Brightest Day #12 -Written by Geoff Johns & Peter J. Tomasi and Art by Patrick Gleason, Scott Clark, Ivan Reis & Joe Prado. Hi, this is DC Comics and we like to put a character on the front cover who is barely featured in the issue. Good day! This is another Martian Manhunter centered issue. For those of you who just groaned, I agree. He meets this other Green Martian and they fight and talk and talk and talk while fighting. A veritable crap fest of nothing interesting happening there. There are a few interesting moments in this issue, but not many. Why does Brightest Day continue to be the biggest disappointment in comics? The keep revealing things about mysteries that we couldn't care less about. Who was the other green martian? Didn't care. The was half a decent reveal towards the end, but still, this title feels like the bad episodes of Lost that did nothing to forward that series. I was actually glad to be done with this issue, because by the time I was done, I had wished I skipped it this week. Just plain boring and goes nowhere, skip it.
Batman and Robin #15 -Written by Grant Morrison and Art by Frazier Irving. This issue started off interesting, but the last few pages were WTF moments. There are times when I think that Grant Morrison comes up with an idea and then expect all of his readers to figure out what he just did. I thought they did an interesting job of tying this into the return of Bruce Wayne, but it seems to be missing something. The grotesque and macabre artwork fits at times, but I get sick of it real quick. Don't get me wrong, Frazier Irving is a tremendous artist, but at this point I'm sick to death of his Pyg and all the bizarre characters he draws. Just bloody sick of it. So by the time I got done with this issue I was annoyed anyway. I enjoyed the previous issues, but I think a little bit of Morrison's work can go a long way before you get tired of it. The final reveal was ok, but it made a lot of the stuff that's happened the last few issues seem totally irrelevant somehow. It seems like Morrison is suddenly in a hurry to tie a bunch of loose strings together so we can bring Bruce back. I hate the idea of Bruce being back already anyway, so I thought this issue was pretty rotten, skip it.
Daken: Dark Wolverine #2 -Written by Daniel Way & Marjorie Liu and Penciled by Giuseppe Camuncoli. The plot with Daken and this mystery man continues. Did Daken really help Wolvie get sent to hell? We then spend half the issue of him flirting with Mystique, but the send off from that is pretty good actually. The issue itself is actually kind of interesting. That's something Daken hasn't been in a few months. This issue he shows that he's a walking contradiction in terms. We see him trying to feel what people feel and then at the same time working only for himself and moving himself forward. Sometimes you wonder why he's playing these games and what is he really trying to accomplish. I think Daken has become one of those guys who just plays both sides as just a way to amuse himself. So that leaves the character feeling a little soulless, but in this issue it worked pretty well. Not a bad issue at, but I'm hesitant on recommending it as a buy, it does have some moments though.
Deadpool #28 -Written by Daniel Way and Penciled by Carlo Barberi. After Steve Rogers asks Deadpool to join the Secret Avenger's we're off on an adventure that Deadpool quickly messes up. His methods aren't quite what Steve Rogers was hoping for. But alas, it isn't really Steve Rogers, just a clone with about half his skill. So what happens when the real Secret Avengers show up? A few hi-jinx, not much else. I thought this issue was much weaker than last issue. The comedy wasn't as funny and seeing him screw up with a bunch of clones wasn't too fun. It was more fun when we thought it was Steve Rogers. That's what we really wanted to see. However, Steve would never let Deadpool in, even on the Secret Avengers. Carlo Barberi does another great job with the artwork here, his style just fits the type of stories being told. The first several pages were good but just kind of lost their bluster and the comedy started failing. I wish it was better, but it was just ok. The first several pages are funny and then it falls off fast, not a buy this week.
Hulk #26 -Written by Jeff Parker and Penciled by Gabriel Hardman. We continue the story from last month with Scorched Earth being set-off by M.O.D.O.K. as a final plan in case everything else failed. Of course, they stole this from Babylon 5, but I digress. Anyway, all this crap is going down, Rulk has to fight alongside Iron Man and does pretty well. Then Thor comes along for the next assignment and once again, beats the crap out of Rulk. Steve Rogers is semi-exasperated by this whole thing, but Rulk shakes it off and carries on. So really, we've got a lot of people getting the one-up on Rulk now, not that he doesn't deserve it. But after last issue we have this again. It seems like going back to the well. Let's not keep going this route and focus on the story instead. It has promise, but this issue didn't live up to that promise and felt a little bland. There was one great moment with Thor that I really liked and made me laugh out loud. Other than that, the story wasn't all the interesting and the fight between Thor and Rulk I could have done without. The back-up feature with A-Bomb was surprisingly fun though. Written by Jeff Parker and Art by Mark Robinson. Seeing A-Bomb's style of heroics and even his victory dance were fun stuff. Rick becoming a super-hero is not without it's ups-and-downs, just like what we're seeing. A fun little story going on here. The issue is a pretty decent issue, but at $3.99 it's a good thing there's a back-up story in here because this issue isn't a must buy.
Superman/Batman #77 -Written by Joshua Williamson and Art by Ale Garza. A lot of fun interaction in this one with Damien Wayne and Supergirl teaming up. Although, it isn't really Kara's idea, she just kind of gets stuck with him. We have a fun little adventure as they try to find out who's causing a string of deaths involving some of Luthor Corporation's up-and-coming youngsters. I really liked this story. Nothing terribly complicated or anything, just good storytelling and some great moments. I liked Dick implying that Damien has a crush on Supergirl and Damien's reaction to it. So really, this comic can be very hit or miss, but I think this one is hit. Ale Garza's artwork has a fun style to it and it was perfect for this issue. The art made the comic even more enjoyable to me. If you want a good one-shot storyline this week, it's worth picking up.