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Mark Millar and Wilfredo Torres reveal early artwork for Jupiter’s Circle

Now that the first chapter of Mark Millar and Frank Quitely’s bestselling Jupiter’s Legacy has left readers with a shocking conclusion, Millar reveals early preview pages from the prequel series with artist Wilfredo Torres that will keep Millarworld fans on the edge of their seats: Jupiter’s Circle.

In Jupiter’s Circle, the most celebrated superheroes in mid-century America seem to have it all—fame, riches, adoration—but tensions simmer beneath the glossy surface, threatening to crack open the secrets behind their public AND private exploits. Jupiter’s Circle has been described as Mad Men meets Super-Friends… a grown-up take on the private lives of superheroes. Before the family dynasty in Jupiter’s Legacy began, there was Jupiter’s Circle—a story about a team whose personal dramas collide with super-powered spectacle!

Jupiter’s Circle is set to launch April 8 and will feature covers by Frank Quitely (Cover A: Diamond Code FEB150472, Cover B: Diamond Code FEB150473), Bill Sienkiewicz (Cover C: Diamond Code FEB150474), and Goran Parlov (Cover D: Diamond Code  FEB150475).

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Watch Frank Quitely Get the Spotlight by the BBC

The BBC is running a series What Do Artists Do All Day? It recently highlighted comic artist Frank Quitely in a recent episode. You can now watch it online and get a sense as to what exactly artists do…

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Preview: Jupiter’s Legacy #4

Jupiter’s Legacy #4

Story By: Mark Millar
Art By: Frank Quitely
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: AUG130699
Published: March 5, 2014

Brandon and his Uncle Walter have instigated the superhero revolution, but there are those who would still stand against them. On the other side of the world, Chloe and Hutch are hiding with their enormous secret and hoping to evade the man charged with hunting renegade superhumans.

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Preview: Jupiter’s Legacy #3

Jupiter’s Legacy #3

Story By: Mark Millar
Art By: Frank Quitely
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JUN130547
Published: September 25, 2013

The heroes conspire to overthrow The Utopian, discontent rumbling in the bars and the clubs where the superheroes get wasted and complain how much he’s been holding them all back with his old-fashioned ideas of power and responsibility. There’s a new world out there if they will only grasp it. But what is his daughter’s secret and how will it change things forever for their family?

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Jupiter’s Legacy #3 Gets Variant Covers by Hitch, Phillips

Image Comics has unveiled two new variant covers by Bryan Hitch and Sean Phillips for Jupiter’s Legacy #3 by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely. The variant covers can be pre-ordered now, with the Diamond codes JUN138034 (Hitch) and JUN138035 (Phillips).

The third issue of the Image series that explores inter-generational power struggles between superheroes and their children marks a turning point in the story: a violent attempted coup that, successful or not, will change the world’s trajectory.

Jupiter’s Legacy #3 will be in stores on August 28.

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Preview: Elephantmen #50

Elephantmen #50

Story By: Richard Starkings
Art By: Axel Medellin
Art By: Gabriel Bautista
Art By: Moritat
Cover By: Frank Quitely
Cover By: Ladrönn
Price: $5.99

“BLUE COLLAR BLUES” The work of an Elephantman who died quietly after living a solitary life in a loft in downtown Los Angeles, paints a different picture of the lives of all the Elephantmen. PLUS: A gallery of art and ELEPHANTMEN #1, re-presented in celebration of our 50th issue!

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Review: Jupiter’s Legacy #2, Lazarus #1 and Satellite Sam #1

Jupiter’s Legacy #2

juplegacy02_coverAThe comic book event of 2013 continues as the schism between the superheroes widens and a plot to unseat the greatest hero of them all emerges. I dove into the first issue of the new Mark Millar series expecting his more recent brand of storytelling, over the top violence and moments that make you wince. Instead I found a mature title that’s understated and muted compared to his other recent work. The first issue was really solid, though not great. The second issue though, is getting more towards that “great” territory.

Following up on the various characters we met in the first issue we get a better look at the heroes and their kids and what ails them. Millar drives further into the twisted psyche and lives these “heroes” live and it’s definitely not rosy. The next generation of heroes are pretty broken and definitely not living up to the standard set forth by their parents. And as we learn more about their powers and personalities, how they lash out should get pretty interesting.

But, things aren’t great with the first generation of heroes either. Dissension exists and animosity that’s been brewing over the years looks like it’ll finally spill over. And if those final pages are what’s to come, that meltdown will be epic and entertaining to follow.

Of course, it’s not just Millar’s writing, Frank Quitely provides the art, which is as solid as you’d expect. It’s great stuff to look at, with characters looking different and each having their own style.

The second issue improves on the first, setting up a superhero story that seems like it’ll be pretty epic.

Story: Mark Millar Art: Frank Quitely
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Lazarus #1

lazarus01_coverIn a dystopian near-future, government is a quaint concept, resources are coveted, and possession is 100% of the law. A handful of Families rule, jealously guarding what they have and exploiting the Waste who struggle to survive in their domains. Forever Carlyle defends her family’s holdings through deception and force as their protector, their Lazarus. Shot dead defending the family home, Forever’s day goes downhill from there….

I love Greg Rucka’s writing, I usually gush over it. While Lazarus‘ writing is solid in the first issue, the plot and pacing is the problem. A lot is set up in this first issue. We’re introduced to this strange world, sort of explained the rules of the world and given a bit of the long term plot. There’s a lot to pack in there with sequences that are fantastic. But, there’s so much crammed in, I felt like I didn’t get enough of each bit. It was too much, too quick, with not enough explanation.

That’s the thing that I go back and forth about this first issue. Each part is very cool separately, but together it feels like too much with too little detail and the issue would have benefited from decompressing it a bit and explaining more. Never thought I’d say that. There’s some pages in the back that talks about Rucka and Lark’s collaboration, those would have been better used as an over-sized issue with more comic.

The art by Michael Lark is pretty solid. There’s something familiar about the world, but still it’s a futuristic world where you can’t quite tell how messed up it is. The mystery is continued through the art, which is cool.

Overall, the first issue is good, but not great. This might be a first arc that’s better to read as a trade than individual issues.

Story: Greg Rucka Art: Michael Lark
Story: 7 Art: 8 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Satellite Sam #1

satellite same #1 coverSEX – DEATH – LIVE TV!
NEW YORK CITY, 1951: The star of beloved daily television serial “Satellite Sam” turns up dead in a flophouse filled with dirty secrets. The police think it was death by natural causes but his son knows there was something more? if only he could sober up long enough to do something about it. This noir mystery shot through with sex and violence exposes the seedy underbelly of the golden age of television.

I’ve said it numerous times, but I love a good crime/noir mystery. There’s some attraction to me about the idea of dames, detectives and investigators and throw it during a time period that can be a character itself and you’ve got a great combination and fun entertaining story.

Here writer Matt Fraction goes the crime story route, something I don’t think I’ve seen him do. And, not knowing what to expect this totally caught me off guard. The first issue is all set-up and you leave the end wanting to go back and see who the suspects are and try to figure out the motivation. This is a hard-boiled detective/whodunnit that exudes fun.

That’s helped in part by the art of Howard Chaykin who brings his unique art style which seems well suited for a story of this type. He draws the “dames” exactly as you’d expect with a hint of danger and sexiness.

Then there’s the backdrop of the fledgling television industry, which brings a political aspect that makes the set up even more intriguing.

The comic comes out July 3rd and it’s easily one of my top picks for the week.

Story: Matt Fraction Art: Howard Chaykin
Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Preview: Jupiter’s Legacy #2

Jupiter’s Legacy #2

Story by: Mark Millar
Art By: Frank Quitely
Cover By: Frank Quitely
Variant Cover by: Bryan Hitch & Jock
Price: $2.99

The comic book event of 2013 continues as the schism between the superheroes widens and a plot to unseat the greatest hero of them all emerges. Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Superman this month by buying this frankly much-more interesting book by superstar creators MARK MILLAR and FRANK QUITELY.

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Elephantmen at the Half-Century Mark

Elephantmen, Richard Starkings‘ epic science fiction series exploring the ramifications of genetic experimentation, war, and racism, is reaching a milestone this July: its 50th issue. Elephantmen debuted in 2006, published by Image Comics, a spin-off of Starkings self-published (and now Image title) Hip Flask.

Following a group of human/animal hybrid super-soldiers who are struggling to integrate themselves into a society that is often hostile to their very existence, the series has gone on be collected into six hardcovers and trade paperbacks. It has featured art by Ladrönn, Boo Cook, Chris Burnham, Shaky Kane, and Axel Medellin, and the cover of Elephantmen #43 is among the work that earned Brandon Graham a “Best Cover Artist” Eisner Award nomination.

“Fifty issues! One more and Elephantmen is as old as I am!” marveled creator and writer Starkings, who also owns the well-respected comics lettering studio Comicraft. “When we launched the series in 2006, I thought maybe I had six issues in me, yet here we are, seven years later and six Elephantmen collections in stores and another in preparation for release this summer!”

Elephantmen #50, “Blue Collar Blues,” has a cover by renowned comics artist Frank Quitely, and comes after the close of the monumental “Sleeping Partners” story arc. It brings the story into the intimate sphere of one Elephantman, following his everyday life with its struggles and small triumphs. The issue is illustrated by series regular Axel Medellin and Gabe Bautista and also includes a re-presentation of Elephantmen #1, with art by Moritat, and a gallery of covers by Brandon Graham, Camilla d’Errico, J. Scott Campbell, Brian Bolland, Chris Weston, Ladrönn, Ian Churchill, and Ed McGuinness.

Elephantmen #50 will be in stores on July 17 and is available for pre-order from the May issue of Previews. The revised and expanded Elephantmen Volume 1, which now includes issue #0 with art by Ladrönn and an introduction by Jonathan Ross, will be in stores on May 22. The newest collection, Volume 6: Earthly Desires, due in stores in July 10, is also available for preorder.

Jupiter’s Legacy #1 Sells Out, Gets Second Printing

Jupiter’s Legacy #1, the first issue of the Image Comics series that marks the return, after ten years, of Mark Millar and Frank Quitely as a creative team, has sold out.

An issue that ably and enticingly lays the foundation of the story and themes of the series — including the wise use of power, generational clash, and moral entropy — Jupiter’s Legacy #1 has gone back to press for a second printing, which will be in stores on June 5.

The debut of the new series, which was in stores on April 24, broke Image sales records for 2013.

The second printing of Jupiter’s Legacy #1 by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely is available to pre-order now with the Diamond code MAR138318 and will hit comic book store shelves on June 5.

You can read our review here.

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