Mark Millar (writer of Civil War, Kick-Ass, Superman: Red Son, and others) is a talent, and works with some of the best artists and colorists in the industry. When I heard that Mark was teaming up with artist Frank Quitely (All-Star Superman, The Authority, New X-Men) for another volume of Jupiter’s Legacy – I was thrilled. If you haven’t read the first volume yet, do yourself a favor and check it out – you won’t be disappointed.
This issue picks up shortly after issue #5 of volume 1. In the last volume, it was established that the children of the superheroes did not want to follow in the footsteps of their superhereo family members. Think of it like this: Superman’s son no longer wants to follow in the footsteps of his father and believes that he can be a better superhero than his father by instituting his own, harsher form of justice – basically, a police state. Not all of the children feel like the majority though and a small group including (Hutch, a former drug-trafficker; Chloe, Hutch’s girlfriend; and their son, Jason) have become fugitive superheroes since they won’t support the police state that was established by Brandon (Chloe’s brother) and Walter (Chloe’s uncle) plus the fact that Brandon and Walter did some pretty screwed up stuff to Chloe’s family (see Volume 1).
The majority of this issue is dedicated to Hutch and Chloe trying to band together a group to overthrow those that follow Brandon and Walter. Interestingly, since the majority assembled by Brandon and Walter are “heroes”, Hutch and Chloe have to convince former and current “villians” to serve their cause. We also get a touching moment, set in the past, that established the relationship Hutch had with his father that plays into the current timeline of the story.
It is mind-blowing how good Frank’s art is. Something I noticed after reading other comics this week is that the majority of the panels in this book had background, you see less and less of that these days, which is unfortunate. I’d also like to pointout just how unique of an artist Franks is – his style demands attention – nothing is like it on the stands. If you haven’t seen the BBC documentary regaring a day in Frank’s shoes check it out below – it’s eye-opening.
Let’s not forget colorist Sunny Gho who replaced the colorist from the first volume, Peter Doherty. In my opinion, it didn’t seem like Sunny strayed to0 far from what Peter was doing, and turned out to be a perfect fit. This is Sunny’s first time coloring Frank’s work, but you would have thought Sunny had been doing it for years. Big thumbs up to Sunny who made everything come together seemlessly.
My only complaint is that this issue was a bit thin on story, but since there weren’t a lot word baloons on the panels I was able to see a lot more of Frank’s art and drool all over it. This is a must for your pull list.
ROTTING BRAINS gives Jupiter’s Legacy Vol. 2 #1…drum roll…3 1/2 out of 5 rotten brains.