Rating: 4.5/5 – Two Generations of Heroes and Family Issues.
by ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas
Jupiter’s Legacy is another creator owned series by Mark Millar, this time teaming up with ultra talented artist and co-creator Frank Quitely. It takes a look at the modern superhero and how they live within today’s fan obsessed and media frenzied world. At the same time, Jupiter’s Legacy draws parallels to the greatest generation as today’s heroes try to live up to the high standards and morals of those that came before, all while being wrapped inside the layers of family drama and jealousy. It sounds like a lot and it is, but Mark Millar has a way of simplifying the writing to focus on the core themes and the results are extremely entertaining, especially when played out though the pencils of Quitely.
Quitely has established himself as one of the major talents in the industry with his works on All Star Superman, Batman and Robin, and more. His pencils give the characters such weight and depth which is perfect for the superhero genre as that weight makes the action all that more intense. Although this first volume isn’t full of non-stop action, the moments that are prove to illustrate just how impressive his art can be. There’s a particular fight scene between the father Utopian, and his son Brandon and a group of heroes that’s both gorgeous in the details and horrific in the violence culminating in a full page splash that won’t easily be forgotten. Fans of Quitley’s work will not be disappointed and his character designs are simple yet striking.
The story starts out in the depression era and continues on into the future showcasing two generations of heroes. Although the main struggle is one between two brothers, that quickly changes by the end of the story extending out into ways I didn’t necessarily see coming. After witnessing our country go through what it did during the great depression, two brothers and their group of friends risk it all to travel to a mysterious island and come away with superpowers. Those powers are used to serve their country up until the present day when one of the brothers starts to feel as though their powers can be used to make the country not only safer, but better politically as well. As the Utopian and his brother argue over how to prevent another depression from happening again, that argument ripples throughout the rest of the family and it’s here that we meet the other two stars of the book, the Utopian’s son and daughter who can best be compared to a Hilton or Kardashian like media star.
Although at times the dialogue can be used to conveniently to move the story along, Millar has a way to have everything read so simply. He’s able to get right to the essence of an idea, and then carry that idea forward in the most entertaining of ways. The first volume of Jupiter’s Legacy delivers in just about every category including price. Image continues releasing the first volumes of their trades at just under ten bucks, and for that price this book is a steal. I look forward to the twelve-part prequel series titled Jupiter’s Circle as Quitley works on the second volume of Jupiter’s Legacy. This book can go in so many directions and this volume is the beginning of it all.
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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