Written by Mark Millar
Drawn by Frank Quitely
Wow. That’s all I could utter after finishing the latest issue of Mark Millar and Frank Quitely’s fantastic Image series, Jupiter’s Legacy. Millar himself had been touting issue #3 as a big one and boy, he wasn’t kidding!
Following on from the first two issues, Brandon Sampson moves to overthrow his father’s leadership of the superhero community with manipulation from his uncle, and it is brutal. The creative team takes it up a notch bringing the story forward at lightning speed as we see the conspiracy against the Utopian come to fruition and the deaths of some major characters up until now. Millar has to be commended for his script. It is pitch perfect in dialogue, pacing and story. The two major deaths in the issue literally had me aghast which rarely happens in comics nowadays, and that final page…wow!
The heroic actions of Hutch, himself a former villain’s son and a drug dealer, were a welcome turn and I hope his character is further developed as we move forward. He helps save the Utopian’s daughter and mother of his unborn child from the onslaught of the heroes’ dastardly plan. Could he be the hero of the story? I certainly hope so as his character is rife with potential.
I can think of no other artist I’d rather have drawing this book than Frank Quitely. I’ve long been a fan but it feels like he’s bringing his AAA game right here. Matching Millar’s script, his art floored me. Unapologetic in its brutality, each page sucked me in and wouldn’t let me go. I couldn’t pick a favorite panel if I had to.
Three issues in and this one changes the entire landscape of its world. I’ve said it before and it couldn’t be more true, right now but I have no idea where this series is gonna go and that is very exciting. I can see people years from now talking about this series like fans talk nowadays about Watchmen. If you aren’t reading this title then you owe it to yourself to start.
5 out of 5 nerds