Friday, June 18, 2010

Brightest Day #4

DC seems to have picked up the same problem Marvel has had in recent months - putting the wrong cover on a comic book.

For example, here on Brightest Day we see the Black Lantern version of Firestorm. Nice cover, it looks great - but nowhere in this issue do we see Firestorm or Dead Firestorm. We do see his alter egos briefly, but I'm pretty sure that doesn't count.

Once you get beyond that you have another solid issue, touching on the lives of some of the characters brought back to life by the mysterious White Lantern during the Blackest Night series.

Since the comic is published twice monthly, the issue is broken up into several small pieces so the artists can maintain their deadlines. As a result, we're just getting fragments of each story - but they're all compelling enough to keep bringing us back for more.

And the characters are (mostly) beloved Silver Age characters, so that keeps me on board. In this issue, we see Hawkman and Hawkgirl make an unusual journey, only to wind up in last year's biggest movie! (Well, sorta.)

Deadman (who's quite alive) pays a visit to Hawk and Dove, we meet a new character who (according to press stories this week) is the new version of Aqualad, and we meet yet another cold-blooded killer (or in this case, a team of killers) - but I didn't catch her name.

The art is something of a mixed bag, and not as smooth a grouping as past issues - but the team of artists does a good job here, despite any clashes in styles.

Two months and four issues into the series, and we seem to have more mysteries than ever. I'm enjoying the series, but I'm looking forward to seeing some more solutions.

And covers that match the interiors.

Grade: B+

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