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Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Best Comic Book of All Time...and Wizard Magazine Sucks!


Well, while on a business trip I picked up a copy of Wizard Magazine, a purchase I usually find abhorrent but I wanted something quick and mindless to read, and I come across their "Best Trade Paperbacks of All Time" feature. And I find they've picked MY number one choice for best comic book of all time, which is a let down because I don't want to come off as a "Johnny Come Lately" but what can I do?

Anyway, what Wizard and I agree on is that the best read in comic books is Darwyn Cooke's The New Frontier. Here we find the Silver Age of comics prominently displayed in its original time frame, the early to mid-sixties, and brimming over with colorful super-heroics, poignant social/political commentary, and a love for the source material. It's deep without being angst ridden, fun without being juvenile, action packed without being gratuitous, honest without the sermonizing, the female characters are strong and feminine and it perfectly captures the Superman/Batman relationship as it should be.

The surprise superstars are Green Lantern, the Flash and Martian Manhunter. Which is perfect as those characters really shined in the silver age. The New Frontier has a retro yet vibrant feel and is always relevant. We are given a glimpse of an age when heroes were just that, heroes. Cooke shows how characters can be complex without the modern hang-ups. And his artwork is spot on, always a favorite of mine. I just can't say enough about this story. And please read the TPB before you watch the DVD, the difference is the same between shooting a bullet and throwing one.

The Watchmen and Dark Knight be damned....The New Frontier is the king of all comic books!

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