After the dramatic events of ‘Blackest Night’, many questions were left unanswered. What was the white light and who is the guardian of the earth? In ‘Brightest Day’ the twelve characters that were resurrected in ‘Blackest Night’ by the power of the white light are left with many unanswered questions themselves. Added to the confusion are the occurrences of strange and mysterious incidents that only deepen the mystery.
Writers: Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi
Artists: Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, Fernando Pasarin, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark, Joe Prado
Volume 1 serves as an anthology of sorts, with the varying story lines connected to the principle characters of ‘Brightest Day’ continuing in separate titles. So this and the other ‘Brightest Day’ series lay the foundation of the white light saga. Aquaman and Hawkman are the main points of focus in ‘Brightest Day’ with Deadman serving as protagonist. Firestorm and Martian Manhunter feature prominently as well.
While Aquaman and Hawkman’s stories have most of the focus some others like Hawk and Dove, Jade Max Lord are skeemed over and given minimal attention. Even if the other books in the series delve deeper in the others tales, this first edition teases and frustrates the reader by withholding so much. Nevertheless, Johns and Tomasi deliver a narrative that is grand in scope with plenty of depth which compensates for any weakness in the plot. ‘Brightest Day’ is also a good mix of character driven stories and suspense. As always, Brazilian wunderkind, Ivan Reis delivers impeccable pencil work. While the work load was shared with many other artists the art never seems inconsistent.
‘Brightest Day’ has plenty of rewarding moments but the constant jumps to so many characters that don’t get enough space is a disappointment.