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Jupiter's Legacy, Vol. 1 Paperback – April 8, 2015
"Dovetail" by Karen McQuestion
From the author of Hello Love comes a spellbinding new novel of enduring love, family secrets, and mysterious death. | Learn more
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- Item Weight : 9.9 ounces
- Paperback : 136 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1632153106
- ISBN-13 : 978-1632153104
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 0.5 x 10.1 inches
- Publisher : Image Comics; Illustrated edition (April 8, 2015)
- Reading level : 16 and up
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #804,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Taking inspiration from Marvel and DCs comic universes, Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Civil War) has done an incredible job at creating, fleshing out, and turning a whole new superhero-verse on its head in only 5 issues. My only complaint is that there isn't more to flesh out these characters and stories. There was so much work put into these characters and world that as a fan I would have loved to explore it and dive deep into mythology, but at the same time Millar's writing is so precise and moving that I got what I wanted through certain panels, or one sentence of dialogue. This series really showcases his writing talent.
Quietly does a fantastic job here as he usually does. Watching his style of hopeful joy you'd probably see in the silver age mashed up against Millar's graphic imagination is something marvelous. I can look at his art style brutally killing characters all day.
Overall, if you're looking for something new in comics, or are tired of giant universes, then give this a shot. It's essentially decades of history in a superhero world condensed brilliantly into 5 issues that will make you beg for more (thankfully there is more!).
There’s been a lot of criticism about the derivative and cliched nature of many of the themes and plot points here, but the quality of stories always primarily depends on what’s done with the ideas it uses. I think it’s all blended wonderfully in Jupiter’s Legacy and it doesn’t bother me in the least that I’ve seen some elements before.
The execution isn’t entirely perfect. In refusing to shy away from graphical depictions of violence Millar and Quitely go over the top a couple times to the point it breaks the immersion. The ideological differences of certain characters would have been much more interesting with a few small changes and some more shades of gray worked in.
But Jupiter’s Legacy is excellent as it is. This exploration of power and the long reaching consequences of the associated choices could become a classic depending on what the rest of the series brings.
The aforementioned work has had varying degrees of success from my stand point as a reader but this work is just great. Most of his new stuff is kinda macho and tongue in cheek but this work, as well as MPH show range, and his love for the medium. It also takes basic plot elements and exploits them in new ways. This is his watchmen. This is his swamp thing. This is his kingdom come. This is his Marvelman. But, as I said, this is Mark.
Teamed with his is his frequent cohort, Frank Quitely, doing his best work in ages. Which, ironically, brings me to my one complaint. I think this story would be told better in the European comic volume rather than a monthly format. I know that is more of a complaint against the periodical rather than the story in the format purchased but, still. The book suffered from delay after delay and it was VERY frustarting. Frank's work is worth waiting for and it would be more acceptable in a graphic novel format than in periodicals that are collected. Think DC's EARTH ONE line. Mark Millar should do something of the such for his comics.
Overall, I loved this volume and I can't wait for more!
The story setting is a really interesting and intriguing one. It's essentially an elseworlds tale of the Justice league of America. A bunch of heroes get powers in 1929 and go on to lead America through a golden age through the great depression, World War 2, etc. But this story takes place in modern times. Those heroes are all old now. Their children are all celebrity trash with endorsement deals serving as their primary incentive for doing good. I felt like I saw elements of the Incredibles plus Lost plus Millar's own twisted imagination. It all worked really well. The only down side is that Quietly is so slow (it took about a year between issues 4 and 5 to be released) that it will probably be a couple years before we have the second volume in our hands. Still, I'd say the first volume is well worth it, and it's at more than a fair price considering the original story consisted of 5 issues that cost $3 a piece. You can get the whole thing for around the cost of 2 issues.
I was ever so slightly disappointed by Quietly's art. I'm a fan, and maybe my expectations were unreasonable, but his art isn't quite as great as it was in All-Star Superman and Batman and Robin. It's still really good of course, I guess I was just hoping for him to take that next step.
Regardless, I highly recommend this book.
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I eked this series out as a reward for slogging through the Snyder Year Zero Batman, and every time I came back it was like pure, fresh spring water in the desert.
The story is very spirit-of-the-times. Dissolute social media star superheroes with no secret identities or values betray the principles of the previous generation, steered in the background by the dark side of the previous generation, and have to learn Hard Truths the Hard Way.
The writing is spare and efficient, the extremely fine art elevates it close to classic status, the story is fast paced and lean, the characters are thin but sufficient to the plot, and there's an informed, delicate, meta sense of the iconography behind it all. It has everything, in short, that the Snyder Batman lacks except the given that people intighte punch each other silly.
There's a retro prequel - also in two volumes - whose art starts out in that oh-so-2010 Saturday morning cartoon style and goes off the rails fast in book 2 thanks to a game of musical artists. You miss nothing if you don't read it, except the chance to see how heavily the writing leans on the drawing.
Invest in both parts of this instead.