DC: The New Frontier — Absolute Edition

November 20, 2006 | Trades


DC: The New Frontier — Absolute Edition
Darwyn Cooke
DC Comics
$100/$75 US (Hardcover)
**** 1/2 (out of five)

DC: The New Frontier was a labour of love for writer/illustrator Darwyn Cooke and one look through this well-deserved Absolute Edition proves it.
Cooke, born and raised in Toronto and now living in Nova Scotia, takes more than 400 pages to tell a sprawling tale that spans 1945-60 and bridges comics’ Golden Age with its Silver Age.
Painstakingly nuanced and featuring darned near every DC character (and their vehicles/ pets/sidekicks/etc.) from the era, The New Frontier is an epic crossover story that rivals or bests any “crisis” or “war” book around. It is also features a terrific integration of political and social history of the times.
It’s no wonder the original series won Cooke both an Eisner Award (comic books’ top honour) and a Joe Shuster Award as Canada’s most outstanding cartoonist.
The New Frontier will also be featured as a direct-to-DVD animated movie available next year.
As good as the original series is, DC takes it up a notch with this stunning Absolute, which features new story pages, Cooke’s fascinating page-by-page annotations, sketches and extras galore — all in a slipcase featuring an original image by the creator.

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