Month: April 2010

100 Days, 100 Comics #79: ‘Brightest Day’ #0

Posted by – April 14, 2010

C2E2 week seemed like a good time to end my absence streak from Dark Tower Comics today, and Brightest Day #0 by Geoff Johns, Peter Tomasi, and Fernando Pasarin was a fine note to come back here with. Strangely enough, I did not immediately see this cover and recognize it as a piece of work by David Finch, even if I did catch the pleasant aroma of Peter Steigerwald’s colors. Anyway, this was a pretty epic 48-pager, and it’s nice when a $3.99 pamphlet comic feels like a value for what’s inside these days, so I want to dive into the content.

In the aftermath of Blackest Night, all sorts of characters are back from the dead, and this is a one-issue prologue to what’s going on with them going into the Brightest Day storyline. Boston Brand is one of my favorite characters in DC’s history, and I never really liked Martian Manhunter’s new look prior to his death, so seeing Deadman and J’onn J’onzz’s old brow ridge and costume re-re-tooling gave me a positive impression to go in on. The page economy allotted per storyline, the fact that I actually cared about the Hawk characters and the great little Maxwell Lord sequence brought it home.

Meanwhile, there was an extremely heartwarming moment when Guy Gardner presented J’onn with a tanker of Oreo cookies to make me smile and a totally bizarre moment in the Firestorm section with a kid at a party dumping a keg of beer all over a nearly topless girl at a party that had me scratching my head a bit. First off all, that is a reprehensible waste of beer. Second, he’s quite strong to be lifting that up and pouring it with any accuracy so effortlessly. And third, I’m a little surprised that got into a DCU comic — though stranger things have happened.

Moving on, Pasarin is an astonishing talent. His figures tend to out looking a little long in the torso — a bit like Michael Turner at times — but the overall strength and variety of his work page-to-page earned my four bucks. Johns’ story hit a memorable note with each of the revived heroes and villains, and I dug the seeds that were sewn.

If I’ve got one hope for Brightest Day coming out of issue #0, though, it’s that the Hawk-mythos doesn’t overshadow or impede the Boston Brand development. And if someone wants to make a current timeline of exactly what the Hawks’ history is at this point, I would not hold a grudge.

Link Sausage: 4/13/2010

Posted by – April 13, 2010

• I ended up out at the Twins/White Sox game on Saturday instead of traveling out to Manhattan to the MoCCA Art Fest, but luckily Gary Tyrrell, Rick Marshall and Sean T. Collins blogged about most of the things I would have wanted to see anyway. At the top of that list, of course, is Top Shelf’s Swedish invasion posse who will be showing up at the Nerd City C2E2 party this Saturday in Chicago.

• My Chicago-based pal Brian Crowley launched his new webcomic Hamster Rage this week, and I approve.

The A.V. Club ran a great rundown of characters from Warren Zevon songs. I talk to people all the time who wish they knew more about Zevon or where to start listening to his oeuvre beyond “Werewolves of London.” This is a great “Zevon for Dummies”-style start.

Philip Tan draws about the best Beta Ray Bill I’ve seen this month.

Diesel Sweeties summed up in a provocatively succinct manner what Twitter and the Internet are probably doing to writing as an institution.