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

4.4 of 5 stars 4.40  ·  rating details  ·  2,771 ratings  ·  53 reviews
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 such ...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published October 4th 2006 by DC Comics
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Rocco Versaci
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.
Magic Mike
I am so sick of reading the origins of all of these DC characters over and over again and yet I LOVE this retelling of the origin of the Justice League! This is pure comic brilliance. Every character is handled perfectly and the epicness of the forming of the Justice League has never been so strong! The artwork by Darwyn Cook is perfect. In fact there are no flaws here.

This is also much better than the animated adaptation. Read this instead of watching the movie!
David J.
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.
New Frontier is a clever retelling of the Justice League and many supporting characters from the Golden Age of Comics(who have since been forgotten) woven into one story. Set in the McCarthy era, superheroes are forced to register with the United States government or act as fugitives. Superman and Wonder Woman grapple with the ethics of being government agents, Batman and Flash are hunted by the CIA, and we witness the origins of Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter. The conclusion ushers in the ...more
Darrell Reimer
My recent read of Darwyn Cooke’s The Hunter left me wanting more — a lot more — so I skipped over to Amazon and scrolled through his back catalog with DC Comics. Cooke is apparently one of the visionaries who has shaped the animated Batman series, as well as other DC franchises that have crossed over to television, including The Justice League of America. The JLA has never appealed to me — “action team” comics strike me as being especially superficial, in a medium that’s had trouble plumbing emo ...more
Dana R.
I have been reading comics for as long as I can remember, and this is by far my favorite graphic novel of all time. Darwyn Cooke excels at art as well as writing - I didn't read the series as it came out for some reason that I can't recall now, and the Absolute Edition was my first introduction to it. My general love for DC and the Justice League in particular, as well as the fantastic art, were enough to lure me into spending $75 dollars on the fancy edition of it, and I have never spent money ...more
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
Aug 14, 2007 Alger rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 14+
The beauty of the story lies in its skillful tackling of a topic that has been brought up many times before: in the film "The Incredibles", in "The Watchmen" and "Kingdom Come", and more recently in Marvel's "Civil War" event, that being whether vigilantism is commendable or deplorable. Unlike the latter three cases, this take is as a little less apocalyptic and more historical. In "New Frontier", the old school Golden Age heroes of the DC panoply are struck down by the awesome and terrible forc ...more
One of the best graphic novels to come along in years. This book takes DC's heroes back to their 50's and 60's roots in style! Costumed vigilantes are outlawed by HUAC except for two, Superman and Wonderwoman ansd few others, who are given licenses so long as they do what their govenment masters tell them. New Frontier tells the story of the heroes' struggle to contribute in a society unsure how to deal with those with abilities far beyond those of mortal men. Many story lines weave to a fantast ...more
Darwyn Cooke re-imagines the origins of the Justice League in the 1950s, with an enthralling storyline and gorgeous art. The result: a masterpiece.

Cooke does the call to the past so well, and brings a fresh, new take on the transition from the Golden Age to the Silver Age of comics. His art is stunning, and perfectly suited to the tale.
John Wiswell
Dec 18, 2007 John Wiswell rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Comics fans, history readers, art history readers
Embracing the lore of comics to tell a nostalgic story on par with Kingdom Come and Marvels. The art is very simple and blocky, all in tribute to the style of the pioneering superhero comics artists, but with several genius allusions to American art that art history fans are sure to recognize and appreciate. Darwyn Cooke weaves the origins of superheroes through real world history, weaving Wonder Woman and Richard Nixon, Muhammad Ali and Wildcat, Green Lantern and the Korean War, Martian Manhunt ...more
Nov 20, 2007 Dan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2007, comics
This was a beautiful series written and drawn by Darwyn Cooke. It links that strange limbo time in DC Comic from post-war (when spandex heroes were losing popularity and "real" people were comics stars) to the dawning of the Silver Age (the last page is a clear homage to the first mission of the Justice League of America). Cooke manages to link together characters and events that in the 50's would never have been NEAR each other (case in point - Hal Jordan, pre-Green Lantern, working with The Ch ...more
When I think of the Heart and Blood of the DC Universe I think of this story. It perfectly captures the classic interpretation of these iconic characters in their most pure form. It's also pretty damn amazing to see Wonder Woman drawn taller than Superman (because she would be right? She's a freakin' Amazon!)

I love period pieces for superhero stories, there is something about the genre that just comes to life when it set in the 40s or 50s. Darwyn Cooke's storycraft is always a joy as he understa
This is probably my favorite comic as of right now. This was a four part prestige comic that I did not pick up until it was in trade which I then bought the Absolute Edition for all of the added material.

This is set in the bronze age of comics with the beginnings of the flash, green lantern and others. The art is in the cartoon style that some saturday morning shows mimic, but is done in a very clean and detailed way.

If you can get this, I would say try to get the Absolute edition as it is in
Aug 10, 2007 Jason rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people with room on their bookshelf
The story is just fine. Darwyn Cooke's artwork is as fantastic as it's always been and the story, although clunky in some places, is filled with enough action, adventure, romance, and laughs to fill you with that Golden Age Awe. The content is good for four stars.

But this book gets five stars because of the packaging. The Absolute format was MADE for this book. Several times I've found myself taking this book off the shelf and just lazily flipping through it, finding inspiration in the gorgeous
Matthew Petersen
An absolutely amazing story.
Cooke's art is visually amazing.
The story takes us through the silver age of DC comics and follows Hal Jordan through his experiences up to becoming a Green Lantern.
Jeral Rivarola
The New Frontier es una obra maestra. La trama no es complicada pero ni falta le hace. Darwyn Cooke repasa los orígenes del universo DC desde una perspectiva más actual. Profundiza en las motivaciones de los personajes y los hace muy humanos poniéndolos en conflicto con la realidad política del momento. Aún así, hay lugar para la psicodelia característica de vieja DC. Cooke maneja la narrativa visual como pocos, con poco hace mucho y encima está ayudado por el extraordinario color de Dave Stewar ...more
Oct 28, 2007 Rick rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
In many ways comparable to those superhero retellings illustrated by Alex Ross. This is so much more fun though, thanks to the gorgeous retro art. The story is enjoyable enough, with quite some historic details folded in. My main gripe would be the overly large cast of characters. They get introduced at such a pace that its hard to keep track of them all, particularly if you're not incredibly well versed in the DC universe, like myself.
Dean Olson
I read the first paperback and have seen the movie but for some reason I never finished the end of it.

Then I picked up the Absolute. My god this was amazing. I think it didn't connect to me the first time cause of my limited understand of the DC Mythos. But now I know who most of the characters are. This is the optimistic beginning side of the coin to the depressing end of a era that is Kingdom Come.

Highly recommended.
Steve Magay
Watched the movie animation first, now read the book. Should have read it first I think, now the book is not as enjoyable as the movie. There's not much difference like the whole story and the illustration except for minor details. The 'Centre' is the only flaw in the movie and in the book, there's not much threat to it. But we got to give it to the book for inspiring the movie with it's great story, so I'm giving this three stars.
The "Absolute" edition of this blows the other version I read out of the water. Cooke's artwork looks awesome blown up and his storytelling is good. This edition also has some extras like the "Annotations" and "Afterword" where the extra explanations of how the story came to be makes the graphic novel more understandable. I especially liked the the "Afterword," so if you read this edition, be sure not to skip it.
I have a great love for Darwyn Cooke's storytelling of the Silver Age. The art and writing are on point!!! This story takes place shortly after the Korean War. One of the best things about this story is that the main focus is not on Superman or Batman, but rather Green Lantern(Hal Jordan) and the Flash(Barry Allen). One of my favorite aspects is the story of Steel, a black super-hero in the south.
Melissa Mcavoy
Pure unadulterated pleasure for anyone with affection for vintage superhero comics or the square jawed charms of the late 50's early 60's. The art and layout are flat out gorgeous and often witty. It is truly the mother of all superhero tales. There are substantial efforts to address issues of sexism and racism, but with the exception of a John Henry character, this is still a white man's world.
Chris  Chua
Like Darwyn Cooke's artwork, the story is bright, bold and colorful. Great throwback to the silver age of comics when heroes were larger than life and the stories were pulpy and gripping. The hardcover edition is thick, heavy but GORGEOUS.
I loved this book - classic silver-age super-hero stylings with a modern twist, all held together with Darwyn Cooke's art which looks fantastic in the larger size.

The ONLY thing I would change would be to do a new printing with the stories from the one-shot done a few years later. Still, it's a great book well worth the extra cost of the larger edition.
I had hesitated to pick this up as, at first, I found the artwork over-simplistic.
The artwork is fantastic! I may not have understood all the inside references, but the story was a good read.

oh, and if you've only seen the animated adaptation of this, do yourself an imense favor and read this book, you won't regret it.
Rolando Gallegos
The Silver Age of comic books had style and energy that infused old characters with new life. NF captures that energy and bursts through any preconceived notion of being just a comic book. It;s got an art style that makes each page alive. The story is balls out action with some little chances to catch your breath....and that's a great thing.
Aaron Pinsley
I'd recommend this to anyone who has even a passing interest in comic art, it deftly weaves the mythology of the DC universe with the tumultuous history of the 1960's, producing the best comic since Watchmen.
A beautiful, enlarged edition of the combined issues of the miniseries that chronicles iconic DC heroes from late in WW II through the McCarthy era to just before the dawn of the 60's. I really enjoyed the essays and sketches that accompany the story.
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Darwyn Cooke (b. 1962, Toronto, Canada) is 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 wo
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