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Review: Jupiter’s Legacy 2 #1

JupitersLegacy2Jupiter’s Legacy 2 #1 is part heartfelt family story as Chloe (the daughter of the now dead world’s greatest hero Utopian), Hutch (the son of his greatest foe), their extremely powerful son Jason, and a host of blink and miss cameos battle a superpowered dictatorship helmed by Walter Sampson (Utopian’s brother) and Brandon Sampson (Utopian’s son). Mark Millar’s writing is uneven as he quickly introduces a whole new cast of heroes and villains (Including a lesbian superhero with the Atom’s powers), a chase scene with a connection to Jupiter’s Circle (The prequel to Jupiter’s Legacy), and smaller scenes with protagonists and antagonists planning and bonding.

The comic opens with a heartfelt scene of Hutch and Jason watching cartoons and talking about old school superheroes showing that the nostalgic streak that has pervaded Millar’s recent work, like StarlightHuck, and even parts of Jupiter’s Circle is still going strong. But Millar and artist Frank Quitely don’t let the scene breathe and immediately cut to an unknown supervillain, who is getting rescued by Hutch without letting the rescuee even get introduced until much later. This fast paced movie trailer style of storytelling leaves little time for any character beats to land as Millar and Quitely keep cutting to new characters, who have visually sharp designs, but have almost no time to establish them beyond their powers.

For example, Raikou is the katana wielding superheroine on the cover of Jupiter’s Legacy 2 #1, but her connection to Walter and Hutch’s factions isn’t fleshed out except that Jason wants to attack her to get yet another supervillain on their team. We find out that she’s from Saudi Arabia, and that they pay her a lot of money to protect the country, but she is only a cipher in an upcoming action sequence and doesn’t get much in the way of personality even though she gets a badass ninja outfit. Her inclusion in the issue seems strange as maybe Saudi Arabia would be interested in teaming up against the tyrannical superhero-run U.S. government, which murdered some of the greatest superheroes ever in the last volume of Jupiter’s Legacy and is holding many others in Supermax without due process. Millar dabbles in international politics, but doesn’t really dig deep even compared to some of his earlier works like Ultimates and Civil War.

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Any time, Chloe, Jason, and Hutch are involved in a sequence, Millar, Quitely, and colorist Sunny Gho shine, especially in a riveting sequence where Hutch eludes Walter’s soldiers, charges his power rod, and rescues the supervillain Tornado. Quitely makes the basically cliched nine panel grid lively and active putting Hutch constantly in motion with Gho using pure white light to attract the reader’s eye to his quick movements. And Quitely doesn’t use a basic punching motion, but channels his inner Tony Harris on Starman and has Hutch fly around the page. It seems like a scene tailor made for Matthew Vaughn in a probable Jupiters Legacy film. Chloe gets to be part of a high speed, sub-atomic chase/heist that hasty introductions of new characters aside, has a real Justin Lin in Fast and Furious quality to it as Gho’s sleek purple and reds add an air of rebellion to her actions. We only get to see the end of the heist Reservoir Dogs style, but Millar and Quitely give Chloe and her pals attitude combined with actual competence in their powers that begs for a longer sequence featuring them.

Jupiter’s Legacy 2 #1 has a few promising scenes, and Hutch steals every panel he is in with a quick wit courtesy of writer Mark Millar and represents hopeful nostalgia in the face of authoritarianism as he flat out rocks his father’s Skyfox costume. (Yet another Jupiter’s Circle reference.) However, these scenes make more of an extended montage than a plot, and hopefully later issues in the series are more coherent. Frank Quitely is still one of the best artists in comics and opts for a rougher pencilling style than his sleeker work on All-Star Superman to emphasize the heroes’ feet of clay while colorist Sunny Gho throws in some more garish colors to spice up the action scenes.

Jupiter’s Legacy 2 #1 has a couple likable characters, some fun set pieces, and continues Millar’s hopeful throughline of nostalgia triumphing over tyranny, but it is still a pretty shaky debut with a veritable toy box of characters bursting forth by the time the final cliffhanger happens.

Story: Mark Millar Art: Frank Quitely Colors: Sunny Gho
Story: 6 Art: 8 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Image Reveals Millar Day Covers

Image Comics has revealed the covers for Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1, which feature breathtaking artwork by Frank Quitely, Jae Lee, Mike Mayhew, and Rob Liefeld.

In celebration of the launch of Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1 from Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, Image Comics previously announced that Wednesday, June 29, 2016 will be Millar Day.

Comics retailers are encouraged to tweet and Instagram #MillarDayContest photos of their Millarworld displays honoring this year’s Millar Day, for a chance to win an exclusive Skype signing for their store with both Mark Millar and Frank Quitely tuning in to greet and chat with fans. Contest ends on Tuesday, June 28. The winner will be announced on Millar Day.

Leading up to Millar Day, Mark Millar himself will make two rare, United States appearances. On Wednesday, June 29 at 7 p.m. at Midtown Comics Downtown in New York, NY and on Thursday, June 30 at 11 a.m. at DCBS in Fort Wayne, IN.

The following will be available in comic book stores on Millar Day, Wednesday, June 29th:

  • Jupiter’s Circle TP Vol. 2 (ISBN: 978-1-63215-707-2) (Diamond Code: MAR160676)
  • Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1 Cover A Frank Quitely (Diamond Code: APR160648)
  • Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1 Cover B Jae Lee (Diamond Code: APR160649)
  • Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1 Cover C Mike Mayhew (Diamond Code: APR160650)
  • Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1 Cover D Blank (Diamond Code: APR160651)
  • Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1 Cover E Frank Quitely sketch (Diamond Code: APR160652)
  • Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1 Cover F Mike Mayhew B&W (Diamond Code: APR168584)
  • Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1 Cover G Rob Liefeld (Diamond Code: APR168585, orderable for registered Millarworld retailers only)

The Final Order Cutoff deadline for comics retailers will be Monday, June 6th.

Image Announces Millar Day!

In celebration of the launch of Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1—the all-new story arc to the series by Mark Millar and Frank QuitelyImage Comics has announced that Wednesday, June 29, 2016 will be Millar Day.

Comics retailers are encouraged to tweet and Instagram #MillarDayContest photos of their Millarworld displays honoring this year’s Millar Day, for a chance to win an exclusive Skype signing for their store with both Mark Millar and Frank Quitely tuning in to greet and chat with fans. Contest ends on Tuesday, June 28. The winner will be announced on Millar Day.

Leading up to Millar Day, Mark Millar himself will make two rare, United States appearances. On Wednesday, June 29 at 7 p.m. at Midtown Comics Downtown in New York, NY and on Thursday, June 30 at 11 a.m. at DCBS in Fort Wayne, IN.

The following will be available in comic book stores on Millar Day, Wednesday, June 29th:

  • Jupiter’s Circle TP Vol 2 (ISBN: 978-1-63215-707-2) (Diamond Code: MAR160676)
  • Jupiter’s Legacy Vol 2 #1 Cover A Frank Quitely (Diamond Code: APR160648)
  • Jupiter’s Legacy Vol 2 #1 Cover B Jae Lee (Diamond Code: APR160649)
  • Jupiter’s Legacy Vol 2 #1 Cover C Mike Mayhew (Diamond Code: APR160650)
  • Jupiter’s Legacy Vol 2 #1 Cover D Blank (Diamond Code: APR160651)
  • Jupiter’s Legacy Vol 2 #1 Cover E Frank Quitely sketch (Diamond Code: APR160652)

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Jupiter’s Legacy Returns With All-New Story

The sequel to the industry sales-beast Jupiter’s Legacy is back and it boasts monthly jaw-dropping, eye-popping story from bestselling creators Mark Millar and Frank Quitely.

In Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1, superhero offspring Hutch and Chloe have come out of hiding with son Jason to assemble a team of super-crooks from around the globe.

Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1 will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, June 29th. The final order cutoff deadline for comic book retailers is Monday, June 6th.

Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1, Cover  A by Quitely (Diamond Code: APR160648)
Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1, Cover  B by Jae Lee (Diamond Code: APR160649)
Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1, Cover  C by Mike Mayhew (Diamond Code: APR160650)
Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1, Cover  D Blank Cover (Diamond Code: APR160651)
Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1, Cover  E Quitely Sketch Cover (Diamond Code: APR160652)

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Preview: Jupiter’s Circle #4

Jupiter’s Circle #4

Story By: Mark Millar
Art By: Wilfredo Torres
Cover By: Frank Quitely
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: APR158001
Published: July 1, 2015

Fitz’s affair with his 19-year-old protégée creates tensions within the team.

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Preview: Jupiter’s Circle #2

Jupiter’s Circle #2

Story By: Mark Millar
Art By: Wilfredo Torres
Cover By: Frank Quitely
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAR150570
Published: May 9, 2015

It’s 1958 America, and Dr. Richard Conrad is a superhero and celebrated surgeon…with another identity that he struggles to keep hidden from his trusted teammates. When the director of the FBI threatens to reveal his secret, Richard is forced to make an impossible decision, all while his team battles to keep the world safe.

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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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