Today sees the release of BRIGHTEST DAY #23, the series' penultimate issue. As a fan, I've got push-pull issues with endings. An an entertainment junkie, I often hurry to the end for the big reveal. Who lives? Who dies? Oh, her father was the killer. The super advanced robots are dead. A great ending is satisfying, but there's a sadness, too. We're never going back to the island. Our favorite hero or our favorite villain is dead. Their stories are over. The end.
There are only three issues left of the bestselling BRIGHTEST DAY series. Issue 22 is cryptically titled “The End and The Beginning” and it’s all about Firestorm’s struggle to be the best hero that he can be. I don’t want to give anything away or spoil the story, so I’ll just say that the issue has been aptly titled and leave it at that. Written by Geoff Johns and Peter J. Tomasi and with art by Scott Clark, Ivan Reis, and Joe Prado, BRIGHTEST DAY #22, is on sale in stores today. [gallery link="file" order="DESC" columns="2"]
It's been a long journey for the Martian Manhunter since his revival, including an entire lifetime of false happiness on a rejuvenated Mars. But now the veil is lifted from J'onn's eyes, and they're filled with tears of rage. It's time to settle things with D'kay, but when given the choice between a new Mars and Earth, J'onn has to ask himself... Where is my real home? [gallery link="file" order="DESC" columns="2"] BRIGHTEST DAY #21 hits stores March 2nd.
BRIGHTEST DAY #19 ended with Black Manta striking a very deadly blow during the first battle of the much anticipated Aquawar. The action picks up in issue 20, with a battle of father against son and the emergence of a new hero. Ivan Reis and Joe Prado deliver epic action throughout this issue, including an amazing two-page spread that ends this preview. What say you, Aquaman fans? Have you recovered from last issue's cliffhanger yet?
Aquaman's second chance at life hasn't quite worked out the way he expected. His wife has betrayed him, and his powers don't work like they should. Now, in BRIGHTEST DAY #19, writers Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi and artists Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Oclair Albert and Rob Hunter bring us the Aquawar. This is a big, bold issue, one chock full of widescreen action and intrigue. I think I can safely predict that the cliffhanger will have fans talking this week. Here's a look at the open round of the Aquawar... [gallery link="file" order="DESC" columns="2"]
Today is Green Lantern day on THE SOURCE, and we're continuing with a tease from BRIGHTEST DAY #17 featuring the Star Sapphires. What happens in that issue? According to GL Editor Adam Schlagman, "Carol Ferris and the Star Sapphires join Hawkman and Hawkgirl in a fight for the survival of Zamaron and the purity of love, but with the Hawks' connection to the cosmic corps, it looks like this meeting may end in bloodshed." [gallery link="file"]
I may or may not have seen the following notes on Eddie Berganza's desk. Story elements for BRIGHTEST DAY 16: 1 Part, Underwater adventure and intrigue; 1 Part, Science Fiction epic; 2 Parts, Family Tragedy; 4 Jaw dropping splash pages; 1 Young hero, claiming his birthright; 1 Dark twist; 1 Universe coming apart; 1 Morbid tease for next issue. [gallery link="file" columns="2"]