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Brian Masticates some 4/14

A fairly short entry today, hopefully with a part two tomorrow…

BRIGHTEST DAY #0: In terms of Setting Up The Story, this is a decent enough follow-through on BLACKEST NIGHT — I’m a little worried if it might be overstuffed though. There are, what, 10-12 “main characters” here to deal with, whereas “52” really only had 4-5 mains. Everyone gets checked in for 2-4 pages, and there’s a number of intriguing things set up, but there’s “only” 27 issues to move things along, and that’s a whole lot of juggling. Some of the characters might have a larger focus outside BD, maybe — Zoom and Boomerang in The Flash, MM and the Hawks in JLA possibly, whatever, but it’s still a crazy large cast and it seems like not so much space to handle it all. I thought the first issue was a low-ish GOOD, and I’m looking forward to the ride, but I’m wondering if Geoff might not be over-extending a bit here…

THE FLASH #1: didn’t do a thing for me. sorry to say. Pretty darn EH, and if it weren’t for the free Flash ring with #1, I’d be pretty worried about the long-term health potential here. Nothing screams “MUST READ!” to me, which is the kiss of death for entertainment in 2010…

SIEGE: LOKI #1: just mentioning this because I rapped Gillen pretty hard on the knuckles for the Thor Siege tie-in, and I thought Loki was much more “on message” as portrayed here. I kind of liked this one a decent amount (I’ll give it a GOOD), but I have to say that the “classified” original solicitations on the five one-shots here really leave me scratching my head — there’s nothing going on here that couldn’t have been solicited, and the deeply cynical bit of me says that what was really going on was someone said “we need five more Siege tie-ins, so we’re going to schedule them. You, editors, make the books appear from thin air!”, and thus these comics were “classified” because, up until 3 months ago, MARVEL didn’t know what would be in them or by who. In other words, these were manufactured items created to suck more money out of your pocket, rather than anything done for compelling creative reasons, and even if they end up being decent (like this one), that’s more a happy accident than anything else. I’d be happy to be proven wrong on that, however.

STAR TREK: MCCOY #1: Or, as the cover says “Leonard McCoy, Frontier Doctor”, which is a MUCH better title. John Byrne has been really hit or miss for me for much of the last decade, and I thought this one was a solid “hit”, I’ll go with a solid GOOD here, with my wanting to see more.

GREEN ARROW #32: Really? I don’t want to beat up on this book too much, I really don’t, but man this is a steaming pile of CRAP. There’s a few conventions of comics that don’t really withstand scrutiny — like “Secret Identities”, but that’s because sledom do comics underline just how fucking stupid they are. But, it is double-underlined here, then highlighted with an orange highlighter pen. “Gasp, you mean Green Arrow is ex-Mayor Oliver Queen? Wha-?!?” OH, PLEASE! Trust me, if I threw on a domino mask, you’d still be able to tell it was me, and I’m neither the mayor of a city, nor a high-profile member of the JLA.

Then there is the whole trial/verdict thing which was just unbelievably bad — “I’m tempted to overrule the jury, but, ah, what the hell, let’s just banish you.” How is that even remotely plausible anywhere anyhow? Stinnnnky!

“I saw part of me in Mia’s eyes”? Really, through the non-eye-showing mask? Really?

Ugh, and the whole dismantling of the GA/BC marriage for just goofy mandated reasons…

And the ending with Hal standing in for the JLA and saying, in essence, “we don’t care that you’re a murderer, since a biased Jury let you off” *shudder*

I read a lot of bad comics, but I think I can completely say that Green Arrow #32 is the worst one I’ve read so far in 2010 — it’s not even crap, it’s (the dreaded) ASS.  Foo!

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Like I said, hopefully more tomorrow (or maybe Friday) — I want to talk about OTHER LIVES and MARKET DAY and a few more comics, too.

In the meantime, what did YOU think? (And are these “same day” reviews working for you? Or is it too early?)

-B

17 Responses to “ Brian Masticates some 4/14 ”

  1. “if it weren’t for the free Flash ring with #1, I’d be pretty worried about the long-term health potential here.”
    There’s a certain amount of irony to that statement.

  2. R.e. Green Arrow’s “secret identity” how can anyone in the DCU not have noted that the only two people on the entire planet Earth who sport such startlingly retro face furniture are Oliver Queen and Green Arrow. You’d need a welder’s mask to keep that identity secret. And The Batman never guessed did he? I suspect his claim to be the world’s greatest detective is nothing but a hollow boast.

    I’m good with the “same day” reviews. Cheers!

  3. I also like the same day reviews.

  4. The first page of Brightest Day is pretty fucking EXCELLENT, the rest of the comic, not so much.

  5. “…these were manufactured items created to suck more money out of your pocket, rather than anything done for compelling creative reasons, and even if they end up being decent (like this one), that’s more a happy accident than anything else.”

    Doesn’t that describe, like, 99% of popular entertainment, though?

  6. Thanks for the reviews!

  7. John: Maybe everyone thought Green Arrow was Travis Morgan (Warlord). They have the same facial hair!

  8. I hadn’t read Flash Rebirth or Blackest Night (waiting on trades), but I grabbed Flash #1 because I wanted to check out this Brightest Day event, and I found it really enjoyable.
    It didn’t scream must read, but it was light, breezy and fun, and the story and art worked perfectly.
    Usually all those words spell the death of a book these days, but I reckon this one might break through.
    (My opinion on it’s chances based on nothing more than… I dunno, I got a good vibe from it).

  9. I like the early reviews — feels like I am getting a jump on things.

    Any chance of getting the comments set up where you can subscribe again to a thread you post in via email? I really liked that ability.

  10. Skimmed the end of GA on the rack.

    My god the ending is funny

  11. Brightest Day #0: this was for the hype-fiend. Had to see what all the hubbub was about.

    I was like: hey Boston Brand aka Deadman aka White Lantern, and then I was like hey Aquaman and Jean Grey and a Black Lantern reflection, and then i was like ugh to black lanterns i’ve seen enough of those guys and then blah blah blah Max Lord and blah blah Jade and the 1980s Ronnie Raymond showed up to help me drink my Bell’s Batch 9000 ale.

    early or late, the reviews are great.

  12. Dagnabbit, Matthew! I clean forgot about Travis Morgan(Warlord). I was always more of an Arak man myself. Still, my apologies to The Batman. I bet Warlord would be a fine mayor though.

    What’s been bugging me ever since Mr. Hibbs’ reviews is whether anyone has ever seen a real life post-medieval human being in the real life modern world with that there goatee and ‘tache combo? It’s a serious question that’s plaguing me even now. And, no, cosplay don’t count.

  13. >Or, as the cover says “Leonard McCoy, Frontier Doctor”, which is a MUCH better title.

    It’s also the title listed in the indica, so I guess they changed it after listing it on Previews?

  14. The most ironic thing about Brightest Day, for me, is that it really had no heart.

    I mean, what we really needed to see was how these characters felt about returning. I mean, we can imagine, but I’d much rather have seen Martian Manhunter come to grips with how lonely he is and resolve to bring Mars back to life than, you know, just go out and start doing it first. There just wasn’t enough character to this book.

    I mean, Osiris gets back, after he was betrayed by everything and everyone in his life, and he just . . . goes on, starts trying to rebuild. Why should we care? It’s like some disconnected sequel to 52.

    The worst is Deadman, simply because we should be in his head, we should know what he feels and what he wants, except he’s just a plot device, just the victim of the white ring’s pull. It’s so freaking boring.

    I was really shocked this came from Johns and Tomasi. I mean, both have been guilty of bad work before, but I’ve just never seen them write a story that simply didn’t try as little as this one. This felt completely editorially mandated, which is hard to believe given how strongly Johns came off of Blackest Night.

  15. Brian, I’m interested in your opinion on changing the comic book delivery date.

  16. “There are, what, 10-12 “main characters” here to deal with, whereas ’52’ really only had 4-5 mains.”

    That doesn’t sound right to me. A minimum count of main characters in 52 is Animal Man, Adam Strange, Starfire, The Question, Montoya, Batwoman, Steel, Black Adam, Dr Magnus, Booster Gold– and I’d also include Isis, Osiris, Skeets, Dr Sivana, and Natasha. There were 6 or so main plotlines, most of which had more than one major character.

  17. What’s disheartening about “Brightest Day” is how tedious and shopworn so many of the revenants feel instants after their re-introduction. The Hawk & Dove dynamic, glum Aquaman, Mera (who was one of the intriguing characters in NIGHT), instead of replacing Aquaman, is back to being the missus. And the grimness re: Carter and Shiera on about their past lives yadda yadda—weren’t these dead-ends the reason these characters were done away with in the first place? Same anemia that surrounds Barry Allen. Sulky Firestorm guy, poor Jade foreshadowed with more of the Black Lantern hokum…It’s Oakland.

    Given that Johns is in the Politburo that’s directing DC these days, “editorially mandated” seems like a moot point.

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