Saturday, August 7, 2010

Comic Book Review: Brightest Day #7

Book Information

Written by Geoff Johns & Peter Tomasi
Penciled by Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark, Joe Prado
Colors by Aspen MLT’s Peter Steigerwald with John Starr
Lettered by Rob Clark Jr.
Cover by David Finch, Scott Williams, & Steigerwald

My Awe-Inspiring Opinion
Alright, now we’re getting somewhere. Finally, things are starting to make sense, and just when I was ready to call it quits with this comic. Johns and Tomasi have definitely raised the bar this week with the promised and much anticipated revelation in this issue. While the bulk of the story is still a mystery, we’ve been given some angst to hold onto for two weeks to help boost our confidence that Brightest Day is actually going somewhere.

Each character gets their time in the spotlight, but none like Deadman. One of the questions at the forefront of my mind dealt with the King Arthur figure and who would actually be able to lift the white lantern from the ground. I don’t want to call it too soon however, it’s still fairly early in the story, but finally we can be certain of Deadman’s importance within Brightest Day.

The artist toggle didn’t work for me as much this time through; there was a lot more bumpy transitions from style to style that I wish would have felt more seamless. I just have a REALLY hard time going from this…

To this…

However, the artistry of each separate unit was executed quite well. Some parts of the toggling were actually very interesting, especially during the revelational two paged spread where each character is given a specific task to perform. And while the artistic finality of the two pager spread is quite ingenious, the whole idea that the white lantern entity is setting destiny in motion seems rather contrived to me. I felt the entity was very helpless against Nekron; being displayed as very innocent, ignorant, and like an infant unable to understand the world around him. (Or is it a her?) But this is part of the overarching mystery I suppose, I shouldn’t knock it quite yet.

Is it just me, or does Aquaman’s dilemma seem a bit TOO odd? First he can only control dead sea creatures, now he can bring them to life? I would really like to know where Johns and Tomasi are going with this. I understood the connection with death since he is, after all, a retired Black Lantern. But now, all of the sudden whatever he touches comes to life? Maybe this falls into place somewhere that I’m not seeing, but I would very much like this to resolve sooner rather than later.

My Awesomely Climactic Conclusion
Nicely done. I truly was ready to give up on this series. I was afraid the Morrison disease was spreading into Johns and Tomasi writing a story with a confusion lead up to a eventual poor ending. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Writing: 8
Themes: 8
Art: 6
Overall: 7.33 out of 10

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