This trade collects Jupiter’s Legacy #1-5.
Disillusioned and reeling from the 1929 stock market collapse, Sheldon Sampson follows strange dreams he’s been having to an island where he and his companions are given superpowers. These heroes and their children could shape the world …
There’s been a lot of criticism about the derivative and cliched nature of many of the themes and plot points here, but the quality of stories always primarily depends on what’s done with the ideas it uses. I think it’s all blended wonderfully in Jupiter’s Legacy and it doesn’t bother me in the least that I’ve seen some elements before.
The execution isn’t entirely perfect. In refusing to shy away from graphical depictions of violence Millar and Quitely go over the top a couple times to the point it breaks the immersion. The ideological differences of certain characters would have been much more interesting with a few small changes and some more shades of gray worked in.
But Jupiter’s Legacy is excellent as it is. This exploration of power and the long reaching consequences of the associated choices could become a classic depending on what the rest of the series brings.