Review by: AmirCat

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Story by Mark Millar
Art by Frank Quitely
Cover by Frank Quitely

Size: 0 pages
Price: 2.99

Jupiter’s Legacy contains so many elements that constitute is as a comicbook for me. First and foremost, it has Frank Quietly. There was a time where I had the ability to avoid buying a Frank Quitely Comic book, that time is no more. Not only is this guy an artistic virtuoso, he’s also an amazing story teller. Combine that with detail that many artists try to copy, but can’t quite match, and this man is at the top of his field. No wonder he has to rarely work, or that when he does it takes long, it’s obvious he puts a lot of effort into what he does, and I for one appreciate that.

Conversely Mark Millar is a writer whose stories are hit or miss for me. He’s written some of my favorite comics (Red Son, Old Man Logan, Authority, Kick-Ass #1, Chosen) and some I’ve disliked (Kick-Ass #2-Infinity), and mostly comics I’ve felt so-so about.

So knowing the art is 5/5, I just would like to go on to the story.

What I liked about the story here is that we get a glimpse into the lives of the heroes and their children. We see that the Superman analogue has the best intentions, is always striving to help mankind, but he is not perfect. He has sacrificed his family in exchange for helping mankind. That part I love because it shows that even though someone has the best intentions, no one is perfect, something is bound to go wrong. Another interesting part of this book is that it appears that this world is void of super villains. But the world is not without problems, unemployment is 50%, and life still is rough. This is an awesome premise for multiple reason, A) Does this mean life is hard with or without villains? B) Does a life of idleness breed villainy? C) In the Superhero world, are all the superheroes jealous of “Superman”?
Ok, I just convinced myself to give this book 5/5

Story: 5 - Excellent
Art: 5 - Excellent


  1. First line should be: “Jupiter’s Legacy contains so many elements that constitute is as a great comicbook for me. “

  2. I’m a huge fan of Quitely, just finally picked up a physical copy of All-Star Superman and I’m loving it all over again. And like you Millar is firmly hit or miss in my book (you pointed out his best books quite well). I read the first issue and it was one of those titles where I felt like I hadn’t gotten much out of the content. The book is packed with a lot of stuff yet I came away feeling like I hadn’t had enough to grasp onto which a lot of titles these days make me feel. Is it worth picking up the second issue? Is there more to like here?

    • In all honesty, this might be a better fit for a trade because there is a lot of setup. But I love the setup, and it’s interesting where the story is going. The story may be taking a “Shakespearean” Tragedy turn …

      I am enjoying the ideas Millar is setting up. This book definitely has more heart than some of his lesser books.

    • I wanted to add that I disliked his book “Nemesis”. I felt that it was pointless, but this book is not pointless.

  3. There are supervillains in this world. They fought one in the first issue and Chloe’s boyfriend’s parents are described as supervillains. With that out of the way, I thought your review was pretty spot-on, but not a 5 on story for me (more 4ish). At least not yet. The art here is great, and the story is good, but 2 issues is a lot of buildup, and it has been rather wordy. Im enjoying the social commentary, and its execution, and had never thought to call it Shakespearean, but it SOO is. So far it reads like a tragedy. I’m wondering if this arc will stay like this, or if we will eventually find out what this story is actually about next issue.

    • You’re right, there are villains, I should have said a worthy adversary. I also totally get why you would give the story 4/5, but I am really intrigued by the thoughtfulness of the story, which is uncharacteristic of recent Millar stories (atleast to me).

    • I agree. This doesn’t feel like a Millar story. It’s exploratory and complex, and he hasn’t establishedany clear lines yet. All of these superheros are so strikingly human, and even viewed as “normal” by the non-supers. I’m very interested to see where this goes, and I guess I just wish I knew already. On another note, I like the semi-monthly schedule. Frees up the finances a little.

    • Nice. What other books are you reading?

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