The GeeksverseBrightest Day #24

Brightest Day #24
Published on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 by

Written by: Geoff Johns & Peter J. Tomasi
Penciled by: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Patrick Gleason, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark
Inked by: Norm Rapmund, Vicente Cifuentes, Oclair Albert, Tom Nguyen, Mick Gray, Mark Irwin, David Beaty
Colors: Aspen MLT's Peter Steigerwald
Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Cover Art: A- Gary Frank w/ Rod Reis; B- Ivan Reis, Joe Prado & Rod Reis
Associate Editor: Rex Ogle
Editor: Eddie Berganza

The last issue of Brightest Day and all the questions are answered and wrapped up. Spoilers ahead.

We learn just why these certain characters were brought back and what their roles were. Even the ones that didn’t have a part in the Brightest Day series itself, we learn what their roles were and what they accomplished to help things get to where they are at now. But what this really shows is that this 24 issue series really could have been alot less.

The reasons for Aquaman, the Hawks, J’onn J’onnz and Firestorm to be brought back was because they temporarily became the elementals that allowed Alec Holland to bond with Swamp Thing (the Green, which was the Star City Forest). They had to be purified first, which is supposedly the explanation for their adventures in this series.

Everyone accomplishes their missions except for Hawk. And I can’t remember what his mission was. But apparently it doesn’t matter because the White Lantern still got it’s desired result, a new protector for earth. Swamp Thing, and John Constatine, “return” from Vertigo and back to the DCU proper.

This issue could have been alot shorter as well. It’s very explanation and epilogue heavy. The actual confrontation between Swamp Thing and the Nekron-Corrupted Green is only a couple of pages. And most of those are double page spreads.

Johns leaves each of the elemental-heroes at a new starting point for their second start of life (or third or fourth in some cases). J’onn J’onnz is at peace and has a clean start. Firestorm is facing a countdown before he explodes. Aquaman has a mystery to solve. And Hawkman is once again without Hawkgirl.

The others that were resurrected are allowed to live except for Boston Brand. His is the sacrifice, unwilling, that is required to join Alec Holland and the Green to make a new Swamp Thing, which is what the White Lantern needs. Brand goes back to being Deadman again.

In some ways this is a satisfying end to the Blackest Night/Brightest Day saga. But in some it’s a let down. Why is Hawk allowed to remain alive if he failed his mission when the reward for accomplishing the mission was the gift of life? Why put the Hawks back to a place they’ve been before? Why not give them a new status quo?

And the wrap-up just seems too quick. 22 issues of build-up and 2 issues of resolution?

The art styles are similar so it’s not jarring going from one artist to another. But they are different enough so you know when it’s a different person. All the artists are equivalent in storytelling and characters. They’re not bad, but they’re not the best either.

The double page spread of the two Swamp Things fighting is a bit of a let-down. Probably the most important point of the story and the art is lacking. It’s a nice spread but it’s plain. There’s a lack of detail that makes it less powerful then it could and should have been.

The appearance by John Constantine at the end is a bit of a let down as well. The art doesn’t provide a “shock” or an omph. He appears plain and something seems off about him. Maybe it’s because he’s not as gritty as he appears in Hellblazer but there’s just no spark to the appearance. I wonder how it will go over with people that don’t know the character, and I’m sure there will be quite alot.

Brightest Day #24 receives
4 out of 5

A decent ending to the series that does provide wrap-up to the story.

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