Publisher: Image Comics
Author: Mark Millar
Artist: Frank Quietly
Release Date: 31st August 2016
I’m not going to lie, I almost had a very first world problem panic attack this week, and that was due to the wait for this issue of the absolutely stellar Jupiter’s Legacy. Don’t get me wrong I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity that has come my way, to read these comics early and to be able to review them for you beautiful people, but I was so eager to get my hands on this issue that it almost hurt. I suppose that’s a testament to how awesome this comic is, and issue 3 certainly keeps up that trend and was certainly worth the wait.
At the end of the last issue we find out that Skyfox is still alive, which is quite an emotional scene for Hutch.
The pacing in this issue is much more slower and calmer than the previous issues, but that’s not a bad thing, not when Mark Millar is pulling the strings. There’s no huge fights scenes, or explosions, it’s an issue that has a lot more heart and a lot more humanity to it, showcasing the more emotional side of our heroes and putting the human in these super powered beings.
The first half of the issue focuses on the recruitment of Skyfox, or at least the attempted recruitment of Skyfox, and delves deeper into his understanding of the world and gives rationale to who he is and who he was. It shows us why he became a villain, and how his actions were perceived by the heroes and the human race although they would have ultimately helped the greater good, blurring the lines or the code mode of course.
The themes of family throughout the book also strengthen the levels of humanity and empathy we have towards our heroes, and gives us a look at the world of super powered beings from a different perspective.
This book again leaves us with not so much a cliffhanger, but a fantastic end that leaves you wanting more and more. The way Millar can craft a story so it shows us different points in time, but with parallel panels really speaks to his ability to create these worlds and the fantastic job he does writing them. The artwork from Frank Quietly is again some of the more beautiful and eerily haunting art I have even came across, but suits this world of Jupiter’s Legacy perfectly.
Once again, if Jupiter’s Legacy is not already on your pull list then you have to remedy that immediately. Although this issue does slow the pace a little bit and isn’t as explosive, literally, it still pulls you further into this wonderful world, and evokes emotions you wouldn’t expect from a comic.
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