Deadman passes his ring along to Batman, convinced he's the chosen one - - but the ring itself might actually disagree.
This was a surprisingly-good character study that delved into Deadman's regrets about his own selfishness without ever getting overwrought. Actually, Johns and Tomasi drew a very sharp line from that history to Brand's current shirking of responsibility vis a vis jumping to the conclusion of Batman being the chosen one. Being as frustrated by "hero quest" cliches as I am, I appreciated their inversion of that trope.
I realize this is a bi-weekly book and the pacing is thus going to be a bit more deliberate than the typical monthly book you'll read. It actually does pack a lot into the issue, but still... I felt like the pages of Deadman's acrobatics throughout Gotham ran a little too leisurely. Also, while the set-ups were great, Batman's "Zero, freeze!" zinger kind of stretched the joke too far.
The Verdict - 4/5
Even though I've been reading basically all of the Brightest Day tie-ins, this is actually the first issue I've gotten to read of the series itself. The storytelling's tight enough, of course, that I don't even need a recap to follow what's going on. Having been a huge fan of Tomasi's run on Green Lantern Corps, I've come to appreciate the unique synergy he and Johns have when they're working together like this.