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Brightest Day Vol. 1 (Brightest Day #1)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,385 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
The follow-up to the best selling comics event BLACKEST NIGHT, written by Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi!Once dead, twelve heroes and villains have been resurrected by a white light expelled deep within the center of the earth. Called a miracle by many and a sign of the apocalypse by others, the reasons behind their rebirth remain a mystery.

Now, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, F
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 13th 2011 by DC Comics (first published December 7th 2010)
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Maybe I'm just expecting a bit more from my comics these days. The art's good, there's an obvious setup being played here, and while the only time I've ever read Deadman was during the Blackest Night saga and here, he's not uninteresting.

The thing is, we've gone from a huge explosion of powers to a near retcon, a massive scaleback, to return tension back to the comic, and I'm not entirely certain I appreciate the writer's decision to do it.

I like the fact that the supes who were returned to life
Jul 23, 2015 Arturo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best part of this book was the mystery, there was mystery after mystery popping up.
The mystery of the white lantern and who could pick it up, and in the end of this book why each character was brought back.
Now that was all good and great but half the characters you would have to follow in a different series, and most of those series have little to do with the main story in this, and yet have a 'Brightest Day' banner.
GL Hal Jordan and Sinestro pop up to see if they can lift the lantern an
Jul 09, 2012 Sesana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superhumans, comics
Blackest Night was fantastic. One of the best crossover events to come out of DC. And Brightest Day is every bit as good, both as a crossover event and as a follow up to Blackest Night. Make no mistake, this is essentially a direct sequel, and going into this without having read Blackest Night is a big mistake. I'd venture to add that if you read the first without the second, you get an incomplete experience. Brightest Day is about what happened next for the twelve resurrected heroes and villain ...more
This is excellent storytelling, and I'm totally into every part of it! I'm just glad that I have volume 2 sitting on a shelf waiting for me right now. I'd like to write a longer review, but I really can't wait to see what happens next.
Jesse A
Won't lie. I'm more than a bit confused at this point.
Mar 06, 2013 Peter rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
This trade combines the first 7 issues of th Brightest day. I bought this because I am reading Geoff Johns green lantern run, and I couldn't really understand brightest day: green lantern, so I decided to give the main event a try. This is the direct follow up to blackest night, a DC event where all the prior dead superheroes come back as zombies.

In here there are twelve superheroes that used to be dead, but are revived by a white ring/energy. But it seems like the energy has an idea/a plan for
Apr 10, 2016 Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Following the resurrection of twelve heroes & villains at the end of Blackest Night, this year-long, bi-weekly series/event is off to a great start. DC Comics had already (successfully) tried the experiment of a year-long series without any of its main superheroes (in the excellent 52), but this one features a whole different set of characters, mostly B-listers (sorry to all you Aquaman fans).

The writers have made me care for these characters and I am looking forward to reading volumes 2 and
Mike McDevitt
Feb 17, 2011 Mike McDevitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eight heroes, 4 villains, back from the dead- but are they ALL THE WAY BACK? What's up with that White Lantern? The mystery continues to unfold in this wide-reaching follow up to the risen dead of Blackest Night.
I am so far of the opinion that Geoff Johns can do no wrong.
Can't dash hopes like that: the Blue Lantern might flicker and dim!
John Yelverton
Dec 02, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic book that amazes you with every page that you turn. A must read for comic book fans.
Nov 06, 2012 Kevin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Following directly from Blackest Night, the Brightest Day main series follows Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Firestorm, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Deadman and Hawk as they try to figure out why they were brought back.

This volume sets up a lot of mystery and has most of the resurrected heroes afflicted with their zombified Black Lantern counterparts while uncovering mysteries from their past. Aquaman learns that his wife Mera's past is catching up with the both of them. Martian Manhunter hunts a crazed Mart
How do you follow up the zombie apocalypse? If you're Geoff Johns, you write about twelve people, heroes and villains alike, who are given second chances at life and also are given duties to perform.

Volume 1 of "Brightest Day" collects issues #0-7 and weaves together several interconnecting storylines. Aquaman is seen with lover Mera at Amnesty Bay, looking contemplatively at the water and seeing his reflection in Black Lantern form. Their story continues with Aquaman summoning dead sea life aft
William Thomas
Some figures in the DC Universe should never die. Cancel their books because of low sales, fine. But don't kill them. Aquaman, Hawkman, Martian Manhunter. These three should be just as constant in the universe as Batman or Superman. The rest of these resurrected fools (minus Deadman) could have stayed in the grave- Firestorm and Hawk. Fairly worthless. And that is reflected in their separate storylines in this volume. Martian Manhunter is playing the detective, as he should be. A dark murder mys ...more
Nov 02, 2014 Jbainnz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although Blackest Night was purely just all out action, I simply loved it. It was a fun ride of non stop undead goodness. I mean who wouldn't want to read about zombie heroes? After re-reading it again in preparation for this series, I was all up to speed. But don't let that fool you, there are many mysteries happening here.

The world is recovering from the events of Blackest Night, especially for the 12 people resurrected by the White Lantern. Why were they brought back? Why weren't others broug
Brightest Day, Vol.1

Geoff Johns

When DC's summer event Blackest Night ended, it left readers with an incredible tease - 12 heroes and villains resurrected in a brilliant flash of light, all revived for a specific-yet-unknown purpose. Now learn the fate of the 12 as Brightest Day Vol. 1 kicks off with issues #0-7 in the series. I'd held off on reviewing this anthology series until the final issue was out - after all there's no point in advising readers to sink coin into volume 1 if the story doesn
Nov 15, 2011 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stunning, color-filled artwork pushes it up a star

Interesting storyline - I picked it up primarily to find out what happens to the characters after Blackest Night - and wonderful art. But the characters don't seem to have distinct voices, and the dialogue is definitely ham-handed. However, I am caught up enough in the plot to read the other volumes to see what happens. And the coloring work is really marvelously done.
TJ Shelby
Dec 07, 2010 TJ Shelby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc
This is supposed to be the 1st of a 3 volume series. That being said, it was an okay intro volume but there were some good plot twists and great art so I bumped it up to 3 stars. Okay, just the fact that the Martian Manhunter is included it bumps it up a star for that alone. I'm interested to see where this is going and since Johns is writing it, I'm sure it will be.
Wing Kee
Apr 20, 2016 Wing Kee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A really slow start that finally builds towards something in the last issue.

I remember really enjoying Blackest Night cause of the scope and the payoff from all the years of building towards it since Green Lantern Rebirth, but at the same time I remember being incredibly bored with Brightest Day. Will this reread change my thoughts?

World: The art is fine, it's Reis and others who have a similar style so it's nice. The power of the white ring is felt through his art and the facial expressions are
Eric England
Brightest Day Volume One is an intriguing but wildly uneven read. Geoff Johns' love of the DC universe is apparent as he revitalizes a number of classic DC characters. Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Martain Manhunter, Aquaman, Firestorm, Deadman, and Hawk and Dove come alive under his pen. All of them feel like strong personalities who shine in this sprawling ensemble piece. Unfortunately the plot is much less focused with so many different plots and ideas thrown at the reader at once. The art by Ivan Reis ...more
Chris Jahng
Awesome stuff... love the Nova (Marvel) and the Green Lantern (DC) series... very cool stuff! Wish it wasn't so I could stop buying them, but so far I just can't stop reading the GL series by Geoff Johns.
Feb 19, 2013 Benjamin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm sorry, but I felt the writing was terrible. The multiple threads were messy and not very entertaining. I switched to a Guardians of the Galaxy story halfway and found it a more attracting read.
Craig Powell
Dec 04, 2011 Craig Powell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the continuance of the Blackest Night story, Johns plots the aftermath of the Blackest Night events by slowly giving more insight into the newly created White Lantern Corps. It is a mystery what kind of power is behind this new spectrum and exactly what reasoning exists for who was resurrected and who was not. It was breath of fresh air to have the story focus on lesser character such as Deadman, Hawk, and Dove. By incorporating additional character such as Hawkman & Hawkgirl, Aquaman, Fi ...more
Aug 31, 2013 Gavin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Brightest Day picks up at the end of Blackest Night, with the 12 resurrected heroed/villains now back alive and wondering what to do. Of the 12, this volume focuses on Deadman, Aquaman, Hawkman/Hawkgirl, Martian Manhunter, and Firestorm. Prof Zoom, Max Lord, Capt. Boomerang don't have much to do with the story here; nor do Jade and Osiris. Hawk will end up being involved, but more peripherally.
I imagine you can find out what the other people do in other titles Brightest Day versions (Green Lante
Ander Lilly
Sep 27, 2013 Ander Lilly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brightest Day picks up right after the events of Blackest Night where twelve heroes and villains have been given a second chance at life.

Spoilers ahead so be warned.

Each one is assigned a specific duty to fulfill in order to find the new champion of Earth. This volume focuses on Deadman, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Hawkgirl/Hawkman, and Firestorm while the other characters like Reverse-Flash, Boomerang, and Maxwell Lord don't really have much of a part. Deadman finds himself the only one to be
The Brightest Day is the direct sequel/follow-through after the Blackest Night.
Its not recommended to be read on it's own.

This one is good enough to get you interested in the fringe characters.

The art work is not consistent yet not bad.

The story is about the purposes waiting for them after the rebirth of various superheroes and their uses of the 2nd chance they got.
The book is quite good considering that it's the first part, the appetitiser of the maincourse which serve a mixture of cold and hea
Paul Riches
So with the conclusion of the hugely successful, both critically and commercially, Blackest Night crossover event, DC Comics launched two bi-weekly twenty four issues series to deal with the ramifications of everything that happened.

One series, Justice League Generation Lost, pops in with a wonderful premise and not so wonderful result. Its twin series, Brightest Day, is an improvement, but only just a smidgeon, which also makes it just a slightly above average read.

With Blackest Night, the dead
Anthony M
Dec 20, 2015 Anthony M rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Then there was this slog. Where Blackest Night felt like two years of setup with the Lantern Corp ultimately undone by Johns incorporating every Earth hero in-lieu of the corp, this book went on to undo the undoing that was Blackest Night and in turn make me feel like all these crossover books I had been buying at the time were all useless.

Blackest Night nearly killed Green Lantern for me, Brightest Day killed cape comics for me.
Jan 10, 2015 B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
I'm still following this because Blackest Night was an interesting idea. And I want to see the answer to they mystery behind these events.

But it's kind of too big a story with too many moving parts. So, like the "main" "character," we, the reader just keep jumping around too much. Without a real sense of purpose or control or direction.

Very strange, by the way, that the most prominent idea that the force of life has is for characters to eat hamburgers. I mean, there's a whole Circle of Life thin
Tom Malinowski
Apr 09, 2016 Tom Malinowski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
12 people, heroes and villains, brought back to life after the events of Blackest Night. But for some of them their powers are altered, and the realization of new life still means they can die yet again. What does the White Lantern want them to do to live life to their fullest? This is pre-new 52 so to me the writing is top notch. Perfect blend of mystery and intrigue with the right touch of horror and hope.
Oliver Hodson
Jan 06, 2015 Oliver Hodson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this opening volume to brightest day. Of the characters that were focussed on, I had read the most about martian manhunter, and even then very little. The chase for the white lantern was cery interesting as well as tge mini arcs for each family of characters. Loved the art as well, although i could handle a few less gruesome injuries in fights!
Justyn Rampa
Jun 12, 2011 Justyn Rampa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really really really liked this! Although after finishing the brilliance that is "Blackest Night" I expected to really enjoy this and it lived up to all my expectations!

This almost directly follows the conclusion of Blackest Night, so I won't reveal any spoilers here. However, while Blackest Night was mostly a clever story with really AWESOME moments and opportunities for ridiculously cool things to occur, "Brightest Day" is a bit more complex.

The storyline, the characters, everything is a bit
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Geoff Johns originally hails from Detroit, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University, where he earned a degree in Media Arts and Film. He moved to Los Angeles in the late 1990’s in search of work within the film industry. Through perseverance, Geoff ended up as the assistant to Richard Donner, working on Conspiracy Theory and Lethal Weapon 4. During that time, he also began his comics career ...more
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