The GeeksverseBrightest Day #23

Brightest Day #23
Published on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 by

Written by: Geoff Johns & Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Norm Rapmund & Oclair Albert
Colored by: Aspen MLT's Peter Steigerwald
Lettered by: Rob Clark Jr.
Cover Art: A- Gary Frank w/ Rod Reis; B- Ivan Reis w/ Oclair Albert & Rod Reis
Associate Editor: Rex Ogle
Editor: Eddie Berganza

This issue of Brightest Day finally answers the question of “who will earth’s protector be?” We also see why some of the heroes were resurrected. It also brings some elements from Vertigo back to the DCU proper.

Years ago, in what led to Swamp Thing becoming a Vertigo title, Alan Moore made the Swamp Thing the elemental of plants and the protector of the Parliament of Trees. Johns and Tomasi bring those concepts back to the DC universe. Aquaman becomes the Elemental of Water. Hawkman and Hawkgirl are the Elementals of Air. Firestorm is the Elemental of Fire and the Martian Manhunter becomes the Elemental of Earth. It’s also revealed that the forest of Star City is tied into all this. The tree, that is marked with the white lantern brand, is the foundation of the parliament of trees.

We also see the return of Swamp Thing. It’s body is being used by the Dark Avatar, which wants the world to rot. The White Lantern then resurrects Alec Holland, the human host of Swamp Thing, and annoits Holland as the savior of Earth.

It’s good to see the Brightest Day concepts coming together and wrapping up. It’s also nice to see Swamp Thing and those concepts returning to the DC Universe. It’ll be interesting to see what happens after this.

Johns and Tomasi do a decent job juggling all the various people and places. They maintain a good pacing throughout the story, moving from one location to another. I haven’t been keeping up with Brightest Day but didn’t feel lost when reading this one. I didn’t know what had happened to the Hawks, Aquaman or J’onn but didn’t reall need to. I was able to just jump into this issue and understood what was going on.

The art was good. The double page spread of the elemental reveals was very well done. Each character was still recognizable but each had a different quality to them showing off their new positions.

Brightest Day #23 receives
4 out of 5

An interesting way to return some old concepts to the DCU. It remains to be seen what kind of impact these will have.

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