This issue sees another of the “Brightest Day” Returned Twelve accomplish his mission, but the fallout and complications of that mission completion are yet to ring through. As we’ve seen in “Titans,” there are layers of complications to every action, and “Brightest Day” hasn’t been as straightforward as expected, either.
The Fiorentino cover pits Shazam (using the now-classic logo from the Thomas-Mandrake mini of 1986) against Osiris and promises that “One will fall. . .” The book beneath said cover delivers just that. You’ve got a fifty percent chance of guessing that one right, so it’s not a stunning surprise, but it does seem to be (at least temporarily) meaningful.
In this series to this point, and even more so in this issue, Osiris plays out as every bit the loon that his progenitor, Black Adam, was, maybe even more. His logic is flawed and his actions are brutal, which makes him a fine addition for Deathstroke’s team, except he hasn’t been with the rest of the non-team team.
Tan’s art looks incomplete, relying heavily upon Hi-Fi’s color work to give it a coat of polish. Unfortunately for all parties – Tan, Hi-Fi, and reader – the over-indulgence of color hits a little too harshly and makes the unfinished figures unattractive. Additionally, Tan’s figures are too similar to one another and the “background” the figures clash in is a muddled mess of undetailed debris. Tan’s got better chops than this; they just aren’t showing up here. Fiorentino shines in comparison, once again bathing the characters in his part of the story in sawmill grit and grime. Hi-Fi’s colors are more subdued with Fiorentino’s art, which works to great effect.
I’ll hold back from the big splash page final reveal, but if you really want it spoiled for you, you certainly don’t have to look any too far. It’s a stunning final page, and the repercussions of this issue are sure to extend beyond this title.
Deathstroke is still playing his game, but reveals that the big mission he is set upon – the cause he brought this team together for – is tied to his own son. Wallace hasn’t done much to knit this team together, save for their undying bitterness towards one another, but he does fill this book with uncertainty. Between Deathstroke’s discussions with his group and Osiris slugging it out with Shazam, Ray Palmer makes an appearance and seems to have cracked the mystery surrounding Choi’s disappearance.
This book has strung the stories along for quite some time and now those stories are starting to weave together, even as it seems that the characters have reason to drift apart. There’s enough of a collection of story sparks here to keep my interest, but what Wallace chooses to ignite with those sparks remains to be seen.