Posted April 27, 2013 by Earl Maghirang in Comics

COMIC BOOK REVIEW: Jupiter’s Legacy # 1

Comic book review for Image ComicsJupiter’s Legacy # 1 written by Mark Millar and art by Frank Quitely.

 Mark Millar’s new book looks at the lives of a select group of superhumans from different generations. It’s a story that spans decades from the early 20th century all the way to modern America. It’s so much like our world with only a few major changes, the biggest happens to be that there’s a supergroup looking out for humanity in the form of The Utopian and his group of friends and family, that and their bratty, snotty offsprings.

Storytelling wise Millar is once again on top of his game here. The widescreen effect and approach is still present but there it’s dumbed down to some extent. When it does make an appearance it works so well. Case in point the fight between the older heroes and a would be interstellar invader…

Quitely’s work here is nothing short of beautiful. The women are hot and sexy, the guys are brawny and muscular and the facial expressions are A-Ok. I just hate the main characters as they look like they breezed through an emo guy’s wardrobe. Or maybe that in itself is a reflection of the generational gap that’s being presented in this new title from the same man who wrote drew the interiors for the first arc of Grant Morrison’s ‘Batman and Robin’.

The art here is totally off the roof. We’re bombarded with panel after panel of beautiful landscapes, skanky heroines and old-school greats. There’s one particular panel where the Walter Sampson sends Blackstar’s consciousness on a retreat while the rest of the heroes beat him up physically. The psychic Sampson went on to describe how it took him such a long time to construct the mental image all the while when you look at the panels that follow, you’ll see so much detail and an insane level of clarity in the art.

As expected Millar uses great dialogues between his characters giving them a life of their own. The Utopian for example is very much the stereotypical Superman from his ideals all the way to his arguments with his brother. In fact, I’m actually surprised that there hasn’t been so much expletives here in this new book seeing how Super Crooks and Nemesis had so much.

Overall, the first issue of Jupiter’s Children had lots of everythings. There’s a mysterious origin, cool superpowered fights, lots of tensions between the team and dynamic art. I’ve got nothing to complain with regards to this issue, only hoping that the succeeding ones just top off what’s been done for Jupiter’s Legacy # 1.

Verdict: 10/10


Earl Maghirang