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Absolute DC: The New Frontier (DC: The New Frontier Absolute)

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Writer/illustrator Darwyn Cooke's critically acclaimed masterpiece DC: The New Frontier is celebrated in this oversized Absolute edition featuring new story pages, detailed annotations, alternate sequences and an extensive gallery of sketches, pinups, action figure art and much more!
In the 1950s, Cold War paranoia outlawed the Mystery Men of the Golden Age. Stalwarts suc
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Hardcover, 464 pages
Published October 4th 2006 by DC Comics
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Dan Schwent
Jul 15, 2016 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, 2016-comics
An alien menace threatens the earth in the late 1950's and it'll take every hero humanity has to stop it.

Confession time: While I'd heard of The New Frontier, I didn't pick it up until after Darwyn Cooke's death. Now that I've read it, I wish I'd picked it up sooner.

The New Frontier is the story of the transition of the DC universe from the Justice Society era through the 1950s to the formation of the Justice League. Pretty much every DC character from pre-1960 is in it. Unlike how things origin
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Matthew Quann
DC: The New Frontier was a comic that has long been on my to-read list, but for some reason always slipped out of my stack when I came around to the counter at the comic shop. The lads at the counter were surprised I hadn't read it, and with good reason. The late Darwin Cooke's miniseries is lauded as a modern retelling of the Gold to Silver Age transition that is filled to the brim with nostalgic punch. For a comic junkie like myself, it finally seemed like it was time to take the series down w ...more
Anthony
Nov 06, 2015 Anthony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this a few years ago, but it was digitally on my iPad. I was happy to see a new printing of the series in the deluxe format. It reads so much better in print. When I read it on my iPad, parts of it seemed to drag a little, but in print it flows much better. I think it's cause at times it can be a little dense with everything that's going on. But it is a good book that has a great take on the 50s/60s era. There's also some cool back matter, but this might have appeared in earlier editions ...more
Tristan
Jun 01, 2016 Tristan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“If we’re talking about mainstream comics, I think there have been a lot of real tactical errors made in this century. I can’t really read superhero comics anymore because they’re not about superheroes. They’ve become so dark and violent and sexualized. I think it’s a real wrong turn. I don’t know how a company like Warner Bros. or Disney is able to rationalize characters raping and murdering and taking drugs and swearing and carrying on the way they do, and those same characters are on sheet se ...more
Earnest Natividad
Dec 18, 2015 Earnest Natividad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc-comics
The New Frontier presents a refreshing and modern take on the superhero origin story. Darwyn Cooke foregoes the obvious route of updating the old stories by having them take place in the contemporary. The superheroes live in the World War Two and Cold War era, around the same time of the Golden Age of comics and when superheroes started appearing in comics. When thinking of modern interpretations, it has the connotations of somehow becoming darker, grittier (the lasting influence of Alan Moore). ...more
Blindzider
Jun 26, 2016 Blindzider rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
3.5 stars

This was a reread and I actually read the two TPBs together.

This was better the second time for me, the first read being a few years after this originally came out. I can see now the ambition of it: merging multiple characters that have never crossed before, fitting all of them into the early sixties fraught with the red scare. The story marks the time when superheroes existed but there was a backlash until a threat bigger than everyone appears, leading everyone to work together to comb
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Shane Perry
Feb 18, 2015 Shane Perry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had originally read this a few years ago as well as watching the animated film, but this new hardcover collection was too good to pass up. Darwyn Cooke does an excellent job of pulling everything from the various nooks and crannies of DC's Silver Age into an origin story that perfectly captures both the period and the superheroes involved. But the real star of this collection is Cooke's art. This just may be my favorite art for any comic I have ever read. The supplemental material in this ...more
Rocco Versaci
Sep 15, 2012 Rocco Versaci rated it it was amazing
Cooke is one of my favorite comic book artists; he's got a gorgeous retro style that perfectly captures the time period depicted in this book--the 1940s & 1950s. The story covers the "changing of the guard" as heroes of the JSA made way for those of the JLA. In this sweeping adventure, however, we see them all pull together to stop a force that threatens to destroy the world (well, what else would they join forces for?). Cooke's writing is every bit as sharp as his line.
Jared Gillins
Jul 26, 2015 Jared Gillins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, sci-fi, fantasy
The next time DC tries to decide what new direction to head in, they should remember how awesome New Frontier was and ask Darwyn Cooke for some advice.
Camilo
Aug 04, 2016 Camilo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5

Jon(athan) Nakapalau
By grounding the DC heroes in a particular time and place (1945-1960) we are able to look at the problems such heroes would have to deal with had they influenced America during this critical 15 year period.
Bruno Carriço
Perhaps i don't know enough about Golden and Silver Age characters to really care about this... most of the time i felt lost trying to understand who was who. Really like Cooke's drawings but some characters (to me) looked almost the same.
Non related but related, was this the book that inspired Batman Vs Superman? Seems that some of the plot lines are similar, and it looks like Justice League new movie will also borrow from this.
Nicolas Bateman
Feb 24, 2015 Nicolas Bateman rated it it was amazing
Cooke's masterpiece is, simply put, one of the best comics I have ever read... A transcendent study of 1950's America and the relevance of its heroes.
Matt Smith
The first time I read DC: The New Frontier, Vol. 1 and DC: The New Frontier, Vol. 2 I was in college and it was because everyone I was listening to at the time said that it was world-changing, one of the best comics ever written, certainly the best contemporary DC story. And I read it. I thought it was really pretty, but it didn't do what I wanted or expected it to do. I thought it was overhyped. I shelved it for basically ever, never recommended it to anyone (I would always point them to Identi ...more
Wing Kee
Aug 12, 2015 Wing Kee rated it it was amazing
A tour de force is world building.

I'm too young to remember the Golden Age and Silver Age of comics. When I started reading DC it was already in the Modern Age and I was already bogged down by the weight of 60+ years of canon. I know the history, I know how DC wanted to reinvent their Golden Age heroes for another generation, a reboot as it were, a freeing of their heroes from the constraints of canon. Well here is the accepted retcon of how the Silver Age came to be!

World: Darwyn Cooke's art is
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Alejandro Jose Vasquez
Superhero genre enthusiasts take it for granted that continuities often exist on a floating timeline, which is meant to explain why Superman isn't a wrinkly old man after fighting crime and evil for nearly eighty years. Though writers and companies can use this device to stop time from moving forward, it can't stop stories from doing so, meaning they have to reboot every once in a while to keep things from changing too much. The modern trend of increased realism in our comics also often results ...more
Nathaniel Wayne
Sep 20, 2016 Nathaniel Wayne rated it it was amazing
Comic book stories of this size that run for as long as this one did (I believe it was a full year) have a tendency to either be juggling too many balls to be completely coherent or they just loose steam about halfway through. Neither is the case here, and the careful weaving of many disparate elements into one glorious final product is simply astounding.

Set primarily in the 1960s, this tells the story of golden age heroes like Superman and Wonder Woman dealing with the turmoil and paranoia of t
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Brian
Apr 07, 2016 Brian rated it it was amazing
I could have read this book faster. I read the last 100 pages in a sitting. But I chose not to. I would read 10-20 pages at a time, let it sit a few days, before returning again. The art was so stunning that I wanted to linger on every panel, get lost in every cover.

I love the scope of this book, covering years and years, popping in on various characters for a few pages, we see the Martian Manhunter as a cop in Gotham City, we see Green Lantern returning from Korea with his pacifism barely in ta
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Erik
May 20, 2016 Erik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably the definitive story of the DC universe. It’s a simple enough story, centered around a threat that brings all the heroes together (with a heavier focus on the origins of Green Lantern and the Martian Manhunter). Cooke masterfully balances a giant cast around that central premise. Despite pulling in nearly every major player of DC’s 40s, 50s, and 60s, nothing ever feels forced. The brilliance really lies in how fresh and original he makes it all feel.

Cooke’s clean lines and retro style a
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Richard Guion
Jul 26, 2016 Richard Guion rated it it was amazing
I re-read the original issues which I bought when they were first published. This mini-series was an awesome tribute to the late 50s era of Dc Comics heroes. Cooke's artwork & storytelling is fantastic, but what takes this to another level is tying together the dawn of the Silver Age heroes with the US emerging from the shadows of McCarthyism. He also kept the timeline of the heroes intact - Batman, Superman, & Wonder Woman were around since WW2 - while the Flash / Green Lantern were ...more
Rick
Oct 28, 2007 Rick rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
DC created the Absolute line, slipcased, oversized hardback editions chock full of extras for their more recent "classics". Of the comics published over the last couple of years, perhaps no work is more worthy of this treatment than Darwyn Cooke's DC: The New Frontier. Not only does the collection reprint the entire fabulous mini-series in full color, it includes annotations from the author, original designs, storyboards, and much more. DC originally collected the series in two separate trade pa ...more
David J.
Jun 24, 2011 David J. rated it it was amazing
Forget that Ryan Reynolds nonsense, this is Hal Jordan! Writer/artist Darwyn Cooke has made an epic retro tale that consists of many classic DC comics characters (Superman, Batman, Flash, Wonder Woman) as well as some great lesser-knowns, putting Jordan right at the heart! Well-paced and beautifully rendered, this Absolute edition is THE only way to experience this story.
Candace Perry
Absolutely cannot say enough good about it. Even more wonderful than the animated movie. It was an interesting and wonderful take on the characters while still maintaining their integrity of character.
Randy Lander
$75, and worth every penny. That’s my short review of Absolute DC: The New Frontier, the oversized, hardcover collection of Darwyn Cooke’s superhero magnum opus set in the DC Universe as the ’50s give way to the ’60s and the human adventurers give way to the Silver Age superheroes. Cooke, an animator by trade, made a quiet impression on the comics fans with Batman: Ego, and a slightly bigger one when he joined Ed Brubaker to relaunch and redefine Catwoman. The New Frontier was by far his biggest ...more
Rob Usdin
Oct 22, 2016 Rob Usdin rated it liked it
Read this in two volumes on my iPad. The artwork is gorgeous and captures the time period so well. Storywise the throwback just didn't do it as much for me.
Adriana
A tapestry of DC characters comes together in a tale full of great human stories that are presented in gorgeously drawn art.
Jasmiina F
Oct 07, 2016 Jasmiina F rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I'm not even sure why I didn't like this one. I just had a hard time getting into the story.
Roberto Diaz
A beautiful fictional story about the dawn of a new era after the great wars of mid 20th century, and the wars waged inside america, and a message that still reaonates about the barriers we have to torn apart to continue growing, and the hope we have to fill or hearts on order to go thru them.
Brandt
Jun 05, 2016 Brandt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books
I was unfamiliar with the work of Darwyn Cooke until his untimely death last month, so I asked my friends who are way more into comics than I am which work of his I should read. They immediately pointed me to The New Frontier which is Cooke's re-imagining of the DC Universe in the 1950s. And I am happy to report that The New Frontier does not disappoint.

I think there is a trend in comics that started in the late 1980s and continues to this day to trend dark to be more realistic in the storytelli
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Darwyn Cooke was an Eisner Award winning comic book writer, artist, cartoonist and animator, best known for his work on the comic books Catwoman, DC: The New Frontier and Will Eisner's The Spirit.

In 1985, Cooke published his first comic book work as a professional artist in a short story in New Talent Showcase #19, but economic pressure made him leave the career and he worked in Canada as a magazi
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