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Brightest Day Volume Two

01/06/2011. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts

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Brightest Day Volume Two by Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi, Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark and Joe Prado. pub: DC Comics. 240 page graphic novel hardback. Price: $29.99 (US), $34.00 (CAN). ISBN: 978-1-3083-2274-8).

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‘Brightest Day Volume Two’ is the middle part of DC Comics latest epic, drawn together from its mini-series of the same name. As such, there are a variety of threads that are being pulled together, not only on Earth but off it in such odd climes as Mars and Hawkworld as the various resurrected super-heroes are coming to terms with their new lives and finding out various revelations that they didn’t know before. A lot of that might be deemed spoiler territory so forgive me if I don’t tread too carefully.

Probably the core plot to all of this is Boston Brand aka Deadman who, although he now has a physical body, also discovers that the white lantern ring he wears isn’t his and with the help of Dove is now looking around for the correct candidate. As there aren’t any clues for the reader on this as well, things are somewhat up in the air about this.

I doubt if it’s Aquaman, though, as he has enough of his own problems finding he can only animate dead marine creatures and has a serious run in with Manta who isn’t exactly pleased to see him. Things look a lot better for the Martian Manhunter who discovers he can resurrect his own people, including his own family but has his own unusual run-in with the Justice League.

Hawkgirl has been captured and Hawkman with the lion-headed tribes has to join them in battle against Hath-Set and his minions as well as discovering a lot more about the Nth metal that empowers the Hawks flight as well as disclosures about what else it does to their physiques. The latter isn’t something I didn’t know before. For those who are interested in filling in their super-hero gaps, you will also learn a lot more about Thanagar and its various animosities as well.

Firestorm might be crucial as well as Ronnie Raymond has to come to terms with his new co-host, Jason Rusch, and how much power together they truly weld. Ronnie might be in charge of the Firestorm body but he is lousy at chemistry. Professor Martin Stein also has to remind both boys that they have to co-operate or risk catastrophe. Things aren’t helped when Firestorm’s dead antithesis arrives on the scene.

As you can see from all of this, things are moving along but there is no end in sight just yet let alone knowing just what is going on that is going to draw all these plot elements together. As such, I’ll reserve judgement for the time being, especially for some, you’ll be wondering just who are the good and bad guys. If you’re read volume one, then you’ll automatically need this volume and are undoubtedly hooked to find out what happens next. Check your need for a white lantern ring now.

GF Willmetts

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