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4.0 out of 5 stars Promising start to a new limited series,
You're going to have to be very patient with me because, unless and like me you are a fan of DC superheroes, this takes a little explaining. All the key characters in this series were, until recently, dead. Some have been dead longer than others. They include major and minor heroes and some villains. Following the events of a major cross-over series set in the DC Universe (DCU) entitled Blackest Night (which I wasn't interested in) wherein dead heroes and villains came back as psychotic zombie versions of themselves, a powerful energy source brought back to true life the characters listed below. They are-
Firstly the major iconic superheroes, mostly created in the late 50's or thereabouts:
Hal Jordan, the Silver Age and second Green Lantern.
Barry Allen, the Silver Age and second Flash.
Arthur Curry, Aquaman.
Carter & Shiera Hall, the Silver Age and second Hawkman and Hawkgirl.
J'onn J'onnz, the Martian Manhunter (actually one of my favourite superheroes).
Then there's the second tier, more or less.
Firestorm (Ronnie Raymond plus, um it's a bit complicated).
Hawk (Hank Hall who makes Ronald Reagan look like a liberal).
Jade (Jenny Lynn Haden, daughter of the Golden Age and first Green Lantern).
Osiris (a teenage Middle-Eastern superhuman who wasn't around five minutes before he was eaten by a talking crocodile he thought was his best friend).
A couple of villains:
Captain Boomerang (Digger Harkness).
Reverse-Flash (Eobard Thawne)
And then there's the mind-controlling Maxwell Lord whom I last saw having his neck broken, and for very good reason, by Wonder Woman. He thinks he's a hero.
Lastly there's Boston Brand aka Deadman. He only became a superhero after he died, having the power to take over the bodies of living people. Now that he's back in the land of the living he's in need of a new sobriquet and fast. He's also the only link, so far, between the various characters. Wearing the white ring which has something to do with, or maybe is, the power which resurrected them all, it drags him, unseen, from situation to situation. What also may be the same power has incarnated itself as a white battery (see Green Lantern mythos for explanations or I'll be here all night).
The main thrust of the narrative, other than the mystery of the power, concerns the various heroes and the new threats they face. Just some examples: J'onn discovers there's another but psychotic Martian on Earth; the Hawks get transported to the primitive Hawkworld; (SPOILER ALERT!) Aquaman learns that his wife of many years was originally supposed to be his assassin and now her sister has arrived to finish the job; and much more.
Crossover series like these can be a mixed bag. Some are very good like DC's terrific 52 and the legendary Crisis on the Infinite Earths, and some are very bad like the Invasion series of some years back. On the evidence so far, I'd say this falls on the good side of average. There's a lot of interesting stuff going; the two writers, on form, are highly competent super hero writers, the art is slick and despite six different pencillers drawing different sections the styles don't noticeably jar. The package itself is good: 192 pages of story, plus a selection of variant covers, and glossy paper. It's slick and reasonably entertaining.
So I'll definitely be back for the next installment.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bright start to the new Silver Age,
The story running through issues 0-7 of DC Comics ‘Brightest Day’ event is collected as Brightest Day TP Vol 01. Issue 0 is a double-sized issue, setting the scene for the story, as Boston Brand, formerly a ‘Deadman’ is left with a White Lantern ring, following the finale of the ‘Blackest Night’ event. He is transported by the ring to visit (invisibly) the other eleven people who were resurrected along with him.
The next seven issues collected here follow the individual story-lines, as the twelve investigate their situation, as some are still suffering the after-effects of the Black Lantern infestation, and Brand tries to find out what the ‘white light’, now manifested as a White Lantern, wants from him, other than for him to eat a cheeseburger. Eventually, after the cheeseburger, the White Lantern reveals that Brand must find a new protector for Earth, as we get a glimpse at what is coming for the 12, and a message from the Lantern for each of them relating to their future, in a “save the cheerleader, save the world” kind of way; all except for the reverse-Flash – “You have allowed the Flash to escape the speed force. Mission Accomplished”.
This is a readable and interesting volume, with a number of secrets revealed about a number of the characters and their history, with very good artwork. I shall be straight off to the library to read the rest of the series.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read Well Presented,
Blackest night is, well, lets just say it made a 30-something geek sit up and take note before it slapped me in the face and dragged my nose across each individual panel of the collected trade paperback. It is and will remain one of my favorite prices of the medium I've ever read. End of.
Brightest day is the continuation of the Blackest Night story arc, but concentrates on the twelve heroes & villains that the White Ring chose to resurrect at the end of the DC Universe's darkest hour. GL's story continues apace in the Green Lantern: Brightest Day prints, collected in the GL TPB ( word to the wise - don't get them confused when browsing, they're two different facets of the same overarching story, but this concentrates on Boston Brand et al) and this first collected edition is a great start to what happens next for these newly resurrected heroes and villains. In this first episode There is one big 'reveal', but Geoff Johns crafts this story as well as its darker counterpart, and many questions remain unanswered when you reach the collection of cover art in the back of the book.
The book itself is lovely - paper grade is good, the dust cover is of a high print and manufacture quality, but - oh my - the hardcover! A white hardcover embossed in gold with the symbol of the White Lantern, I'm REALLY tempted to take it out of the cover and display it next to its brethren as-is, in all it's naked glory!
The artwork - lets just say it had a hell of a lot to live up to against Ivan Reis' frankly jaw-dropping single and double-page artwork in Blackest Night. It holds up well, shining not quite as brightly in the shadow of its predecessor, but it still satiates, even though the story starves the artists some of the grandiose set-pieces of its predecessor.
As an introduction to the next part in the story, it's pretty much spot-on, leaving hints and nudges and implications and whispers, but ultimately leaving you asking more questions (which is a good thing, believe me).
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent continuation from blackest night,
This book follows on nicely from the two core blackest night books and continues the high quality writing and art from those books.
I really enjoyed the focus on characters that I didn't know much about and have preordered the next volume already.
You really should read blackest night and probably blackest night green lantern before this book to really appreciate the whole story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Geoff johns rules!,
This book is definetly worth a try, the storyline is great, very enjoyable, the characters are likable and funny when needed, the art is fantastic, it’s good to look at. I recommend this book to anyone who loves comics or just interested in getting to know the genre.
5.0 out of 5 stars Changing world.,
This review is from: Brightest Day HC Vol 01 (Hardcover)
I purchased the first Green Lantern in 1959 ,56 years ago .The artist was the accomplished Gil Kane .To see how the characters and stories have developed since that time is wonderful .
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressed with service first,
I ordered this book with three other items and they arrived exceptionally quickly. I was surprised that they were waiting for me in work one day.
The book itself follows on from The Blackest Night. The story is good, the art is great but like Blackest Night it could use an index of all tie-ins that were not published in this collection.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars,
arrived super quick and as described
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product & price,
Brilliant price, loads more expensive in the shops. It came undamaged & the hardback makes it that little bit better.
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Brightest Day, Vol. 1 by GEOFF JOHNS