Mza's Reviews > DC: The New Frontier, Vol. 1

DC by Darwyn Cooke
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Apr 30, 11

Recommended to Mza by: Frank Santoro
Read from April 28 to 30, 2011, read count: 1

... indulges Silver Age nostalgia ... packed with visual and verbal shout-outs to comix I have not read but am aware of through cultural immersion. Darwyn Cooke's homages aren't Quentin Tarantinoesque game-playing -- The New Frontier occurs during Eisenhower's second term -- Silver Age iconography and style offer us instant psychic time travel. Kirbyesque squared-off fingers for men and tapered long-nailed ones for women bespeak a simpler and less cynical time for heroes and for American social life, but Cooke doesn't nurture sadness for lost innocence and elegance, as Seth or R. Crumb might. Neither does he seem interested in dismantling political naïveté, heroic violence, or nostalgia itself, the way Moore did in Watchmen . Haven't read the second volume yet, but it seems Cooke's project here is to rehabilitate old-school heroism (read: old-school masculinity) by introducing it to greater political and psychosocial complexities than were possible in Silver Age comix, and allowing heroism to adapt and thrive without losing its essential goodness. Three female characters in positions of power (Lois Lane, Carol Ferris, and Wonder Woman) may prove to be interesting, especially Wonder Woman, whose sojourn in Vietnam has awakened her political consciousness. "Take a good look around," she tells Superman. "There are no rules here. Just suffering and madness." Next episode, we find out if she gets Jane Fonda'd ......

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