In June of 2016, Image Comics will be debuting new series from Howard Chaykin & Richard Tommaso, bring back Jupiters Legacy, release an artist edition for Injection #1, begin new arcs for Paper Girls, Descender, Rumble & more. Details at CBR
Flashback to April 24th, 2013. I have been listening to a comic book podcast called iFanboy Pick Of The Week Podcast for a few months now. I have started to buy weekly comics in order to know what these three podcasting buddies are talking about. I feel a little overwhelmed with all the comic book knowledge I am lacking, so I stick to digital comics instead of going to a shop. I start to hear a lot of buzz over this book called Jupiter’s Legacy by big time creators Mark Millar and Frank Quitely. Quite frankly, at this point in time I do not know too many creators but these two names I do know. However, Jupiter’s Legacy was not going to be available on Comixology. I would have to step foot into a comic store, which for some reason terrified me. I took one Saturday afternoon and made my way around a few of the comic shops in Winnipeg. I landed on one I liked and I bought Jupiter’s Legacy. I slowly migrated away from digital and toward the hard copy books and the Wednesday interactions. April 24th, 2013. Before Nothing But Comics existed. Before I knew Alex, Patrick, Creighton, Josh, Tyler, Reed and Katherine. Before I knew Justin at Galaxy Comics. Before I had to buy short boxes. Jupiter’s Legacy began.
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Jupiter’s Legacy is a fantastic comic. It would be incredible if we could get more sometime in the future, but seeing as it took 2 years for 5 issues to be released, I won’t be holding my breath. However, the prequel, Jupiter’s Circle from Mark Millar and Wilfred Torres definitely holds up to the great quality of Legacy. While Legacy introduced a world where superheroes and their identities are household names, Circle allows Millar to focuses the story on the original league of superheroes and the things they had to struggle through both public and private to arrive at the world of Legacy. While Legacy would get pushed off for months, Circle comes out with their second #1 in a year.
If you have not read a Millar Jupiter title before Jupiter’s Circle, Volume 2 #1 is actually a great introduction to the world. It is a nice and relaxing issue to kick off the new arc. However, if you haven’t read Jupiter’s Legacy you will completely miss the uneasy tone of this issue. It will simply feel like a beautiful story about a perfect couple and their lonely single woman friend. Let me give you some background just in case. This issue of Jupiter’s Circle features two woman: Jane Sampson who is The Utopian’s wife and Lady Liberty who is The Utopian’s wife many years later in Jupiter’s Legacy.
Jane Sampson tells the story of how perfect her marriage is. She gushes over the man she is married to. Jane did not travel to the island and get super powers with Sheldon. Jane is not super powered, hence the space suit every time he takes her to the moon for dinner or to Jupiter’s moon for an anniversary. Jane is completely in love with her perfect man and can’t believe he is also the most powerful man in the world.
Lady Liberty, also known as Grace, is in the desperation dating phase. She really doesn’t care at this point what kind of man she ends up with, she just wants a man. The problem is, she is extremely intimidating. She can’t even get a one night stand to stick around for the actual sex part before running off. Jane and Sheldon are worried about Grace and wish she could just find a guy that makes her happy. Well, be careful what you wish for Jane. Giving up on the hope of romance Grace spends her evenings and weekends reading on the beach, while Jane and Sheldon eat in Paris…again.
This issue is completely conflict free, on the surface. If you happened to forget that Grace and Sheldon are married in Jupiter’s Legacy then you may read it as sunshine and rainbows. I would suggest controlling those warm fuzzies and reading it again, because this perfectly happy Jane, doesn’t end up with her perfect man.
While Millar is mastering all the details of this love triangle he also throws in a very humorous villain who wreaks havoc on the world for about an hour as he takes all the color out of the world. A very appropriate joke for a comic set in the 1950’s.
Millar and Torres keep their form up, as Jupiter’s Circle delivers yet another great issue. You should not be missing this one.
To the credit of Mark Millar and Wilfredo Torres, Jupiter’s Circle is a “prequel” to Jupiter’s Legacy but it is a horse of a completely different colour. While Jupiter’s Legacy is set in 2013 where superheroes are considered celebrities, Jupiter’s Circle is set in 1959 where superheroes are considered mysterious wholesome protectors. Nobody has secret identities in Jupiter’s Legacy except for the Utopian and his wife. In Jupiter’s Circle they all have secret identities. Both of these books could stand on their own, however together they provide a nice commentary on the complete loss and lack of privacy we experience in our lives today. Can you image, there used to be a time where you had to tell your friends what you ate for dinner before they saw a picture of it. There used to be a time where you would go out for the evening and your only option was to talk to the people you are out with. Millar did a fantastic job of nailing what the modern super hero would look like. The modern superhero would be famous, all there actions would be available for the world to see in a matter of moments. What is the point of secret identities when the world is always watching? Jupiter’s Circle is set in a time where everybody has secrets. In 1959 it wasn’t okay to “be yourself”. Being “different” was not encouraged, and in some cases it was illegal. In a time like this the most important thing to a superhero is their privacy. Jupiter’s Circle explores what life would be like for these characters in a time of secrets and it enhances the Legacy experience.
Obviously the book is missing super star artist Frank Quitely but don’t let this discourage you, Wilfredo Torres is an excellent artist whose style fits with the era very nicely. Mixing a giant squid alien into a 1959 South Carolina neighborhood is not the easiest thing to do. Torres style is just cartoony enough that the transition from giant squid scene to celebratory scotch and cigarette scene is seamless. If you do not read Jupiter’s Legacy then Jupiter’s Circle is a pretty good book. It can stand on its own and I think will have a very interesting story. However to really get the full effects of Jupiter’s Circle I would make sure to read Jupiter’s Legacy as well. It is extremely enjoyable to see these characters adapting to a changing world. Jupiter’s Circle, not a necessary companion but a recommended one.
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HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.Dean’s going to let the users speak for… Jupiter’s Legacy #4 All that needs to be said comes from the NBC! users. Jupiter’s Legacy (For now at least, if the next break is this long I’ll just wait for the trade they release in 2016) – theotherbluth Jupiter’s Legacy. This series is shaping up to be a bi-yearly series rather than bi-monthly – sheldon-kerr Jupiters Legacy – I’ll believe it when it’s in my hands. – hanson724 So yeah, buy this book if it exists. Continue reading Indubitable Issues
Back in November I started a new segment called Image #1’s where I wrote a progress report on some of the new series Image had to offer that month. I plan on making this a monthly segment. When reviewing all the new Image series of December there was only one I wanted to write about. Instead of writing a December progress report on one book I put together a top ten list of the best #1 issues Image had to offer in 2013. This list is only based on issue #1 of the series. The unique aspect of #1 issues is that for the most part you do not know what to expect. You enter the book open minded and it either hooks you or it doesn’t. Image put out 54 #1 issues in 2013, more than one new series every week. This top ten list provides a wide range of books from comedies to horrors. I think Image’s slogan should be “Something for everyone” because that is exactly what they have to offer. Enjoy 2013’s top ten best beginnings from Image. If you are wondering what the December book was I deemed worthy to write about check out #9.
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