Brightest Day #17

It's a little hard to believe that "Brightest Day" is already at the 2/3rds mark (my how time flies in comics), but that's almost certainly why it feels like this comic is picking up the pace. With the remaining issues now in single digits, it's time for stories to start wrapping up and loose ends to get taken care of.

So while some recent issues of "Brightest Day" focused on just one or two of the characters involved, the latest installment brings Firestorm, Deadman, Dove, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, and Star Sapphire all into the foreground. And why not? Trying to bring everything to a conclusion simultaneously in "Brightest Day" #26 would almost certainly be a disaster (unless DC's willing to cough up a 100-page final issue), so things are rolling merrily ahead here. We start learning about how White Lantern rings function, the Hawks and Star Sapphire are going after the villain on Zamaron, and Firestorm's story inches towards its own conclusion.

(It's worth mentioning "Green Lantern" readers in particular may want to pick up this issue; while not advertised as such, there are developments here that will probably spill over into the upcoming "War of the Lanterns" story. Don't say I didn't tell you.)

And while none of it is particularly noteworthy for coming up with crazy ideas or moments that will stick with you, giving credit where it's due, Geoff Johns and Peter J. Tomasi are making this a satisfying read. It's fun, and that's ultimately what we're looking for.

That's a pattern which also plays through into the art. The four pencilers for "Brightest Day" have this down to a science, now; their styles all look relatively similar, and it tells the story well. Some scenes look better than others - the outer space vistas with Firestorm are effective, as well as him plunged in darkness and using his form moving across the panels to emphasize the shadow - but overall it's a level playing field.

Will "Brightest Day" be a particularly memorable year-long event for the DC Universe? Probably not. But will readers of the core mini-series feel like they've gotten their money's worth? I think so.

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