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Geoff Johns has written Infinite Crisis, 52, Green Lantern, X-Men, The Avengers, Superman, and much more. Peter Tomasi is the writer of The Light Brigade as well as stories for Outsiders and JSA Classified. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (December 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401229662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401229665
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 began his comics career creating and writing Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. for DC Comics.

His first comic assignment led to a critically acclaimed run on the The Flash and JSA for DC Comics. Since then, he has quickly become one of the most popular and imaginative writers in comic books today, working on titles including a highly successful re-imagining of Green Lantern, The Flash: Rebirth, Superman: Secret Origin, Action Comics, Adventure Comics, Teen Titans, Justice Society of America, Infinite Crisis and the experimental breakout hit series 52 for DC with Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka and Mark Waid. Geoff received the Wizard Fan Award for Breakout Talent of 2002 and Writer of the Year for 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 as well as the CBG Writer of the Year 2003 thru 2005 and 2007 and 2008 and CBG Best Comic Book Series for JSA 2001 thru 2005. Geoff penned the acclaimed "Legion" episode of SMALLVILLE. He also served as a writer for the fourth season of ROBOT CHICKEN. Geoff is currently working on film projects with Warner Brothers to be announced soon.

Geoff recently became a New York Times Bestselling author with the graphic novel Superman: Brainiac with art by Gary Frank among many others.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Simon on August 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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't live up to expectations (the whole saga in collected form will span 3 volumes total). And really, at the end of the day this is a conflicted review - there's a lot to like about Brightest Day, but whether it lived up to its full potential (and is worth your money) is up for debate.

First, the good. Having already gotten several year-long series under its belt, DC has learned from experience and banked some of its best talent for this project. Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi co-write Brightest Day, bringing the same accessibility and ease of prose that made the current Green Lantern books such a success. Artistic collaborators Ivan Reis and Patrick Gleason are also on board, as well as Scott Clark, Joe Prado and Adrian Syaf. It's an impressive roster, and unlike 52 and Countdown to Final Crisis, here each artist is assigned a specific set of characters and their story arc. So all the Aquaman segments are drawn by Reis, all of Martian Manhunter's odyssey is handled by Gleason, and so forth.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Harrington on December 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Hopefully this doesn't contain spoilers because I try not to, but it might so be careful.

Brightest Day coninutes right after the mega-event Blackest Night, and explores the new lives of most of the reborn heroes and villains(Max Lord is postlighted in Jstice League: Generation Lost, Zoom & Captain Boomerang in Flash, Jade in JLA and GLC I think.) I does a big amount of jumping around between characters at first but then goes into large chunks of story being focused onto one character. The larger chunks that are fosuced on just one or two characters are great and do a little bit of retconning to provide new wrinkles to the characters or new threats, especially in the case of Firestorm. The story telling is great at points but personally I don't really care for the Deadman/Dove storyline. It just doesn't appeal to me. I never really got into these characters before this series but find myself really enjoying the stories. I never thought I'd be excited about a Hawkman or Aquaman story. The art team also does a good job of blending their styles to fit the story-telling.

Just because it says Brightest Day doesn't mean the stories are light either, so expect the same gritty kind of story-telling that you usually read in other DC books. I am really liking the direction that Johns and Tomasi are taking these characters and look forward the the future of them as well. Also, check out the other books under the Brightest Day banner like Green Lantern, Flash, and Justice League Generation Lost.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MAL on March 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A disappointing follow up to the very enjoyable Blackest Night story. IGN said it best: "Brightest Day has perhaps the most bizarre sense of pacing of any book on the market right now. The book frequently focuses on certain subplots over others, leaving some characters and conflicts by the wayside of entire issues at a stretch." A very slow read that made me lose interest in some of the characters Johns was attempting to make relevant.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 11, 2010
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Writers Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi set the pot simmering. Again we see the advantage the trade collection has over the single magazine format. BRIGHTEST DAY Volume 1 collects issues #0-7 and the story flows so much better when the issues are read one right after the other. Of course you and I and all the cool kids have read BLACKEST NIGHT and so we know the aftermath, how the obscure death god Nekron was taken down, and the resurrection of twelve dead heroes and villains. BRIGHTEST DAY follows these twelve alive-agains and their impact on the DC universe. Only, some revenants are more interesting than others. Turns out, given a second chance, Hawk is still a detestable tool.

Tapping into the 52 formula, BRIGHTEST DAY aims for 26 issues, is published twice a month, opts for the slow burn approach, strives to inject relevance into predominantly second tier characters. In Silver City, New Mexico perches the unliftable White Lantern battery and we first caught a glimpse of it at the end of BLACKEST NIGHT and the immediate thought was: "So who's the White Lantern then?" There's a White Lantern ring on Boston Brand's finger, and maybe the assumption is that the ex-Deadman is the first White Lantern, but not so fast. Boston Brand provides the connecting thread to the other story arcs as the ring teleports him across the globe (and even into space), forcing him to observe (unseen) what's been going down with the other eleven revived characters, most of whom are still haunted by the atrocities they committed as the murderous Black Lanterns. The ring instructs Deadman to "Help them."

A sense of mystery surrounds each of the core characters, never mind the elephant in the room which is why these deaders were restored to life in the first place.
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