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Jupiter's Legacy, Vol. 1

(Jupiter's Legacy #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,366 ratings  ·  284 reviews
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. ...more
Hardcover, 132 pages
Published April 8th 2015 by Image Comics (first published April 24th 2013)
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Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who want to feel better about their own dysfunctional family
3.5 stars

The vapid son and daughter of two famous superheroes take opposing sides when their malicious uncle makes a grab for world power.


I messed up and read the 1st volume of the prequel before I realized what I was doing. So I already had a bit of background information on the older generation of heroes, but I don't think it really hurt anything story-wise for me.


The plot and pace for this volume were pretty good, even if I didn't feel like there was anything really new or groundbreaking here
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well-executed, as you'd expect from a comic with these two names attached.

I've read a lot of comics along these lines, a genre push-back against the classic superhero theme. Sort of a what-if-the-heros-decided-to-fix-the-world's-REAL-problems...

It's a familiar story, and like said, well-executed. This one is familar enough to be comfortable, but original enough to keep me interested.

A lot of how I feel about this one kinda depends on how the second volume plays out. I don't know how to feel abo
Sean Gibson
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
A dystopian world where superheroes rise up and seize control of the government…not exactly an original angle, but in the capable hands of Millar and Quitely, Jupiter’s Legacy is a surprisingly gripping yarn that features some beautiful art.

I haven’t always loved Quitely’s work, but it’s sharp and detailed here, and it’s got the kinetic and cinematic scope to match the scale of Millar’s story. Millar loves to run superheroes through these widescreen, panoramic stories with Big I
Jan Philipzig
Another “revisionary” superhero story by Mark Millar, and at this point you probably know the name of the game: a bunch of two-dimensional characters, a little genre homage, a little genre parody, a little ultra-violence, a little politics, a little shallowness, a little cynicism.

Let’s see, there’s the mysterious King Kong-like expedition that turned our protagonists into superheroes back in 1932, enabling them to save capitalist America from the Great Depression. Problem is, as we know today, t
Sam Quixote
Jan 28, 2015 rated it liked it
1930s: Sheldon Sampson leads a group, including his brother Walter and girlfriend Grace, to an island that doesn’t appear on any maps and that he’s only seen in his dreams. They find it and gain superpowers from aliens - as you do.

Present day: Sheldon and Grace’s kids, Chloe and Brandon, are spoilt celebrity brats, leeching off of their parents’ fame, the two greatest superheroes that ever were. It’s tough to follow that legacy so they don’t do anything superheroic, preferring to do drugs, drin
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review REREAD UPDATE:

Maybe I'm more generous in 2019 (maybe reading the prequels made me realize how much better this is), but eff it, this was decent. It was epic and exciting, a great big scope with a great big messy political message. Yeah, it needs more women, but eff it, I enjoyed the hell out of this second time around.

Bullet Review:

Mehhhhhhhh. Hasn't this comic already been done in The Incredibles?

And WHY are we interested in another little white boy's story? Why isn't it his mom's
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Utopian (basically Superman) and his friends have been around since the 1930's. Now their children are jaded, crybaby, super-powered millenials obsessed with celebrity. They decide to kill daddy because they are tired of being bossed around by him on how to be a better superhero. They take over the U.S. while a few others go into hiding. Frank Quitely's art is top notch. My only complaint would be his costume designs. They always look a bit goofy. ...more
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another great book from Millar. I think if you're a fan of Millar, then there isn't much to say except this is as good as any of his others and I'm glad there is a follow up book unlike his others I.e Nemesis or starlight.

Definitely good fun.
Jesse A
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
A good start to the story. Interested to see where this goes. Not quite peak Millar but still very good.
Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, netgalley
A bunch of previously visited ideas mashed together. It's got family vs. family, superheroes divided over ideology, a bad guy who goes legit and good guys who go bad. Absolute power corrupting absolutely, and a misguided youth being misled by an evil uncle. Oh and the saviour child.

It's not terrible, but it's not amazing. It has moments that seem interesting, but then they are abandoned for the retreads of other ideas that have been done better in other Sam pointed out in his review,
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People Who Still Ask "Whatever Happened to the American Dream?"
Mark Millar and Frank Quitely do an amazing job here in re-imagining an early 21st century populated by dystfunctional familiies of superheroes who were either part of the original group of superpowered beings who received their powers in mysterious ways (information about which is doled out in dribs and drabs over the course of the volume) in the early 1930s or their troubled and self-centred offspring.

What's more amazing still is how the creative team did so well to encapsulate the idea of "Th
Chris Thompson
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a blast. Maybe because I'm relatively new to comics I didn't quite pick up on its lack of originality. I mean, sure, it's a superhero story, but a well-executed and at times exciting superhero story.

I see this as a story that looks at what happens when people have immense power. Like Utopian, they either use that power benevolently and have the foresight to keep that power in its proper place, or like Walter they want to use that power to rule and govern. I do agree with othe
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
By far the best part about this book is Frank Quitely's art with Peter Doherty's colours. This book simply looks incredible. As for the story (and some other reviewers have touched on this), Mark Millar blatantly recycles previously used plot ideas (some of which were even his own). And you know what? I'm okay with that. How many times have plots and storylines been recycled in comics? Honestly: recycling plots & storylines is actually part of the comics tradition. So one thing I would suggest/r ...more
Rod Brown
The first half of this book was losing me as Mark Millar did his dark, apocalyptic take on superheroes, a la Watchmen and Squadron Supreme. But then focus shifted to Chloe and Hutch, and these formerly unlikeable Millennials surprised me with how quickly they became heroes for whom I could root. ...more
James DeSantis
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I haven't loved a Mark Millar work like this since ultimates. The art is fantastic, the story goes at a gripping pace, and the emotion is heavy. From start to finish I loved nearly all of it and now I need a second volume. ...more
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
So, what's Jupiter's Legacy 1 is about?

The Greatest Nation of The World is collapsing after the '29 crisis, so of course aliens will give some spechul snowflakes powers in order to make things right. Because of reasons.

"America was the greatest idea in human history, the most resourceful people the world had ever known, and yet here we were reduced to breadlines and soup kitchens."

Gosh, I'm sorry, but I kinda rolled my eyes at that? I mean, I'm by no means anti-American, but come on now. I
2-3 stars

Meh. This was...more interesting than many formulaic superhero stories, but mostly struck me as overrated? I wasn't thrilled by Frank Quitely's art, which had clean, sparse line-work and mostly flat colors. (Perhaps it was due to the crummy eARC, but the color choices were sometimes reminiscent of the palette available in 1990s Microscoft Paint >< ) Largely, Jupiter's Legacy probably just rubbed me the wrong way because Mark Millar's writings was so blatant about his "messages": politic
Maxine Marsh
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it

Thanks to Netgalley for this book!

A group of travelers find a mysterious island, which somehow bestows them with superhero powers. Fast forward some decades into the future and said superheroes have grown old and a new generation is up and coming.

Thus begins a battle between old fashioned righteousness and big celebrity egos.

Cue family dysfunction, jealousy with a little fascism thrown in and you've got a nice little story. The ending was great and I'm a bit sad I won't see a second volume for s
Jul 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: image-comics, comics
Pretty fun, if not too original story. Yes, Millar revisits every popular superhero and sci-fi trope from the last several years, including his own Civil War, but he does so in a fun way.
Himanshu Karmacharya
Mar 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Heavily inspired by the Golden Age of Superhero Comics, Jupiter's Legacy is a fresh take that explores the ideals and morals of the Supheroes.

Jupiter's Legacy features the children of the Greatest Superheroes of Earth, who now have to fill in their parents' shoes and are overwhelmed by the sense of resposiblity.

Mark Millar's writing is top-notch here, with the perfect blend of serious drama, action and cheesiness. Combine that with Frank Quitely's artwork, and you've got the recipe for a perfec
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
A dream leads Sheldon and his team to an island (headcanon says it's the island from Lost) where they are bestowed with superhuman abilities. Now called The Utopian, Sheldon brings order to the world with his friends and the growing number of superbeings and their children, but not quite in the way his brother Walter and his son Brandon thinks he should, especially when Utopian refuses to allow the superbeings to become involved in political matters.

Millar wrote one of my favourite Superman sto
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a little different reading this series in the chronological instead of published order. The primary reason for that is the first few pages feel like it belongs with Jupiter's Circle volume 1. This is a minor distraction, and like the Vorkosigan saga I'm standing by my argument that this reads better in the chronological than published.

That's because the adventures, and failures of the Utopian, Lady Liberty, and Skyfox really do matter when it comes to their children. We can argue the gen
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Frank Quitely's art is amazing as usual, but Mark Millar's cynicism about superheroes was a drag to read for me. Other than the protagonists, every character is evil, or at best a jerk. Also, I didn't feel that the character motivations were clear enough. I mean would you murder your father just because he humiliated you in front of your friends while you were having a drunk episode? Yeah, it's that kind of book. This dark view of humanity makes me wonder what kind of people Millar hangs out wit ...more
Aug 05, 2015 rated it liked it
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.25 of 5

A child living in the shadow of a famous parent is often difficult, for the child can rarely live up to the expectations of being as great as the parent. So what happens when the child is the flesh of superheroes?

Jupiter's Legacy takes a not-too-unfamiliar story (the days when superheroes have aged into retirement) and put a new spin on it. This story tells how a group of friends follow Sheldon to an island that is not o
Rory Wilding
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
During this current wave of Mark Millar comics published by Image, Jupiter’s Legacy is a fun examination of 21st century superhero celebritism, which is very familiar ground for those who have read Millar’s back catalogue i.e. The Ultimates.

This is an interesting story about the American economy in this day and age in contrast with the Great Depression, whilst satirically presenting the common image of superheroes, of which in its roots is based on the pulp magazines like Doc Savage. My only cri
Oct 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This explores the generation gap and American exceptionalism through super heroes and moderate amounts of violence. When the grandchildren of the founding super heroes live to a completely different set of goals than their forefathers, trouble arises. This is basically the first two acts; with the stage being set and the first conflict, then a second act following the repercussions of the first act. The characters aren't particularly memorable, with powers that are basically generic superhero, b ...more
Stewart Tame
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Honestly, I didn't even look at the back cover summary before picking this up. "Millar and Quitely? Sign me up!" was the extent of my thought process. Yes, the Superheroes Take Over plot has been done many times before. This is done well, though, with style and flair. Back in 1930 or so, a group of people were granted powers by aliens. Their deeds helped America recover from the stock market crash and prosper. Flash forward to a modern world again teetering on economic collapse, but a supergeniu ...more
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At times really interesting, but it lost me at other times. A lot goes on in this take on superheroes. After visiting some strange island and returning with superpowers (which have somehow become inheritable), superheroes start playing a role in the ordinary life. While some are trying to fit in and other definitely don't, there are some major differences what they should do with those powers.

Besides, it's also a family drama. The artw
Travis Duke
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
really enjoyed this mysterious superhero story. It reminds me of watchmen but better. I think Millar does a great job at leading you into a story and leaving out details to hook you in. The story goes that two brothers discover an island that has a magical allure. This island grants them powers to save the united states from collapse. fast forward and the brothers now have children who are also have super powers but corruption has trickled into their lives. feeling jaded and spoiled that start t ...more
Michelle Morrell
I picked up this book with high expectations, it's from Mark Millar, after all, father of Kick Ass, Kingsman, Wanted and so much more. I wasn't disappointed.

Almost a hundred years ago, one man with a vision and his friends are summoned to a mysterious island, where they receive the powers needed to save the world.

Now, decades later, their children are pampered, famous, aimless celebrities. What will they do when the first stirrings of a coup come calling?

Engaging story and art, with some fantast
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Mark Millar is the New York Times best-selling writer of Wanted, the Kick-Ass series, The Secret Service, Jupiter’s Legacy, Jupiter’s Circle, Nemesis, Superior, Super Crooks, American Jesus, MPH, Starlight, and Chrononauts. Wanted, Kick-Ass, Kick-Ass 2, and The Secret Service (as Kingsman: The Secret Service) have been adapted into feature films, and Nemesis, Superior, Starlight, War Heroes, Jupit ...more

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