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DC: The New Frontier Paperback – June 28, 2016
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“Composed from equal parts affection and ambition, Darwyn Cooke’s DC: THE NEW FRONTIER looks back to the Silver Age of DC comic-book heroes, finding in them all the elements needed for a commentary on post-war America. Using a classic style, Cooke creates a classic of his own.”
— A.V. Club/The Onion
“Mr. Cooke’s drawings are striking, and his plot makes good use of DC’s diverse characters.”
— The New York Times
“You need to drop what you’re doing and go read NEW FRONTIER. Now.”
“Cooke has stirringly laid out a promising new path for the superhero genre.”
— Publishers Weekly
“DC: THE NEW FRONTIER blew me away.”
— Scripps Howard News Service
About the Author
Darwyn Cooke is an Eisner Award-winning cartoonist and animator. After spending several years as a magazine art director and graphic designer, Cooke switched careers and began working in animation, where he contributed to such shows as Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series and Men In Black: The Series. From there, DC Comics approached Cooke to write and illustrate a project that the artist had submitted to the company years earlier: BATMAN: EGO. The critical success of the title led to more freelance work, including the relaunch of the CATWOMAN series with writer Ed Brubaker (which inspired Cooke to write and draw the graphic novel CATWOMAN: SELINA'S BIG SCORE).
Cooke then spent several years writing and drawing the ambitious epic THE NEW FRONTIER, a six-issue miniseries bridging the gap between the end of the Golden Age of comics and the beginnings of the Silver Age. He is the writer/artist of BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN and co-writer of BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE. Currently he is working on a series of best-selling graphic novel adaptations of Richard Stark's hard-boiled Parker crime series.
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The Story: I LOVED how Darwyn Cooke decided to structure his story in having events happen in the story in the same year as they happened in real life. For example, in the story Barry Allen is struck by lightning and becomes the Flash in 1956, the year in real life that that character debuted marking the dawn of the Silver Age. I thought the span of the story going from WWII to 1960 when the Justice League forms gave the story an epic scope that few comics can match. I have to admit that I would have never guessed at the beginning of the story how important the setting was to the overall plot! There were many interesting characters throughout the whole book. My only gripe about the story is that I feel they underutilized Superman toward the end just so they could shine light on the other Leaguers, and certainly Flash and Jordan were super cool in this story, but I wasn't happy that Supes was taken out so easily! I was also super disappointed that Aquaman wasn't really used at all. He's in this book, but I would have liked to see him summon a host of aquatic creatures to help take on the Centre. He's more so relegated to C lister in this book and that just doesn't do it for me as he's one of my favorite heroes and certainly one of DC's A listers. It was cool to see Cooke's rendition of Wonder Woman and judging by his large splash pages, double page spreads, and the story itself, it looks as though Wonder Woman might have been Cooke's favorite character. I think he once said that he enjoyed designing WW more than any other character. This story has some subplots like that of John Henry Irons which I thought was good, but sad. I really felt the suspense and drama building as the whole world of heroes prepared to face the Centre, and the final battle was pretty cool, but I would have liked to see it come down to the original seven taking on the Centre to save the world. After reading the finale, of coarse, you realize why Cooke didn't go with that. There are some parts toward the end of the story where I was asking myself where the heck is so and so? What are they doing right now? It's almost like Cooke forgot some characters existed in the story.
The Art: Cooke's art is one of a kind. NO ONE else's art is anything like it, so that's gotta be a nice feather in the cap for legacy and all. The only other person in today's age who's art style comes close is Bruce Timm's. Both of these guys worked as artists on the DCAU. Cooke's art is iconic and perfectly reflects the tone and atmosphere of the time (mid 40's to 1960). He has some great character designs and I LOVE the colors in this book. It's VERY vibrant and lively and really is a masterwork of true comic art!
Overall: I enjoyed this. I've heard many people refer to this as the greatest Justice League story EVER, which is kinda weird because the Justice League only officially comes together in the epilogue. Perhaps, however, this is one of DC's greatest stories about their iconic characters and how they met, their relationships, and how they came together to form the greatest team in all of fiction! This book has more extras in the back than any other collected edition of any comic I've got. I think it has all the supplemental material from the Absolute Edition, and it has a good bit about the animated adaptation. The story is considered a classic (even though it's not that old) and I'm kinda surprised the price of this isn't higher considering that Darwyn Cooke died several months before me typing this. I'd say get this while you can get it relatively cheap. Try and get it for less than $50 if you can. It's a nice piece about a simpler time with a lighter tone among all the dark and gritty DC stories that most fans know about. To quote Batman from "Justice League"....you showed me that justice doesn't always have to come from the dark. Or something like that. Yes! Definitely get this! It'll be a great addition to any comic collection!
Here's why I recommend the story itself...it is beautifully illustrated. One of the most visually pleasing comics I've ever read (and that's saying a lot). I thought of Darwyn Cooke as sort of a stylistic hybrid of Bruce Timm, Tim Sale and maybe some Jeff Smith thrown in there. While I think that's still true, he really won me over as a fantastic artist in his own right after reading NEW FRONTIER. There are breathtaking splash pages throughout that simply must be seen.
So, why a four star review instead of five? I was disappointed by the consistent "PG-13" language throughout what is otherwise a fantastic all-ages story. It seemed particularly out of place given that this story is obviously an homage to a simpler and more heroic age of storytelling.
it contains both volumes of the new frontier, now all you need to do is get the bluray of the movie and you are set.
the price was very good, and the quality of the material used seems adequate. a must buy for fans of cooke, DC, or good stories!