DC: The New Frontier, Volume 1

DC: The New Frontier, Volume 1

by Darwyn Cooke

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ISBN-13: 9781401246648
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 06/18/2013
Series: DC: The New Frontier Series
Sold by: DC Comics
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 385,691
File size: 98 MB
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DC: The New Frontier, Volume 1 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
MeriJenBen on LibraryThing 5 months ago
In an "Elseworlds" universe, at the end of WWII anti-Communist politicians have turned their eyes towards the costumed heroes of the DC Universe, outlawing all superheroes who will not sign a loyalty oath. Unsurprisingly, few heroes agree, leaving Batman, the JSA and others searching for meaning. Other heroes begin to emerge, and struggle in the climate of hostility.This is a clever take on the "Elseworlds" formula. With WWII being over, and the red scare in full effect, the silver age heroes of the DCU get a heaping dose of reality when McCarthyism comes for them. Of the heroes, only Superman and Wonder Woman agree to sign the loyalty oath, and these two are instrumental in rounding up other costumed vigilantes. Rather than unmask and sign the oath, the JSA simply retires. Unsurprisingly, Gotham's hero, the Bat-Man, refuses to surrender, and takes out Superman with a strange green substance. Elsewhere, in the final days of the Korean War, young pilot Hal Jordan faces a crisis of character that leaves him unfit for duty, but ripe for shadowy government recruitment. A black man in the deep South, victim of unspeakable horror, prepares for vengeance and an alien, brought here by mistake, tries to blend in, with humorous results. Wonder Woman, doing the government's work in Southeast Asia, begins to doubt her choices, while Superman turns a blind eye.I really enjoyed this series, although I am not that familiar with the heroes of the Silver Age. Cooke's Kirby-esque art style really sells the period setting, and all of the heroes behave according to their origins, not modern retcons. It's nice to see. As there is a second volume, there is little closure here, which is a little frustrating. I know I'll read the second volume, as I am curious about Wonder Woman's crisis of conscience and Hal Jordan's evolution into Green Lantern.
Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
Never before has there been a more perfect blend of story and art. Darwyn Cooke is able to take all, I mean all, the charaters of the DC Universe and put them in the '40s and '50s and make them fit extremely well. Sadly, the layout of the book and certain scenes were plodding along and slowed down the book a lot. There were too many cut aways that don't seem to fit with the overall story. I'm sure, knowing the work of Cooke they will in the last volume but as of right now they seem very seperate. Also, the book has so many characters and many of the males, not being in costume, look alike. Overall, a decent read that will probably be better read together with volume two.
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