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Jupiter's Legacy, Vol. 1 Paperback – April 8, 2015
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In this situation, Millar includes a few more wrinkles. It's basically the pixar movie The Incredibles and a rich kids behave badly reality show mashed up with Squadron Supreme. It's not just the heroes who go bad but whole families going down rabbit holes. Think that terrible family gathering where one member can't wait to tell you about their politics again but it ends with them punching you with a super powered fist.
It's a good hook. It also is a lot more fun and optimistic than you'd expect. Millar is accused of being a cynical jerk. He is a cynical jerk with some questionable political stances but he's got a good nature behind all the posturing. For all the characters attempts at forcing a socialist utopia on the world that he wishes would come true in this book, he realizes unlike Alan Moore, Mark Waid, and Warren Ellis that that utopia has to be wanted by all instead of beaten into people. Turns out the cynical jerk is the least cynical jerk of the group and unlike the others not a bully.
The illustration is needless to say top notch. Quitely nails every scene requested of him. He also comes up with some fun riffs on super hero design. The heroic characters get some solid modernized classic superhero costumes. The villains tend to involve military-esque jump suits beloved by the post Authority era comics crowd, which just look at current Marvel comics or DC New 52 for how awful that trend can be from a visual stand point. The point comes across pretty loud and clear.
It's not perfect by any means. MIllar has his quirks. He can be hammy and a little cringe inducing. However, overall, he's doing a great job here. I've read the 2 spin off volumes too through comixiology and they're fantastic. It's amazing that this comic doesn't get more love but a lot like Squadron Supreme people tend to shy away from things that might be a bit too exposing. Considering this comic takes a really dim view of the post Ellis Authority era of comics that Millar contributed too, it's not a huge surprise.
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!
1. Quitely's art is great. I enjoy his work and it fits well for the story and story-telling.
2. The story, while familiar, is enjoyable and written well.
3. The story is a familiar concept. Superheroes know best and decide to take over to reshape the world. Can anyone say Squadron Supreme, Kingdom Come, Black Summer, The Authority, etc?
4. The series has multiple volumes that tell the pre-story (Jupiter's Circle). Same author and different artist(s).
I enjoyed the book even with the familiar story. I'll be looking out for a sequel that continues or completes the story. I am less interested in the back story series.
Frank Quietly's artwork is masterful. Nothing else needs to be said.
The story starts off in 2014, flashes back to a 1932 origin story and then moves forward into 2022. One of the major premises of the story is "What would it be like to grow up with the pressures of being Superman's kid?" And as you contemplate that, there are a few other interesting themes explored as well.
If you really like superheroes but also like independent books, this is for you.
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