Penciller: Joe Bennett
Inker: Jack Jadson & Ruy Jose
Cover Artist: Dustin Nguyen
Editor: Rex Ogle & Brian Cunningham
The Fiendishly Diabolical Plot
As always, Batman jumps into the mix to provide some much needed advice and leadership in an almost unbeatable dilemma. With the help of his alien armored suit, Blue Beetle has survived a bullet with Max Lord’s signature on it and was given a glimpse of the evil psychic’s plan. Apparently not even Max Lord has the ability to leave the past behind and forgive Wonder Woman for snapping his neck so many years ago. But just as the entire world can’t remember Max Lord, now no one can remember who Wonder Woman is. It’s all a matter of time! Who will get to Wonder Woman first, the League or Mr. Lord?
My Awe-Inspiring Opinion
It’s the age old tale of heroes and villains rising from the dead; except with this issue, the team turns on their “giddy” switch at the sight of Blue Beetle standing in front of them. Typically we see heroes receive no more than a stoic smile and a hearty handshake when returning from the afterlife. Here we see some of the toughest heroes in the DCU turn into crazy-happy “normal” people at the sight of their NOT dead friend. I wish we could see this side of our favorite heroes more often! (But then again, I would also like to see DC actually kill off a hero and NOT bring him or her back. Trends are nice, but they often times become too much.)
Wonder Woman is my favorite super hero in comics, who didn’t know that right? It’s nice to see her featured in this subsection of the Brightest Day folklore. I’m not sure if this was purposefully used to explain the changed continuity in her own self-titled book or if it was a last minute detail to help meet the demands of angry screaming fans over the dislike in Wonder Woman’s new found lifestyle. Whatever the case, it helps me to understand where Michael Straczynski has been going with the Wonder Woman title.
To be honest, I wasn’t the least bit surprised by this series’ purpose. It’s one evil plot after the next and it all leads up to Maxy’s hatred and bitter attitude towards Wonder Woman. Amongst all the chaos and mind wiping, it all comes down to one person, and Maxy is bringing in the entire Omac army to take her down! But I should have seen this coming right? Comics are always about vendettas and about getting back at the hero that put you away…or in this case, the one who killed you. With the history both Wonder Woman and Max has, why wouldn’t I have just deduced that Wonder Woman would have some major role to play in Lord’s endgame? I guess that’s the sign of a good writer – Being able to convince your readers that the obvious ending won’t be the outcome.
But I wonder about the world forgetting about Wonder Woman; is it due to a mistake Max Lord made when wiping the minds everyone on Earth of his existence, or is it due to some higher power that conveniently started as Max fell into his pool of ice?
Side note: Rocket Red makes a pretty darned hot Amazonian princess, am I right? But the real question is will the males reading this issue who are major homophobes be conflicted in their sexual preference after obviously getting aroused from seeing Rocket Red in Wonder Woman mode? He’s still a male after all.
Joe Bennett, along with his team of inkers, Jack Jadson and Ruy Jose, leads in with an astounding display of artistic fervorence. (Again, my blog, my rules. I’ll make up as many words as I want too!!!) Hi-Fi also brings in an amazing light-show as Max Lord sends out his physic message that transforms numerous innocent by standers into the blue-skinned mindless cyborgs. But as much as I love every artist that’s worked on this miniseries, I certainly hope Lopresti make one last sketching appearance.
My Majestically Climactic Conclusion
This title is easily the best miniseries of the year! I know its only March, but good grief, it’s just that good! Why can’t the regular Brightest Day title be this awesome? Now all I want to know is what the end result will create within the DCU? Is this the beginning of a revived Justice League: International title, or will this be the dawning of something new for Max Lord? What kind of role will he be playing in the future? I really don’t want to see him die, he’s too good of a bad guy and would be a great addition to Wonder Woman’s list of villains and a great arch-enemy of the JLI. (hint hint DC, I want to see regularly published JLI title!)
10 out of 10 stars