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review 2018-01-09 15:49
A Worthy DC Superheroes Tale of the Silver Age Tribute
DC: The New Frontier - Darwyn Cooke

How did the Silver Age DC Heroes came to be? That has always been a question for me for a long time in my days of reading comic books until I read Darwyn Cooke's DC: The New Frontier. I have always been fascinated wanting to read this comic mini-series and waited until a collected edition was available and finally, since its released in 2004 and now its 2018, after 12 years I finally read it. Its a seamless transition from the Golden Age superheroes paving way to the Silver Age of superheroes of a new era. And it was all done by the late Darwyn Cooke's story masterpiece.

 

It is the 1950s where paranoia is a government business, where glamour and glittering lights is the new trendy and superheroes who fought for freedom during the World War II are outlawed by the government - a new enemy emerge from the depths of the unknown. There are still icon heroes fighting on, working with the government - Superman and Wonder Woman. But when bigotry and racism is on the high, are there any heroes left to believe the American Dream or is it all about control? With a new dangerous enemy approaches on a path of destruction, the world needs its superheroes more than ever to save mankind once more.

 

The love the opening of DC: The New Frontier and soon I knew I am going to read a classic of its own. The way the Silver Age superheroes are introduce is just at the right moment for comic fans or new readers to enjoy every moment of the artwork itself. It is so well-balance that not a single superhero was done unjustly of its attention. The battles, the panels and its colors draws riches of its tale and fulfill me with a reading I knew I won't regret much at all. This trade paperback not only includes the entire mini-series but also includes behind the scenes in more than 50 pages of artwork, sketches and designs plus a one-shot special Justice League: The New Frontier that is a companion to the animated movie. To me, this is at its best I have ever read since Kingdom Come. Although can't be compared, on its own it has the same level of epic reading that is decent and beautiful on its own. I highly recommend for any who love DC heroes to read this.

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review 2018-01-06 13:22
Enjoying this
Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps Vol. 2: Bottled Light (Rebirth) - Robert Venditti,Ethan Van Sciver,Rafa Sandoval

I read the previous one recently as well and found it very interesting, this builds on the previous story (and you probably should read it first) and then adds to it but left me wanting more.

 

I like the green lantern corps.

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text 2017-06-05 13:02
Oh, look!
Star Trek/Green Lantern, Vol. 2: Stranger Worlds - Mike Johnson,Angel Hernandez

There is a sequel.   

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review 2017-06-05 12:50
Most perfect of the crossovers!
Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War - Tamra Bonvillain,Angel Hernandez,Stephen Molnar,Mike Johnson

And this is pure AU, given what happens at the end.   It's pretty much a fanservice story: wouldn't it be fun to see Green Lanterns, and Red Lanterns, and all the color Lanterns in the Star Trek universe?   (Nu!Trek, by the way.) 

 

Even better, we get to see some Star Trek characters as wielders of the rings.   Hal Jordon, the first Green Lantern to meet the Star Trek crew, gives a brief description of what the rings are, and what they can do, as much for the crew as the readers who are Trekkies, but not acquainted with the Lanterns.   (Honestly, some of this spiel, like the parts about colors being tied to one emotion and how the ring chooses its bearer was good for me: it either refreshed information or gave me information about the colors and how they match up that I didn't know.  I was curious, so I looked up the Lantern oaths for different colors, and all the different versions when applicable.  It was a fun little rabbit hole, to be honest, and I know officially know more about the Lantern Corps than I did before!)

 

I'm still confused by the ring question: why can some be taken off others, and Green Lantern rings cannot.   Still, this could be something that I don't know about, and it could have to do with willingness to bear the rings, at least of different colors.   I mean, I can come up with reasons and I'm barely familiar with this franchise, so maybe I'm making too much of this.   I do think that it should have been explained more in the text, but I understand that it was a heat of the moment thing, thus turning it into a catch-22: if any character had stopped in a life or death situation to explain the situation, it would have felt like forced exposition.

 

The characters were true to themselves, at least the ones I know.   Even Jordon, whom I've read about and seen on some shows, seemed in character but someone who is more of a DC fan would be able to speak to that better than I.   I assumed everyone was done well on the other side.   I know barely anything about Sinestro - bad, bad man, bears a ring, enemy of the Green Lanterns - and that came through.  I wouldn't be able to tell you more about his particular character, or characteristics. 

 

The illustrations were gorgeous, with lush colors for all the rings.   Again, not so much with the DC side, but I thought everyone was incredibly well illustrated from the Star Trek side of things.  I found myself less interested in the art gallery of all the covers at the end, although there were some that really emphasized the crossover in nice, but simple, ways and those covers did catch my attention. 

 

I know the hope is probably futile, but just letting everyone know, I would snap up issues of a sequel to this in a heartbeat.

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text 2017-06-05 12:26
Reading progress update: I've read 129 out of 161 pages.
Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War - Tamra Bonvillain,Angel Hernandez,Stephen Molnar,Mike Johnson

So, I know nothing about Lanterns.   Next to nothing, I should say.   Kirk is able to rip other colors of a ring off someone and give it to someone else, but with the Green Lanterns, someone has die to pass it on.   Why is it possible to pass on without death with other colors?

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