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Brightest Day Volume 1

01/02/2011. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts

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Brightest Day Volume 1 by Geoff Johns and Peter J. Tomasi. pub: Titan Books/DC Comics. 256 page graphic novel. Price: GBP 22.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-85768-202-4).

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I have to confess that I’m reading this graphic novel, ‘Brightest Day Volume 1’, at a bit of a disadvantage cos I haven’t read the ‘Darkest Night’ books yet. That will be next month. As you might have read those and this book is out in the UK this month and I’m currently polishing my Green Lantern ring, I’m reading this out of order and hope anything I’m figuring out as to what happened earlier isn’t deemed too much of a spoiler.

There have been a lot of dead super-heroes and the odd super-villain resurrected in the ‘Darkest Night’ saga and now they are coming to terms with being granted a new life. Some question why they came back when others who have been dead haven’t is raised by Aquaman. Ronnie Raymond finds he now co-hosts Firestorm with new host Jason Rusch who isn’t exactly happy about this, especially as they can’t break the link. Both Hawkman and Hawkgirl discover that Hath-Set has an unusual hobby, collecting their skeletons from the previous lives they’ve had on Earth. No, I’m not too sure about that neither but I doubt if it’s something you would do at home and I’m still puzzling how the Hawks so readily lose their masks and get them back again. In the meantime, Boston Brand aka Deadman and the owner of one of those new nifty White Lantern rings is having an identity crisis cos no one can see him despite having a physical presence at long last and occasionally can bestow life to things, including the odd dead bird and forest. Oddly, he couldn’t bring back Don Hall, the original Dove, but that’s part of the mystery. It’s also pretty obvious that Deadman is the key to what is going on although the newly resurrected Martian Manhunter seems to be embarking on his own quest. Where all this is leading is no doubt part of Volume Two.

There are a lot of revelations in this book and some very much spoilerland, especially relating to Aquaman, but it’s a real roller-coaster page-turner building up a picture of diverse events that will no doubt be linked next.

In some respects, having characters being resurrected in comicbook universes is seen as the norm these days although this is really the first time so many have come back in one go. More remarkably, the Martian Manhunter as one of the latest casualties, has barely been cold in his grave before coming back. There is obviously some sort of master-plan from writers Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi keeping their team of artists, Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, Fernando Pasarin, Ardian Syal, Scott Clark and Joe Prado, very busy. Let’s hope it’s not too long before the next book.

GF Willmetts

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