While I did like the last issue of Brightest Day it didnít leave the same impression that this weekís issue has. I thought that this was a substantially better issue in general. That perception could possibly be due to the fact that Green Lantern was not a factor in it. Now donít get me wrong, I love Hal but his participation in this event has become repetitive. What we need from Hal we get from his self titled book and Brightest Day should focus on something different than what we have already been treated. That is exactly what is in store for you with issue #3.
Geoff Johns & Peter Tomasi decide to spend their focus on some of the resurrected characters with Boston Brand, Firestorm, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, and Hawkman & Hawkgirl getting significant attention. You really canít argue with those choices as they all bring a fresh perspective to the table with what is revealed within the story. Boston Brand, in particular, has been an absolute treat to witness. I donít possess the greatest knowledge of DC history, but it is stories like this that make me want to invest more time in learning more about it. It was a great surprise to see Brandís white ring speak to him as he confronts the Anti-Monitor even though what was said was rather vague.
The character development is the shining part of this comic as the writers craft segments that are equally attention grabbing. Even characters who I never found interesting, like the Hawks, have had an added breathe of life infused into them. Their pending confrontation with Hath-Set promises to be one of epic proportions and I canít wait to see how it is resolved. Likewise, Aquaman and the others have me equally entranced by the promise of what will unfold next. Basically, all of these characters have some issues that have to be sorted out and they are all worthy of investing in.
The art is great despite practically a dozen artists contributing to the title. It never loses its pace and runs along at a breakneck pace. It was such a fast and fun read that I had thought my copy was missing a few pages. However I really donít know if that should be considered a positive or a negative. I do have to applaud the creative team for managing to produce such a high quality book. I love where this event is heading, even though the cover misleads us in that there are no real answers to why these characters are back (yet).
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