“Mystery in Space”
After awhile, I run out of superlatives. I say that DC: The New Frontier is great, it’s fantastic, it’s gorgeous, evocative, exciting, thoughtful, brilliant. That it reinvents DC’s classic superheroes while both looking back and looking forward at the same time. That it’s perhaps the best limited series DC has put out in many years, hell, maybe the best mini-series DC has ever released. It’s just damn good.
But chances are that all the words in the world might not sway you. All the adjectives kind of float into the Internet ether, lost in a dozen different message boards, blogs and opinions. After awhile it’s hard to tell if it was New Frontier that that reviewer Sacks on silverbulletcomicbooks loved, or whether it was Astonishing X-Men, or Robin, or if it was that controversial review of JLA from last weekend.
So let me tell you this. I’ll try to make it clear so you can remember this. I’ve been reading comic books for almost all my life. I’m 38 years old, and I know good comics and bad comics. I know the difference between hype and quality, intelligence and flash. I know what makes a five star comic. There are precious damn few. Eisner’s The Spirit, Stan and Jack on the Fantastic Four, Dark Knight and Watchmen, the autobiographical comics of Eddie Campbell, a few others that you probably also know and love.
New Frontier is a five star comic. Buy it. Okay? ‘Nuff said.