Tuesday, January 01, 2008

The New Frontier

Darwyn Cooke's New Frontier is possibly the most beautiful comic to be published in the last decade. The book is a love letter to Silver Age DC comics, and to the era which spawned them. The art, which was honed from Cooke's years as an animator, is just gorgeous (especially in the Absolute Edition, my new precious) and the writing on every page shows the sheer joy that Cooke is having playing with these characters (ranging from mainstays like Superman to the obscure, such as King Faraday).

The plot isn't much, based as it is around an element from the War that Time Forgot. But this still allows Cooke to show these larger than life characters discovering themselves, even as the readers first did back in the late 50's and early 60's. This book is simply inspiring, and reaffirms everything that I fell in love with about comics in the first place.

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