The Entity Is Such A C-Blocker.
Almost completely devoted to the Hawk-plot, this issue brings what has easily been the weakest of the Brightest Day storylines to seemingly an end as Hawkman and Hawkgirl complete their White Lantern tasks. Finally, we see the destination of this plot, and upon seeing it, we have to wonder why the hell we took such a terrible route to get here.
It turns out the Hawk-plot is exactly what it was said to be at the start of the series. With the death of Hath-Set, the curse is seemingly broken and the two lovebirds have a chance to live out their lives without having to look forward to another tragic death and separation. That is a good story premise, but this is not a good story. Hath-Set stopped being the main villain of this story awhile ago. He was inexplicably replaced by Queen Shrike, who now seems to serve no real purpose. The character is so soundly defeated this issue it is hard to understand why she was ever brought into the picture.
On top of this, it seems to make no sense that the Predator entity possesses Queen Shrike. Last issue attempted to give some weak explanation about the Predator being drawn to beings empty of love. But since when and how does that make sense? When it possessed that stalker in Las Vegas, it was a sensible commentary on the thin line between love and warped obsession. This is just plot convenience. This is just a nonsensical boss battle. Then there is the nonsense about how the only way to defeat her is to make her feel love. She has just been possessed by the embodiment of love. What? Does the Predator do nothing to a person but dress them in an ugly costume?
What the hell was Hawkworld? What was the point of shoving Queen Shrike into this story? Why was she even attacking Zamaron? Why did the Predator possess her? This is just a trainwreck of storytelling that mercifully ends this storyline in one big cluster of pink madness.
Then when it is all done, we get more of the Entity arbitrarily deciding things for the sake of story drama.
This may be the worst issue of Brightest Day. It desperately tries to wrap up a plot that went off the tracks months ago, so in all fairness, this was never going to be good. Queen Shrike is a poorly conceived villain whose mother/daughter connection with Hawkgirl never materialized in a meaningful way and who was a poor replacement for Hath-Set, a villain who did have powerful dramatic connections to both Hawkgirl and Hawkman. There is never a real sense of what is at stake in the battle on Zamaron, because there is never a tangible reason why the attack is even taking place. So much reads as the plot deciding things for the sake of itself and not anything close to a natural progression of events.
The best thing that can be said about this issue is that the art is enjoyable and it hopefully ended the Hawk-plot, leaving us with the much better plots to look forward to. Aquawar is next.