BRIGHTEST DAY #19

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What the f**k is going on? That’s what the White Light tries to explain to Boston Brand, whilst in the Bermuda Triangle, AquaWar begins. This instalment is brought to you by Writers: Geoff Johns & Peter Tomasi; Artists: Ivan Reis & Scott Clark; and Published by DC Comics on February 2011.



THE STORY:
“It’s all part of the plan” that is part of the answer which the White Light gives to Boston (Deadman) Brands question of “Why did you vaporise the Hawks?”. And the other part of the answer? Well, it’s a show-stopper! The White Light then explains to Boston that all of the tasks in which he has assigned to the resurrected heroes / villains, is a preventative measure for both repelling a dark avatar, and brining into existence the new ‘chosen one’ to defend the earth. And not only that, but the people involved have no choice in this matter, which Boston finds out sometime later, when he reluctantly helps out Aquamans enemies in breaching the Bermuda Triangle. Bermuda Triangle? Yes... Bermuda Triangle. Because over on the West Coast of America, the Aquawar begin’s – involving Aquaman and the recently christened Aqualad on the one side – and Siren with her parallel dimension cohorts on the other. Also, there is a surprise in store for Aquaman, one involving Black Manta – a sword – and a re-enactment of what happened to his hand in his previous life, CHOP! Do I have to say any more?

THE REVIEW:
Oooohhhhh! Interesting! In this issue of Brightest Day, Boston gets a talking down by the White Light, and Aquaman gets a sever manicure by Black Manta. Nice? Not for them it isn’t. But strangely enough, nice for us. As always with this expansive mini-series, this is all told in a clear and bold manner, whilst at the same time continually teasing us on with what is going to happen next. However, is this teasing a good thing or not? Well, not for those with high blood pressure or a short life-spans, but as for the rest of us, I am sure some of the shock value has waned from this title. Hawks dead again? Seen it before! Aquamans going to have difficulty wiping his butt? Whatever! Boston in a state of torment? When is he not! Martian Manhunter yearning about his dead planet? Good for him. And so on, and so on. Now I am sure that you get the basic gist of what I am trying to say by now, as Brightest Day seems to be repackaging what we know of these characters into a more modernised milieu. Granted, at the beginning this was done in a bold, clear, and exciting way. But now, all it seems to be is interesting. And interesting does what interesting can – intrigue – but nothing more than that really. Still, saying all this, I did like this issue. Quick in places, linier in structure, and clean in content.

THE RATING: B+

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