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Monday, 25 February 2008

Justice League- The New Frontier Review

There's not much that's nicer than receiving cool things in the post, and thats what happened to me today, courtesy of the folks behind the cartoon adaptation of Darwyn Cooke's fantastic 2004 'DC: The New Frontier' comic.
It turns out they've done a pretty good job of adapting the story - While there are a few favourite moments they've had to omit to compress into the running time, much of the action appears pretty close to what appeared on the page. There is so much story to squeeze in, I felt there were a few instances where some further foreshadowing might have helped (Aquaman's sudden appearance, for example). However, it was a nice surprise to see some of the heroes turn up unannounced, adding to the tapestry of the world the filmmakers are portraying.

New Frontier is far from perfect - Some of the dialogue sounds a little hokey when spoken out loud, and there are moments when you miss Dave Stewarts moody colouring. Some of the animation seems a little flat in comparison to something like Akira (One of the high benchmarks when it comes to animated movies), but then every so often a really breathtaking set piece unfolds onscreen, and you can forgive the quieter scenes.

Another drawback is the rather plain looking packaging, more reminiscent of the old Super Friends cartoon than the stylish covers from the original comics. The two-disc version looks a little better though.

Overall, this gets a major thumbs up based on the feature alone. On the single disc version, you also get a documentary piece, plus two commentary tracks, which I haven't devoured yet, but look promising.

The two-disc version contains a bunch of other extras, and you can buy that version here. I give a solid 8/10 fishsticks for this rousing visual feast, and urge you to rush out and buy a copy, if that is your thing.

Saturday, 23 February 2008

Captain Britain looking dapper

Your country needs you! Fans of Paul Cornell's 'Wisdom' series, and British comics in general, should look out for this upcoming treat, by Cornell and artist Leonard Kirk (Covers by Bryan Hitch). There's more info in this interview.

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Darwyn Cooke's New Frontier Movie

I've been looking forward to this since it was announced, and its finally being released in the US this month. The DC Comics website has more info about the comics (including a brand new 'lost' installment due out 5th/6th March), but until then here's a little video teaser:

Based on the graphic novel by Darwyn Cooke and produced by Michael Goguen and Bruce Timm, Justice League: The New Frontier is a cold-war period retelling of the founding of the Justice League.

The animated film features a celebrity-laden voice cast including David Boreanaz, Brooke Shields, Lucy Lawless, Neil Patrick Harris, Miguel Ferrer, Kyra Sedgwick, Jeremy Sisto and Kyle MacLachlan.

The standard version will be available on DVD for around $19.98, and there will also be a 2 disc Special Edition DVD available for $24.98 which contains additional bonus features including a documentary about the pathology of the super villain and three bonus episodes from the Justice League animated series selected by Bruce Timm.

Sunday, 17 February 2008

Can't ignore Moore

Posted because I had a similar experience in the old 'Comic Showcase' store a few years back - MJ Hibbett immortalises his brush with greatness :-