Brightest Day #11- I have the greatest respect for writers Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi. Johns’ Green Lantern and Tomasi’s Black Adam were both great but they have failed to bring their magic to Brightest Day. Even with a great artwork, there is only so much that can be camouflaged. The Firestorm story need a quick explanation to what's going on because isn’t Nekron gone and dusted? The Aquaman story is so much better that it’s like reading a good issue combined with a poor one. Even the cool name of Deathstorm didn’t save this issue.
S.H.I.E.L.D.#4- The craziness and confusion of #2 is back! After an excellent #3 that answers some of our questions, writer Jonathan Hickman is back to throwing wild ideas at us that makes no sense. The confrontation between Isaac Newton and Leonardo Da Vinci was okay when it could have been great and the story of Nostradamus was…well, confusing. I’m sure Hickman has a grand idea at the end of all this, but the payoff better be great because the confusion sure is.
Taskmaster #2- After a first issue that was filled with Taskmaster fighting crazy groups with even more insane names; he is back again doing the same thing. Why fix something that’s not broken, right? Writer Fred Van Lente this time gave us Don of the Dead and gave us some background on Taskmaster himself. Don of the Dead was great, but the backstory wasn’t. In a word; S.H.I.E.L.D.? Come on, is there a need for Nick Fury to be in everything Marvel do that has anything that remotely has spies in it? The action is still wild, crazy, and nutty but the story could use some work.