Thursday, February 3, 2011

Read: Brightest Day #17

Issue: Brightest Day #17
Title: "Homecoming"
Published Date: Jan 2011
Generation: Modern Carter, Modern Shiera
Retcon Status: In Continuity

Summary: On Zamaron, Queen Shrike and her army of Manhawks have come through her portal and invaded.  Hawkman and Hawkgirl, still bound to the portal and slowly being drained by it, are saved by the head Star Sapphire, Carol Ferris, who is riding The Predator -- the avatar like entity of Love.  The Predator is a little too interested in the Hawks, saying that they have "returned" after so many years.  Neither Hawkman nor Hawkgirl are terribly interested, with Shiera telling Carol to have it release her before she breaks all of its claws off.  Once released, the Hawks enter the fray, with Shiera telling Carter to take on the Manhawks, while Shrike is hers.

The battle is brutal, with both Manhawks and Star Sapphires falling.  Carol unleashes her power on Shrike while Hawkgirl engages her directly, with all of her built up anger spilling out.  The Predator takes notice of the Queen; specifically, the utter lack of Love in her heart.  Approaching her, The Predator says that she must feel great love.  Bonding with her, The Predator transforms Queen Shrike into an even more powerful armored form, seemingly ready to end this conflict immediately!

Review: Despite a cover shot and appearance by Firestorm, the Hawks split the screen time with Deadman in this issue (and the next) as the battle with Queen Shrike spills onto the home of the Star Sapphires.  The Hawk elements carry the action quotient of the issue nicely, as they have for the most of the previous installments in which they have appeared!  Not much detail is added to the story -- it seems Queen Shrike is mostly interested in Zamaron for the power she can gain from it -- but that doesn't really bug me, because we're at the "flying and hitting" phase.  Strong cliffhanger and a good decision by the creative crew to not leave us hanging too long!

Image: Brightest Day #17, 2011, Gary Frank.  

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