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First look at Frank Quitely’s character designs for Jupiter’s Children

The Hollywood Reporter has debuted a first look at Frank Quitely’s character designs for Jupiter’s Children, a planned trilogy that writer Mark Millar hopes will be as epic as The Lord of the Rings or Star Wars.

Announced in January, the ambitious story centers on the offspring of superheroes who have essentially squandered their inheritance, failing to live of to the example set by their parents, who gained their powers in the 1920s after discovering a mysterious island.

“We have the last remains of these old-school heroes and their mainly vacuous children living in L.A., a massive disappointment to the first generation of super-people and just lost, no real direction in their lives beyond advertising gigs and opening night-clubs,” Millar tells the trade paper. “This is literally where we find everyone and then we go into the future, taking these guys on a journey like we’ve never seen in comics before.”

The writer offers character descriptions to accompany a gallery of Quitely’s designs, but he won’t reveal any of their names or powers. So we get a look at figures like “the lady in red,” “the eagle-crested super-heroine,” “the cool guy,” and “the duo,” whom readers will recognize from Quitely’s cover for the first issue, debuted in January on Comic Book Resources.

Check out Quitely’s designs below, and visit The Hollywood Reporter to read Millar’s comments about each of the characters. Originally planned for a September 2012 debut, Jupiter’s Children is now targeted for spring 2013.

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Oh god, I’m actually drooling!

Yes please! I wonder why though they just don’t release it as a trilogy of OGNs. That way they can solicit each volume when they are done.

so wait… LOTR takes its inspiration from celtic mythology and folklore; Star Wars from Joseph Campbell and classic SF serials. And Jupiter’s Children takes its from… the Kardashians?

Probably not fair (but kinda in the Millar wheelhouse). And FQ’s designs look nice. I’m onboard for at least the start.

Finally! What the comics industry has been waiting for — more books about super heroes?

Mark Millar AND Frank Quitely on one project?

I guess this will be coming out annually then, if we’re lucky.

Hah, annually if we’re damn lucky :D But even as an old man I would be a fool not to buy this in hardcover. I love Quitely’s art.

Thats it, I’m getting it.

looks good……

I can’t wait! Nemesis, Super Crooks, Kick Ass, and Superior were brilliant.

“Finally! What the comics industry has been waiting for — more books about super heroes?”

Erm, no… More GOOD books about super heroes! ;)

Looks good! It has been a looooooong time since Millar and Quitely worked together (am I correct that it’s been since their Authority run?) so this is an exciting re-pairing of talent. Count me in.

So which one is the cool guy? The one with the hoodie or the douche smoking a cigarette and holding what looks suspiciously like a sex toy?

“We have the last remains of these old-school heroes and their mainly vacuous children living in L.A., a massive disappointment to the first generation of super-people and just lost, no real direction in their lives beyond advertising gigs and opening night-clubs”

Didn’t I read something terribly similar to this in Kingdom Come?

It’s already the most epic thing in the world… In Millar’s childlike mind. In reality, it will suffer from delays and his short attention span if it doesn’t sell as well as his mommy told him it would. His modest opinion of his talent is a plus too.

All good except for the vaguely S&Mish female in red. I can’t help but imagine Millar writing this character in the most obvious way, ie a boorish, foul-mouthed broad, but not in an ironic way

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