Another stunning issue of Darwyn Cooke’s masterpiece. In this issue, Cold War paranoia has given way to Atomic Age horror as heroes unite together to fight a monstrous evil.
Cooke gets so many small things right in this comic. He shows the true nature of Hal Jordan, and the true intelligence of the Flash’s paramour Iris West. He shows the gleeful innocence of Robin and the close friendship of Batman and Superman. He includes Aquaman and the Challengers of the Unknown and Lois Lane without the comic seeming crowded. He shows the true heroism of Wonder Woman and Superman and Martian Manhunter. And he pulls it all off with a grace and style and intelligence that sparkles on every page.
Cooke’s art is also a joy to behold. His style is unique – it’s the “DC Animated” style with depth and emotion, where every line has its place and in its simplicity lies complexity. Cooke is a latter day Alex Toth, with a subtle and graceful line that simply teems with life. Dave Stewart’s colors perfectly complement Cooke’s art. Stewart amplifies Cooke’s art with his subtle style. Stewart’s coloring doesn’t overwhelm Cooke’s art, as often happens in computer-colored comics. Here their work sits han in glove, amplifying each other’s virtues.
What else can I say? This comic is a goddamn masterpiece. It’s a bargain at $6.99.