COMICS: First Look At The Cast Of Mark Millar And Frank Quitely's JUPITER'S CHILDREN

Mark Millar describes it as the best thing he may have ever written and has refused to sell the movie rights until he knows it will land with a studio which will do it justice. So, who exactly stars in his collaboration with artist Frank Quitely? Find out all about Jupiter's Children right here!

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By Josh Wilding - 11/14/2012
Next year will see the release of Mark Millar and Frank Quitely's Jupiter's Children; a 12-part superhero sci-fi epic which the writer apparently hopes will be his Star Wars or The Lord of the Rings. So, no pressure then! "It’s a story I've been thinking about for the past five years," the writer tells The Hollywood Reporter. "It's a massively ambitious project and planned as an enormous trilogy, the first one being I think the best thing I've ever written."

Thanks to the site, we have the following character descriptions (note: those aren't their names and we don't know their powers at this point) from a series which Millar reiterates will be his most ambitious project yet. "From Superman: Red Son to The Ultimates to Wanted to Kick-Ass, I guess I've been kind of training for this one. I love Batman and I love The Avengers, but they're either set in Gotham City with a solo lead or we're talking about maybe seven superheroes fighting a single antagonist. What I'm proposing here is a universe of characters, who have been around for a while and a vast network and world we can play with...This kind of scale, this event-level storyline...This is what I've been building to."




The lady in red


The lady in red, along with the guy in the parka, are a sister-brother duo of B-list wannabees who didn't make the A-list. "They'll do anything to get on the cover of the magazines and are only too happy to spread rumors and cause trouble as rumblings in the community start to spread," says Millar.




The Oldest Living Superhero


"He's had his powers since he discovered a mysterious island back in the Great Depression, but he's a curiosity now," describes Millar. "His altruistic ideals, like his costume, are just out of synch with all the young heroes."




Eagle-crested super-heroine


The lady who looks like she stepped out of a Legion of Super-Heroes story is "the old hero's wife and they've had this perfect marriage for almost 80 years," says Millar. "They're the last two superheroes with secret identities. They're old school and we love them for it, but they don't understand their children."




The Hero's Brother


"He isn't as strong or as handsome as his famous sibling and lacks charisma, but he's thoughtful and very aware of his legacy as he hits old age," says Millar. "He's looking around at the financial crash and wondering if he can help in ways other than rescuing kittens from trees and all those nice things superheroes do."



The Cool Guy


Says Millar: "This guy is our Han Solo. He's the son of the biggest super-villain in the world and running drugs in from off-world. Incredibly funny, cool and likeable and, to make things quite complicated, in a secret relationship with the daughter of the world's greatest hero."




The Duo


Says Millar: "These guys are the kids of the old couple. They're both in their twenties and completely live in the shadows of their perfect parents. I like the idea of exploring what it would be like to grow up as the kids of the two most famous and beloved people on the planet. This side of things has a very Postcards From The Edge feel and there's enormous tension between them all"




The Man in the Parka


This is the brother of the lady in the red chaps. The two are B-list wannabees who didn't make the A-list. "They'll do anything to get on the cover of the magazines and only too happy to spread rumours and cause trouble as rumblings in the community start to spread," says Millar.


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kamberlin22 - 11/14/2012, 1:33 PM
This looks really cool. I'm interested.
ellispart3 - 11/14/2012, 1:42 PM
very excited! huge quietly fan, huge millar fan. hopefully this will be good!
Mucklefluga - 11/14/2012, 1:42 PM
^ i am speechless. How could you say that?
ItsNotASchooner - 11/14/2012, 1:44 PM
@wearethewalkingdead9

could not disagree more. it's called having a style, and Frank Quietly's is awesome!!

I said good day sir!!
ellispart3 - 11/14/2012, 1:46 PM
@wearethewalkingdead9
everyone is entitled to an opinion. i'm just curious, who is the worst?
charlie2094 - 11/14/2012, 1:47 PM
Love Millar's work, so looking forward to reading this as it does sound interesting. Where's the next volume of American Jesus though?! Hopefully it's not entirely scrapped, found the first volume very original and interesting. What with this, Nemesis 2, presumably Kick-Ass 3, and all his film projects, don't see it coming anytime soon.

Side note, why do most female comic characters have to wear the most ridiculous of costumes? Love the new Captain Marvel, finally gave Danvers a proper superhero suit, instead of a swimsuit with boots. Same with the likes of Star Sapphire. Besides that small niggle, can't wait to read this! Just finished and really liked Supercrooks.
ellispart3 - 11/14/2012, 1:59 PM
@wearethewalkingdead9
lol just curious. i'm with you on liefeld though. love lee, manapul, mcniven, and especially coipel. agree to disagree on quitely though.
ellispart3 - 11/14/2012, 2:18 PM
@MrEko
i don't know enough about they're rivalry, i heard they butt heads, but not that they couldn't stand each other. either way it doesn't seem like they are beefing enough to make quitely choose.
alekesam - 11/14/2012, 2:20 PM
@werethwwalkingdead:

How can you get on Quitley's case about all his characters looking the same yet give Jim Lee, the king of sameness, a free pass?
Asterisk - 11/14/2012, 2:28 PM
Frank Quietly is my favorite comic artist, and I love most of Millar's work. Really looking forward to this one.
ellispart3 - 11/14/2012, 2:34 PM
@wearethewalkingdead9
lol i hate to jump back on the topic but @alekesam is right dude. As gorgeous as jim lee's work can be, he is pretty much guilty of the same constant figure and face types on his characters. love them both, but they can be both fall into the same trap.
INFO - 11/14/2012, 2:39 PM
I loved his work on allstar superman!
UltimaRex - 11/14/2012, 2:56 PM
Ever since Flex Mentallo Quietly has been a near insta-buy for me. Love his art.
ellispart3 - 11/14/2012, 3:05 PM
@MrEko
lol fair enough

@UltimaRex
totally agree! i finally read flex mentallo not too long ago and i effing loved it
imnotwearinghockeypants - 11/14/2012, 3:06 PM
Looking forward to this one.
nuclearpriest - 11/14/2012, 3:18 PM
Doesn't Mark Millar describe everything he writes as "probably the best thing I've ever written" until the next, best thing comes along.
mctrinket - 11/14/2012, 3:40 PM
Mark Miller is the Kim Kardashian of comic books.
thetrojan - 11/14/2012, 4:45 PM
f q is a great great artist.
titansupes - 11/14/2012, 4:54 PM
Frank Quietly > Jim Lee
Darkknight23 - 11/14/2012, 5:41 PM
Does Millar make comics for the love of comics or is it just a tool to pitch movies?
Jolt17 - 11/14/2012, 6:06 PM
I'm reading anything drawn by Frank Quietly. But nonetheless, these characters look very cool.
ShadowOfTheWeb - 11/14/2012, 6:32 PM
I'm on board, love Frank Quitely. and despite his ego, Millar churns out some great stories.
Zaius - 11/14/2012, 6:58 PM
Quitely's work is always kind of...lumpy is the best way to describe it.
Mike2112 - 11/14/2012, 9:13 PM
Quietly is alright. He isn't my favorite, and I wouldn't say he's the best, but I'm indifferent to it. Personally, I think J.H. Williams III, Paolo Rivera, and Yanick Paquette are better than Lee or Quietly. But thats probably because they are my favorite. haha
jimoakley666 - 11/15/2012, 12:52 AM
[frick]ing love Quitely's work. The man is a genius. Truly.
pepe - 11/15/2012, 3:16 AM
Very good artist...!!!!
hcohran - 11/15/2012, 6:34 AM
Is this looking like a rip-off of Watchmen?
Dedpool - 11/15/2012, 9:11 AM
I want to see where this goes. Sounds kinda like Astro City. But with Millar envolved it will be much edgier.
Mentok - 11/15/2012, 9:56 AM
Can't wait,looks awesome. Quitely is a master of his craft.

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