The Authority. The Doctor, who is a member of The Authority warns them it would not be a good idea to kill Jenny Quantum.

The Americans tell The Doctor that they know what they are doing. They explain to The Doctor that Titan is blocking The Doctor’s link to his powers and propose that The Doctor kill Jenny Quantum. The Doctor refuses. Titan grabs a plane flying overhead and smashes The Doctor and Jenny Quantum. Suddenly, Jenny triggers an explosion in Singapore.

In 'The Authority' (2000) #14, the newborn infant Jenny Quantum, the spirit of the 21st century, triggers an explosion in Singapore.
In ‘The Authority’ (2000) #14, the newborn infant Jenny Quantum, the spirit of the 21st century, triggers an explosion in Singapore. Photo/Image Comics

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THE COMMANDER BEATS DOWN AND RAPES APOLLO

Jenny Quantum’s attack leaves both of Titan’s legs blown up. The rest of The Authority shows up in order to take on The Americans. Apollo flies into Titan’s head and blows it up. The Authority in their violence and neglect for property, reveal the menace of the Ubermensch, the superman who acts without a moral code. During the battle, Storm-God zaps Apollo with an “ionized particle strike.”

The “ionized particle strike” ate up Apollo’s solar charge and Apollo is weakened. The Commander beats down on Apollo and proceeds to brutally rape him off panel. Jack tells The Doctor to enter Dreamtime with Jenny with another member of The Americans in pursuit. The Americans are called back to base. The Doctor comes back and tells The Authority that Jenny has been taken.

In 'The Authority' (2000) #14, The Commander beats down and brutally rapes Apollo.
In ‘The Authority’ (2000) #14, The Commander beats down and brutally rapes Apollo. Photo/Image Comics

MIDNIGHTER AVENGES APOLLO WITH A JACKHAMMER

In ‘The Authority’ (2000) #16, the superhuman arms race between the United States and the Soviets reminiscent of the Cold War, led to the creation of hangars, filled with superhumans. Swift arrives at The Hangar and with the help of Jenny Quantum, manages to infiltrate.

She asks Dr. Kirgstein, the creator of The Americans to join The Authority. He accepts. S.P.B teams are simultaneously attacking every major city on Earth and The Authority must defend them. They split up.

Midnighter takes on the team in Manhattan, Hawksmoor takes on the team on in Paris, The Doctor takes Moscow, The Engineer takes Beijing, and Apollo takes Washtington D.C. where he confronts the remnants of The Americans.

The Authority #16, Comic Vine
In 'The Authority' (2000) #16, Apollo incinerates The Americans with his laser vision.
In ‘The Authority’ (2000) #16, Apollo incinerates The Americans with his laser vision. Photo/Image Comics
In 'The Authority' (2000) #16, Apollo burns The Commander's legs from the waist down.
In ‘The Authority’ (2000) #16, Apollo burns The Commander’s legs from the waist down. Photo/Image Comics
In 'The Authority' (2000) #16, Midnighter avenges Apollo's rape by The Commander with a jackhammer.
In ‘The Authority’ (2000) #16, Midnighter avenges Apollo’s rape by The Commander with a jackhammer. Photo/Image Comics

COMIC GALLERY

In ‘The Authority’ #14,The Authority clashes with the government-backed Super Powered Beings The Americans over Jenny Quantum, the spirit of the 21st century.


SOURCES

The Authority #14 in Comic Vine.
The Authority #16 in Comic Vine.

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