A Brighter Day Just Makes The Shadows Deeper

Brightest Day #1 Cover

As the United Kingdom is swept by election fever, I managed to get a few minutes to read those comics that naturally rise to the to the top of the pile.

Brightest Day is the aftermath series of the Blackest Night, focusing in on a small number of the resurrected characters that returned in the culmination of the latest crossover, and I have to confess, I like the selection Tomasi has used.

Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Deadman, Hawkman and Hawkgirl, and Firestorm have all been big names in their time (and rather remain so), even if in Boston Brand’s case I am looking back into the early Eighties.

Deadman in and of himself is not enough to carry an ongoing series, especially not one that is biweekly and following the the footsteps of 52, Countdown and the most excellent Trinity.

Trinity rose the bar for these series so high, I think it was most wise of DC to make this bi-weekly, rather than weekly. In an excellent interview with Newsarama, Tomasi discusses the hectic schedule, but as a reader I am glad there is just the two writers, Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi, rather than the team of four we saw in 52.  Johns and Tomasi have a good working relationship already, and in this not-quite-first issue, that ease of communication is clearly apparent.

Firestorm is another character who maybe could not carry his own title, but has a core fan following and a prominent place in the DCU, and went through such dramatic changes in the Blackest Night that we cannot let him languish in Limbo. The fusion between Ronnie (who has never had it easy) and Jason Rusch who had to watch zombie Ronnie slaughter his girlfriend has ramped up the level of tension within the Firestorm matrix beyond anything we have seen before.

I don’t want to give any spoilers away, but I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that Aquaman can still control the denizens of the sea.  Dead ones that is. And that is only one symptom it appears, of being a recovered zombie Black Lantern.

Oh, and Hawkman with a Star Sapphire? It makes sense given his love for Shayera, but still seems a bit weird. I rather expect him to team up next with Rainbow Brite or Strawberry Shortcake. Katar Hol certainly banishes any cuddly fluffiness that could be associated with a stone powered by love!

I’m tempted to say recovering rather than recovered. One day at a time folks, one day at a time.

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