Comic Book Review – Jupiter’s Legacy Volume 1 (2015)

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This book doesn’t break any new ground or offer the angst filled edgy drama which can come to be expected of comic books since the 90s. Instead the topics covered here are familiar but Jupiter’s Legacy is to the point, fulfilling and provoking in it’s simplicity. The uncomplicated but characterful artwork is appealing and quickly weaves a tale like dominoes falling before the reader’s eyes. Frank Quitely’s artwork and subdued colors set a tone which stands apart while remaining effortless and lasting.

Millar doesn’t waste time with his pacing. Each scene has a point which quickly established its purpose. If you are sick of the soap operas often found in Western comics and entire issues of “powering up” in Eastern comics, you will find this story very refreshing. The characters get right to business and often find original ways to assert their goals which confound the conventional comic book moaning and groaning on morality. When the villains kill someone, they do it quickly, efficiently and ruthlessly, and it’s displayed in almost sickening detail. The book leaves no chance of a moment growing stale or character becoming tedious, leaving the reader hungry for more time with each of the actors on these pages.

My one criticism is that this work comes across with some possibly unintentional conservative propaganda. Chloe and Brandon are Millennials who drink, party, have unwed sex and their actions are the fall of their family line. If only everyone had listened to their father Sheldon’s warnings about staying the path and keeping traditional American values then none of this tragedy would have unfolded. Only when Chloe embraces a conventional relationship does her life start to come together. Was this Millar’s intention? I can’t say but while this theme is the one major failing of these books it does not detract from what is otherwise a very rich and interesting story.

Overall I would recommend this book to anyone who is familiar with comic book themes but fairly new to reading them. Even those who have read many graphic novels will appreciate this reflection of the comic world.

 

5 out of 5 stars

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