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With nothing from Marvel or DC Comics it was a light week for number one issues but those that did come out were all great reads. Check out our thoughts on JUPITER'S LEGACY 2 #1, SPECTRUM #1, and CRYPTOCRACY #1.

 

 

JUPITER'S LEGACY 2 #1 (Image Comics)-

5.0 Stars

After a long hiatus Mark Millar and Frank Quitely are back with JUPITER'S LEGACY 2 #1 from Image Comics. After the world wide fallout from the events of volume one it is time for the formal villains to rally and defeat the heroes turned dictators. The script from Millar is not exactly treading new ground in the realm of superhero comics but it is an engaging story to read with some great characters to root for and others that readers can relish in despising. The real star of this book is the art. Frank Quietly absolutely kills it in this issue. Every single panel is dense with detail and every character has a unique look to them. The action scenes are phenomenal and his panel to panel movement is unparalleled. In particular the scene of the woman who can shrink like the atom caught my eye and I found myself going back to look at it over and over again. It is almost like he is creating movement with static images. This is a can't miss issue and everyone should be checking it out. If you need to catch up the first volume is out in trade paperback and there are two other volumes by different artists that fill in the back story of the older heroes featured in this book.

 

SPECTRUM #1 (Automatic Publishing)-

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Automatic Publishing is debuting SPECTRUM #1 this week from creators Alan Tudyk, PJ Haarsma, and Sarah Stone. This comic tells the story of Wray Nerely, the fan favorite character who has catapulted the actor who plays him into the stardom featured in the new comedy Con Man. Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion are producing this movie that focuses on two stars living off the fame of a science fiction show that was cancelled too early. Sound familiar? In fact Tudyk has stated that his and Fillion's time on Firefly and the ensuing fandom was what inspired him to get this movie made. Now we come to SPECTRUM #1 which will tell the story within the story. Earth is under assault by an alien force and it is up to Wray Nerely and an untested spaceship to stop the invasion before his prophetic dreams about an even worse threat come true. For what could have been a throw away tie in I found myself really enjoying this sci fi romp. Wray is fun to read and engaging as a protagonist and I feel like I can hear Nathan Fillion's sarcasm as I read his dialogue. The art by Sarah Stone is a bit dark at times and thus it can be hard to follow some of the fast paced action but I really enjoyed her character designs and the overall design of the world. I am one of those crazy Firefly fans and I recognize that this book is designed to appeal to me and thus might not be so great for others but even with all that aside I still feel it is a solid sci fi miniseries that will conclude with issue four. It is worth checking out even if you are not into it for the meta discussion around Con Man.

 

CRYPTOCRACY #1 (Dark Horse Comics)-

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How much power can be amassed in the hands of a few individuals? CRYPTOCRACY #1 from Dark Horse Comics seeks to answer that question and more in this new monthly ongoing title. Created by Van Jensen and Pete Woods, CRYPTOCRACY is a detailed world in which there are 9 distinct layers of access to the truth. At the bottom is the majority of the human species who are blissfully unaware of who is guiding the path of civilization. At the to pare the 9 families that use all of their power to control technology, governments, and even our thoughts. However, even those with absolute power can lose it and there is a new force in the world threatening the families status quo. Jensen has done a great job of quickly building an intriguing world wherein the myth of the Illuminati is revealed to be just another layer of deception. The fact that people have heard of the Illuminati means it is merely one source of control languishing in the lower layers of the true power structure. This first issue is dense in narrative and character establishment, almost too much. We meet Agent Shin, an up and comer in the Mars family that rules North America. He acts as the eyes of the readers as we are both exposed to the power structure of the families. His mission to destroy a dark matter research project has left people asking questions and before we know it we are meeting talking bears and aliens who use mind control to make the populace forget. The story gets real crazy real fast but that is what I enjoyed most about it. Imagine Lazarus by Greg Rucka but turned up to eleven with a heavy dose of science fiction and conspiracy theories and you will be close to CRYPTOCRACY. The art is well done but not groundbreaking. Pete Woods has very clean lines and and the coloring has an almost washed out quality to it that I rather enjoyed. This is an over the top conspiracy story of the highest order and I thought it was an entertaining while not perfect read. Definitely worth a shot to check out the first issue and see if it grabs you.

 

Don't just take our word for it. Grab the books yourself and let us know what you think!

 

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