And Then I Read: BRIGHTEST DAY 18 & 19

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There comes a point where repeating the same plot point too many times robs it of any significance, and BRIGHTEST DAY writers Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi have done that for me in these issues with the characters Hawkman and Hawkwoman. SPOILERS AHEAD IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS ISSUE YET!

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In previous issues we’ve seen the Hawks in many time periods, constantly being killed and reborn. So it’s not a surprise when, in issue 18, they are killed once again, and brought back to life by the power of the White Lantern. And, just when their lives seem ready to get back on a more normal path, and they’re celebrating, Deadman shows up, dragged to them by the White Lantern power, and he is forced to kill them one MORE time. As a reader, this is now, “Ho hum. Dead again. Be back soon, no doubt.” Too many times in this and previous events have we seen major characters go through an apparent death and rebirth. How about some new plot ideas?

Issue 19 doesn’t seem to have any. There, we see the start of yet another war, this time between the Atlanteans and any surface dwellers they can find, with Aquaman and the new Aqualad trying to stop them. Again, this is all very much like the last few wars we’ve seen, though on a smaller scale.

The art is fine on these issues, once again by a team of four or more artists who seem to all work remarkably smoothly together. One lettering note: small letters with a black outline and a red fill are quite hard to read. Word to the wise.

Can’t recommend these issues.

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