Brightest Day

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"Brightest Day"
Brightest Day 0.jpg
Variant cover of Brightest Day 0 (June 2010 DC Comics)
Published in a 1:50 ratio , art by Ivan Reis
PublisherDC Comics
Publication dateMay 2010 – May 2011
Main character(s)Arthur Curry
George "Digger" Harkness
Boston Brand
Hal Jordan
Ronnie Raymond
Jason Rusch
Hank Hall
Shiera Hall
Carter Hall
J'onn J'onzz
Maxwell Lord
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
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 a 2010 - 2011 crossover storyline published by DC Comics, consisting of a year-long comic book maxiseries that began in April 2010, and a number of tie-in books.[1] The story is a direct follow-up to the Blackest Night storyline that depicts the aftermath of the events of that storyline on the DC Universe.


At the end of the 2009–2010 Blackest Night storyline, 12 deceased heroes and villains are resurrected for some unknown purpose. The events of Brightest Day follow the exploits of these characters as they seek to learn the secret behind their return to life.


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 lives will be fully returned.

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] Gail Simone returned to a new volume of the Birds of Prey comic book, which also went 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: The Atom Special 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]

"Brightest Day" event was also 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 the Swamp Thing and John Constantine into the mainstream DC Universe after a number of years in DC's mature Vertigo imprint.


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 will not move... Boston brand (white lantern) fights the Anti- monitor and damages the anti- monitors chest plate then the anti-monitor blasts Boston Brand. The heroes figure out that the anti- monitor owns the mobius chair and that his real name is mobius and he regrets a unknown mistake from his past


Involved, but not listed, under the Brightest Day banner[edit]

  • Action Comics (beginning with issue #890–900) focuses on Lex Luthor and his universal quest to locate the energy of the Black Lantern Corps. Incidentally, issue #890 was labeled as Blackest Night Aftermath.
  • Booster Gold (vol. 2) #33–43 picks up on elements of the search for Maxwell Lord in Justice League: Generation Lost.
  • Power Girl #13–23 is loosely connected with Justice League: Generation Lost.
  • Untold Tales from Blackest Night #1 (October 2010): while it was labeled as "Blackest Night", this one-shot is loosely connected with Brightest Day #11–12, Green Lantern #59, and Green Arrow #5, all of which involve the return of the Black Lantern Corps.
  • Green Lantern: Larfleeze Christmas Special: while not bannered as a "Brightest Day" tie-in, this issue is a tongue-in-cheek one-shot issue focusing on Larfleeze's misunderstanding of the meaning of Christmas.
  • Shazam! #1: this one-shot is loosely connected with Osiris' mission to rescue his sister Isis.
  • Teen Titans (vol. 3) #83 explains why the Blue Beetle would be taking a leave of absence from the Titans, and the events of Generation Lost #2 are indirectly mentioned there as well.
  • War of the Green Lanterns is a storyline that crosses over all three Green Lantern titles, and is a direct continuation of the "Brightest Day" story arcs. (Green Lantern #63-67, Green Lantern Corps #58-60, Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #7-10 and War of the Green Lanterns: Aftermath #1-2)

Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search for Swamp Thing[edit]

In June, a three-issue miniseries 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 for Swamp Thing #1, 32 pages, June 22, 2011[12]
  • Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search for Swamp Thing #2, 32 pages, July 27, 2011[13]
  • Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search for Swamp Thing #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.


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  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 Retrieved February 11, 2010.
  5. ^ Siegel, Lucas (January 11, 2010). "UPDATE 4: DC's BRIGHTEST DAY w/ David Finch!". Newsarama. Retrieved January 11, 2010.
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