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Jupiter’s Legacy Volume 1 by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely

4 Stars
Reviewed by Lin

Official Synopsis:  Comics superstars Mark Millar and Frank Quitely reinvent the superhero epic for the 21st Century! 1932: Sheldon Sampson’s dreams about a mysterious source of power lead him, his brother Walter, and a group of loyal followers on a quest around the world. What they discover sets them on a course that will wrench a family apart and alter the world’s political stage! Decades after their journey, Sheldon and Walter are superpowered legends, world renowned for their heroism. But the offspring trained to live in their image have fallen desperately short. Rocked by one public scandal after another, Chloe and her brother Brandon are a dishonor to the generation before them. The rift reaches its breaking point when one branch of the family overthrows the government and struggles to rule at any cost - while the others must flee for their own safety. But when the failures of the corrupt leaders catch up to them, the world hovers on the brink of collapse - and the hidden heroes must emerge to take back their legacy! Collects Jupiter’s Legacy #1-5.

I have been waiting for this volume to come out for so long I forgot most of the synopsis. The only thing I remembered was that superheroes were involved, and that was it. Since I went into this pretty much blind, I was really surprised and pleased by what I read. This is a very modern take on superheroes, and it’s unusual because a big part of the plot is this whole idea of tradition vs. modernization.

Usually superheroes are never involved with the government outright. Typically, they don’t have direct power over governments. They merely protect the people and protect themselves with their secret identities. In Jupiter’s Legacy, many superheroes feel this is something that should be rectified. Walter is a seasoned superhero who has a big plan to fix the economy of America, but his older brother Sheldon (who lead him and a group of friends to their powers decades ago) refuses to allow him to interfere with the government in such a large way. The power dynamic between the brothers is something that is pretty common, with the older and more responsible Sheldon vs. the younger and more idealistic Walter. Of course, you don’t see it with two of the most superpowered siblings in the world.

Then we have Brandon and Chloe, the son and daughter of Sheldon and his (also superpowered) wife, Gina. Both are celebrities, and both are no strangers to scandals. Brandon has a drinking problem and Chloe is recovering from a recent drug overdose while also discovering something shocking. With their parents, it’s no wonder they’re a little messed up. Something so normal as living up to your parent’s legacy is something that is made more complicated with superheroes for parents. As Brandon is seduced by the power his Uncle Walter promises and the opportunity to do some good, Chloe has her own problems to deal with along with her secret boyfriend, Hutch. Something happens and the world has changed.

I enjoy the characters too. They’re all so complex with such relatable problems despite their superpowers. Brandon and Chloe’s aforementioned pressure from their perfect parents, the difficulties of being in the public eye, wanting to use your abilities to better your world, etc. It deals with needing recognition and respect from those you look up to and also growing up when the going gets tough.

The formatting is interesting because there are various flashbacks to how Sheldon and his people acquired their powers, a mystery I still don’t know the answer to. Time fast forwards a few years as the plot continues. I really love Quitely’s art as well. The roughness of the lines really shows that this is a dark story, and the light colors of the background make the superheroes and their costumes stand out even more. The way each person’s powers are drawn is fantastic and makes it really easy to understand the more complex powers.

Overall, I thought this was a very solid first volume. It was a great set-up for future volumes and I’m really curious to see where it goes, and if I’ll have some of my questions answered. I’m curious as to what exactly everyone’s powers are. It appears every superhero can fly haha. There are glimpses to very unique powers, but I want to know specifically who can do what. I’m also excited for how this war between superpowered beings will go.

I recommend this for fans of Marvel and DC and superhero comics in general. As with all Image Comics series though, this is for older audiences as there is graphic violence and nudity. I would say 17+ is appropriate. 

For more check out the Goodreads, Author, and Illustrator.

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The above image is a page from six conjugate folios on which are written lessons from the Gospels of Luke (the Annunciation) and Mark (the Resurrection) and an abbreviated version of the Passion from the Gospel of John. Originally, these pages followed the Office of the Dead (Officium pro defunctis) in a book of hours from ca. 1390, use of Chartres, now dispersed. Ms. Codex 1625, fol. 2r.

See manuscript description and digital image on Penn in Hand: http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/d/medren/5809959

What is especially interesting is that these texts rarely appear in books of hours. To get a feel for how they may have originally looked, we have included a half-page miniature depicting a funeral service. This image from W. 99, fol. 101r from the Walters Art Museum is part of a Book of Hours from a similar period and region. Check it out at The Digital Walters; http://www.thedigitalwalters.org/Data/WaltersManuscripts/html/W99/

As Laura Skandera Trombley steps into her office today as the new president of The Huntington, she surely must feel that her arrival is a homecoming of sorts. Trombley often visited the gardens as a child with her mother, walking among the roses and being awed by the beauty of the grounds. Years later, as a budding Mark Twain scholar, she did research in the Library’s Twain papers that would culminate in her first book, Mark Twain in the Company of Women (1994). More recently, she returned to use the collections to complete her fifth book, Mark Twain’s Other Woman: The Hidden Story of His Final Years (2010).

Today on VERSO, we welcome Laura Skandera Trombley, the new president of The Huntington.

caption: Laura Skandera Trombley takes the helm July 1, 2015, as The Huntington’s new president, the first woman to hold the post. Photo by Meeno.

fuckyeahmarshworth asked:

jsmn? :o

1. The first character I first fell in love with: haha Childermass. like 95% of people who read the book.  He’s pretty attention-grabbing.    
2. The character I never expected to love as much as I do now: I don’t think I quite expected the intense attachment to Emma that I’ve worked up, though it’s been coming on through my last few rereads.
3. The character everyone else loves that I don’t: um? I think a lot of the fandom actually likes thistlejam instead of enjoying how horrible and doomed to squishing he is?  (Damn entertaining to write, though. “Am I using too many exclamation marks? (refs book) No, there is no such thing.”) 
4. The character I love that everyone else hates: …?  idk.  I’ve seen people say both Arabella and Emma are boring, and if I could punch every one of those people in the face I would probably have a job to do talking myself out of it.  (I was going to say that I might agree they were underwritten but, honestly? I don’t even really agree with that.)  
5. The character I used to love but don’t any longer: I used to be a lot fonder of Strange I think and now I just… don’t care about him very much, if I’m not actively reading one of his scenes.  
6. The character I would totally smooch: oh, def. Emma. 
7. The character I’d want to be like: Stephen.  Intense active compassion is like the greatest quality.  Super burdensome.  But also admirable and aspirational.  (Also: organization skills and quick thinking.)
8. The character I’d slap: like.  I want to say Lascelles put I don’t want to slap him, I want to set him on fire and stomp spitefully on the ashes.  Let’s say Norrell, because honestly.  Someone should slap him.  He deserves it.  
9. A pairing that I love: My Stephen/Emma situation has been on public display, that’s an ongoing situation I’m still not quite sure what to do with except feel at. I guess the natural outcome of spending a lot of time writing about your two favorites having super intense interactions.  
10. A pairing that I despise: like honestly. every time I remember that there is a non-zero number of people who ship Childermass/Lascelles.  I feel a bit sick.  Like a lot a bit sick.  Which looks like pairing hate and you know what it is but fuck it: w h y. 

11 Bookish Questions

I was tagged by violinwaist <3

  • What makes you mark a book as ‘DNF’’?

I rarely ‘DNF’ books but I have done it, nevertheless. Its when books get long winded and extremely boring.

  • What are your favourite series?

I love Harry Potter! And I love no other series like it. I do love Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series. And I quite enjoyed Hunger Games trilogy when I read it. But nothing beats HP!

  • Do you have any favourite animal characters from standalones/series?

YES! I loved Buster (Fatty’s dog) from Enid Blyton’s Mystery series. I actually love all dogs in books! I also love Crookshanks even though I don’t like cats that much (blasphemy, I know!). And Hedwig.

  • Have you ever read a book in one sitting, and if so, what was the book?

Quite a lot of times! I read books in one setting especially when I’m in the middle of exams. The book I read in once sitting most recently is Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein.

  • Which book made you laugh the most?

Even though its not really a ‘book’, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest had me laughing like crazy. Catcher in the Rye also made me laugh quite a few times. A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Muhammad Hanif is darkly humourous and an extremely amazing book so it makes this list too. The Crow Eaters by Bapsi Sidhwa also drew a few laughs from me. Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney (even though I’m not the target audience for them) are extremely very funny and I love them for making me laugh so much!

  • What was the last book you bought?

Elif Shafak’s The Flea Palace.

  • Have you been recommended a book that you ended up not liking?

Many times! Most recently, The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide. I have no idea why its so popular, it failed to make an impression on me (Sorry, person-who-recommended-it-to-me, we just have different tastes!)

  • Who is your favourite protagonist?

I love this question but I also hate it slightly. I’ll name one from the book that I have read most recently– Behind the Scenes at the Museum’s (by Kate Atkinson) Ruby Lennox is my new favourite protagonist.

  • Are there any books or series that you’ve been putting off reading (for whatever reason)?

There’s Robert Flannagan’s The Narrow Road To The Deep North which I’m most guilty about putting off. I’ve been avoiding it since November mainly because I’m terrified I won’t like it also because I have too many on my TBR. 

  • Which fictional character is most like you?

There are many characters that I feel are like me but only in bits, no one is entirely like me. I find many of them relatable, though.

  • Have you ever cried after reading a book?

Oh yes! I cried a lot while and after reading The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Thats book is such a tear-jerker! It was the first to make me cry so I’m mentioning it here. 

I’m now supposed to make my own questions and tag people but since I’m very lazy, I’m going to do only the latter. So, if you’re feeling up to it, you’re tagged: freckles-and-books thelastparagraph9 bookissues knittingandbooks ladyariels theclassicsreader prettybookish lemonade-and-literature missabellewriting danielle-carey claireandthepipsqueaks countingbooks booksfrommyshelf