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Brightest Day #12

Brightest Day #12: Those of us following DC’s latest event series are lucky, I think; we’ve got two solid, plot-progressing issue of Brightest Day in a row. This installment focuses mostly on Martian Manhunter’s plot of trying to rebuild Mars, which is fine with me; I’ve always like J’onn’s character and I’m excited at the prospect that Brightest Day may return him to prominence in the DCU. There’s also a couple great pages starring Deathstorm (who debuted last issue to my acclaim), and, quite promisingly, Deadman and Dove begin the hunt for the hero who might be the “new champion of Earth.” Downside: the entirety of J’onn’s dialog was a very melodramatic, which kind of takes away from the impact of some of his scenes (if everything is supposed to be dramatic, nothing is, you know?).  B+
Review by Rebel Rikki

Batman Beyond #5: This issue solves my potential problem with the “big bad” reveal from last time around and makes it clear who Bruce and Terry’s true enemy has been. The reveal ends up making sense, but people saying they wished that Terry’d have his own villains to fight will be disappointed. In general the dialog continues to be mostly quite good (there are some Bruce scenes that are perhaps a bit off) and the art continues to be pretty bad. I do, however, really like the character of the new Catwoman that this issue spends some time introducing us to, and I hope she sticks around when Batman: Beyond goes ongoing in 2011.  B-
Review by Rebel Rikki

Darkwing Duck #5: Boom! Kids has accomplished something pretty spiffy with its Darkwing Duck book: it’s managed to successfully balance several potentially conflicting tones. Darkwing mixes the humor of the awesome 1990s cartoon with a more serious plot that so far has borrowed from classic comics like The Dark Knight Returns and Crisis on Infinite Earths, yet it feels like a natural plot progression from the source material. In this issue, the first to bear the official title of “ongoing,” fiends Magica De Spell and Negaduck have traveled the universe capturing versions of Darkwing Duck from myriad realities to unleash upon St. Canard. Their plan: befuddle the town and destroy the reputation of the real one! It’s a really entertaining, enjoyable read, especially for fans of the show, though very rarely its attempts to be more serious lead to some awkward scenes (I think any time the title character expresses a lot of angst there might be a problem).  A-
Review by Rebel Rikki

New Ultimates #4: It could almost be a full-time job to rip on Jeph Loeb. While this newest series is still a step up from Ultimates 3 that really isn’t saying much. The art of Frank Cho is decent, but frankly I don’t see why he’s worth all of the hype that he gets, nor is the art worth the two-month wait between issues. Jepf Loeb has chosen to tell this series from the point of view of a different character in each issue and I can’t really say the approach works too well. As for the plot, Thor finally makes his return to the Ultimates universe, and as the team soon finds out, that may not be such an awesome thing. Of course Loki is pulling the strings behind everything. Hopefully things will pick up as this arc wraps up. B
Review by Spaceman Spiff

Transformers: Drift #4: This issue, the last in the mini-series, wraps up the battle between the hidden Cybertronian society (of which Drift is a de-facto part) and the slavers after their bodies. In the end I didn’t find Drift to be of much consequence (unless, I suppose, you really like that character), although there truly is some fantastic artwork by Alex Milne on display in each of the issues, and this one is no exception.  B-
Review by Rebel Rikki

X-Factor #210: Peter David takes a detour from last issue’s Las Vegas excursion to focus on Rictor, Wolfsbane and Monet. Monet takes a case at X-Factor Investigations that looks like it may lead to some problems later on while Rictor and a pregnant Rahne Sinclair head to the doctor to check up on her baby, which may lead to exposing a big secret to Rictor. As always Peter David’s writing is fantastic as he mixes humor, action and some dark themse in what is probably the closest series that Marvel has to a Vertigo series. A good sidestep, but I can’t wait to get back to the action in Vegas. A-
Review by Spaceman Spiff

tags: batman beyond, brightest day, darkwing duck, new ultimates, transformer, x-factor

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