11 major differences from comics
Netflix Jupiter’s legacy continues the tradition of many recent comic book adaptations by altering some details of the original story. Fans of the original 2013 comic book written by Mark Millar and drawn by Frank Quitely might be surprised at how big some of the major differences in the series are.
Like with The boys, some of the changes from the comics are for the better while others are open to debate. Overall, there are many alterations to the source material, both substantial and subtle. All of the differences lead to narrative consequences that will continue to propel the adaptation of the original comic even further.
11 The island
The history of superheroes in the world of Jupiter’s legacy begins with the discovery of a mysterious island in the 1920s by a team of explorers. One of the biggest changes in coping is how they get there. In the comics, Sheldon Sampson is drawn to the island by unexplained and unseen visions. In the series, it is the specter of his late father.
Another detail is why Grace is one of the explorers. In the comics, she’s an entrepreneur, but in the series, she’s a journalist. The undiscovered tropical island certainly bears similarities to Skull Island from the King Kong myth.
ten The origin of the superpowers
In the comics, the origin of the superpowers explorers are given is alien. On the island, explorers meet aliens, large, green and mysterious in nature. In the series, it’s much less clear.
Aliens do not appear as such, although the characters do encounter people who could be aliens in disguise. The exact origins of the superpowers are left open to interpretation, in a marked difference from other similar superhero origin stories with heroes from alien cultures, like Omni-Man from Invincible.
9 Chloe costume
The basic story of Jupiter’s legacy relies heavily on the generational conflict between the original group of heroes and their children. Chole is Sheldon’s daughter and very adrift in her life. Her costume in the series has a very fashionable 80s vibe, which belies her much more causal and downbeat outfit in the comics.
As Sheldon and the other Explorers formed The Union (a tribute of sorts to the Justice League, much like Squadron Supreme and other superhero teams), Chloe and many other Children of the Heroes struggled to find their way in the shadow of their parents. .
8 Blackstar Clone
In the comics, the supervillain Blackstar is a very minor part of the story. He’s really just there to give The Utopian someone to beat. In the series, he plays a much bigger role in the narrative. A new item introduced for the Netflix series is the Blackstar clone.
After being taken into custody, a clone is made up of the mighty villain and he becomes the centerpiece of a complex mystery that is not fully resolved at the end of the season. The clone attempts to kill The Utopian but is stopped by his son, Brandon.
7 The code
In comics and in the show, a characteristic aspect of the world of Jupiter’s legacy is the Code. Utopia has established a set of rules that Union members must follow, the most important of which is that no superheroes will kill anyone.
While this is a big part of the comics, it’s mostly a substantive detail in the original four-issue miniseries. The real ramifications of this edict are not explored in detail in the comics, left mostly to the imagination with a huge time jump into the future at the very end of the book.
6 Brandon is a hero
Another major change from the comics concerns the character of Brandon Samson, the son of Sheldon. In the comics, Brandon isn’t a hero at all but a bitter man who feels he can’t live up to his father’s mythical expectations. This ultimately leads him to kill Sheldon in the comics. This doesn’t happen on the show at all.
Instead, Brandon is much more of a heroic figure. He fights the Blackstar clone and saves his father’s life. It’s more in keeping with the antagonistic father-son relationship between Invincible and Omni-Man than the original comic.
5 Grace does not die
Another big change concerns Brandon’s mother, Grace Sampson. In the comics, she is killed along with The Utopian by other superheroes. She is the victim of a vicious attack from Brainwave, the treacherous member of The Union, who uses her power to make it appear that she is winning the fight when she is not.
On the show, she is not killed. While Brainwave remains the primary threat to the team and the world, Grace’s story will play out very differently in the Netflix series.
4 Lady Liberty’s role
A big factor in changing Grace’s story is her more developed role on the Netflix show. In the comics, she falls victim to the young superheroes’ revolt against The Code and The Union. In the series, they like it.
Her take on the Code and the way her husband handles things changes after witnessing the violent deaths of some young superheroes. This repositions her from a target to a potential ally of Brainwave and the other conspirators, depending on how the story unfolds in a potential Season Two.
One significant change in the series from the comics is the mystery of what happened to Skyfox, an original member of the Union. In the comics, he left the team in the 1960s after his girlfriend left him for his teammate Brainwave, who ultimately betrayed the team. On the show, Skyfox could also be a traitor.
He is apparently revealed as the person behind the creation of the Blackstar clone or it seems to be the case at first. Brainwave creates the mental image of Skyfox in Blackstar’s mind to implicate him but is secretly the real culprit. Skyfox eventually returns in the comics, but it remains a complete mystery in the series.
2 Hutch’s role
Hutch is Skyfox’s son and in the series tries to set up a technological device to help him find his missing father. It is an invention for the series. Hutch in the comics was also a tech wizard, but he didn’t invent such a device.
Another big change for him concerns Chloe. In the comics the two have a child together, but in the series their relationship isn’t as developed and she doesn’t get pregnant with their son, who in the comics would also become a superhero.
1 Flare’s retreat
Flare is the Union’s equivalent of The Flash, capable of superspeed. In the comics, Flare leaves the Union in disgrace after revealing he was having an affair. The show completely changes that by having him retire due to injury.
Unable to contribute as he did before, he quits his role and his daughter becomes Flare. Another change for the character is that he’s portrayed as African American in the series, but was white in the original comics.
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