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Week of Cool Comic Book Moments – The Utopian’s Island Revealed

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Every day this week will see me feature a brand-new Cool Comic Book Moment. For this week only, I’ll be specifically featuring cool moments that happened so far this year. Here is an archive of all the past cool comic moments that I’ve featured so far.

Today we begin the week with the unveiling of a mysterious island in Mark Millar and Frank Quitely’s Jupiter’s Legacy #1…

The basic concept of Mark Millar and Frank Quitely’s Jupiter’s Legacy is “What if the original Superman was still around today? What would he think about the world today?” You know, a hero born out of the Great Depression like Superman. In the pages of Action Comics, Grant Morrison basically sort of gave his take on what that Superman would think of the modern world, but here Millar and Quitely give us another take on the idea of an idealistic man of the 1930s becoming a hero (the Utopian) and living his life with those ideals even as the world around him has changed dramatically (although not necessarily for the better – as some of the very things that he became the Utopian to stop are popping up in the world again). To set the scene, then, Millar and Quitely open their new series with a look at the Utopian’s origin, and wow, it is stunning…

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What a reveal!

Such beautiful work from both Millar and Quitely.

3 Comments

Travis Pelkie

May 14, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Looks like you and I are the only ones who thought this was cool, though, Brian. It’s probably one of the better Millar things I’ve read. (Quitely is superb as usual.) I’m looking forward to seeing how it plays out.

(I wonder too if Quitely finished the Multiversity issue he was doing, or if DC is so #$%$’d up that they don’t have that on the schedule yet.)

Of course, some people might have forgotten that the character’s name was the Utopian, also. I kinda forgot until I clicked on this one….

Wow! I am about a month late to see this, but this is wicked. I was reading reviews about this book that said it was pretty much “meh, done before,” but this is wonderful. Quitely’s art and the color here is stunning. I will have to check this series out. Thanks for sharing.

errm. . . Maybe three months late. . .

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