Brightest Day #5- Brightest Day move the attention back to Aquaman and Mera this issue as the origins of Mera is explored. Frankly I was never a fan of Mera but after her mini-star turn in Blackest Night, I guess there would be fans who would want more of Mera. The best part of this issue was without question Hawkworld. Hawkman’s and Hawkgirl’s vicious fight against the cat-people was brilliant and interesting. Unfortunately outside that, the rest of the issue was just so-so.
X-Force #28- I have been saying a lot of bad things about the work of artist Mike Choi since the start of the “Second Coming” crossover. However in this issue, Mike Choi delivered! From the start, the frustration of Thor, to the end, the look of awe on the faces of the X-Men, this issue is a great piece of work. The final battle between Hope and Bastion was a little disappointing but the art and the loss of an important X-Men more than make up for that little point of contention. One more issue to finish what has been the best X-Men crossover in years.
Hit-Monkey #1- After a fun one-shot showing the origins of Hit-Monkey, the lovable and very funny monkey is back in a 3 part miniseries. Starting immediately after the origins issue, Hit-Monkey is on the warpath to get vengeance on the people who killed his tribe. Writer Daniel Way gave Hit-Monkey a ghost mentor here which I guess was the right thing to do. The ghost gives background on the story but he also takes away something from Hit-Monkey. Having a monkey who is a hitman is much more fun than having a monkey who is a hitman who is controlled by a ghost. As Hit-Monkey can’t speak, having the ghost is important but hopefully he will disappear soon. The ghost takes attention away from Hit-Monkey which is bad because the monkey is a good enough character to have a series all on his own.