What if, one day, the Justice League got tired of Superman’s truth, justice and the American way rhetoric and conspired to kill him? This is the plot device that Mark Millar uses to crank the intensity up as family drama drastically changes everything.
There will always be a stark contrast of opinions when you are dealing with such a huge generation gap like in Jupiter’s Legacy. The old guard knows what’s best because they used to walk ten miles to school, barefoot, uphill, every day while the new guard can simply take classes online.
Responsibility is supposedly lost on youth, but in reality, they are having a difficult time being the sons, daughters, nieces, and nephews of Earth’s greatest heroes.
Through it all, there is always one older member of the family that believes they know better than everyone and manipulates their way through the rank and file in order to assume the role of leader.
Millar’s examination of familial dissension in a superhero context establishes that not only are the consequences greater for everyone involved, and not involved, but also the simple fact that it can happen to anyone.
Those who are placed on a pedestal are often deemed infallible and free from the burden of emotional pain, when in reality, those in the spotlight can be even more susceptible to the pressures of filling one’s shoes.
Imagine the real world expectations that would be placed on the child of Superman and Wonder Woman and tell me if they wouldn’t go a little insane?
The fall of The Utopian is executed with such treachery that it makes you wonder if anything is sacred anymore. Walter and Brendan go to such lengths to carry it out that they plan whole thing on top of a satellite in space.
After all, you never know who might be listening with super hearing on Earth.
The destruction of The Utopian’s family was intensely conveyed by the art direction of Frank Quitley. One minute, Mrs. Utopian is engaged in a mother/daughter chat and the next, she has been thrown through the wall of her living room and her brother in law is rolling ten deep and ready to take her out.
This issue gets better and better with every turn of the page and it poses the question, how can good prevail, in any way, when they are now all that is evil?