Jupiters Legacy / Jupiter’s Circle Volumes 1-2
First, thanks for the tips, went publication order over chronology and it paid off very well.
For all its well-executed I can’t say this is among my favourite MW books, for me something just doesn’t quite work in what it’s trying to do, though Jupiter’s Requiem may alter this.
Reading Jupiter’s Legacy Volume 2 without having gone through Jupiter’s Circle would have been far less effective - (a recommended read order in the books would be a good idea) - due to the Starfox plot - , though some bits of the big finale seemed off - Walter just pulls pyrokinesis out of his arse to kill Starfox? Also wanted Brandon to get a bigger kicking than he got. Nonetheless, it can’t be denied Quitely’s art is superb.
In a way the books are an interesting study of autocratic leadership and where it leads to. While the idealism at the end of Jupiter’s Legacy fits the story, it’s one that’s hard to buy into currently. The people know best, huh? The same ones voting for Trump or Brexit? Who don’t give a damn about anything save they get what they want? As a genre, superheroics are about trying to appeal to the better aspects of the human character, what’s its answer to when people collectively go bad beyond hitting them? Maybe Jupiter’s Requiem will take aim at this.
There are some quite inventive use of superpowers in these books too and I like that Jupiter’s Circle strips away the idea that the ‘good old days’ were indeed all that good. While the art in Jupiter’s Circle is generally consistent, it is quite the collective output, which is where Jupiter’s Legacy has the edge. Then again, how could it not? Few artists can top on-form Quitely.
I think what doesn’t quite work for me in it is the idea Jupiter’s Legacy dances around at the start, but doesn’t really address: What happens if there’s superheroes that don’t want to go into the ‘family business’ ?