Brightest Day #17- One of the problems in Brightest Day is how the story skipped from one character to another. Usually I have no problem with this. It worked well in 52, so there’s no reason why it can’t work well in Brightest Day. Unfortunately, writers Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi do not seem to have gotten the pacing down for this. After an absence of about a month, the action returned to Hawkman and Hawkwoman. The big problem is that the story picked up immediately where we left off. They are still struck on the arch of the magic portal which means the story never moved an inch while we were away. However after 3-4 issues of Brightest Day, most readers would be hard pressed to remember what is happening. That is disappointing because the action and story exactly pick up in this issue. The Deadman/Dove development was sweet and even the Firestorm story seem to be getting somewhere. Too bad about the pacing.
The Thanos Imperative: Devastation #1- After the Thanos Imperative ended with heavy losses for the universe, I guess it’s only right that writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning had to go back for this much needed epilogue. With both the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Nova Corps losing their leaders in the war, Cosmo decided to follow Starlord’s last wish and set up a new team to protect the universe. At the end of the war, the biggest guns in our universe formed a strike-force to take the fight to Lord Mar-Vell. The surprise attack failed but the power of the strike-force was impressive and Cosmo go about reforming the team. More than anything, this epilogue is #0 of the team and that’s great. After the golden Thanos Imperative, we need more cosmic goodness.