GRAPHIC NOVEL
DC: The New Frontier
Volume 2

Author: Darwyn Cooke
Artist: Darwyn Cooke
Titan Books
RRP: 12.99
ISBN 1 84576 064 6
Available 24 June 2005


It's a mystery in space as Superman, The Suicide Squad, and The Challengers of the Unknown encounter a frightening extraterrestrial life form. Could the hideous creature have anything to do with the sense of impending doom all the heroes are experiencing? Meanwhile, pilot Hal Jordan is grounded, while post-war America faces a monstrous threat older than time. Will this challenge bring America and its heroes back together or tear them apart...?

Volume 2 of DC: The New Frontier is not quite as entertaining as the events that unfolded in Volume 1. To be honest, I have to admit that I had a bit of a problem focusing on this collection.

It's not that it's heavy going, just that I didn't feel anything for the characters (unlike Volume 1). However, once I'd read it through once - and was a little lost - I decided to read it over again. This certainly helped to get things in order and the result was a satisfying read. However, how many people will want to read this again - if they've managed to struggle through it the first time - is debatable.

The art work is well above average. And the repro job is better than most of the graphic novels currently on the market.

This is certainly not a book for comic readers who are not familiar with Green Lantern, The Flash or Martian Manhunter - there's just too much going on to anchor a new reader into this universe. But if you are up to speed on these characters then you'll probably find this a blast.

 

Steve Mikando

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