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DC: The New Frontier Vol. 1 Paperback – 25 Feb 2005

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (25 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840239395
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840239393
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 25.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,215,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"..Cooke's artwork bursts with brightness, velocity and charm." -- SFX Magazine April 2005 review by Nick Setchfield

"..writer/illustrator Dawyn Cooke pulls this off in style... which sets this collection up in a league of its own." -- February 2005 review by Steve Mikando

"It's simply, directly and beautifully told with an economy of both words and pictures that's incredibly effective." -- S.A Bennett – The February 27 issue, Comics Buyer's Guide (#1580)

'This is a truly handsome book in every sense of the word." -- February 2005

Cooke's smart examination of guilt and heroism never feels at odds with the gorgeous simplicity of his art. -- SFX, April 2005

About the Author

Darwyn Cooke is best known for his revision of Catwoman in such graphic novels as The Dark End of the Street and Selina's Big Score, and his work on Batman: Ego. He has also had an illustrious career in animation including three years on The Batman/Superman Adventures and designing the main title for Batman Beyond.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Bentley VINE VOICE on 28 Aug. 2006
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First of all, Darwyn Cooke's art is superb. He's of the same sort of school as Bruce Timm, who designed the excellent Batman animated series of the nineties, inspired by Jack Kirby and Fleischer Superman cartoons but with the rough edges knocked off. All the characters are distinct in face and build, do not resort to the usual superhero art cliches. The action scenes are dynamic as all get out and he always manages to imbue a scene with a feel. If you want a superhero story that looks fantastic, this is it.

Second of all, the story is superb. America in the 50s is an interesting time as it embodies a golden age for that nation (if only the caucasians), whilst showing a dark underbelly. The victors of World War 2 were embroiled in a cold war that brought out their darkest fears, even as they reached to the stars. Even as they enjoyed their riches, there was great racial tension. It was also a period where superhero titles were on the wane, due to Frederick Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent, in which he argued that superheroes were responsible for psychologically disturbing America's youth (not, as one might suspect, the fallout of the war and the intense paranoia directed towards communists?). The large number of titles available in the war years had dwindled back to Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman with a greater number of other genres, like war, horror and cowboy comics taking their place.

And Cooke captures this. A lot of the story in this volume features characters like the Challengers of the Unknown, the original Suicide Squad and Losers, as well as locales like Dinosaur Island. Indeed, the scenes on Dinosaur Island are a set piece dream that remind of the old Harryhausen flicks but with a greater realism and symbolism.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 3 Sept. 2013
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Darwyn Cooke imagines the DC heroes back in the Silver Age, the late 1950s and early 1960s, in the first of two volumes called DC: New Frontier. Cooke works in real life events into the superhero story such as the Korean war, Eisenhower, fears over the bomb and McCarthyism. And while the book generally works quite well on the whole, it feels like a lot of heroes are underused - maybe that's the intention - and as a result the book becomes less interesting as it goes on.

The characters who get the most focus are the old Suicide Squad (not the New 52 idiots currently cast in that awful title), a group of tough soldiers sent on suicide missions. The book opens strangely with some soldiers shipwrecked upon an island that contains dinosaurs, kind of like DC's version of the Savage Land, as they struggle to survive. It's never clear what the dinosaurs have to do with the rest of the book but it's still a great opening sequence that's exciting, fun and pretty darn tense too.

Other, more familiar characters appear - Bruce Wayne shows up at some fancy dinners playing the part of louche millionaire while his alter-ego Batman investigates a series of cult murders with John Jones, a human detective who is really the alien J'onn J'onzz the Martian Manhunter (one of MM's powers is shape-shifting). It's delightful seeing J'onn become John as he learns by watching pulpy crime serials on TV how to act human but comes off as a cheesy fictional character.

Batman meanwhile is in the early days of his career and people aren't sure what to make of him - is he a criminal or a hero? But he does terrify people, unfortunately both criminals and the public, making kids cry after he saves them!
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By T. R. Alexander TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Jan. 2008
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Set during the 1950s era, this book is a nice change of pace to the more modern comics I have been reading recently. Due to the prevailing culture of paranoia and suspicion during the early Cold War period, the heroes of the time have been force to retire, register with the government or go underground and become as hunted as those they face. Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman still do their best to protect the innocent but with new threats arising, a new generation of heroes are also coming to the fore, heroes such as Hal Jordan, the Flash and the Martian Manhunter.

This book was a joy to read with a great involving story and brilliantly retro art that suits the story perfectly. The era that the story is set is brought to life expertly and the plot is funny and enthralling throughout. I also like the brief appearance and origin of, what I assume to be the hero Steel in a rather dark and violent aside that is beautifully written and is probably my favourite part of the book. If the piece has a flaw it is that some of the characters are somewhat underused but that is only to be expected when you put all these iconic figures together. I will definitely be getting the second volume of this great series.
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