Mark Millar and Frank Quitely’s new superhero epic gets a lot more interesting here as the world opens up and we get a much better look at the central characters, and at the conflicts that this book will explore.
The most obvious conflict here is the generational one. Chloe and Brandon are not what their parents wanted from them, and that’s a great source for conflict. The argument between Brandon and his dad, The Utopian was gripping stuff. The Chloe segments were also very intriguing. Not only did she OD, but she found out she’s pregnant, and who’s the father? Only the son of her father’s greatest villain. I really liked the introduction of Hutch, and it’s interesting to see a character who is not part of the Utopian’s extended family, who doesn’t have innate superpowers, but a ‘Power Rod’ that he uses to great effect.
Even better is the disagreements between Utopian and his brother, Walter. Utopian is an old-school superhero, who believes in non-intervention and maintaining the old order. Walter wants to change that, to use his superpowers to help the economy, to intervene in the lives of people. This is ground that has been covered in a lot of superhero stories, but since this is a wholly creator-owned universe, I reckon Millar can go a lot further with it.
Frank Quitely’s artwork is amazing as usual, it’s such a treat to look at his work. I really like the matter of fact way he’s depicting superpowers in this book, there’s nothing flashy, they just happen, people just levitate boats. This book is starting slowly, but now we know that there’s a war coming, Walter wants to take out the Utopian. Shit is going to go down, that’s for sure.