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.
Issue 3 focuses on El Chupacabra, a character we’ve only seen in small amounts since he inadvertently caused the death of another team member. The kicker is it was because he was drunk, which has caused him a great deal of guilt and the ire of his teammates. Still riddled with regret Chupacabra is looking to make amends and has travelled to Siberia to do so, specifically to the hometown of his deceased teammate.
Injustice Gods Among Us tells the backstory of the recent video game of the same name. The gist of the series is: Superman has gone power mad. His former allies are splintering into two factions, those with him and those against him. Set out of main continuity, writer Tom Taylor has a lot of freedom to really push the boundaries of what we’re used to seeing in a regular monthly DC book. Thankfully, that’s exactly what he does.
Arrow has been quite a success for the CW. It’s been bringing in a respectably sized audience over in the US while doing well oversees too. As the show is an adaptation of the DC character Green Arrow, it wasn’t too surprising to hear that it was getting a comic book tie-in.
Collecting three chapters previously seen in Dark Horse Presents, Night Shift is the first time the heavily pulp influenced Black Beetle has had an issue all to himself. Although I’m familiar with creator Francesco Francavilla’s work, I confess that I missed those earlier issues so this was my first meeting with the Black Beetle.
One of the best experiences being a comic book reader is picking up something you know practically nothing about. If it’s good then you’ve just found a brand new series to follow and if it sucks then hey, at least you only spent a couple of pounds on it! Deathmatch is one of those books where I knew it was coming but I didn’t know what I was going to get. All I knew was the premise: a group of super heroes and villains fight it out to the death.