Reviews and Recommendations by Mel Odom, Professional Writer

BRIGHTEST DAY #0 by Geoff Johns, Peter Tomasi, and Fernando Pasarin

Geoff Johns is one of the most creative minds in comics. Every time I think I’ve seen his best, he outdoes himself once again. I thought the Blackest Night stories were absolutely awesome and simply couldn’t be topped. Turns out with the emergence of Brightest Day, the best is once more yet to come.

For instance, the return to life of some characters at the end of the Blackest Night run was a given. But so many more returned than readers were expecting. Bringing Deadman (Boston Brand) back to life was incredible. That character has never been alive to the best of my knowledge throughout comics. And what do you do with a superhero power was possessing the bodies of other people while searching for the man that murdered him?

Evidently Geoff Johns has a plan. As it turns out, Deadman has now become the bearer of the White Ring, and the one that has been chosen to help all those returned to life to make good (?) on their second chance at life. Including the villains. Maybe.

I loved the touch with the baby bird at the beginning of the comic. Through that one small event, Johns shows his readers how BIG all the stories can be. The act of returning to life changes the game.

Deadman gets yanked around by the White Ring, without explanation, and is shown those that have returned from death. Gotta admit I’m really stoked about seeing Aquaman back in action after all the changes that character has gone through lately. No one seemed to really know what to do with him.

And Hawkman and Hawkgirl? Back together and in love, no more broody interludes about lost love and would Hawkgirl ever remember their past lives? I liked it while it was going on, but I wanted everything to get back to this.

Maxwell Lord is going to be a definite threat to everyone, so it’ll be interesting to see how that gets played out this time around.

Jade was kind of an interesting character, but I don’t really know what they’re going to do with her. No hints yet, but I’m patient.

Firestorm push/pull between Ronnie Raymond and Jason Rusch looks like it’s going to be full of conflict, so it’ll be intriguing to see all the new wrinkles get worked out.

And Hawk and Dove were always a favorite of the second-banana heroes for me. I just really liked the concept even when the heroes were brothers. Now that there’s a potential love interest, there’s more to root for.

One of the most startling conceits of the story was the changes in store for Star City. The star-shaped blight of land becomes filled with a verdant forest. Since Oliver Queen has been ordered out of the city in his own book, I’m thinking he’s going to take refuge in Starwood Forest while handling the sheriff’s men.

Okay, I’m hooked. Gotta see what gonna happen next, and I think a lot of fans are with me on this.


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