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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 306

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

The look at Darwyn Cooke’s New Frontier continues!

In #3, Cooke decided to put in his first DC hero who did not actually exist during the late 1950s/early 1960s, and he did so in memorable fashion…

then a bunch of pages on other characters, then we return to…

then a bunch of pages on other characters, then we return to…

Pretty damn cool.


Goddamn cool.

Yet ANOTHER cool moment that’s not in the movie…

I’m starting to feel cheated now…

Really going to have to buy the book…

Oh, yeah. THAT rocks.

They really should have included him in the movie.

“Yo Brian, I’m really happy for you and I’m ‘a let you finish, but John Henry had one of the best Cool Comic Book Moments of all time. One of the best Cool Comic Book Moments of all time.”

Considering how his story ended, I’m not surprised it was cut. Still, it was a very good part of the series. Very happy I picked up the trades on a whim.

Didn’t they show a young John Henry at the end of the movie reading a book about heroes? It’s been awhile.

AWESOME!!! It is one of the best scenes in the series.

another moment tha tproves what a story teller Darwyn is and new frrointer should be required dc reading. though john Henrys look looks more like he is ripping off a character known as the hangman as for why its not in the movie it got cut to meet the running time of the film.

Damn, I need to re-read New Frontier yet again. I remember being initially unimpressed by the series while reading it in serial format (I was borrowing copies of the first few issues from a friend, and didn’t care for the pacing), but it’s become easily one of my top three favourite superhero stories of all-time.

I got to say, if you’ve only seen the movie I feel sorry for you. I really didn’t like the movie at all. The series, I liked a lot. A LOT.

I’m with Joe Rice on this one. I couldn’t stand the movie version. Not so much because they cut things from the original — time constraints made that unavoidable — but because the choice of characters and events to omit rendered it utterly pointless to bother adapting New Frontier in the first place.

Cool’s not the right word for it, but the way John Henry’s story ends is also powerfully done.

Yeah, Nick, I was thinking of whether I should feature that. I’m leaning towards no.

A Month of Grim Comic Book Moments? You know, for Christmas.

Haven’t read this series yet, but is this the biggest tweak that leads to this series being non-canon? All the previous moments before were different but I don’t think they were significant enough that they couldn’t be part of a retcon.

New Frontier would only otherwise work as a retcon if you ignored dates, as the series ties everyone pretty tightly to the timeline of the late 1950s/early 1960s.

Er, pardon my ignorance, but who is this character supposed to be? i don’t want to say Steel…

Yeah it’s supposed to be Steel, but minus the Superman influence I guess?

Its not Steel. his name is John Henry after the folk legend. The little boy in the New Fronteir film is John Henry Irons, the man that later becomes Steel, inspired in part by this vigilante and the original legend.

I also think that the way this story ends is the most honest depiction of race relations in the deep south I’ve read in a mainstream comic. It wasn’t heavy handed or preachy. It just showed you how things happened. All the way down to the corruption of the innocent via learned hatred and bigotry.

I’m very upset that this is the only glimpse of JohnHenry the vigilante we get.

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