Jupiter's Legacy

Jupiter's Legacy

Book One

Book - 2015
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Comics superstars Mark Millar and Frank Quitely reinvent the superhero epicfor the 21st Century! 1932: Sheldon Sampson's dreams about a mysterious source of power lead him,his brother Walter, and a group of loyal followers on a quest around the world.What they discover sets them on a course that will wrench a family apart andalter the world's political stage! Decades after their journey, Sheldon andWalter are superpowered legends, world renowned for their heroism. But theoffspring trained to live in their image have fallen desperately short. Rockedby one public scandal after another, Chloe and her brother Brandon are adishonor to the generation before them. The rift reaches its breaking point whenone branch of the family overthrows the government and struggles to rule at anycost - while the others must flee for their own safety. But when the failures ofthe corrupt leaders catch up to them, the world hovers on the brink of collapse-- and the hidden heroes must emerge to take back their legacy! Collects Jupiter's Legacy #1-5.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, [2015]
ISBN: 9781632153104
1632153106
Branch Call Number: GN MILLAR
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations

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forbesrachel Jul 06, 2015

How do you live up to the standards of a god? Or in the case of Jupiter's Legacy, the closest thing to a god, parents who just happen to be superheroes. The Utopian and the first generation suppressed crime to the point where their children are hardly needed, but now that America is heading towards depression again, something needs to be done. When one egotistical member of the first generation suggests that they take a more direct hand in governing, he gathers the second to commit a heinous betrayal. They murder the Utopian and his wife, the only two opposed to the plan, and the only two capable of stopping them, but fail to do the same to the daughter Chloe, who starts her own family. As superheroes, the Utopian believes they need to have the strongest of morals, sadly the rest don't feel the same, they have motives that are no more noble than any other human: a need for acknowledgement, individuality, power. Even our main family's immediate reaction is to protect their own first. The artist emphasizes this "human" quality with his realistic art, and in particular, facial lines; also note that the violence is graphic, and there is some tastefully covered nudity. Colours for the most part are understated, except in the cases of costumes, blood, and certain other elements that are meant to be striking by comparison. Jupiter's Legacy deftly weaves together the origin story of the first generation, the coup by the second, their subsequent tyranny over the rest of mankind, and the struggle of the Utopian's daughter, her husband, and their son to remain safely hidden from the others. America's Utopian period has ended, and the next generation will either save it, or destroy it.

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mexicanadiense
Jun 21, 2015

Mark Millar and Frank Quitely do an amazing job here in re-imagining an early 21st century populated by dystfunctional familiies of superheroes who were either part of the original group of superpowered beings who received their powers in mysterious ways (information about which is doled out in dribs and drabs over the course of the volume) in the early 1930s or their troubled and self-centred offspring.

What's more amazing still is how the creative team did so well to encapsulate the idea of "The American Century" and superheroes role in the popular imagination, emerging as escapist figures of inspiration in the 1930s, when both Millar and Quitely are Scottish. It is true that often it is the outsider's eye that discerns most keenly. The art and colouring is wonderful, as is usually the case with Quitely, bringing back memories of All-Star Superman, and the writing has all of Millar's trademark snap and crackle, plus his enduring interest in economics and the structures of power, so there's plenty of food-for-thought for the more philosophically inclined reader as well.

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Krtjms
Jun 06, 2015

Mark Millar's Jupiter's Legacy is a superb addition to comics about super heroes but don't expect the Avengers.

It's realistic but grim storyline features two generations of super-powered individuals whom all have agendas of their own. I won't say too much more.

Image Comics is really outshining all the other publishers out there right now.

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Jun 21, 2015

mexicanadiense thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Jun 06, 2015

Krtjms thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Jun 21, 2015

Wolfe: "Okay, now I just feel bad. I knew he was a little boy, but this is really over the top. I didn't expect him to cry for his mother."

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Jun 21, 2015

Chloe: "My Mom's like a hundred years old and guys still only hit on me to see if they can get her phone number."

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