Friday, October 8, 2010

Comic Book Review: Brightest Day #11

Literary & Artistic Credits
Writer: Geoff Johns & Peter J. Tomasi
Penciller: Ivan Reis, Scott Clark, Patrick Gleason, Joe Prado
Inker: David Beaty, Oclair Albert, Keith Champagne, Tom Nguyen
Colorist: Aspen MLT’s Peter Steigerwald
Letterer: Rob Clark Jr.
Cover Art: David Finch

My Awe-Inspiring Opinion
New things continually come to light every two weeks with Brightest Day.  This is always an intelligent plot device as “shock and alarm” typically keep readers invested in the story.  My fear, however, with Brightest Day is that it’s falling will be right in line with the hit series Lost; the more complicated you make the story, the harder it will be to wrap it up with a successful conclusion.

Brightest Day has certainly been having trouble keeping on its feat ever since it began.  There seems to be less focus with this series than there was with its predecessor, Blackest night.  With #11 however, I had something to really grab onto with every page turn as Johns and Tomasi focus all their efforts almost 100% on Aquaman and Firestorm, providing some fasinating new developments in both stories.

DC really is trying to give Firestorm the ultimate comeback from its recent dark days that slowly dwindled into nothing.  While the plot surrounding Firestorm is a bit strange, I’m most definitely intrigued by what’s transpiring.  I did find the return of Black Lantern Firestorm (AKA, Deathstorm…gag!) to be a little out of place, but it seems to have a huge role in the overall story.  Who knew that both Ronnie and Jason had the capabilities of CREATING an evil counterpart to themselves?  But this Deathstorm seems to know the entire plan of this phantom voice calling out for the white lantern.  Very weird, but I’m all ready to for the unveiling of this mystery!

Aquaman has never really been given decent enough storylines worthy of his character; they were always corny or poorly written.  But here in Brightest Day, I think Aquaman is going to be giving a story that will finally equal that of the other top dog DC heroes.  But sadly, based on images and rumors I’ve heard, this could be the story that kills him off……again!   Rather than focusing on the “missions” that Johns and Tomasi have created for every character, this addition to the story reveals some interesting facts surrounding the history and mythos of Aquaman and the ties it has to Lighting Lad and Black Manta.  This is all very promising and I can only hope this quality boost in the story continues through the rest of the series.

I must say I am confused as to why Black Lantern Aquaman and Martian Manhunter have re-risen even though both said heroes are alive, kickin’, and off on their own quest to solve this mystery.  I guess my initial question “What exactly IS a Black Lantern?” wasn’t really answered in Blackest Night huh?

In addition to the improvement in literary qualities, the art seems to have taken an even BIGGER jump towards the positive.  Every Firestorm section of this book was mind-bogglingly good.  I don’t really know which of the multiple artists worked the Firestorm sections, but whoever it was did an amazing job with the definition and colorization all-throughout.  But even in Ivan Reis’ Aquaman sections, the art seemed to improved drastically in color quality and emotional impact.  Are you people savoring this moment?  I’m praising an artist toggle in a comic.  This does not happen!

My Majestically Climactic Conclusion
In comparison to the other ten issues published thus far, this comic was exciting to read.  There are still many problems, but it was fun to read and look at.  Fingers crossed for the rest of the run…

Rating: 8.2 out of 10
Writing: 8
Art: 10
Themes: 6.5

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