Absolute DC: The New Frontier Hardcover – Oct 4 2006
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Cooke's affectionate reinterpretation of DC's early-1960s superheroes gets the Absolute treatment, slipcase and all. The large scale shows off Cooke's dynamic, neotraditionalist artwork to spectacular advantage, particularly the "widescreen" horizontal panels that echo the era's prevailing cinematic format, and it emphasizes the ambitious tale's epic sweep. The deluxe edition includes news-story pages, annotations, rare promotional art, and other extras. New Frontier might not have the high profile of other Absolute Edition selections, such as Neil Gaiman's Sandman and Frank Miller's Dark Knight, but it, too, deserves the elaborate presentation. Gordon Flagg
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About the Author
Darwyn Cooke is best known for his revision of Catwoman in such graphic novels as The Dark End of the Street and Selina's Big Score, and his work on Batman: Ego. He has also had an illustrious career in animation including three years on The Batman/Superman Adventures and designing the main title for Batman Beyond. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This isn't a story or art style for people looking for gritty realism. But for people who want to relive the joy of when they first started reading comics and when comics were about the fun and not about the dark...this is the perfect collection for them.
This absolute edition was well worth the extra cost for me, with the extra size the slip case and VERY thorough annotations by Cooke. It is a work of art.
Definitely a must buy and needs to be part of your graphic novel collection.
There is nothing I can say negative about this book, but I will say that may be matter of taste. I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this book, it is told from a classic 60s perspective. Set in Cold Was America it challenges social beliefs we hope have been extinct for a least a couple of generations. This may not appeal to those readers who are looking soley for action from cover to cover with quick one liners throughout. I tend not to think of this book as a comic. I tend to think of it as one of the best examples of modern fiction in the past 25 years.
The absolute ed. would be the one to buy as well. Why buy 2 trades for $30+ when for an extra $20 you get a conversation peice that you will hall out time and time again.
If you are fortunate enough to live in Nova Scotia you can most likely get this signed by the man himself. He lives somewhere nearby and usually makes an appearance at one of the local comics stores once a year, usually around Christmas.
First thing is the art by the living legend Darwyn Cooke who's style just takes you back to the 'feeling' of being a child again even though there is considerable violence in this book.
The villain in the book is also a very welcome surprise not to mention the way the story builds, the turns, and the overall structure from start to finish.
It is a book that deserves and requires multiple reads, and with its gigantic size it just feels like reading comics in HD.
If you have a the money or are looking for a present for someone with slightly sophisticated superhero tastes, I highly recommend this book.
Most recent customer reviews
A fantastic view of the Golden/Silver age sensibility of comics, less the goofiness but with a heaping of moral and political conflict. LOVE Darwyn Cook. Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2013 by Mr. Jeffrey Alexander
I bought it because I had seen the dvd of the New Frontier, and wanted to read the story, I've always been a big fan of Darwyn Cooke's art style and the Absolute edition magnifies... Read morePublished on July 20 2013 by Sebastian