Brightest Day

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Brightest Day

Variant cover of Brightest Day 0 (June 2010 DC Comics). Published in a 1:50 ratio. Art by Ivan Reis.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
Schedule Fortnightly
Format Limited series
Genre
Publication date May 2010 – May 2011
Number of issues 25 (#0-24)
Main character(s) Arthur Curry
George "Digger" Harkness
Boston Brand
Hal Jordan
Ronnie Raymond
Jason Rusch
Hank Hall
Shiera Hall
Carter Hall
Jade
J'onn J'onzz
Maxwell Lord
Osiris
Eobard Thawne
Dawn Granger
Creative team
Writer(s) Geoff Johns
Peter Tomasi
Penciller(s) Scott Clark
Patrick Gleason
Joe Prado
Ivan Reis
Ardian Syaf
Inker(s) Oclair Albert
Dave Beaty
Vicente Cifuentes
Mark Irwin
Letterer(s) Rob Clark
Colorist(s) Peter Steigerwald
Editor(s) Eddie Berganza
Rex Ogle
Adam Schlagman
Collected editions
Volume 1 (hardcover) ISBN 1-4012-2966-2
Volume 2 (hardcover) ISBN 1401230830
Volume 3 (hardcover) ISBN 1401232167
Volume 1 (paperback) ISBN 1401232760

"Brightest Day" is the name of a crossover event first published by DC Comics in 2010, as well as a year-long comic book maxi-series that began in April 2010.[1] The story follows the ending of the series Blackest Night and how the aftermath of these events affects the entire DC Universe.

Plot[edit]

At the end of "Blackest Night", 12 heroes and villains were resurrected for some unknown purpose. The events of Brightest Day follow the exploits of these heroes and villains as they attempt to learn the secret behind their salvation.

Assignments[edit]

Brightest Day #7 revealed that the 12 resurrected must complete an individual assignment given to them by the White Lantern Entity. If they are successful, their life will be fully returned.

  • Jade balanced the darkness. (Shown in Justice League of America #48)
  • Osiris freed Isis, the goddess of nature. (Shown in Titans #32)
  • Hawkgirl prevented Hath-Set from killing Hawkman. (Shown in Brightest Day #18)
  • Hawkman closed the dimensional gateway between Hawkworld and Earth. (Shown in Brightest Day #18)
  • Aquaman already enlisted the new Aqualad to his side before the "others" do. (Shown in Brightest Day #20)
  • Martian Manhunter burned down the Martian forest, killed D'Kay D'razz and chose to devote himself to the protection of Earth. (Shown in Brightest Day #21)
  • Hawk was assigned to catch the boomerang thrown by Captain Boomerang, but failed. (Shown in Brightest Day #24)
  • Boston Brand was to find the new champion who will bear the white light of life and take the Entity's place. (Revealed as Alec Holland, the new Swamp Thing as of Brightest Day #24)

Publication history[edit]

The series, written by Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi, was published twice a month for 24 issues[2] (25 if including issue #0) alternating with Justice League: Generation Lost written by Keith Giffen and Judd Winick.[3] Johns has discussed the general theme:

Brightest Day is about second chances. I think it’s been obvious from day one that there are major plans for the heroes and villains from Aquaman to take center stage in the DC Universe, among many others, post-Blackest Night. 'Brightest Day' is not a banner or a vague catch-all direction for the DC Universe, it is a story. Nor is 'Brightest Day' a sign that the DC Universe is going to be all about 'light and brighty' superheroes. Some second chances work out…some don’t.[4]

Brightest Day also crossed over into the Green Lantern series, the Green Lantern Corps, Justice League of America, The Titans and The Flash.[5] It was later announced that Gail Simone would return to a new volume of the Birds of Prey comic book, which will also be under the same banner.[6] Other tie ins included the first issues of a relaunched Green Arrow and the Justice Society of America. Jeff Lemire wrote the one-shot Brightest Day: Atom with artist Mahmud Asrar, which acted as a springboard for an Atom story to co-feature in Adventure Comics with the same creative team.[7]

The Green Lantern series featured more of the characters Atrocitus, Larfleeze, Saint Walker, and Indigo-1 in a story arc titled "New Guardians."[8] At Emerald City Comic-Con 2010, Johns also stated that Firestorm would be a "main character" in Brightest Day.[9]

The first issue, issue #0, was penciled by Fernando Pasarin.[10] David Finch, a newly DC exclusive artist, illustrated the covers for the entire series.[10]

In June 2010, writer Geoff Johns announced that the "Brightest Day" event would also be used to introduce Jackson Hyde, the new Aqualad created for the Young Justice animated series, into the DC Universe.[11] Similarly, the final issue of the series reintroduced Swamp Thing and John Constantine into the mainstream DC Universe after a number of years in DC's mature Vertigo imprint.

Summary[edit]

The story begins the day after Blackest Night showing Boston smashing his tombstone. Nearby a baby bird falls out of its nest and dies but is resurrected by the white ring that Boston has on. The ring then takes him to everyone that was resurrected and he (while being invisible) sees how they are celebrating their new leases on life. Boston then asks the ring why it is showing him this; its answer was - it needs help. It then takes him to the destroyed Star City and creates a forest.

Meanwhile, in New Mexico, Sinestro discovers a White Lantern battery. Hal and Carol arrive and try to lift the lantern, but it won't move...

Titles[edit]

Involved but not listed under "Brightest Day" banner[edit]

Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search[edit]

In June a three issue mini series involved the return of John Constantine to the DC Universe and his attempt to convince Superman and Batman that the choosing of Alec Holland (The new Swamp Thing) as the Earth's new protector is inevitable and the resurrected Alec Holland will have to die, so that his soul can merge again with The Green.[1]

  • Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search #1, 32 pages, June 22, 2011[12]
  • Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search #2, 32 pages, July 27, 2011[13]
  • Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search #3, 32 pages, August 24, 2011

Collected editions[edit]

The series is collected into a number of volumes:

  • Brightest Day Volume One (collects Brightest Day #0–7, 256 pages, hardcover, December 2010, ISBN 1-4012-2966-2; softcover, December 2011, ISBN 1-4012-3276-0)
  • Brightest Day Volume Two (collects Brightest Day #8–16, 240 pages, hardcover, May 2011, ISBN 1-4012-3083-0; softcover, May 2012, ISBN)
  • Brightest Day Volume Three (collects Brightest Day #17–24, 280 pages, hardcover, September 2011, ISBN 1-4012-3216-7)

Other titles are also being collected:

In other media[edit]

A Brightest Day skin attributed to Batman is one of the special skins in Batman: Arkham Origins. It is a picture of how Batman would look as a White Lantern.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Segura, Alex (January 11, 2010). "DCU in 2010: Kick Off Your Monday With Some Major News". The Source. DC Comics.com. Retrieved January 11, 2010. 
  2. ^ Phillips, Dan (January 11, 2010). "Geoff Johns Discusses Brightest Day". IGN. Retrieved January 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (January 12, 2010). "JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL Returns in "GENERATION LOST"". Newsarama. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  4. ^ Segura, Alex (February 11, 2010). "Your first look at BRIGHTEST DAY — what does it mean?". The Source. DC Comics.com. Retrieved February 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ Siegel, Lucas (January 11, 2010). "UPDATE 4: DC's BRIGHTEST DAY w/ David Finch!". Newsarama. Retrieved January 11, 2010. 
  6. ^ McGuirk, Brendan (January 13, 2010). "Gail Simone Returns to 'Birds of Prey' in 2010 -- EXCLUSIVE". Comics Alliance. Retrieved January 13, 2010. 
  7. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (April 13, 2010). "Lemire Embiggens Ray Palmer". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved April 13, 2010. 
  8. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (January 11, 2010). "GEOFF JOHNS PRIME: "Earth One," "Blackest Night" & More". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved January 11, 2010. 
  9. ^ Hudson, Laura (March 13, 2010). "Emerald City Comic-Con: The DC Nation Panel". Comics Alliance. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  10. ^ a b Melrose, Kevin (January 11, 2010). "DC announces Blackest Night follow-up: Brightest Day". Robot 6. Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  11. ^ "DC Universe: The Source » Blog Archive » OPENING THE VAULT – A LIVE-ACTION BLUE BEETLE?". Dcu.blog.dccomics.com. 2010-06-15. Retrieved 2011-02-06. 
  12. ^ Vankin, Jonathan. "DCU Comics - Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search #1 (of 3)". DC Comics.com. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  13. ^ Vankin, Jonathan. "DCU Comics - Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search #2 (of 3)". DC Comics.com. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 

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