Brightest Day #1: Writers: Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi. Artists: Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark & Joe Prado.
Last Issue: 6 1/2 out of 10.
Review: This comic begins with Hal Jordan, Carol Ferris and Sinestro arriving at the location of the white power battery. Sinestro reveals that he has proven unable to lift the power battery, so Hal gives it a shot, but he also finds that he can't move the battery. Carol figures that the battery is waiting for a special person to arrive to take it away... My guess? Why Saint Barry of course! From there we head out to sea where Deadman is still being jerked around by his White Lantern ring. Deadman arrives on a boat, where several young children were kidnapped by pirates. Deadman's ring forces him to helplessly watch the scene play out as Aquaman and Mera arrive on the boat to save the kids. Aquaman calls for help from the sea creatures under the waves, but is horrified to see a bunch of dead sea creatures pop up out of the sea and completely decimate the pirates. Needless to say, once all of the pirates have been taken care of, Aquaman is quite shaken by this experience, and Deadman is pretty surprised himself. As news of Aquaman's rebirth circulates, Black Manta, who was working at a seafood joint in Massachusetts, flips out and kills a bunch of people in the store, before leaving to find and re-kill his long-time foe. The Firestorms whine about their predicament, and upon meeting up with Professor Stein and the Atom, they learn that it appears that they are going to be stuck together... Just like a really bad 80's sitcom! The Martian Manhunter gets a strange psychic flash in which he sees himself murdering Prof. Erdel, while a woman lies dead nearby. Since the flash came from Earth, MM decides to head there to find this woman and see what was going on. Finally, Hawkman and Hawkgirl come across some guys trying to steal the skeletal remains of their original bodies. The Hawks launch an attack and seem to have things well at hand until one of the grave robbers tosses a few grenades into an airplane, forcing the Hawks to save the plane. While the Hawks are busy with the plane, the grave robber returns the corpses to Hath-Set(???).
What I Thought: Wow, I didn't like this comic either. There was absolutely no main theme/story here, it was just a bunch of random stuff that happened to a few of the recently returned heroes... Some of the stories were interesting(Aquaman and the dead fish), some made no sense(like the MM)and some were just uninteresting(the Hawks). From a creative team with the talent of Geoff and Peter, I'd expect MUCH better then this. So far the two issues of Brightest Day I've read have been terribly disappointing.
Score: 6 out of 10.All that's missing is that music from Jaws!