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Brightest Day, Vol. 1 Hardcover – December 7, 2010

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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 (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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Visually, it looked very good on the Kindle and I had no problem with it.

This is a relative easy-to-read book. There were 2 or 3 times that I had to re-read the same page or maybe, maybe go back a few pages just to understand a little better the story, but I don't regret it. The story is well-placed and the art is very good!!!!

Note: You must read 'Blackest Night' first, there is no doubt about it..

I also read Vol. #2 (which is better) and I am currently reading Vol. #3.

I'll definitely recommend this for reading.
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This is a pretty book.

The dustjacket and pages are top quality. They don't bind with the wind. Glossy and strong. The hardback is white with the White Lantern's logo in gold. Very pretty.

The story itself is slow. You don't know what in places is going on. At the end of the book they give you another piece of the puzzle that doesn't really tells you everything, but keep you interested. I know I did.

I was somewhat tired when I reach half the book and there was no explanation of why the White Rings bring some heroes/villains to life. What's Deadman's mission?. But then I remembered "this is just volume 1".

Having that in mind, the book is not bad. The end left me wanting for more, and the art is pretty good too.

The cover gallery is what I enjoy the most. There's a double spread on the people that came back to life at the end of Blackest Night. All of them in a table and the color entities in the center. VERY cool!!!.

I didn't dislike the book, but I guess this will remain to be seen on the following volumes. Hope is good!.
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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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Format: Paperback
"BRIGHTEST DAY VOL. 1-3 Please note that suggested reading before diving into BRIGHTEST DAY are the bigger DC Universe events leading up to the 2011 NEW 52 reboot. This includes the Rebirth of the Flash and Green Lantern Hal Jordan as well as The Simestro Corps War and most importantly BLACKEST NIGHT. Without Blackest Night, Brightest Day has little context and the conclusion especially leaves the reader adrift. The color spectrum and the nature of the power rings must be understood. This story superficially relates the tale of the 12 heroes and villains miraculously brought back to life by the White Lantern's light in the aftermath of Blackest Night. Specifically it deals with Deadman, Aquaman, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Firestorm, and Martian Manhunter with Hank Hall aka Hawk and Resurrected Flash rogue Boomerang looming tangentially in the background. Other crossovers and tie-ins, of which there are many, deal with the other returned heroes and villains more specifically. Though they are part of this story and serve the purpose and plan of the White Lantern, they are ancillary. I haven't read the tie-ins in makes me wonder why some of those characters were returned at all. BRIGHEST DAY is part of the NEW 52 continuity as writers and editors got to pick and choose what original stories to keep. Indeed some of the characters actions and rebirths lead well into the status quo of the NEW 52. Others, notable Jade and Firestorm, have been completely "retconned" in the latest iteration of the DC Universe. "Retconning" is a term that stands for retroactive continuity, essentially changing or ignoring stories that have come before in favor of keeping titles and characters up to date and fresh.Read more ›
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