Monday, April 19, 2010

Read: Brightest Day #0

Issue: Brightest Day #0
Title: "Carpe Diem"
Published Date: Apr 2010
Generation: Modern Carter, Modern Shiera
Retcon Status: In Continuity

Summary: In St. Roch, Carter shows Shiera relics from their past lives, all of which she remembers, along with the details about them and their lives.  Carter becomes meloncholy, wondering if now that he and Shiera are truly back together it will only be a matter of time before they must die and be driven apart again.  Shiera comforts him, telling him that they always have to live for the present, and their time together must be cherished.  The two fall into a passionate embrace (not even noticing Boston Brand, who is mysteriously transported into their presence, but doesn't spy on them).  

A shard of a gem Shiera had in her belt glows violet and snaps onto the Claw of Horus like a magnet.  Shiera tells Carter that the shard was given to her by a Star Sapphire, and is part of the Heart of Zamaron.  They two Hawks wing off to investigate.  They both feel a a strange chill, however, when a group of men working for an unidentified "client" locate the bodies of Prince Khufu and Princess Chay-era in the Himalayas.

Later, Boston Brand recieves a headful of jumbled images, including Hawkman and Hawkgirl coming to blows with each other.

Review: For these reviews, I am just going to be covering the relevant Hawk stuff.  Alright?  Alright.  I have also added a Generation for Hawkgirl, which I think is only appropriate.

Anyways, this was an excellent introduction to what Johns has in store for his resurrected characters, and the dynamics of those characters.  Carter and Shiera taking the trip down memory lane was great, as was Carter's sudden depression and Shiera's comforting.  I really got a great vibe off of this couple and that alone makes me happy.  It seems to me that Johns is going to be running with the retro-active concept that Carter's agression and anger is tempered by Shiera's patience.  Fernando Pasarin is an artist whose work I have really enjoyed on other DC work, including Outsiders, so I am very jazzed about him working on so many classic DCers on this title.  Definitely a great debut issue.

Also, it's not Hawk related but way to go Aquaman!  (If you read the issue, you'll know what I mean!)

Image: Brightest Day #0, 2010, David Finch.


Count Drunkula said...

I really liked this issue and I'm excited to see where the Hawks go from here.

I have a feeling Geoff Johns will pick up where he left off with the Hawkman series, and the team that discovers Khufu and Chay-ara in the Andes are working for Kristopher Roderick. Assuming he's still possessed by Hath-Set, maybe claiming their original bodies will be his key to finally killing the Hawks once and for all.

Luke said...

I could see that, especially since reference was made to Hath-Set and the reincarnation cycle. Good theory, Ryan.