Mark Millar and Frank Quitely Team Up For ‘Jupiter’s Children’. Okay, I’m Pumped.

Just yesterday at the Funny Book Palace as Rendar and I were snagging new comics I got into one of my Millar rants. Condemning his shock-value bullshit and everything he’s turned into while simultaneously stating I couldn’t dismiss the backlog that made me fall in love with him. Mentioned I loved his run on The Authority with Quitely, and goddamnit now they’re teaming up again.

And it excites me.

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As is his wont, Millar is cleverly withholding a lot of  Jupiter’s Children  information so that it can be strategically deployed across the comics media in the form of interviews and teasers (or even  teasers for teasers) as the on-sale date draws near. But speaking with  Comic Book Resources’  Kiel Phegley, Millar did reveal that the characters of  Jupiter’s Children  are the vapid, overprivileged children of great American superheroes.

“It opens in France in the 1920s, which immediately for a superhero story is a very different location,” he said. “We start on a bunch of explorers kind of like that opening from ‘King Kong,’ which I love, and they’re doing an exploration of the ancient world — these rich Americans who have put together an expedition to find something you’ll hear about in the story. From those first few pages, and a doomed expedition, we cut to the present day, and they came home from that trip altered and with a plan to save the American idea. In historical context, the Russian revolution is relatively recent and Europe is in a state of turmoil and they’re just on the cusp of the Wall Street Crash so they’ve gone on this trip to try and save America and then we cut to their utterly useless, meandering children in the present day essentially squandering their inheritance. It’s not crass and celebrity focused, although it touches on that stuff. It’s more Shakespearean, with the last of the old heroes, a King Lear figure, watching these teenagers and twenty-something with no altruism whatsoever. There’s a massive regret in his eyes as he looks around at the world he’s leaving behind, very much the world we see today with the Euro-zone collapse and industrial decline and six billion people worried about the future, he feels the children and grand-children of he and his friends just aren’t up to the job.

Millar used the late hotel magnate Conrad Hilton and his granddaughter Paris as a way to illustrate the dynamic in play in  Jupiter’s Children.

The story — which Millar likened to an “event” comic book and something as “commercial” as  Star Wars  and  The Lord of the Rings  — is set against contemporary world issues such as the global economic crisis. Millar suggested his young characters were ill-equipped to confront issues such as “America losing power and influence to China” and “massive internal problems in China with social engineering being just one of them” and the “chaos” of “the Arab world.” Millar was quick to point out that these concepts form the backdrop of Jupiter’s Children, and that the work as a whole is to be a “huge, grand operatic piece” that “does super-heroics on a scale I’ve never even tried in something like  The Ultimates.”

Despite reading all of that (and much more  at CBR), I find myself with very little idea of what  Jupiter’s Children  actually is. Nevertheless, I find myself looking forward to it. Such is the singular talent of Mark Millar, but I think it has more to do with the idea of a new long form Frank Quitely story, one presumably designed completely by him and featuring all sorts of beautiful young people doing fantastically violent things. If nothing else,  Jupiter’s Children  will be among the best looking graphic novels of whatever year in which it is finally completed. The first issue is meant to come out in September.

C’mon Quitely, drag the talent back out of Millar. It’s got to be in there somewhere. Festering. Withering from lack of use.