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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.

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