And Then I Read: JUSTICE LEAGUE, THE NEW FRONTIER SPECIAL

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I haven’t seen the video this is tied to, but I have read and enjoyed the earlier series by writer/artist Darwyn Cooke, and this one is equally good. Cooke’s style, particularly his way of drawing familiar DC superheroes, took a little time for me to get used to, but once I did, I came to really enjoy it. Cooke’s background is clearly animation, and like Bruce Timm, he uses a stylized approach, but with much more texture and detail than Timm.

His storytelling and dialogue are top-notch, and evoke the past glories of the characters while maintaining a fresh feel, not an easy thing to do. Darwyn draws the main story here, and is joined on others by J. Bone and David Bullock, obviously from the same animation background. All three stories, featuring Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman (above), Robin and Kid Flash, and Wonder Woman and Black Canary, are a lot of fun, and there are some cool bonus pages featuring character designs and other material from the video, plus an amusing recreation of old DC house ads. A nice package, and certainly recommended.

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