FRONTIERSMAN #1/ Written by PATRICK KINDLON/ Art by MARCO FERRARI/ Published by IMAGE COMICS
Back in the day, the Frontiersman was an anomaly; a social justice warrior before the term had been coined. While other costumed crime-fighters focused on bank robbers and mad scientists, he spoke truth to power and targeted corporate criminals and pollution-friendly politicians.
The police hated him. The other heroes weren’t overly fond of him either. Nobody missed him much when he retired to the woods to focus on his novel writing, thinking there was no more need for “a normal guy who happens to feel strongly about a thing.”
That was before he was tracked down by a student activist. One who remembered what the Frontiersman once stood for. One who wanted a hero to stand with him and his friends to save an old redwood forest. One who got him to thinking that maybe, just maybe, the planet still needed an old warrior to save it.
Frontiersman #1 doesn’t hide its inspirations, nor does it apologize for its politics or being ready to fight for them. This is not a book for anyone who complains unironically about big publishers going broke by being woke or politics in their superhero stories. Patrick Kindlon’s script immediately establishes the Frontiersman as a likeable old cuss who wonders whether the old dog can still learn some new tricks. The artwork by Marco Ferrari perfectly captures the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and draws the reader deeper into the story with every passing panel.
Frontiersman is Green Arrow fan fiction. It is also, thankfully, incredibly good Green Arrow fan fiction that brings to mind the best days of Mike Grell’s run on the book. If you’re a fan of idealistic heroes of the old school, as well as a certain Emerald Archer who doesn’t have his own comic at the moment, you’ll want to check this one out.
Frontiersman #1 releases on September 22, 2021.