Brightest Day

DC Comics year-long maxi-series follow-up to Blackest Night has been a trainwreck, and that’s putting it nicely. After 24 grueling issues Brightest Day has finally, and thankfully, come to an end. What was the point with bringing characters back from the dead, killing some of them off again, and generally writing bewildering stories about the restoration of the White Lantern that never went anywhere? Swamp Thing.

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You’d think a comic showcasing two of my favorite DC heroes would be the kind of thing I’d enjoy. You’d be wrong.

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Green Arrow is a killer, Speedy lost his daughter and got his arm ripped off, Batman is a cave man, and a group of baddies just banded together to knock-off Ryan Choi? I’ve got to ask: Is Brightest Day meant to be ironic?

Seriously, it took five super-villains to take this guy out (talk about overkill)? Who are they going after next, Ace the Bathound? I was never a fan of how DC went about diversifying their hero population by replacing known (and beloved) heroes with unknowns instead of simply creating new heroes. I never warmed to Choi as the Atom, and even though I really like Jaime Reyes a piece of me will always resent him for not being Ted Kord. All that said, Choi still deserved a better fate than this “heroic” death at the hands of Deathstroke, wishy-washy Black Adam Jr, the ridiculous Tattooed Man, Catman’s old squeeze, and some girl on fire.

[DC $4.99]

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