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

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It's a mystery in space as Superman, the Suicide Squad, and the Challengers of the Unknown encounter a frightening extraterrestrial life form. Could this hideous creature have anything to do with the sense of impending doom all the heroes are experiencing? Plus, Hal Jordan is grounded, while post-war America faces a monstrous threat older than Vandal Savage! Will this chal...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by DC Comics
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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
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...more
Inês Silveira
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...more
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
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
Sean Kennedy
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...more
Greg of A2
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.
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...more
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.
Travis Gomez
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...more
Andrew Perron
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,...more
Mar 03, 2014 Peter rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
Jonathan Briggs
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 21, 2012 Mark rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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...more
Great homage to Silver Age comics. Admittedly I am more familiar with Marvel's Silver Age, and just Marvel in general. I had somehow missed out on hearing about this book until the movie was coming out. Then saw some of the art and heard some great things about the book, so I decided to check it out.

In Darwyn Cooke's art style you can see a bit of Jack Kirby. Which is of course perfect for depicting the Silver Age. It probably most closely parallels Bruce Timm, however.

As for the story. Its re...more
Jan 20, 2009 Professor rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: DC Comic fans
Shelves: clams, watched-first
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
So 2 and 1 do make a whole, and 2 improves on 1, clarifying the story, bringing the characters together, and intensifying the drama. The New Frontier is clearly in the same recovery/tribute genre as Kingdom Come, only with art that draws much more on its sources (as opposed to the painterliness of Ross's stuff--that is, the look of Ross's characters is old-timey, but their rendering is not, or at least not old-timey comic book, while Cooke's is old-timey in both subject and style). The idea is a...more
The other John
To repeat what I said about Volume 1:
New Frontier was a six-issue miniseries set in the "Silver Age" of DC Comics, from the mid 1950s through the 1960s. The stories from that era were the first I had ever read, and the superheroes I enjoyed had, for the most part, been defined in that era. New Frontier is not a return to that era of storytelling, but rather an attempt to fuse the Silver Age spirit with modern, more adult storytelling. I have a love-hate relationship with modern comics. There hav...more
A great conclusion to Cooke's "New Frontier" storyline. Cooke's plot bounces between 50s nostalgia, 60s activism and the dawning of DC's Silver Age to present a storyline that plays off all we knew and wish we knew about Cold War US Politics and harbors us into the new age of American Politics. Cooke effectively balances a large number of DC staple characters by focusing on the non-superpowered and the human alter-egoes of his characters to create a narrative that doesn't default to the Big 3 (S...more
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
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
Ir Bing
El protagonismo de Hal Jordan, Detective Marciano y Challengers of the unknow le da mucha frescura a esta historia desarrollada en la era de plata de DC si quieren de que va DC se las recomiendo ampliamente.
Gabriel Pinto
Aunque tiene un discurso muy pro EEUU, es una gran novela gráfica, preciosamente dibujada y con un buen guión, que retrata con delicadeza el paso de los 50s a los 60s en EEUU, incluyendo referencias al Mcarthismo, el KKK y el comunismo.
Interesting storyline that looks at the transition from the Golden to Silver age heroes against the backdrop of McCarthyism and paranoia in the U.S. Worth checking out.
Mar 31, 2008 Christopher rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who would love to read a comic if only they didn't hate comics so much
Ya know, I've read better funnybook stories in my day (though this one isn't half bad), but the art in these two "New Frontier" books is not to be missed. Darwyn Cooke's style of cartooning is instantly charming in its retro sensibilities. His style is whimsical enough to remind you that comics are supposed to be fun, but at the same time his attention to detail and gravitas are nothing short of astounding. I'm in love with the kitschy "atomic age" retro style of these books. "The New Frontier"...more
The art is still great; the characterizations are fantastic. Cooke does a great job managing to pull together the loosely-woven threads of his narrative into a cohesive whole. Still, the second half can't help but feel like a bit of a letdown.

To truly excel, this book needs a great villain, and no matter how powerful it is, a sentient island just lacks the necessary pizzazz. Admittedly, it's hard to imagine who could have served as a credible threat without completely puncturing the realistic at...more
Feb 25, 2013 Sean rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: DC Comics fans!
Darwyn Cooke has such a way of transporting readers to the time period he is drawing. Its pretty amazing. Here, every page is almost perfectly crafted to the 50's. My problem with this portion of the overall storyline is that at times the "Center", which is the antagonist, is too vague. The danger is real enough but I'm not sure why. Also, and this might be the fault of the letterer, but the narration boxes all looked the same so it was, at times, difficult to figure out which hero was speaking....more
Elijah Kinch Spector
Who knew this would be in a Columbia library? Ah, higher education.

Like the first book, (it's all one story anyway) this is incredible. (Also like the first book, I pretty much read it in a day.) The simple and beautiful 1950's style belies just how complex these characters get, and how ready Cooke is to take to task many of the biggest problems with the time in which he sets his story.

When it takes a book and a half for Hal Jordan to even become Green Lantern, but I don't even think about stopp...more
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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...more
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