As we approach the final issue of Brightest Day, the 24th (technically the 25th as that zero issue was pretty much a first issue for the series, but whatever), I feel it might be fun to look at the first collection of the series. In doing so you can see the immediate problems that would plague the series and the good things that would help it.
Let's get the two biggest complaints out of the way first. The zero issue has a lot of characters in it that would go on to pretty much not play any role at all in Brightest Day because the tie-in comics to this main mini-series would cover those character's tales. For example, in Brightest Day issue zero we spend some time with Max Lord who barely ever pops up again in Brightest Day but is integral to Justice League: Generation Lost. Okay, Then there is the second issue. Mainly, the characters don't really find out what their main purpose for existence is, and what goal they have until the seventh issue when variety of pages and one cool multi-page spread spell out what everyone needs to do over the course of this series or their respective titles. So yeah, just when the series starts to take off the book ends, ain't that a real kick in the junk--and not the good kind (if there even is a good kind). Plus, some people who appear in the zero issue don't come back into this series until well after the seventh, so while folk who picked this up at the comic stand may not have forgotten much, if you are waiting months between reading books of this...you may be out of luck recalling what the heck is going on.
|Everybody's got something to do, but don't expect to see them all accomplish it in this series...
|Aquaman's wife was sent to kill him? Eh, doesn't marriage slowly kill us all? Zing!
3 out of 5 stars.