Jupiter's Circle #1

Jupiter's Circle #1

Writer: Mark Millar Artist: Wilfredo Torres Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: April 8, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 7
7.5Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

The most celebrated superheroes in mid-century America seem to have it all-fame, riches, adoration-but tensions simmer beneath the glossy surface, threatening to crack open the secrets behind their public AND private exploits. Before the family dynasty in JUPITER'S LEGACY began, there was JUPITER'S CIRCLE-a story about a team whose personal dramas collide with super-powered spectacle!

  • 10
    Rhymes With Geek - Mark William Pawziuk Apr 7, 2015

    Although Jupiter's Circle enriches the story of Jupiter's Legacy, this series is one that can firmly stand on its own considerable merit. In fact, I would say that this comic is off to a stronger start that the original. Whether you are eagerly awaiting the continuation of Jupiter's Legacy, have waited for its first trade volume (also out this week), or neither, I recommend that you pick up Jupiter's Circle #1 right away! Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Entertainment Fuse - Elvis Dutan Apr 10, 2015

    For fans of Jupiters Legacy, this is definitely going to be something to really invest time into. It brings out so much more of the world than Legacy has so far, and lifts it up like a prequel should. A newcomer might be lost, as some have already noted, due to the dynamics being more explicit in the predecessor, but at least the art and the tone should be something to bite into. Millars new leaf hasnt dampened yet and I await the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Ja-Quan Greene Sep 15, 2015

    This is the late 50's we talkin' 'bout. No public figure in their right mind with a family of political influence would ever come out of the closet during 1959, son. Just straight up didn't happen. It's a sad thing too. Why can't the homie save the world and sleep with whoever he wants? Because, Hoover, that's why. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Apr 9, 2015

    For the armchair cynic,Jupiter's Circlecould be considered mandatory filler placed strategically in-between the primaryLegacybooks in order to give artist Frank Quitely enough time to completeissues #6 through to whenever. In that respect, the book would beMillar's ownConvergence: a cynical wheel-spinner thrown at the masses so that the mogul can get his publishing ducks in a row. But with the obvious creative strength at play here, even the most ardent Millar skeptic can't deny that the writer's heart is undoubtedly in the right place. What faults can be found in this book are nearly eclipsed byMillar'sambition to set things right. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Apr 7, 2015

    A great character study to start this new series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Jess Camacho Apr 9, 2015

    "Jupiter's Circle" #1 is a very good read and a great start to a prequel I didn't even know I wanted. You can appreciate this story for what it is without reading "Jupiter's Legacy" but there's quite a lot you won't pick up on that I'm sure will be important later on. The first trade is also out this week so I suggest buying it for the full picture. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Steven E. Paugh Apr 8, 2015

    As much as I enjoyed this first issue, I remain wary about Jupiter's Circle. Millar is very, very good at inaugurating titles, but has proven less deft recently at maintaining them. I hope, however, that he can muster his old magic to keep course with this book. Maybe I'm just a sucker for this kind of throwback story and style, but I genuinely think there's real substance to be mined here, and I look forward to seeing how it may color the established world Millar is working with at large, and whether, indeed, it can come around full-circle. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Erika D. Peterman Apr 9, 2015

    Though the concept has familiar elements, this series is off to an explosive start that will leave readers impatient to read Issue #2. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Gregory Goode Apr 10, 2015

    While reading Jupiter's Legacy provides additional texture, Circle confidently stands on its own. It goes farther with the superhero-as-celebrity theme than its predecessor/sequel, resulting in a final product that reads as nothing less than a metahuman Fade Out. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Apr 8, 2015

    The first issue is a solid continuation of a series that shows off Millar's talent to do more that low-brow action. The first issue touches upon a lot of interesting issues, and sheds a light on the early years of a universe we know too little about. The first issue is a solid read, and as a fan of Legacy, I was excited to read. But, this is a series where the whole will be judged, and with that we have a long way to go. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Apr 11, 2015

    Richard embodies the heart ofJupiter's Circlein a lot of ways: he's the point where the nostalgic ideals of classic superheroes violently clash against the awkward and uncomfortable truths of reality. Jupiter's Circle is a potent, thematic marinade that condenses into a deep-seated sense of resignation that pervades the story; it's a story about the past more than anything else: about the good and the bad of it, the disappointing and the promising, and how it all went wrong. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Mar 16, 2015

    Jupiters Circle looks to be another strong tale in Millarworld. It is tonally matching Legacy, which is key to making this book work since what takes place influences the events in the previous series. Fans of the Silver Age will also appreciate the content. Out on April 8, this title should be added to the pull-list of any self-respecting comic reader right now. Newcomers should also pick-up the trade of Jupiters Legacy. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    IGN - Jeff Lake Apr 8, 2015

    As of now this direction appears to be a calculated risk, as really very little of Circle echoes that of its predecessor. Whereas the former focused on the challenges of generation and, well, legacy, Jupiter's Circle offers a simpler time, where heroic lives in the public eye are potentially undercut by that which they partake behind it. In lesser hands said premise would appear all too familiar, but in the hands of artist Torres it becomes a true tight-rope walk of intrigue and deception. His clean, crisp style evokes a strong Silver Age feel, his pages never flashy but always engrossing. This is a read in which the capes feel secondary, the book's more grounded tone amplifying its more personal nature. There's improvement to be had in terms of crafting real and lasting investment, but with Torres involved we're willing to play it out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Lan Pitts Mar 18, 2015

    Jupiter's Circle is far from revolutionary and acts more as a TV pilot than a debut issue. The characters are all named in passing, but the history has yet to be written and it's not exactly the easiest to approach, so it's hard to feel for all of them. Torres' superb rendering and even how he handles some likenesses of celebrities of the time are where the charm lies here. Millar does deliver some good dialog along the way, especially between Blue-Bolt and a certain Hollywood starlet, but everything else just feels out of reach to fully enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Mar 18, 2015

    Twenty-three pages of story that include appearances by J. Edgar Hoover and Katharine Hepburn set "Jupiter's Circle" #1 up for an interesting, reality-tinged run with a different perspective on the heroic ideal. Readers steeped in Millar's other creations, specifically "Jupiter's Legacy," will certainly find more in the pages of this comic book, but this first issue mixes bits of the Golden Age, "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" and "Mad Men" with some subtle innuendos and not-so-subtle overtones. "Jupiter's Circle" #1 is a story about what happens when the spotlights are turned away and the potential personal pursuits can play in professional endeavors, especially pursuits that are not commonly accepted, as is the standard for 1950s America. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Apr 7, 2015

    Jupiter's Circle #1 like most Millarworld book is bound to split fans. And all I can say to potential readers entering this comic is, don't have high expectations. Yes, it was a letdown for me, and yes, it has a lot to prove. But that doesn't mean that it's a terrible comic, with there being some signs of promise within this tale. Especially in the final page. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Booked - Julien Loeper Apr 12, 2015

    Jupiter's Circle does the golden-age throwback thing pretty well for the most part, creating that same sense of wonder and excitement those books drew initially in the first place. The problem unfortunately is that it has Millars unhealthy dose of cynicism he tends to employ in his works. Its worth reading if youre already into Jupiters Legacy (which is always on perpetual delay these days), but otherwise Id say leave this one alone for now, check out the trade later. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ryan Ford Apr 14, 2015

    Mark Millar(Secret Service, Old Man Logan) basically showed up drunk for the SATs on this one. It was like he took stuff from everything that worked before, threw it at the wall, then watched as a comic book morphed into a Golgothan. This shit-demon of a story was supposed to be conceptually edgy by taking issues that are in the modern realm of its not a big deal and thrusting them back-in-time to the Age of Intolerance. Somebody tell Marty McFly he aint getting anywhere near 88mph in this heap. Wilfredo Torres(Quantum and Woody) brought a few delightful touches with his artwork, however, but thats still being generous. The only saving grace was that his drawings fit the time period, though it wouldnt surprise me if his style was lifted from the 3-panel Sunday funnies of a 1940s Dick Tracy serial. Heavy on the Richard, if you get my meaning. Hopefully Frank Sinatra was right and the best is yet to come, but I wouldnt hold my breath. Read Full Review

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