Good ol’ Mark Millar couldn’t see his beloved series completed on the silver screen but curious comic book readers can still go discover the series that allowed a part of it to be adapted by Netflix. If there’s one good thing that the show gave me, it was to add this series to my TBR (no, I didn’t watch the show in the end). That being said, it wasn’t a perfect series.
Part of the Millarworld, it was originally a two-volume series called Jupiter’s Legacy. It then saw two additional volumes that served as prequel and titled Jupiter’s Circle. With the recent Netflix TV series release, all volumes were re-released under the title Jupiter’s Legacy, with the first two volumes being the prequels.
This feature published at an undetermined frequency (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, who knows) will present a couple of mini reviews on anything that isn’t in a physical format that I own (ebooks, comic books, TV series or movies).
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Anything presented in this feature doesn’t necessarily mean that it won’t get a full-review treatment in the future. That will entirely depend on how much I loved it, how interested you are in hearing more on it, and how much I have to still say about it! 🤣
Jupiter’s Legacy (Vol. 1) by Mark Millar.
In mid-century America, the world’s greatest superheroes face epic threats in public while battling private scandals behind closed doors. Now adapted into a big-budget Netflix Original series, get in on the ground floor with one of the most critically acclaimed superhero series of the past 10 years.
Collects JUPITER’S CIRCLE #1-6
An intriguing prequel exploring a selection of superheroes under their true light, filled with human flaws as they attempt to confront their vices amidst the constant spotlight over their superhero identities. The artwork is clean and captures a modernized Golden Age of superheroes but the story doesn’t delve as deep as it could’ve if it were to properly depict these heroes and showcase a facet of them that distinguishes them from traditional superheroes.
Jupiter’s Legacy (Vol. 2) by Mark Millar.
By day, they are the world’s greatest heroes. By night, they struggle with the same problems as the rest of us, and as the pressure increases on these super-celebrities, one of the team breaks away to become embroiled in the social unrest and political upheaval of America in the 1960s. You’ve never read a book like JUPITER’S LEGACY before, now a major Netflix Original series.
Collects JUPITER’S CIRCLE, VOL. 2 #1-6
A sequel to a prequel that explores these superheroes’ decision to take a stance in human politics and dilemma while fighting off extinction-level threats. A heavier focus is put on Utopian’s own plight as the perfect hero and how far he’d go to create a utopia.
Jupiter’s Legacy (Vol. 3) by Mark Millar.
The children of the world’s greatest superheroes may never be able to fill their parents’ shoes. When the family becomes embattled by infighting, one branch stages an uprising, another goes into hiding. How long can the world survive when one family’s super-powered problems explode onto the global stage? Collects Jupiter’s Legacy #1-5.
An original take on Golden Age heroes with the younger generation unable to live up to the expectations of their parents in a world that needs heroes to lead the way towards peace and justice. The dramatic and gory plot twist made for an exciting narrative curveball that offers readers the chance to explore the rise and fall of heroes. Not going to lie, the artwork is rough, patchy, and unappealing at times but definitely something that can grow on you if the story piques your curiosity.
Jupiter’s Legacy (Vol. 4) by Mark Millar.
IT’S HERE! The sequel to industry sales-beast JUPITER’S LEGACY is back with MARK MILLAR and FRANK QUITELY! Superhero offspring Hutch and Chloe have come out of hiding with son Jason to assemble a team of super-crooks from around the globe.
Collects JUPITER’S LEGACY VOL. 2 #1-5
An excellent conclusion (although there seems to be a fifth volume in the works; years after this conclusion) that embraces the chasm between two generations of heroes to offer an impactful denouement. This volume also contains a lot of setup for the grand finale but it gets quite intense and deadly quick. Having read the prequel first, it was interesting to read the bits about the Golden Age heroes’ past and what drove some to put an end to their relationship with one another.
Netflix’s Jupiter’s Legacy Season 1.
I initially thought I’d finish up the comics it was based on before trying this series out but mixed reviews and a cancelled second season made me give up on that. At least Mark Millar has a gazillion other titles that can still get adapted in the future.