Jupiter's Circle, Vol. 1

Jupiter s Circle Vol In midcentury America a team of young superheroes faces epic threats in public while battling personal demons behind closed doors Collects JUPITER S CIRCLE

  • Title: Jupiter's Circle, Vol. 1
  • Author: Mark Millar Wilfredo Torres
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • In midcentury America, a team of young superheroes faces epic threats in public while battling personal demons behind closed doors Collects JUPITER S CIRCLE 1 6.

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    1. disappointing. Mark Millar has always had a coolly professional approach when deconstructing superhero tropes; in the past I've appreciated that distance when comparing it to the sometimes more melodramatic and extreme decisions made by his peers. in this case, it both helps and hinders. these heroes of the post-World War 2 era have issues that are presented calmly and effectively: alcoholism, mid-life crisis resulting in an affair with a much younger woman; closeted sexuality. Millar's restrain [...]

    2. Jupiter’s Circle is a spinoff prequel to Jupiter’s Legacy, focusing on the first generation of superheroes, The Union, in the late ‘50s. The book’s divided into three two-issue stories focusing on the lesser-known characters like Blue-Bolt, The Flare, and Skyfox. It’s also incredibly mundane and continues Mark Millar’s no-hitter streak that is his Millarworld line of books! The one thing Jupiter’s Legacy had that made it worth checking out is the thing that’s missing in Jupiter [...]

    3. Well Jupiter's Legacy you are not. I ordered part 2, so it might change my mind. However, let us discuss volume 1. This is the past. So if you read Legacy you'll see the old original team from those books shown in full color here. You got the gay guy who's trying to hide his identity, the super sayian Superman father from Legacy and mother. You have his evil piece of shit brother. You also have the best friend, who becomes bad, or does he? See I wanted to love this but didn't. Because Cliche hit [...]

    4. Wow. Who would've thought Mark Millar was actually capable of writing something that's not pure shock value?! I certainly wouldn't and that's why I was pleasantly surprised by this book. At first glance it seemed like another high-concept stupidity, this time Mad Men meets superheroes (and I'm pretty sure the original pitch/idea was exactly that) but it's not. Yeah, it has characters smoking cigarettes all the time and it's set in the early 60s (or maybe late 50s, not sure) and the guys drink a [...]

    5. It seems I'm late to the party and also rowing against the current of consensus but I enjoyed this glimpse into the lives and loves of the late-Eisenhower era heroes we first met in Jupiter's Legacy.Another reviewer already commented that the series felt like Mad Men with superheroes, and I can't disagree as the simpler art employed definitely resonated with that "plastic fantastic" aesthetic. Plus, everyone was smoking all the time! Very much of its age.

    6. I think I'm falling into a bad habit at home. when I know I won't have an uninterrupted hour+ to settle into the brick I'm currently reading (ex: Cibola Burn) I'm opting for comics trades. Quick, often easy reads, and less frustrating when I'm interrupted. At the same time, for now, I'm planning to shift my emphasis to writers I've followed in the past or currently (yes, I want to finish Scott Snyder's American Vampire and read hit Batman, aslo see last week's completion of Gail Simone's Secret [...]

    7. When you're a superhero in the 1950s, your powers might not help you so much in your personal life. In Jupiter's Circle, Mark Millar portrays a group of superheroes who are battling aliens, as well as their own demons. One, Blue Bolt, is a closeted gay man who faces blackmail when someone learns his true identity. Other members of the team deal with alcoholism, relationship problems, and aging. I hadn't read Jupiter's Legacy, Vol. 1, which this book is a prequel for, so I had no knowledge of the [...]

    8. I like what Millar has done with this series even if it has a watchmen feel. I think its easier to digest than watchmen or others like it and this series has a easy flow to it. Jupiter's circle is the prequel to Jupiter's legacy following the events after the union is formed. It has a few main stories that follow the Flare and his crumbling marriage, Skyfox and his grudge with walter , and Blue bolt with his 3 identities. The writing perspective of the social lives of these characters is engagin [...]

    9. On the art side, anything other than Frank Quitely is a let-down.As for the writing, this was mostly set-up for vol. 2.

    10. A prequel to Jupiter's Legacy. It feels like Madmen for superheroes. Shows the underbelly of these "perfect" heroes.

    11. I'm a bit of an apologist for Millar. He's a frustrating and uneven writer. He has a populist sense that can sometimes get away from him. But he usually falls into well-established patterns--going for edgelord shock value (which has ever diminishing returns) or attempts at heartfelt (which he can often nail--but also can result in cliches). This Jupiter's Legacy/Circle project is mostly into the latter category, but with occasional flourishes of a 15-year old snorting. I actually prefer Circle i [...]

    12. Pretty fun read, but no where near the quality of story as Jupiter's Legacy. However I did enjoy it & I'll be reading Vol. 2

    13. Read a while ago. I liked it a lot. I just threw it 5 stars bc I couldn’t remember a reason to give it less.

    14. Jupiter's Circle is a prequel series to Jupiter's Legacy. It reminds me of George R.R. Martin's Wild Cards series or a less dark version of The Watchmen. It blends the idea of superheroes with a realistic setting, pitting them against issues that readers can identify with. Although this is related to the Legacy series, it isn't necessary to read that one to enjoy this.The character interactions are the biggest driving force in this book. There isn't a villain or big event that the heroes need to [...]

    15. 3.5 stars. I enjoyed this volume a lot more than Jupiter's Legacy. Millar's blend of brashness can be endearing when he takes a subtler approach to subversion, but it can also be too akin to a frat hazing when he lets out too much slack.This was more of the former which I am pleased to report made the work read like an "olden days" series of Kurt Busiek's Astro City series. It's entertaining to see how a prequel turned out to be much better than the original because of its more urgent and tangib [...]

    16. A look at the sociology and psychology of being a superhero in the ultra-conservative 50s. The 'circle' is a team of superheroes who each have skeletons in their closets and crosses to bear. One is a closeted homosexual who is tired of living a triple life, other is a bit of a James Bond type guy who happens to be a superhero. He likes to pay a bit too hard, and when it's time to settle down, the girl he falls for doesn't love him back. Instead, she falls for his team-mate, and there's another g [...]

    17. I wasn't particularly impressed with this. Yes, the super heroes of yesteryear weren't perfect; they dealt with relationships differently. Closeted ones couldn't be open in the 50's, and others didn't recognize the relationships they have. It's all been done before, and to much better effect. It doesn't help that the members of the Union aren't really distinguished much here. There are seeds planted that take root in Jupiter's Legacy, but ultimately, there's not a lot here that seems worthy of t [...]

    18. Jupiter's Circle is more coherent and likely better written than Legacy, though the art, while fitting for the period and concepts, never hits the same highs that Frank Quitely effortlessly delivers. The human interest short stories read like cable-drama, with intrigue, romance and scandal in spades. Millar explores the celebrity of super-heroism, while spoofing a handful of sacred 50s pop culture icons. Most importantly, Jupiter's Legacy is NOT required reading for this book, and if you're more [...]

    19. The original Jupiter's Legacy was an ok book, but it did not make you as invested in the characters, especially in older parents-superheroes, as Mark Millar wants you to be. This prequel is about them and their failing relationships between each other during their prime years, and if you can't remember which ones of them are which in Jupiter's Legacy and why you should care, well, you're not alone. I did not get anything out of it. JL wasn't a particularly memorable book plot-wise. But I guess i [...]

    20. Superhero comic focusing on activities and mundane mostly sexual antics of those with powers. Not very innovative or interesting. Without Frank Quitely's art inside the covers (though he still does the covers), it's even less worth reading.

    21. Story By: Mark MillarArt By: Wilfredo Torres and Davide GianfeliceCover By: Frank QuitelyThe other day, June 29th, was Millar Day. Why is there a day named after Mark Millar? Because genius should be celebrated and the man is an imperial genius. With Kingsman: The Secret Service, Empress, HUCK, CHRONONAUTS, and WANTED being the product of his genius, I'd like to hear a dissenting opinion that actually has any root in realityJupiter's Circle is no exception. It is the prequel to Jupiter's Leg [...]

    22. Millar takes a Super Friends style superhero team and places them in a surprisingly realistic America of the Fifties and early Sixties. A closeted gay hero is blackmailed by the FBI with the threat of his secret life being exposed. Another hero has an affair with a woman half his age and ends up making a public fool of himself. A playboy Tony Stark style hero has his fiancee stolen by the team's weaselly psychic character and quits in disgust when no one believes him. It is basically Mad Men wit [...]

    23. I'm still trying to decide if I liked it or not. The art is super cool, it definitely has a retro vibe that goes according to the setting, so there's that. I liked how it shows the dark side of superheroes as people and doesn't focus too much in the superheroing; we can see the domestic parts of the heroes' lives and their personal struggles and demons. That's all good, but it wasn't well executed; the narration has a lot of cliches that I'm sure could have been avoided. I hope the second volume [...]

    24. This is a really solid book of tales set during the golden age with the real life conflicts of more modern comics. It's closer to a series of short stories than it is a single unified arc, which is not a bad thing at all. The book is a pretty quick read, as there aren't more than a handful of dialogue bubbles per page. The art is very nice looking and captures the feeling of older comics really well. I enjoyed this a lot, and would recommend it to pretty much anyone.

    25. One of the most atypical Millar stories, where the pace is compromised for drama and most of the times conflicts and resolutions are more personal and at times frivolous. Perhaps one of the very few times Millar's not trying to write the Marvel way. More drama, less superhero gimmicks. Almost like behind the scenes Justice League Adventures. I loved the look and feel of the book.

    26. An interesting start! I might have to keep an eye out for the next volume. I liked this a lot better than Watchmen, but it has a similar real-life-superheroes-in-the-Fifties vibe to it, while being a lot less depressing. It also features a number of queer characters, which is all to the good. I was a little fuzzy on what each character's powers were, though.

    27. A good story but a so far non-essential prequel. May re-review if anything has relevance in later issues of Jupiter's Legacy.

    28. No issues with the stories themselves, just the art which can look a bit rushed at times prevents it from being 4 stars.

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