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DC: The New Frontier, Vol. 2 (DC: The New Frontier #2)

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Written by Darwyn Cooke Art and cover by Cooke Darwyn Cooke's epic chronicle of DC's Silver Age concludes in this volume collecting issues #4-6 of the miniseries! It's a mystery in space as Superman, the Suicide Squad, and the Challengers of the Unknown encounter a frightening extraterrestrial lifeform! This volume also features sketchbook material by Cooke!
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by DC Comics (first published 2004)
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Dec 18, 2014 Anne rated it really liked it
If you get a chance to read both of these volumes at once, I think it might make for a better reading experience.
DC: The New Frontier, Vol. 1 doesn't really go anywhere story-wise, and a lot of the characters are forgettable to most comic book readers.
Fans of the Silver Age would probably be the exception...or so Joseph tells me.
But even without an amazing plot, the art is just...lovely.


Ok, in Volume 2 you see how everything is sort of pulling together into a cohesive storyline. Is it an incred
Mar 10, 2014 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
After reading the first volume of New Frontier, I was frustrated with the lack of story progression. The first half read like a lot of random things happening around the same time, with no real sense of why or even if it was all connected. The second volume is an improvement in that regard, with an actual, discernible storyline. That said, the alien intelligence with poorly defined motives doesn't make for the most compelling threat. But the threat is really beside the point, isn't it? It's abou ...more
Sam Quixote
Sep 11, 2013 Sam Quixote rated it liked it
The second and final volume in Darwyn Cooke's reimagining of DC's superheroes set against an early 1960s background is about as fairly dull as the first one was. I criticised a lack of plot in the first volume whereas we get one in this book, but it's still not a very good one. Basically an unstoppable giant alien headed towards America (of course) must be stopped - enter the group who will become known as the Justice League!

It's a plot of sorts but rather than complain about the arbitrariness o
Nessie McInness
Nov 24, 2013 Nessie McInness rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, dc-comics
Three words: Aquaman saving Superman. Even if the rest of the book was bad (which it wasn't!) it would be enough just for that moment. I'm a big Aquaman fan, and I think all the hate he gets is uncalled for. So this was a kick ass thing to witness (as was the volume 1 of the New 52 Aquaman. Thank you Geoff Johns).

Other than that, this was brilliant. Better than the first one, definitely, but you can tell Mr Cooke was building up to this. Again, I've watched the animated film before I read the bo
Apr 11, 2008 Christopher rated it it was amazing
For all the raves I had heard about this series, I expected good things from it. I did not expect that it would make me cry. I finished it while on the metro, closing it up and realized that my eyes were all misty and wet. This book was something magical in a way-paying homage, respect, and true love to the superheroes of old-those without all the angst and murky gray morals that can dance a fine line between dazzling and annoying. New Frontier was as Darwyn Cooke said in his afterword, (paraphr ...more
Jul 18, 2011 Nicholas rated it it was amazing
What can I say that I haven't already? Comic books just don't get much better than this. From a completely biased point of view, I wish Superman played a bigger role in all of this, but I completely agree with Cooke's focus on Hal Jordan. Jordan is in many ways a Silver Age transitionary figure. A daredevil pilot turned superhero practically begs to be identified with the 50s and 60s and the themes of space exploration, the science fiction of the period, and the hope and optimism mixed in with t ...more
Jan 10, 2013 Gavin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
I loved this book, the conclusion of New Frontier. The style, the feel, the personalities, and the way everyone interacts, all against a backdrop of McCarthyism Superhero hunts/Korean War/Cold War/Space Race, etc. This book strongly features Hal Jordan and John Jones, but also includes the rest of the JLA Classic lineup (Supes, WW, Bats, Green Arrow and Aquaman). The emotional investment that Cooke was able to get me to make in the storyline was amazing to me that I cared this much. Final Crisis ...more
Sean Kennedy
Apr 19, 2013 Sean Kennedy rated it it was amazing
The New Frontier closes with the formation of the Justice League, while the Cold War goes into full swing. These books are a visual delight - every page could be framed, especially when the characters are given a moment in the spotlight. One in particular has Superman rescuing a wounded Wonder Woman after she crashes her invisible jet, and is echoed later on as Aquaman emerges from the sea carrying a wounded Superman.

The storyline isn't as jumbled in this volume, so it gets full marks. If I was
Mar 03, 2014 Peter rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
This is Darwyn cooke's re imagining of the silver age dc universe with a lovecraftian enemy.

And this is considered a classic. But I think I'm not well enough versed in the dc universe to get who all these characters were, and how they are related. so I think I missed a lot of the story. I also had the feeling that part one did not really have a story, but that it were just some anecdotes and scenes to show as much dc characters off as possible.

Things that save this book for me are Cooke's drawi
Barnaby Haszard Morris
I want to understand why superheroes are so important, and so loved, by so many people, when they have never moved me more than a notch or two above indifference. I want to know what they offer that is so much more appealing than regular humans, who never cease to amaze me, or to sate my thirst for heroic stories.

The New Frontier gave me a good insight into all that. So many superheroes -- all of them motivated by perfect goodness and faith in humanity, however dark their back stories -- are nec
Aug 01, 2008 Travis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
The grand finale to one of the best comic stories of the last couple years. A brilliant blend of cold war history and silver age comics. The heroes are big and bold, while at the same time feeling very real.

An epic comic battle with lots of nice human touches and beautiful art.
Stewart Tame
Aug 28, 2015 Stewart Tame rated it really liked it
A very satisfying ending to a great story. This is a love letter to the great DC heroes of the early sixties. Grim and gritty? Who needs it! Hope and primary colors and justice are alive and well, thank you very much. There are so many great moments in this: Superman's speech to rally the troops, Will Magnus and the professor from Challengers of the Unknown realizing the solution simultaneously, Dr. Fate and everybody on the Moon, the assembled heroes getting their first look at Aquaman ... It's ...more
Jonathan Briggs
Apr 19, 2012 Jonathan Briggs rated it really liked it
Sure, there are better superhero books out there, but there aren’t many as much fun as Darwyn Cooke’s "New Frontier." I generally frown on this kind of rewriting of comix history. It muddles continuity and inspires lesser writers to try to explain things in neverending crossover "events" that serve only to muck things up further. But Cooke does a really lovely job in this concluding volume celebrating the optimism and adventure of DC's Silver Age. Over the past few decades, superheroes have gott ...more
Apr 06, 2013 Noah rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic
Darwyn Cooke is a master of the nostalgic comic book. The type of 1950s throwback that manages to take the ideals of the three-colored yarns of yesteryear and modernize them for today's stone-faced, post-The Dark Knight Returns comic book fans. The New Frontier is Cooke's opus, a tale of the emergence of the DC Universe's big guns, broken down by a government scared of superheroes, but brought together and back in to the limelight by the sort of otherworldly, psychic threat, a great comic can re ...more
Apr 23, 2012 Hayden rated it it was amazing
So I was right. Vol 1 of New Frontier was on slow burn, because it was building up to this hugely epic climax. The shit really hits the fan about halfway through this trade. I loved how this retold the origins of Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter, as well as the introduction of Aquaman.

What really makes this story work, above all other origin stories, is how character driven it is. The entire series is centered around Hal Jordan, the future Green Lantern, which is different, since I believe mo
Jan 20, 2009 Professor rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: DC Comic fans
Shelves: watched-first, clams
The story is essentially a streamlining of the 1950s into 1960s comic history of DC Comics aligned with some real-world history at the same time. When superhero comics' sales crashed in the 1950s, a slew of other genres took their place-sci-fi comics, horror comics, crime comics, and war comics, for example. So the DC characters of this era-Task Force X, The Challengers of the Unknown, The Losers-get incorporated into a story that also has superheroes put out of business by McCarthyism and a sen ...more
Apr 02, 2013 Brandon rated it it was amazing
New Frontier tells the story of the transition from the Golden Age of the DC Universe to the Silver Age while also representing the political upheaval the United States experienced in the aftermath of World War II through the Cold War. Cooke's art is a mix of old Charles Fleischer cartoons and Bruce Timm's DC Animated Universe, which is a nice throwback to the era the story depicts. Meanwhile, the story is nostalgia fueled while also attempting to create a cohesive timeline between the two disti ...more
Madhurabharatula Pranav Rohit Kasinath
What is the point of a superhero comic book?
Does it have to have a point? Or is there some deeply flawed freudian reason for our fascination with the superpowered? I could throw these questions up in the air, juggle them for a year and never reach a satsifactory answer.
Darwyn Cooke tries to answer this question and does an amazing job.
Are superheroes relevant? yes.
Do they need to be grim, gritty and dark to maintain relevance?
Cooke eschews cynicism and writes a brilliant comic which pays
Jul 04, 2012 Gregory rated it liked it
Volume two surpassed the first volume in story and meaning for me. It had a more focused purpose and of course the artwork and lettering are superb. Given that Cooke and I are close in age, I feel his intent behind such a piece - nostalgia and hope. Growing up in the 60's and 70's was a different time in America. Better? Yes and no. But Cooke knows what the positive forces were and that is what he mainly showcases here. Reading this isn't a bad way to spend a fourth of July in America.
Oct 20, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it
I found myself loving the "naive"-styled drawings in this book. It may be, a first view, a very simplistic styl, it soon becomes apparent that alot of thought was put in the execution. Although I didn't get ALL the references to the silver-aged period of DC, I still found it easily understandable and enjoyed it.
It did become pretty clear who/what the major villain would be pretty early on in the book that didn't remove from my overall enjoyment.
May 05, 2015 Nick rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
The New Frontier wraps up in volume 2, and while an improvement on volume 1, I still left this story feeling underwhelmed. By the second half of this volume, I had grown tired of the campy 50s era dialogue (yes I know it's intentional), and was let down at the final reveal of the Centre as nothing more than a floating island that housed reptilian/prehistoric creatures. The symmetry of the story does come together a bit better than I anticipated, but overall, nothing feels like it was given its d ...more
Aug 07, 2014 JB rated it really liked it
Volume 2 of DC's the New Frontier is an action filled, suspenseful ending to the story.

You see every JLA member come to their own bit by bit. Hal Jordan becoming the Green Lantern (the parts where you see Hal discovering his powers are a joy to read, you feel like your discovering it with him), J'onn J'onnz becoming the Martian Manhunter we know (the scène where you see that J'onn could have escaped all along, tells you a lot about what kind of "man" he is). Barry Allen gets scènes where he get
Jun 27, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone on the planet
Recommended to Lisa by: josh
Shelves: graphic-novels
This volume was so amazing! The art work rocked and the story line fit perfectly together. I loved the martian alien character, and the fact at the end the woman helping him after his "illness" didn't even blink when he shifted from his human form to his martian one...complete with elongated green head.

The art for wonder woman was the best I've ever seen. I'd like to have her outfit to wear it out to dinner sometimes.
May 07, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
This was a fantastic read! I felt th artwork did a good job of capturing the era and he writing was so good that I didn't even notice the fransition into Kennedy's sp each at the end. Although not cannon, it was moving and enjoyable. I also recommend the movie to anyone who enjoyed the novels. It was exceptionally faithful considering the complexity of the source material.
Mar 16, 2013 John rated it it was amazing
Quite possibly the definitive, quintessential comic book I could have ever imagined. I absolutely loved the art and story. As a whole, it was the perfect comic book/graphic novel story for me. The balance between real world issues and fantasy elements (superheroes, super powers) was perfect. I do not think I have ever read a better series than this.
Travis Gomez
Apr 15, 2014 Travis Gomez rated it liked it
I was at first intrigued by this book after watching the DC animated film by the same name and was pleasantly surprised by it. I was also attracted to the book as certain scenes (such as in chapter 8) seem to be mildly reminiscent of Alan Moore's Watchmen which is another reason this book piqued my interest.

Darwyn Cooke's book is a homage to the Golden age of superheroes as they transition to the Silver age. This transition is handled quite well with characters like Superman, Batman who hail fr
Drew Perron
Jun 21, 2014 Drew Perron rated it it was amazing
As a characterization piece, it's sterling. As an adventure story, it's very good. As an homage to DC Universe characters, it's lotsa fun. (I especially liked the secret identity of the Big Bad.)

Beyond those things, it also tries for social justice, and there it stumbles a bit. There's an amazing, burning anger to these bits, but they just don't tie in to the rest of the narrative like they could - the fact that the one black character doesn't even meet the rest, well...

That said, let's face it,
Oct 02, 2015 Seth rated it really liked it
This series really did a good job of capturing the essence of the heroes of a bygone era. They brought the characters from the golden age and blended it ever so nicely with the writing of the modern age. This volume I felt was a lot better than the first volume. Just like first volume, the second started kinda slow. The main difference between the two comes to fruition in the epic battle at the end of volume 2 coupled with the Lois Lane article written as a call to arms for the hero community. I ...more
Will Redd
Jul 20, 2015 Will Redd rated it it was amazing
Originally added: 1/2/2013

Review added: 7/2/2015

This is one I find myself returning to every so often (so far, every two years if my math is right). I absolutely love the feel for the era that Cooke has, both with the art and the writing. Also, the way he incorporates actual people and events into this work. I mean, imagine if Diana had just belted Nixon when he shut down her speech. That would have been something.

My first experience with New Frontier was the animated movie version. I had heard
Apr 21, 2012 Mark rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Mark by: Massie
Shelves: graphic-novel
I saw the movie before I read the book and I wasn't terribly impressed with the movie. It was OK - but it was before I had my current appreciation for the DC universe and comic art. My friend at the comic book store bought me the first volume for Christmas last year, apologizing for making me buy the second volume. I'll admit that there was a fair amount of time between reading volume 1 and reading the second volume. Luckily, the movie is faithful enough to the book it was easy to pick up where ...more
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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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