And Then I Read: JUPITER’S LEGACY BOOK 1

JupitersLegacyI think this is the last Mark Millar project I’m going to try. He keeps putting out books with great artists that sound interesting and get accolades, but they don’t work for me. For one thing, they’re so mean-spirited. Everyone is out for themselves and violently cruel about it, or is a victim of those who are. There’s no one I care to root for. There’s no chance of a feel-good moment. It’s all the most hellish and rotten aspects of humanity given special advantages and allowed to run rampant. In this case, we have a group of elderly super-heroes who have been granted their powers many years in the past on a trip to an uncharted island. Today, they’re still trying to do good, but their children, also with powers, are complete screw-ups of various kinds that seem to do nothing but cause trouble, abuse their gifts, and/or each other, and treat ordinary people like dirt or worse. Actual super-villains seem almost nice by comparison. Can’t recommend this, pretty as the art is.

4 thoughts on “And Then I Read: JUPITER’S LEGACY BOOK 1

  1. Rocky Parsons

    Have to say I agree completely about his projects, they’re just to dark and twisted for my taste. No redeeming content whatsoever, though they are usually imaginative and pretty to look at. Appreciate your views posted here, always helpful.

  2. Matt Larcombe

    “they’re so mean-spirited. Everyone is out for themselves and violently cruel about it, or is a victim of those who are.”

    This is my problem with the vast majority of modern superhero comics in general. We have stories about super-powered beings, not heroes.

  3. Steve Replogle

    Todd, thanks as always for your reviews. I began Jupiter’s Legacy with some of the same feelings that you present: this is too seedy, too negative, I don’t like any of these characters, and so on. But the end of the series brought about a dramatic change – the daughter who had been so shallow and selfish had matured and become a real hero. Her heroism was hard-earned, through awful losses and continuing challenges, and I found that quite effective. Now, I look forward to seeing how the story develops, and I have “bought into” the character more than I might have with a more predictable story. I had a similar experience with Alan Moore’s Neonomicon, which was, well, rather revolting in some aspects… but built to a surprising and interesting resolution.

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