DC: (The) New Frontier – 4


DC: (The) New Frontier – 4

General Info

Issue No:
4
On Sale Date:
May 2004
Cover Date:
July 2004
Era:
Non Canon
Story Title:
Book Four: Mystery in Space

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
Darwyn Cooke
Writer:
Darwyn Cooke
Penciller:
Darwyn Cooke
Inker:
Darwyn Cooke
Letterer:
Jared K. Fletcher
Colourist:
Dave Stewart
Editor:
Mark Chiarello, Valerie D'Orazio (assistant)

Characters

Main:
Martian Manhunter/John Jones (J'onn J'onzz), Hal Jordan, John Henry,
Heroes:
Wonder Woman (Princess Diana), Batman (Bruce Wayne), Superman (Kal-L), Flash (Bart Allen)
Task Force X: Richard Flagg, Sr., Karin Grace, Jess Bright
Challengers of the Unknown: Ace Morgan (Kyle Morgan), Red Ryan (Matthew Ryan), Walter Haley, Rocky Davis (Lester Davis)
Villains:
Ku Klux Klan
Olympians:
N/A
Amazons:
N/A
Other:
Carol Ferris, King Faraday, James Gordon, Slam Bradley, Thomas "Pieface" Kalmaku, Jay Garrick, Detective Fleetwood, Harvey Bullock, Harry Lieter, Mademoiselle Marie, Adam Strange, William Magnus, Vandal Savage
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Comments

This six-issue series by the late Darwyn Cooke was influenced by previous works such as Kingdom Come, Watchmen, and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. It takes place primarily in the 1950s, and depicts the Golden Age superheroes Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman meeting Silver Age characters the Flash, Green Lantern, and Martian Manhunter. The story bridges the gap from the end of the Golden Age to the beginning of the Silver Age in the DC Universe.

Synopsis

In 1958, the Flash is lured into a government trap, but escapes. Later, in Gotham City, John Jones is asked to interview a man who believes Martians are on Earth, but the interview is interrupted. In California, Hal Jordan is scrubbed from the Task Force X mission.

After John Henry is hunted down in Tennessee, Edward R. Murrow addresses the race problem on TV. When The Flash also denounces the tactics used to try and capture him on TV, J’onn J’onzz decides to try to return home, turning over all his unsolved cases to Batman, including the story by Theodore Smiesel about a “Monster Island.”

Task Force X prepares for their space mission without Hal Jordan. J’onn J’onzz tries to hitch a ride with them, but is stopped and captured by King Faraday. Task Force X’s mission is a failure, and the Challengers set off to rescue its survivors, while the governement tries to contact Superman to save the crew. Afterwards, Jordan is examining the simulator when he is snatched by a green light.