DC Comics
Brightest Day # 18
By Koppy McFad
February 5, 2011 - 23:31

DC Comics
Writer(s): Geoff Johns, Peter Tomasi
Penciller(s): Ivan Reis, Scott Clark, Joe Prado
Cover Artist(s): David Finch, Scott Williams / Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert
$2.99 US 32 pages

   Hawkman and Hawkgirl in their final confrontation.

   Hawkman and Hawkgirl track their main enemy to the planet of the Star Sapphires, to engage in a final battle that will settle their ancient curse once and for all.

   It is a violent and action-packed tale, well suited to the art style. The Hawkman-portions of this mini-series have been done in a very overblown, melodramatic style where characters are at their best when their bodies are looming menacingly over the landscape or colliding forcefully with another character. The story and action moves so fast, there is almost no time to think about how confusing the story is, with bizarre turns of events like the animated bones and that talking rock in the Lantern at the end.

   The whole history of Hawkman and Hawkgirl has become so convoluted, many readers are probably just glad that their tale has finally been resolved-- except it isn't, of course. I don't know what this all means but I hope DC Comics has finally decided, for sure, what to do with this character and that at the end of this miniseries, we will finally get a Hawkman (and Hawkgirl) who will stand the test of time and who won't be retconned every five years.

   The brief Deadman scenes add to the mystery and the art is amazing. It really whets the appetite for what is to come. DC Comics should sign Ivan Reis to a long term contract because he has all the makings of the next Jim Lee, perhaps with even greater depth than Lee.

Rating: 7/10

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