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Brightest Day #7

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Brightest Day #7

Credits

  • Words: Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi
  • Art: Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark, Mark Irwin
  • Inks: Vicente Cifuentes, David Beaty, Mark Irwin
  • Colors: Aspen MLT's Peter Steigerwald and John Starr
  • Story Title: "The Secret of Life"
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Aug 4, 2010

In terms of story progression and balance, Brightest Day #7 is by far the best issue of this ongoing series by Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi as now each of the character pieces connect in ways readers have not yet witnessed or experienced before.  Whereas the transition between stronger, more focused issues such as Brightest Day #4 and #5 illustrated the series' potential and growth, the same is not true for the others; however, with Brightest Day #7, audiences receive a story that is not disjointed.  Nor should fans feel slighted or disappointed in the shifting centers of character focus as Johns and Tomasi showcase each figure within the overarching, greater theme that launched the series in the beginning. 

What is truly fascinating about Brightest Day #7 is just how much this single installment, to quote Homer Simpson, "embiggens" the entire Brightest Day universe.  Nowhere, in any of the related banner books has Johns or any of the writers such as Gail Simone, Judd Winick, and Tony Bedard, to name a few, hinted at how all these seemingly unrelated stories fit together.  In terms of sheer size and scope, Johns must have a massive dry erase or poster board to manage and oversee all of these tangents and offshoots while simultaneously maintaining his own sanity when writing three of the most significant titles within the Brightest Day fold.  As a result, Brightest Day #7 is a book of revelations. 

The White Light reveals to Boston Brand that each of the resurrected heroes and villains has an important role to play as they await the arrival of a new champion to herald the White energy.  Additionally, Johns and Tomasi present a very solid case that while the White energy is guiding and shaping these characters' actions, other forces are at play that still remain unknown, such as the new Martian threat to J'onn J'onzz and M'gann, the Black Lantern Firestorm, Mera's sister, and the role of Jackson Hyde, and others.   Even by presenting all of the major story threads of Hawk, Dove, and Boston Brand, Hawkgirl and Hawkman, Arthur and Mera, Jason and Ronnie, and the Martian Manhunter in a single issue doesn't weaken or reduce their impact.  Instead, it improves the overall nature of the book and leaves readers wanting more.  Furthermore, Johns and Tomasi tie in episodes from the other banner books.  Of these, the future between Captain Boomerang, Hawk, and Dove, and the rebirth of Eobard Thawne should prove to be quite fulfilling.  In the end, Johns and Tomasi complicate the picture even more by suggesting that while the Earth may need "a new protector," it is Boston Brand's assignment to locate "them."

Not to belittle or demean the condition, but in some ways this series has suffered from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder from its inception.  Either focusing on intense action sequences and high energy moments at the expense of clear and concise story development, or simply losing a central focus as various characters entered and exited the stories, Brightest Day #7 is the necessary Ritalin that this book needed to refocus itself.  Having all of the major and minor players exist within these pages, Johns and Tomasi negate the problems with highlighting certain characters over others as well as allow the narrative flow of the book to shape the individual experiences rather than the other way around.  This former approach often resulted into dissociative stories and character moments that sacrificed the important story Johns and Tomasi were trying to convey. 

With a well-developed story bolstered by the consistently strong artwork of Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark, and Joe Prado, who are in turn joined by panel offerings from Francis Manapul, Mark Bagley, Mike Mayhew, Aaron Lopresti, Rob Hunter, and Matt Ryan, Brightest Day #7 is a major turning point for the series and an excellent step forward into the greater mystery Johns and Tomasi are crafting.

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