Book: The New Frontier (Absolute Edition)
Writer and illustrator: Darwyn Cooke
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher
Published: 2006 (DC Comics)
Pages: 405 (of story)
Bright colors, bold lines, sharply defined edges, Wonderwoman showing Superman the relativity of his strictly held values, origin stories that wind around each other and end up meeting at the Center to save the day from a giant sea monster, believable dialogue and introspection, investigative reporters who are more batshit insane about danger than the heroes they’re covering (hi, Lois Lane!)—yep, this comic collection has it all.
It better; it’s nothing less than the whole DC universe coming together. And that gets confusing sometimes, especially when you read giant chunks of it in one sitting like I did and always feel like you’re racing through the words without really studying the pictures so you force yourself to slow down like I do. The stories and voices do jump around but are easy enough to distinguish from each other, especially when the heroes start joining forces to save the world. (Don’t you love it when that happens?)
One irritating thing, though: a lot of the women have a close-up with the same expression. This one.
I’m not really complaining, because it’s adorable.
Also—GIANT T-REX JAWS OF DEATH LEAP WITHIN THE FIRST 40 PAGES.