Reviewed this week, in ascending order of awesome:
Young Allies #4
Brightest Day #9
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #36
Secret Six #25
Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #2
The Boys #46
-”WHY AM I NOT ENJOYING BRIGHTEST DAY?,” YOU ASK…
The main reason I’m not enjoying it is linked directly to the main reason I’m reading it: to unlock the secrets of the white lantern that showed up at the end of Blackest Night, and find out why these twelve heroes (and villains) have been brought back to life. Unfortunately that’s not the story that Brightest Day is telling. It’s not a single tale of twelve heroes; it’s closer to being a dozen one-shots about 7 or 8 of them, two or three pages at a time.
I’ve been offered no reason to care about Martian Manhunter, or Aquaman, or Firestorm; even if I wanted to know about Firestorm, they reached a big reveal and finally established direction three issues ago only to ignore that plotline entirely once it actually seemed to be getting somewhere. Last issue was mostly about Hawkman and Hawkgirl, had its reveal, and vanished from the book. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that now that Martian Manhunter knows what path he’s following, he’ll be gone for a few issues as well.
Brightest Day may work in trade paperback down the road. I would contend that the story is still uninteresting, but perhaps longtime fans of these characters would have a different opinion. For a new reader of DC, and as a biweekly title, Brightest Day is a strain on my wallet and on my patience.