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Tpull's Weekly DC Comics Review

Brightest Day 4

by Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi, Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark, and Joe Prado

Although there are some complaints about this series, I don’t think the art can be one of them. Multiple artists, all top-notch, and the inking and coloring are all great as well. Whatever else comes from this series, it has been firmly established that DC wants this to be thier flagship title for the year, and with their recent history, I tend to believe that they will keep to their publishing schedule, unlike a certain publishing adversary’s recent shortcomings (cough-Amazing Spider-cough).

As the Hawks step through a portal consisting of their own previous lives’ skeletons, they experience each and every death of their reincarnated lives, at the hands of Hath-Set. Shiera at least tried to suggest walking away, but Hawkman is the picture of obsession right now. The charcter is as interesting as he’s ever been. Deadman/Lifeman visits Hawk and Dove, and Hawk decides he wants the one remaining white ring to resurrect his old friend Don Hall, the original Dove. But will it work out that way? It’s never that easy, is it?

The mystery with Aquaman increases, as we are introduced to the guy who will become the new Aqualad, I suppose, and Aquaman is missing already, while Mera… looks like she’s become a Red Lantern again? Or at least, she’s very, very bloodthirsty. Elsewhere, Firestorm is having nightmares of Gehenna. Is the Black Lantern Firestorm still lingering, or are the two guys linked enough that their dreams can influence each other?

The complaints mostly seem centered around the idea of these vignettes each being too short, and the mysteries not being solved immediately. It’s like half the fans have attention-deficit disorder. Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi have won enough trust in the past few years that I am settling down for the ride, and enjoying the intrigue, as it is breathing some new life (no pun intended) into all of these characters, and helping me to enjoy them anew.

DCU: Legacies 2

by Len Wein, Scott Kolins, and Andy Kubert

As good as Andy and Joe Kubert’s art is, this issue feels more like a flashback on steroids than anything else. Paul Lincoln remains our narrator, but Len Wein takes up a lot of space to set the place and time within DC continuity. When they actually have scenes where something happens, like the scene with Paul’s meeting with the Newsboy Legion, it picks up quite a bit. It begs to be compared to Marvel’s recent mini-series by Ed Brubaker, who gave us a solid story without dwelling too much in well-known iconic renditions of older tales.

We end with one of the best tales of the JSA… the end of the JSA. Nixon is the Senator who insists that the mystery-men reveal their true identities, and Dr. Fate magically whisks them away into retirement, refusing to comply. It’s a classic tale, but all too familiar for old hands like me. Is this supposed to give a snapshot to younger readers? Then why wouldn’t they include editorial notes in the back to reference the original stories? This series needs more fresh story to it to kick into gear.

A backup tale by Len Wein and J.H. Williams is about the Seven Soldiers of Victory. It has all the hallmarks of a Golden Age story, including where they all split up so we can focus on one hero at a time (albeit a lot of them have sidekicks). Wein captures the feel of that era flawlessly, but it still is not enough in the end.

R.E.B.E.L.S. 17

by Tony Bedard and Sergio Ariño

Blackfire is back, and fighting for her people. Bedard throws us right into the action, introducing each member of the team on the fly while Blackfire confronts her sister Starfire, and both the Okarrans and the Rannians turn their weapons-fire onto the two new green Lanterns of the sector. It’s slightly amusing, and the art lends itself to the point where you don’t really think the consequences can be all that serious. Scott Hanna’s continuing role as inker provides a great stylistic legacy to this series that I enjoy.

Just as the Green Lanterns are teleported out of the way, the Thanagarians show up! Brainiac 2 is with them, and with a plan to solve everything. Rann is now orbiting in the Vega sector, and Blackfire agrees to settle her people on the deserted southern continent. Rann and Thanagar sign an official peace treaty, since they are not butting heads anymore, or even neighbors.

We end with Lyrl Dox creating Pulssar Stargrave, and planning revenge on his father… by doing something very bad to the original Brainiac. It’s a fun plot that keeps moving, and kudos to Bedard for so deftly handling multiple alien races and resolving all the disputes in a way that actually makes sense, proving yet again how brilliant Vril is. I enjoyed this issue more than any Marvel issue this week, except for maybe Atlas 2.

Tpull is Travis Pullen. He started reading comics at 5 years old, and he can't seem to stop.