In the wake of the great depression, a group of friends under the direction of Sheldon Sampson sail to an uncharted island where they mysteriously gain super powers. Their super hero bloodline continues through generations, but some believe, just because one’s born with powers, does not obligate one to use them.
As a fan of Mark Millar‘s writing and Frank Quitely‘s art, this book was a no brainer for me. I came into this book expecting to enjoy it, which I did. But that garners the question, how could I persuade the skeptic into reading it?
Millar’s writing tends to be raw, rife with political undertones and generally follows the, “the worlds going to hell in a hand basket” attitude (see Secret Service from Millar also). Jupiter’s Legacy follows this method, but deals with the need for actual super heroes. Millar covers this subject very well.
Quitely has a specific look, detailed yet sketch like. Each page of Jupiter’s Legacy is superbly detailed, allowing you to see the careful thought put into each frame. I’ve never seen Frank Quitely work I didn’t like.
A dash of super hero politics combined with genuinely attractive art makes Jupiter’s Legacy yet another hit for Image Comics.