DC: The New Frontier, Vol. 2 by Darwyn Cooke
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
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 (Superman, The Batman and Wonder Woman) whenever he needs a deus ex machina.
Cooke’s faux naÃ¯ve interpretation of the DC Universe with 50s Birth of the Cool art design highlights the retro experience that allows us to reimagine these familiar characters and classic origin stories from a fresh perspective.
And, yes, this is a big morality tale but what else do you expect from a good comic!