Thursday, April 15, 2010

Comics this week

Brightest Day #0- At the end of Blackest Night, 12 heroes and villains were resurrected. The problem is…no one know why? Brightest Day is the ambitious bi-weekly series by Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi to show us why. To call Brightest Day ambitious is an understatement as some of the returned characters are mostly unknown. In a way this helps as the writers can do anything to them. As this is a #0 issue, this is mostly a set-up issue as Deadman visits each resurrected character one after another using the power of his white ring. However the issue also shows how this ambitious project can crash and burn. Some were good; the scenes showing Osiris, Martian Manhunter, Hawkman and Hawkgirl stand out, but others like Reverse Flash, Captain Boomerang and Hawk stand out in a bad way. Overall I guess there is more good than bad and if nothing else, Johns and Tomasi have my interest and that’s always a good thing.

New Mutants #12- In the third issue of the Second Coming crossover, stakes are raised as the villains make their move. One of the problems I have currently with Second Coming so far is the fact that it pitted the super-powered X-Men against a bunch of humans. Normally, this is a no contest but this is not normal times in the X-world and this issue show why. The mutants are vastly out-numbered and there is a sense of urgency and desperation when you consider that the New Mutants have to go up against an entire army here. The leadership from Cyclops also comes into question when he knowingly ordered Cannonball into an unwinnable situation but the fact that you will understand his desperation for doing so says a lot about the X-Men situation. So far, Second Coming is turning out to be an excellent crossover.

Secret Six #20– Now this is a surprise. With their track record, I was fully expecting Catman to go after his teammates but instead he decided to go after the men who kidnapped his son. I loved the aftermath after he had made his decision. The way he handled the kidnappers and their employer; “The pavement has my child”. What a line!

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