Staff Picks – Week of 13/02/2019

Space Wolf #3
Will Powers (w/a)
Self-Published

Joe says: Everyone’s favourite cosmic canis is back in his third adventure thanks to the frustratingly talented Will Powers. Despite the A5 trim size, Powers’ work feels grand in scale – the world he’s created is fully realized and incredibly immersive. That paired with some truly stunning panels and splash pages leads to this being one hell of an issue.

Katauros
Kirby Pyle (w/ a)
Self-Published

Camila says: I’m in love with Kirby Pyle‘s new zine telling us everything we need to know about some kick-ass, cat-like mythical creatures called ‘Katauros’.

Gorgeous art, super cool concept and highly entertaining delivery. Pyle’s got the type of (rarely seen) confidence that makes whatever he’s just created seem believable, and boy, does this zine make me want to meet my very own Kataurus! <3

The New Frontier
Darwyn Cooke (W / A), Dave Stewart (C)
DC Comics / Black Label

Chief says: Ok, so the great thing about DC retconning previously issued TPBs into the new Black Label imprint (as they have done with All-Star Superman and Batman: White Knight) is that it gives us the chance to talk about some truly great works that are perennials but aren’t usually considered ‘new’ enough to be included on the picks. Such is the case today with the incomparable and superlative DC: The New Frontier.
This, in case you missed it, is the origin of the Justice League as seen through the eyes of the troubled and traumatised Hal Jordan, daredevil test-pilot and PTSD sufferer. Here’s the key thing for this story though… Cooke moves the DCU’s origins to the 50’s against the backdrop of the last days of The Korean War and takes into the early days of the Kennedy administration. What this does is give us a weaponised dream, the uplifting mist of hope, mixed with the truly bonkers DC Silver Age storytelling, creating a heady mix of words and colour that takes in the American Civil Rights movement, Philip Kaufman’s star-reaching, flag-waving adaptation of The Right Stuff and the notion of the weight of heroism.
This best summed up in the sequence where Hal Jordan receives the call to action he didn’t know he’d been waiting for, to become a Green Lantern and rather than jumping at the chance with an imaginary green fist in the air instead goes off to think it over six months. Such is the contemplative nature of the New Frontier. Actions have consequences, far-reaching and permanent. They change people and history. Is the best thing DC put out in the modern age? Read it and decide for yourself. Me? I’ve made up my mind and I won’t need to think it over. Forward to the new frontier!