Mark Millar and Frank Quitely's Image Comics book Jupiter's children has been pushed back from September to Spring, which is actually quicker than people expect from the habitually late duo.
Source: Bleeding Cool
Jupiter's Children, a new book from Image Comics by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely was original supposed to be published in September. However, in the latest issue of Supercrooks, a preview of the book listed it as being published next Spring.
For many creators, moving a book back two seasons would be considered a delay, but for Millar and Quitely, who are notoriously late, the updated schedule is actually an accomplishment.
"We worked really hard to make sure this book was only delayed six months," said Quitely in comments of questionable origin. "Mark and I are really proud of this accomplishment."
"We're expecting readers to reward our diligent effort with piles and piles of cash," said Millar, "if they expect us to continue to produce comics at such a heightened pace."
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 and Quitely hope to further illustrate their points about greed and commercialism by selling the movie rights for the comic to a large Hollywood movie studio for oodles of cash and their statements about apathy and laziness by putting out an issue of the comic roughly once every six months. It's a bold artistic strategy, but one that just might work.
Look for Jupiter's Children in stores in Spring 2013, or maybe 2014. You know, whenever.
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