Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Brightest Day #1 - DC
There's a whole lot of stuff happening in this issue, and since we're at the very beginning of this series, it's hard to see how it's all going to be connected. First of all there's the mystery of the White Lantern which fell to Earth. Several people have tried to pick it up, including Hal and Sinestro, but nobody seems to be able to. Hal likens it to the sword Excalibur. It'll only be made available to the one it deems worthy. It's a reference that's completely lost on Sinestro. Anyways, of all the people that were brought back by the White Light, it seems that only Boston Brand has been given a White Ring. He doesn't know what it's purpose is, but . . he seems to be pulled around by the light to view different events. Through this we see that those resurrected are having strange side-affects from their reincarnation. Aquaman has taken back to the seas with Mera, but . . when they're in trouble and he calls upon the sea-life for help, he's getting more immediate help from it's dead denizens. Kind of like he did when he was a Black Lantern. Also, it seems that news of his return has finally started to circulate around the globe. We see a man in a normal life going postal when he hears the news. Later he walks into the ocean and resurfaces as Black Manta. Meanwhile, Ronnie and Jason are trying to figure out how to get out of the predicament that they're stuck in. Jason is mad at Ronnie for killing Gen when he was a Black Lantern. Even though he knows that he wasn't really himself. And now they've reformed into the Firestorm matrix, but . . they're stuck. They can't separate. Professor Stein and Ray Palmer are looking into it, but . . they don't have any good news. On Mars, J'onn is trying to terra-form his once dead planet. He knows that it's a long shot, but . . he's really obsessed with it. But while doing that, he gets a psychic flash. It's of the scene when Professor Erdel first brought him to Earth. He sees a woman lying on the floor, who wasn't there the first time, so he surmises that is where the message came from. And we see the team that went after Carter and Sheira Hall's bones from their first incarnation . . Prince Khufu and Princess Chay-Ara. They don't know why they're after them, but . . they seem desperate. As the last guy grabs the bones, and jumps to make his getaway, he kills everybody else involved in the operation so that no one can talk. We see that Hath-Set seems to be involved. I thought this was a terrific start to this series. But like I said, we have no idea what the connection is with all of this . . or where the various players on this board are going to land. I think that Boston Brand is going to be playing a much larger role that we suspect, but . . again, we don't really know what that is, yet. Geoff Johns and Peter J Tomasi are writing our bi-weekly series here. And the art is provided by a plethora of talent. It includes Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark and Joe Prada. I thought it was a great first issue. It served to whet our appetite, and intrigue our curiosity. In other words . . it did what it was supposed to. Personally . . I can't wait to see where this goes.