After the very sad passing of Darwyn Cooke in May, I made it a bit of a mission to get more familiar with his earlier work. I basically discovered him relatively late in his career with the New Frontier and I was hooked! But there was quite a bit of material and I still have yet to get through it.
Batman “Ego” contained several stories from Gotham Nights, Solo, and Selina’s Big Score.
Avery good read with some differing styles showing a versatility in styles that I was unaware of. The Twilight Children was beautifully illustrated but I must admit I never really got the point of the story.
Now Graphic Ink is a must have tome for any and all Darwyn Cooke fans. From the beautiful cover of Jimmy’s Twenty-Four-Seven featuring a crowded scene inside and out of the recurring diner that showed its way into many of Darwyn’s stories, to the back cover of Batman and Catwoman from Gotham Adventures #50 ,this book is a joy to behold.
Never has Darwyn’s art benefited more from a prestige format book! And such a wide variety of stories. It even had his first unpublished pencil work for a story called “The Private Eye”.
Virtually every DC character he ever drew is covered in this volume. He showed himself to be amazingly versatile.
- The New Frontier Animated Special -The Greater Good is a great battle between Batman and Superman.
- A great Green Lantern yarn called “Flight” in which the Green Lantern segment was done in a Neal Adams style and the flashback sequences of a young Hal Jordan was done in the New Frontier style!
- Two separate Jonah Hex stories, “The Hunting Trip “and “The Great Silence”, show two totally contrasting style.The first in a style normally expected of Darwyn and the second looks like a John Severin story!
- “Times Past: 1944 Family Ties Part 3” a great period piece that totally feel like 1944.
- “End of the Trail” from All-Star Western # 34 is a Clint Eastwood spectacular!
I could go on and on but you really need to pick this up if you are a fan!
Continued Happy Collecting!