This post originally appeared on Panels, which is now Book Riot Comics
This post may contain minor spoilers for Jupiter Ascending.
Not only did I see Jupiter Ascending in theaters, but I bought it — and now have seen it a total of five times. There will be more. So it’s fair to say that I’ve spent some time thinking about the characters, and not just to decide their best lines from the movie. Lately, these thoughts have tended in the “What comics would I give them?” direction.
Jupiter Jones: She-Hulk Vol. 1: Law and Disorder, Charles Soule, Javier Pulido, and Ron Wemberly
Caine Wise: Lazarus Vol. 1, Greg Rucka, Santiago Arcas, and Michael Lark
Poor Caine! Sure, things are working out for him by the end of the film, but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s a bioengineered part-albino part-wolf killing machine, which is a lot to saddle on anyone. And now his girlfriend is the Queen of the Earth!? What’s a hybrid soldier to do? Read some Lazarus, is my vote. Because if anyone shares those frustrations about crazy family, troubled origins, and the fight to make your own choices and not be a pawn of the system, it’s Forever Carlyle.
Stinger Apini: The Bees, Laline Paull
This is not a comic; I know you guys, I. Know. HOWEVER, it could not be more perfect for Stinger to read. After all, he is part bee! (FOR SERIOUS.) And I don’t know if you’ve noticed but bees are seriously under-represented as protagonists in literature. Enter The Bees, which takes place entirely in a hive, features a corrupt political system and a scrappy heroine, and is about the workers and unjust class divisions. It’s like it was written with Stinger in mind!
Balem Abrasax: Secret Six Vol. 1: Villains United, Gail Simone, Dan Eaglesham, and Brad Walker
Titus Abrasax: Casanova Vol. 1: Luxuria, Matt Fraction and Gabriel Ba
Casanova is my go-to comic of choice for depraved, sex-obsessed, family-dysfunctional villains, because OBVIOUSLY. Titus is a guy who has zero-G orgies and tries to marry his reincarnated mom, for crying out loud. And Casanova is about a parallel-dimension-hopping black sheep from a global super-espionage dynasty. Who has a lot of weird sex. And there are many guns. I don’t think Titus would ever get his hands as dirty as Casanova Quinn does, but I do think he’d enjoy reading about it.
Kalique Abrasax: Rat Queens Vol. 1: Sass and Sorcery, Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch
Kalique, oh, Kalique. Such a minor player at first glance, and yet let’s remember that at the end she is the only other Abrasax left standing, which means she has now inherited and has control over everything BUT the Earth. Not too shabby for a day’s work, eh? And all she had to do was not try to marry and/or murder her reincarnated mother. While I think she might be a more sidelines player than the Rat Queens, I think she would deeply enjoy their hijinks, both at home and abroad.
Captain Diomika Tsing: Southern Cross, Becky Cloonan and Andy Belanger
A war veteran, a pragmatic leader, and a firm sense of purpose and justice — that is our good Captain Tsing. You can just see her rolling her eyes, and then rolling up her sleeves, at the Abrasax antics. For her, I recommend Southern Cross. It’s about a ship having adventures by way of corporate shenanigans in space, yes, but it’s a completely different kind of adventure. Less gun battles and more possible possessions and poisonings!