This week Deadpool brings Spidey to the set of his new movie, and Mark Millar and Frank Quitely’s Jupiter’s Legacy returns!
Spider-Man/Deadpool #6 (Marvel Comics)
Of all of Marvel’s recent output, Spider-Man/Deadpool is easily the best. Like a buddy cop movie bitten by an irradiated spider and then given a ton of caffeine, the combination of the web-slinger and the Merc With A Mouth has lead to an extremely entertaining series, much in part to the work of writer Joe Kelly and artist Ed McGuinness. However, they’re not on this issue. BUT, the fill in team of Scott Aukerman and artist Reilly Brown are here with a premise that’s just as good one from Kelly and McGuinness: Deadpool takes his “buddy” Spider-Man to visit the set of his movie.
Yes, that’s right, this latest issue of Spider-Man/Deadpool gets Meta, even more than usual for Deadpool. Luckily for us though, Deadpool and Spider-Man work well in this format, and Scott Aukerman’s script is pretty great when it comes to the one-liners about comic book films and the way major studios treat our favorite heroes. Deadpool and Spider-Man end up on the set of Deadpool’s movie thanks to tip from the “Salmon Stuntman”, a new costumed character who is helping Deadpool “with no strings attached”. Tagging along as “Associate Producer”, Spider-Man and Deadpool eventually piece together the Stuntman’s plan to replace Deadpool so he has creative control and save Deadpool’s movie.
One of the strongest aspects of this issue is Aukerman’s interactions between Spidey and Deadpool. From the opening moments with Spider-Man’s reaction to Deadpool setting off his Spider-Sense, to Spidey explaining to a film exec what exactly it is about Deadpool that his “fans” respond to, there’s a lot of really funny and clever gags peppered throughout the issue. While some of the jokes are little much, a lot of them are really great and stick the landing. With so many comic book films hitting these days, this script is really timely, especially with some of the jabs at the Distinguished Competition’s recent movie and at studios that don’t always respect the source material of the characters they are adapting.
Reilly Brown’s art isn’t going to make you forget about Ed McGuinness (or make you mistake it for his), but it’s certainly a great fit for this issue. Brown is able to nail the physical gags that Aukerman puts into this issue, and his character work for Deadpool, Spidey, and other characters are really spot on. If McGuinness ever left this book, I’d be a-ok with Brown taking over.
While it’s a bummer that this issue of Spider-Man/Deadpool doesn’t feature Joe Kelly and Ed McGuinness, Scott Aukerman and Reilly Brown are worthy replacements for the two. They compliment each other well, have a great sense of how the characters work., and even throw in some really funny jokes about current comic book movies. In fact, it might not be a bad idea for some studio execs to read this issue before they start working on their next comic book movie adaptation.
Jupiter’s Legacy Vol. 2 #1 (Image Comics)
The Mark Millarassaince arguably began with Jupiter’s Legacy, his Image miniseries about the children of Silver Age heroes with artist Frank Quitely. That series was a fantastic look into how young people look at their parents, and in turn how parents look at their children, albeit with some awesome super hero action. Unfortunately, for as good as Jupiter’s Legacy was, it was plagued by scheduling delays due to Quitely’s slow output. However, that’s not an issue now with Jupiter’s Legacy Vol. 2, which not only picks up where our story left off, but has been ensured by Millar and Quitely to an on-time release schedule.
Hutch and Chloe, alongside their son Jason, have started to assemble a team of super powered criminals to help them overthrow their former friends who just took over Washington. Recruitments have been going well, until Hutch and Chloe make it to Dubai, where one royal family has hired a superhuman bodyguard at a $100,000 per day rate. But surely they, and their son, can convince her to join them, right?
Mark Millar’s script is pretty damn awesome, and you can tell that he’s really excited to get back to this world. Millar gets right into the action, dropping us in on Chloe and Hutch’s recruitment tactics, as well as a nice throwback to the prequel series Jupiter’s Circle between Hutch and his father. While this issue does rely on having some knowledge of the events of the first volume of Jupiter’s Legacy, there’s a quick recap page to start off the issue that will give you the gist of what you need to know. But really, you should pick up Jupiter’s Legacy Vol. 1 before you read this, as it’ll give you necessary background info on all the characters.
Millar’s script gets off to a rollicking start, but it’s propelled into the stratosphere thanks to Frank Quitely’s artwork. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Quitely’s art (probably since volume 1 of Jupiter’s Legacy now that I think about it), and man, did I miss it. There are panels and layouts here that will blow you away, and remind you that Quitely is still one of the masters of modern comics.
If there’s one negative about Jupiter’s Legacy Vol. 2’s first issue, it’s that it’s definitely over way too soon. Thankfully though, we should be getting the next issue in a month’s time, so we won’t have to wait too long to see how Hutch and Chloe convince this new super powered being to join their cause. With Jupiter’s Legacy Vol. 2 Millar and Quitely are on the right track for a worthy follow-up to their original series, and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us.