JUPITER’S LEGACY: REQUIEM #1 (OF 12) review – Back to the Future

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Thanks to Image Comics for the review copy!

Requiem is one of those words that sounds cool in a movie or book title. It gives a sense of finality to a series (according to my quick internet search, it refers to a song for the dead, so that fits).  JUPITER’S LEGACY: REQUIEM apparently will fit this mold as well, serving as the third in a trilogy of arcs. The first two were set in the past and present, and this series is set in the future.

My sky high anticipation for this series was dampened somewhat by Netflix’s sudden cancellation of its live action adaptation of the series. Jupiter’s Legacy already has so much excellent material that won’t see the live action treatment, and Requiem promised to provide more. Requiem maintains the high quality of the earlier Jupiter’s Legacy stories, making the cancellation sting a bit more. 

Some knowledge of the prior stories might be helpful in enjoying Requiem. Viewers of the Netflix show will recognize Chloe, who now has children of her own, who are the focus of this series. Requiem is set in 2051, which is far enough out to play with some cool futuristic concepts, but close enough to remain relatable to the present day. The evolution of basketball was particularly interesting and the issue’s villain is a reflection of the time. The story’s self contained plot is good, but the side story that promises to reveal the superhero origins is what has me really excited to see what is in store.

The issue’s art packs in plenty of movie ready action sequences (again, making me sad the show got cancelled). The lines uses to show movement as superheroes zip around was an effective way to illustrate the action. The lettering is also noteworthy in this issue, as it manages to emphasize dialogue using bolding and size to help you imagine how the line is being delivered by the character. Most of the violence is what you might see in a Hollywood disaster film, but one scene in particular is a bit bloody. That coupled with some cursing warrants some parental discretion.

Requiem is a worthy continuation of the Jupiter’s Legacy story and the perfect way for fans of the show to get over the cancellation.

JUPITER’S LEGACY: REQUIEM #1 is now available.

Check back soon for my thoughts on the 2nd issue of the 12 part series.


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