I will double up on this quick review of the Brightest Day series. It has been good so far, slow in places. Here in these issues we get two of the faster paced parts of the story. In case you have been under a rock and do not know what this is about I will give you my explanation. The end of Blackest Night saw a number of individuals brought back from the grave permanently, kinda. See we learned that each has a task to perform to remain alive. Boston Brand, or Deadman, is one of the people brought back and he now has a mission to find the new Guardian of Earth. He has a White Ring as well. The series is the tale of his mission and the tasks that the others are to undertake.
Issue #12 is a Martian Manhunter centric story that also has Firestorm in it. The Firestorm story has a Black Lantern return in the form of Deathstorm and a crew of Black Lanterns that we all thought gone. It is the Martian Manhunter story that is most tragic and intriguing. He is apparently able to return “the Green” to Mars. The problem is that another Green Martian is there on the planet as well. They are a former Martian Murderess that had escaped the destruction of the race of Green Martians. She wants J’onn to be her mate. She wants to repopulate a genetically designated race to replace the flawed one she was glad to see gone. There is fighting. There is a surprise resurrection. There is a twist ending that chills the spine. Poor J’onn is all I can say about it.
The central characters of Issue #13 are Hawkman and Hawkwoman. There is a great telling of their history and how the current state of them and Hawk World came to be. All the secrets that currently were hidden are revealed. We see some gruesome fighting as Carter Hall battles to his love. She is facing her mother and the reason apparently for all the troubles the Hawks have faced over the centuries. Really cool story here.
Boston and Dove are the other part of the book. They are looking for the new Guardian and I think they are kind of sweet on each other. The big twist here is who might be this Guardian. The newly returned……well that would be telling would it not?