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What Lies in Store

May 12, 2010

The Blackest Night has passed, and now, we pass into the Brightest Day.  The new biweekly series, chronicling the tales of those characters revived at the end of Blackest Night, begins with Brightest Day #0, which sets up all the individual new storylines.  Deadman, the only person revived who still bears a white ring, smashes his gravestone.  When he picks up a dead baby bird, his ring glows, and the bird is revived.  Then, the White Entity calls out to him, and he is teleported away to each of the other revived characters.  Aquaman spends time with Mera in Amnesty Bay, though Aquaman still feels like something is wrong.  To corroborate his concerns, his reflection is that of his Black Lantern self.  Professor Zoom is still locked up in Iron Heights Penitentiary, as is the original Captain Boomerang.  The Flash comes to meet with him, and Boomerang tells him that he won’t just stay in there quietly.  Hawkman and Hawkgirl revisit their past lifetimes in St. Roch while some mysterious group retrieves the bodies of Khufu and Chay-Ara.  A piece of crystal from Chay-Ara’s heart, given to Hawkgirl by the Star Sapphire Miri, attaches itself to the Claw of Horus, which leads the two south.  Maxwell Lord uses ice and blood transfusions to allow him to psychically push everyone in the world to forget who he is, though we won’t know about that until Justice League: Generation Lost.  Green Lanterns Hal Jordan and Guy Gardner visit Martian Manhunter on Mars, who tells them that there is hope for Mars to be revived, but that Earth is still his other home.  Soranik Natu puts Jade through a bunch of tests on Oa to keep her from seeing Kyle Rayner, but Kyle is no longer interested in Jade, and Jade knows that.  When Kyle comes to visit, a bit of Black Lantern energy discharges from Jade’s hand, which freaks her out.  At Gehenna’s funeral, Ronnie Raymond tries to comfort Jason Rusch.  But all he does, because of his attitude, is piss Jason off, and the two of them accidentally fuse into Firestorm again.  Osiris visits his country Khandaq (which is misspelled) and takes away the statues of Black Adam and Isis.  Hawk attacks a bunch of arms dealers in Arlington, Virginia, despite Dove’s protests.  Then, Deadman is taken to Star City, where the energy of his ring makes a giant forest grow where Prometheus used the teleportation device (not a bomb).  Then, as Deadman wonders what his purpose is and why he’s the only one still wearing a ring, Sinestro finds a white lantern in Silver City, New Mexico.

Well, that was a whole lot of ground to cover in one comic book to set up all these individual storylines.  Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi used a very good story device in the form of Deadman.  Clearly, Deadman is the most important of those revived because he is the only one still wearing a ring.  Now, only some of these characters’ storylines will really be focused upon in Brightest Day.  Zoom and Boomerang will be in the Flash, Maxwell Lord will be in Justice League: Generation Lost, Jade will be in Justice League of America and probably also in cameos in the Green Lantern franchise, Osiris will be in Titans, and Hawk will be in Birds of Prey with Dove. This book will handle mostly Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Deadman, Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, and Firestorm, while touching on the other characters and other major players, like Hal Jordan and the Flash.  There’s obviously sinister things already going on, what with Khufu and Chay-Ara’s bodies and the residual Black Lantern energy.  Everything was set up very well, so I’m excited to see where each character’s plotline is going.  Unfortunately, some characters are more interesting than others.  Aquaman is going to be a tough sell, since I’ve never been that fond of him.  I found Johns’ interpretation of Mera to be great, but he still needs to get me to like one of the lamest superheroes ever.  Hawkman and Hawkgirl have gone through so many retcons and crap that it’s likewise going to be difficult for him to make this last interpretation stand out above the rest.  There’s so much wrong with them, and the reincarnation thing can be so… odd.  Other characters, like Martian Manhunter (YAY!) and the new Firestorm are inherently interesting, so I’m less worried about them.    Still, it’s Johns and Tomasi, the kickass team behind the Green Lantern franchise.  I’m also worried about what’s happening to Green Arrow, but that’s not even going to be dealt with in this series.  Stupid Justice League: Cry for Justice!  Fernando Pasarin was a great artist for this issue too.  He’s halfway between Bryan Hitch and Ivan Reis in a totally good way.  However, we get Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, and a few other artists for the rest of the series.  I can dig me some more of those two, but the fact that I barely remember who the other artists are should indicate that they probably won’t be as good.  Lastly, we’ve got David Finch for covers.  Do you see how awesome that cover is?!  Marvel is damn stupid for losing this guy.  Well, it’s just DC’s gain.  So, while this wasn’t the best of Johns and Tomasi’s work, this was really just a setup.  It was still really fun, and now, I’m ready to see where this new direction goes.  Considering how gimmicky the resurrection of these heroes was, let’s hope it’s worth it.

Plot: 8.8      Art: 9.2      Dialogue: 9.1      Overall: 9.0

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