This is a continuing Brightest Day tie-in issue that has nothing to do with Black Lanterns, or the Brightest Day maxi-series for that matter. For many fans of the character, this is a welcome relief. You see, some comic book readers have expressed their dismay over what seem to be a conspiracy to take the edge off Green Arrow, resulting in the character not getting the most captivating parts in the past issues. The first five installments all served as settings for Brightest Day sub-plots and, right now, I couldn’t care less about that mysterious forest in the middle of Star City.
But now, we see Green Arrow finally hitting the bull’s eye in this series that bears his name. Oliver Queen finally raids Queen Industries to meet the Queen and her assistant assassin Nix head on. The assault scenes are packed with action, which all manage to provide the much needed thrust for Oliver’s story to move forward.
Writer JT Krul has brought the series a new sense of direction. Storywise, I believe that this is the best issue in the series so far. Add to that the powerful artwork by Diogenes Neves and the brilliant colors and inkwork from Vicente Cifuentes. As always, the cover art by Mauro Cascioli sums up the core of this issue’s storyline in a manner that’s nothing less than realistic.
Action Comics #894
Lex Luthor and Death. This. Is Happening. Right now. In this issue. Many people say that Death from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman gracing the pages of Action Comics is just one big marketing ploy. Whether that’s true or not, I honestly don’t care. Apart from the cover, the crunchy storyline makes this issue a good read. Besides, who wouldn’t want to see Lex Luthor feeling vulnerable as he comes face to face with Death. I gotta tell you, the conversations—even if touching on the philosophical—are captivating, especially if you think like Luthor. The question is can Luthor talk his way out of Death’s grasp?
Green Arrow #5
This is one of the Brightest Day tie-ins that definitely hit the spot. Green Arrow faces off against a masked female assassin right on the streets of Star City which resulted in one of the bystanders getting killed. To save the man, our archer hero brings the dead body to the forest in an attempt to resurrect the man. But far from what Green Arrow expected, his noble act brought to life a horde of zombies, which include Oliver McQueen’s own father. Green Arrow fights side by side with Galahad to drive back the Black Lantern abomination. Again, I would also like to mention that the cover art by Mauro Cascioli for this issue is downright awesome!
Justice League Generation Lost #12
At first glance, you’d think that this issue is about a big clash between Fire and Ice. Well, no. It’s actually a retelling of the origin of Ice. Sure, there’s a lot of fight scenes between the two. But the meat of the issue is Tora Olafsdotter’s history and how her childhood experiences made her the Ice Goddess that we know today. The retcon portion makes this comic book issue enjoyable.
Time Masters Vanishing Point #4
I know what you’re going to say. You think that this story arc should have been titled Bonding Time with Rip Hunter and Booster Gold. Perhaps, somewhere in the series you even thought that Time Masters Vanishing Point is half-baked—no offense to Dan Jurgens—and has nothing to do at all with finding Batman who’s been lost in the time stream. But if you can only hang on to this issue for a bit longer, you’ll see the error of dismissing the whole series as rubbish.
As for me, I say that this issue is the turning point of the Vanishing Point arc. There are a handful of revelations that will literally open your eyes to why Darkseid sent Batman to the past. You’re wondering why the Vanishing Point was destroyed? It’s right here in this ish. Want to know why the heroes who are trying to find the Dark Knight are themselves lost in time? Well, grab a copy now. Also, cover art by Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund is very impressive. It gives me that vertigo effect…in a good kind of way. Definitely, 10-over-10.