Monday, June 14, 2010

BRIGHTEST DAY #3

“Revelations”


Writer: Geoff Johns & Peter J. Tomasi

Penciller: Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark, Joe Prado

Inker: Vicente Cifuentes, David Beaty, Mark Irwin

Editor: Eddie Berganza


Synopsis


On the planet Qward in the Anti-Matter Universe, Boston Brand uses his White Lantern power ring to fend off the Anti-Monitor, but the nihilistic conqueror overwhelms him. Brand learns a lesson in thinking before leaping, and the ring teleports him to safety…


In Pittsburgh, Ronnie Raymond and Jason Rusch wake up after their separation, unharmed. Alvin Rusch wants his son to come home with him, but Jason stands up to his father. Martin Stein tries to explain to Ronnie that he and Jason can’t form Firestorm anymore, but doesn’t go into details. After Jason and Ronnie share an uncomfortable moment in the hallway, Ronnie remembers the moments that Black Lantern Firestorm killed Gehenna, something he claimed he had no recollection of. An angry Alvin tells Ronnie to stay away from Jason…


On a deserted island, Aquaman attempts to summon a sea creature, but all that responds is a decomposing killer whale. Aquaman fends off the beast, and then rejects Mera’s suggestion that Atlantean scientist can help him. She swears that she will always be by her side. He wonders if maybe her people can aid him, but she informs him that her dimension is sealed off from him. Mera reaffirms that she is home; they embrace, but she looks worried…


J’onn J’onzz’s investigation into the psychic flash he received brings him to a Pearl River morgue, where he studies the bodies of a family that was horribly butchered. Something about the way in which the people were killed is familiar to him. He rescues the family dog from the animal shelter and, in reading the pet’s mind, witnesses the killings first-hand. J’onzz recognizes the attacker, and steels himself for the confrontation that is to come…


In the Bermuda Triangle, something struggles to be free…


Meanwhile, in Silver City, the White Lantern power battery flashes with energy…


Hawkman and Hawkgirl battle Hath-Set’s minions in the jungles of Peru, while the Hawk’s immortal foe uses their bones to perform a ritual. Hawkman and Hawkgirl arrive too late to capture Hath-Set, but they realize that he has been using the bodies of all their past lives to open an inter-dimensional gate…but to where..?


Notes


Page 1: Boston Brand and the Anti-Monitor last appeared in Brightest Day #2.


“You think I can go toe-to-toe with a universe eater?” No. No I do not.


Pages 2-3: Brand uses his White Lantern power ring to create energy constructs of the other eleven heroes and villains resurrected in Blackest Night #8.


Page 4: While I’m interested in knowing why these twelve heroes and villains have been brought back to life…what I’m really intrigued by is that the Anti-Monitor returned as well. Why would the Entity of the White Light restore a nihilistic, universal annihilator? Is it because he’s such a witty conversationalist? Because he has a great chili recipe? Or is there a greater purpose, somewhere down the line?


Page 5: “Back off, big boy!” Brand really needs to work on his fight-scene banter.


Page 7: Ronnie Raymond, Martin Stein and Jason Rusch last appeared in Brightest Day #2.


“The Atom managed to separate you and Jason from the Firestorm matrix, but it caused a unique explosion.” This occurred in Brightest Day #2.


“The resultant detonation transmuted everything inside the vault into table salt.” Any connection between this event and Black Lantern Firestorm transmuting Gehenna Hewitt into table salt back in Blackest Night #3?


Alvin Rusch is Jason’s father. After losing his left arm in a work-related accident, he became angry and began taking his rage out of his family, causing his wife to leave him. He and Jason have a bit of a strained relationship.


Page 8: “I want to learn more from Professor Stein about my powers. That’s why I transferred here.” “Here” being Pittsburgh University. But in Blackest Night #3, which, in DC Universe time, only took place a few weeks ago, Jason was a student at Columbia University in New York City. He began college there after Infinite Crisis so that he could be closer to Professor Stein. How often does Stein move from college to college? And does Jason just follow him wherever he goes now?


“I didn’t tell you what to do when mom died, did I?” Last we saw Silvia Rusch, Jason’s mom, in Firestorm the Nuclear Man (second series) #32, she had reunited with Alvin and was spending New Year’s Eve with him. When did she die?


Page 9: “But I don’t even remember doing it because it wasn’t me!” Remember this line. It’s important in about, oh, a page or so.


“This is my life, Professor! I got another chance!” It might be unfair to call Ronnie selfish and irresponsible, even though that is exactly how he is acting. He’s just trying to live his life, and enjoy the second chance he has. He acted out this way before; back in Extreme Justice, he was dying of leukemia. Professor Stein, ad Firestorm, cured Ronnie and restored his powers, after which time Ronnie became a male model known as RonRay and started partying like there was no tomorrow.


Yes, RonRay. It wasn’t a good time for Firestorm.


Page 10: Ah ha! Ronnie does remember what he did as Black Lantern Firestorm!


Man, it sucks to be him, doesn’t it?


Page 11: Aquaman and Mera last appeared in Brightest Day #2.


Page 12: Aquaman began summoning dead sea life in Brightest Day #1.


Page 13: “NO. I’m not going back to Atlantis.” Aquaman has some “Atlantis-issues,” chief if which is that they don’t like his hair.


And, as funny as that sounds, it’s true. Atlanteans believe that those with blond hair possess the Curse of Kordax and are evil. Check out The Atlantis Chronicles for more information.


Page 14: “My people cannot help. And even if they could, the underwater dimension they inhabit is sealed off from ours.” Mera is from the kingdom of Xebel, located in what is called “Dimension Aqua.” Aquaman’s foe Thanatos also originated form there.


Mera doesn’t look too happy right there. Did she forget to turn off the stove before they left the lighthouse?


Page 15: J’onn J’onzz last appeared in Brightest Day #2.


“That psychic flash that hit me on Mars…” This transpired in Brightest Day #1.


“…to the cold bodies of this family, butchered for no apparent reason--” A mom went crazy psycho and killed her family in Brightest Day #2. Turns out she’s some Martian monster, but J’onn hasn’t figured that out yet, so don’t spoil the surprise.


Page 16: Awwww. I’m glad the doggie survived. It would’ve made me sad if he hadn’t.


“We need to go back to Colorado and I know an old woman who will enjoy your company, boy…” That old woman would be Melissa Erdel, Saul Erdel’s daughter, currently in a nursing home. And I’m sure that she loves doggies.


Note that the Martian-monster-posing-as-a-housewife tore her skin off her body in a way similar to how J’onn’s skin was seemingly torn off his body as seen by Boston Brand in Brightest Day #0.


Is that sentence even remotely grammatically correct?!?!


Page 17: Yay! It’s the return of Jerry and Russell, Silver City’s police department! They last appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #54.


I expect big things from Jerry and Russell. A one-shot special, at the very least, maybe even prestige format. Perhaps a mini-series, Streets of Silver City, or Silver City Central. Any takers?


So, what’s the connection between the White Lantern power battery and what is going on in the Bermuda Triangle?


Say…what is going on in the Bermuda Triangle?


Page 18: Hawkman, Hawkgirl and Hath-Set last appeared in Brightest Day #2.


Oh, you just know that Hath-Set is up to no good…


Page 19: “And I thought the death masks he made of us were twisted enough…” Hawkman and Hawkgirl discovered a collection of death masks that Hath-Set has made of them over the years in Brightest Day #3.


Pages 20-21: So Hath-Set has used the Hawk’s bones to create a doorway to…where?

Could it be…Hawkworld, whatever that is?