By Matt Johnson
Jupiter’s Legacy is the new series from writer Mark Millar and artist Frank Quitely. The comic tells the story of an aging generation of veteran super heroes and their offspring, who are far less valiant. The first issue set the scene brilliantly introducing us to the troubled family who incorporate a world very much like our own. There’s no grand fictitious cities or helicarrier riding super police, save for the presence of the super heroes this is a very grounded recognisable setting.
The issue begins with the younger generation attempting to help out by levitating a ship across the city to help it arrive at its destination quicker. Before long the kids start losing control and it’s up to dad to arrive and save the day, embarrassing his son in the process. It sets the theme of the overall issue, which is to say the family are starting to fall apart. Even the older generation are not seeing eye-to-eye. It’s interesting to observe but after the fantastic first issue I felt a little disappointed at how slow and steady things moved this time. A lot of the story beats seemed very familiar and I felt we didn’t really learn that much that we weren’t aware of from last time.
The characterisation is very strong though. We haven’t known them very long yet we’ve seen enough to tell that these are well developed and deep characters. Even though they may be filling stereotypical roles of directionless youths who’ve inherited fame and power, both Brandon and Chloe show signs of deeper insecurities that leave me interested to see more of them.
The art, by Frank Quitely, is often very good but unfortunately a bit uneven. Some panels look great but in others look a little unusual. The whole intro sequence looks brilliant and the borderline panic on Brandon’s face as the ship begins to slip from his control is great. But then Chloe’s scenes stand out as she looks noticeably off. Considering she’s recovering from a drug overdose some of her exhausted appearance will likely be deliberate, but she just looks consistently odd compared to the other characters. It’s a design choice that I don’t think meshes too well.
There are a couple of new titbits of information but nothing too surprising takes place in this issue. Things moved a little slower than I’d have liked and the teasing flashbacks we got in the first issue are nowhere to be found here. There’s still a compelling story being told here however and despite my slight disappoint I did still enjoy the issue. Going by the strong opener I’d wager this is just a quiet issue while things are still being established before they get going again. I do absolutely recommend giving the series a chance, but just be warned that this instalment doesn’t quite live up to the high quality of the first issue.