DC Comics’ classic new frontier deserves spinoff


The beloved tale of the late writer and artist Darwyn Cooke DC: The New Frontier has a lot of potential for an extended series that has not been used.

Warning! Spoilers for DC: The New Frontier

The DC Comics Classic Justice League origin story The new frontier deserves derivative titles. The beloved story of the late writer and artist Darwyn Cooke has a lot of potential for an extended series that has not been used.

In recent years, DC has returned to blockbuster comics that fans never expected to see more of, including Watchmen, Kingdom Come, Batman: The Long Halloween, and The return of the dark knight among others. While some new additions to these comics seem unnecessary, it can be a treat for readers to see specific iterations of characters reappear. One of the most notable graphic novels in recent DC history, DC: The New Frontier, has not yet received any fallout or expansion beyond the original cannon from the golden and silver age to which it is connected. Although Darwyn Cooke passed away in 2016, her voice in the comics had an impact on many other creators who might be interested in paying tribute to her work.

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Cooke’s DC: The New Frontier brought the DC Universe back to its roots in an epic period piece depicting the Justice League’s first adventure, predating their fight with Starro. Located in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, New frontier followed the beginnings of DC’s most iconic heroes and brought new context to their individual evolutions. In the last few pages, Cooke alluded to stories that occur outside of graphic novels, including the formation of the original Teen Titans, the Justice Society of America, the Metal Men and others. Even his particularly alien take on Martian Manhunter could easily carry his own title. As mainstream canon continues to evolve, a throwback to the days when the DC Universe was originally created would be a refreshing change of pace. The setting lends itself to shameless comic book stories, similar to New frontiers awe-inspiring island of dinosaurs and other creatures.


However, Cooke anchored his story in real history, as evidenced by the title in reference to President John F. Kennedy’s “New Frontier” speech. Historical relevance elevated the Justice League first team, and such real-world implications would bring something new to the stories of the Teen Titans and Justice Society. The first iteration of the Super Team of Acolytes was strongly rooted in the times, as it has since been drastically reinvented for modern audiences. It almost looks like a whole different group of heroes than today’s Teen Titans.

As noted in the panel, the alternate retro roster includes Dick Grayson AKA Robin, Wonder Girl, Supergirl, Kid Flash, Black Canary, Speedy, and Aqualad. A coming-of-age tale after growing up in the iconic Teen Titans would set itself apart from the first Justice League adventure, removing some of the pressure to live up to Cooke DC’s masterpiece. No matter where DC: The New Frontier is never developed, its impact in the DC Universe remains.

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