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Tuesday, December 30, 2003

 
The Nail in Sangiacomo's Coffin -- As if to really rub how stupid he is in Mike Sangiacomo's face, DC Comics has posted a nine-page PDF preview of Darwyn Cooke's upcoming New Frontier series.

Cooke is probably the most vital of the current Pop Noir stylists, combining elements of, try to follow me here, Pop and Noir into a unified whole that suggests a lush, dangerous environment that is just about perfect for depiction in comics.

Re-reading Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's original Wolverine limited series, there were definitely elements of Pop Noir in there, and I'd argue that you get much the same vibe off of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips's Sleeper, as well. And of course, Steranko did a lot of Pop Noir stylings in his 60s/70s Nick Fury and Captain America as well.

I point this all out mostly in response to some dumbass who claimed in the wake of the Sangiacomo stupidity that "Pop Noir," was meaningless as a term. Far from it, I think it perfectly defines a lot of some of the most appealing comics art ever published, and definitely applies to Darwyn Cooke's New Frontier, which I can't wait to see.

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