I'm sure this idea must have been brought up before, but I thought I'd ask everyone what they thought of it.
Darwyn Cooke's "New Frontier" was an excellent, critically acclaimed mini-series that gave us an idea of what superhero comics probably SHOULD be like right now. I'd love to see DC commit a small number of titles to expanding upon and adding to the mythology that Cooke explores. Sort of a cross between the Johnny DC books, an "Ultimate DC" set of comics, and regular DCU titles. That way continuity can sort itself out to accomodate a new set of titles (and hopefully not overrun the books later on, as every character should have a supporting cast and its own history, but not at the cost of impairing future stories or ruining readers' enjoyment), and there can be a number of books that everyone, from children to adults, can jump on board from scratch and appreciate.
My only criteria would be the following:
- The tone must be set somewhere between child to adult. That means an "all ages" setting in general, but told at a more complex level than your average Justice League Unlimited story. So, no rape, graphically rendered murders, explicit sexuality. I would think that common sense would reign here, but it's important to note that the books should be written and illustrated with both a strong commercial and creative sensibility. The aforementioned, along with dismemberment, incest, and other "shocking" developments, have been used far too long as crutches for lazy writers.
That caveat would be my only requirement really.
My initial lineup would look like this:
- New Frontier: Superman - by Mark Waid and Ty Templeton
- New Frontier: Green Lantern - by Darwyn Cooke (writer) and Steve Yeowell
- New Frontier: Justice League - written and drawn by Darwyn Cooke
- New Frontier: Batman - by Brian K Vaughan and Matt Wagner
- New Frontier: Martian Manhunter - by Gail Simone and John Byrne