Sunday, January 9, 2011

Brightest Day #17

After far too many issues where not a whole lot actually happened, this issue of Brightest Day finally kicks it into gear.

The focus here is on three different events. At the end of the previous issue, it appeared that Firestorm had managed to destroy the universe. Thankfully, that wasn't the case (sorry for the spoiler, I trust that doesn't surprise anyone). Here we find out where he/they are and we get some clues about where they're off to next (Firestorm is two heroes in one, as two young men - Ronnie and Jason - merge to form the entity).

Then we look in on Deadman (who's now alive) as his relationship with Dove continues to grow. He decides it's time to set things right with his loved ones.

The action part of the issue belongs to Hawkman and Hawkgirl as they step into Green Lantern's turf and find themselves in the middle of a war on Zamaron, the home of the Star Sapphires - and their new queen, Carol Ferris.

The art, as always, is a bit of a mix, with four different pencilers at work here - but the art is (mostly) very good, with some outstanding splash pages.

I'm not sure if it's the bi-weekly publication schedule or the large cast of characters that populate this series, but this comic has been dragging lately. But the good news is, this issue seems to have the story back up to speed - and something very interesting happens on that last page.

So I'm going to keep hanging in there, hoping for more issues like this one.

Grade: B+


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