My rating: 4 of 5 stars
If you get a chance to read both of these volumes at once, I think it might make for a better reading experience.
DC: The New Frontier, Vol. 1 doesn’t really go anywhere story-wise, and a lot of the characters are forgettable to most comic book readers.
Fans of the Silver Age would probably be the exception…or so Joseph tells me.
But even without an amazing plot, the art is just…lovely.
Ok, in Volume 2 you see how everything is sort of pulling together into a cohesive storyline. Is it an incredible story?
A rather generic monster from the center of the planet is hell-bent on destroying Earth. There’s not a lot of reasoning behind the Why of it, other than it wants to go out into space and visit other planets.
Anyway, it doesn’t really matter. The point is that it takes a threat of that sort of magnitude to bring all of the heroes (super or not) together to fight this thing.
Some of them (the ones nobody knows or cares about) won’t make it back.
It’s the defining moment for all of them, though.
Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman are all heavily overshadowed by the Marian Manhunter, Flash, and Green Lantern.
Whether or not that’s a bad thing will vary from person to person.
I was ok with it, but I doubt that everyone is going to get excited as I do over Hal Jordan.
It’s a slow story, but with the beautiful art it’s worth taking a look at.