Wow. Who would've thought Mark Millar was actually capable of writing something that's not pure shock value?! I certainly wouldn't and that's why I waWow. Who would've thought Mark Millar was actually capable of writing something that's not pure shock value?! I certainly wouldn't and that's why I was pleasantly surprised by this book. At first glance it seemed like another high-concept stupidity, this time Mad Men meets superheroes (and I'm pretty sure the original pitch/idea was exactly that) but it's not. Yeah, it has characters smoking cigarettes all the time and it's set in the early 60s (or maybe late 50s, not sure) and the guys drink a lot (at least Skyfox does who behaves like some Roger Sterling) but that's about the only similarity with Mad Men. The series is actually set of short stories, two-parters with kind of two-dimensional characters but it works. It works because it seems honest and from the heart, which is a rare thing to say about Millar's previous work. Starlight started nicely with that first issue, but after the 2nd episode I just wasn't interested anymore. Jupiter's Circle kept me glued to the pages to the very end and the only reason I didn't read it in one go was that I wanted to prolong experiencing these characters lives. There's some really original twists and concepts, in, of course, superhero book terms and it all goes to show Millar is more than a capable and interesting writer when he chooses to be. It's a pity that it doesn't happen more often.
The art, although functionable, could have been more detailed to make up for the fast reading. I'm all for "less is more" approach but in this case it's too economic for my taste. Also, in the beginning, the only way tell main male characters apart is the color of their hair which brings me to another segment of this book, apart from the writing, that's done more than right. Ive Svorcina's colors make up for all that's missing in the art and what a beautiful choice of colors it is! Even better and more disciplined than on Starlight.
Anyway, here's hoping Millar won't fuck it up in the next volume!
P.S. Those of you who think you have to read Jupiter's Legacy first to understand the characters better or the story - feel free to dig in this one without fear. It actually works better if you do not know who the characters are. You'll get all the information you need here....more