Monday, June 28, 2010

BRIGHTEST DAY #4

“Thresholds”


Writer: Geoff Johns & Peter J. Tomasi

Penciller: Ivan Reis, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark, Oclair Albert

Inker: Vicente Cifuentes, David Beaty

Editor: Eddie Berganza


Synopsis


In the Peruvian jungle, Hawkman and Hawkgirl find a dimensional doorway created from the bones of their past lives by Hath-Set. After a brief debate, they decide to cross the threshold to pursue their immortal foe. After experiencing their past deaths all over again, they emerge on another world, with Hath-Set no where in sight…


Boston Brand materializes in Dawn Granger’s Georgetown apartment late at night. She transforms into Dove, and they talk about Brand’s recent experiences with the White Ring. Hawk arrives and threatens Brand, but Dove calms him down. Brand reveals that the forest in Star City was created by either himself or the White Ring, which gives Hawk an idea…


In Silver City, NM, Jackson Hyde and his girlfriend Maria head out for a swim. It’s been getting hot in town ever since the White Lantern Power Battery appeared, and Maria’s about to melt. She prepares to jump into a pond, but Jackson catches her in time; all of the water is gone…


The United States Coast Guard locates the wreckage of a small plane brought down in the Bermuda Triangle; the two passengers’ bodies are severely dehydrated. Energy crackles in the water and a rift opens; a warrior woman and her soldiers emerge, all of whom can shape and manipulate water…


Ronnie Raymond has passed out from an evening of partying at Pittsburgh University, but is woken up by a ghostly apparition in the form of Gehenna. She explodes and coats him in salt. Elsewhere, Jason Rusch sleeps, but he still seems to have a connection to the power of Firestorm…


In Georgetown, Hawk, Dove and Boston Brand approach Don Hall’s grave. Hawk wants Brand to use the White Ring to raise his brother, the first Dove…


Notes


Page 1: Hawkman and Hawkgirl last appeared in Brightest Day #3.


“That’s why I’ve never been able to find the bones of our other bodies the curse claimed…” Is that what Carter does when he’s not breaking faces with his mace? Look for his former bodies? Creepy, man, really creepy…


“It’s a gateway – a door – but to where?” Dare I say…Hawkworld?


Page 2: “Khufu” and “Chay-Ara” were Hawkman and Hawkgirl’s original lives/identities/forms/bodies…whatever you want to call them.


Also, you’d think that Shiera would spell Chay-Ara’s name properly, given that she was once her and all…


Carter seems to be overwhelmed with his desire to kill Hath-Set, while Shiera just wants this whole endless cycle over and done with. But can the Hawks even eliminate their foe in the first place? Isn’t the point of this “curse” that Hath-Set will always kill them, prompting a new round of reincarnation, life and death once more?


Page 3: The Star Sapphire crystal which Miri Riam gave to Shiera Hall is, in fact, a piece of Chay-Ara’s skeleton. Khufu and Chay-Ara’s love took physical form and created the original Star Sapphire; their bodies were moved to Zamaron. When Khufu and Chay-Ara were transformed into Black Lanterns in Green Lantern (fourth series) #46, it did some damage to Zamaron and the Star Sapphires.


Pages 4-5: A tour of Hawkman and Hawkgirl’s past live – or, at least, their deaths – from the top left corner and moving clockwise…


Hath-Set, looming over Princess Chay-Ara and Prince Khufu of Ancient Egypt


The 12th century Bali rulers confronting Rangda the Demon Queen, as seen in Brightest Day #0…


I’d say these two lived during the Roman Empire, but I can’t be too sure…


The Silent Knight (Brian Kent) and Lady Celia Penbrook from 5th century Britain


Carter Hall and Kendra Saunders, right after Black Lantern Elongated Man and Sue Dibny killed them in Blackest Night #1…


Hannibal Hawkes and Katherine Manser, also known as Nighthawk and Cinnamon, heroes of the Old West…


Um…the Hawks as Musketeers? No idea..


Not quite sure they’re shot with arrows either, unless that’s Oliver Queen taking out his frustrations on Carter…


And Captain John Smith of the 16th century English colony of Virginia. Not sure who his lovely redheaded female companion is though.


And that’s Black Lantern Hawkman and Hawkgirl right smack dab in the center of it all…


Pages 6-7: “Guess we’re not in Peru anymore.” “Or Kansas for that matter.” Obviously, a play upon the line, “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore” from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.


Odd that Carter is making that joke; he’s not really the witty, knee-slapper kind of guy, you know?


Page 8: Dove last appeared in Brightest Day #0. When her appearances in Birds of Prey take place in relation to Brightest Day have yet to be revealed.


Deadman last appeared in Brightest Day #3.


“She smells like lilacs.” Kinda creepy, Boston. You go around sniffing all the ladies whose rooms you walk into late at night?


Page 9: “Dove.” I’m interested in how Dawn Granger can transform into Dove right now. Usually, Hank and Dawn can only become Hawk and Dove when there is danger nearby. Is there something “dangerous” about either Boston Brand or the White Ring?


Page 10: “Doctor Fate described you once as a pale wrinkled corpse, but no one really knew what you looked like.” This is an interesting concept. Obviously, because he was a ghost, no one, other than mystics, could see Deadman. We, as readers, obviously could, but you just don’t think about the fact that no one has ever really seen Deadman in his true form. Food for thought…


“I would’ve gotten a glimpse in Coast City when everyone came back, but I was too busy trying to calm down Hawk.” This was in Blackest Night #8.


“Documentation so you can officially be back among the living.” The JLA has had years of experience with heroes dying and then coming back to life; they have the whole restoring the recently-resurrected to legal status thing down pat now.


Page 11: Hawk last appeared in Brightest Day #0. Like Dove, I am not sure when his appearances in Birds of Prey take place in relation to this story.


Hawk has some…rage issues.


Page 12: “I felt you change, Dove.” This is the first instance that I can recall in which either Hawk or Dove “knew” that the other had transformed.


“What the hell’s he doing in your bedroom at three in the morning?” Oh, you know, the usual. Girl talk. Pillow fights. Shots of peach schnapps.


Page 13: “Time doesn’t mean much to me.” I’m still trying to figure out how the various stories in Brightest Day line-up with one another. Are they taking place concurrent, or at their own pace? I guess we won’t know until they cross-over at some point in the future.


Boston’s little adventure with the White Ring, involving a dead bird, a journey across the universe, and the creation of the mysterious forest in Star City, took place in Brightest Day #0.


Page 14: This is Jackson Hyde, a mild-mannered teenager from Silver City, New Mexico. He’s going to be the new Aqualad, but he probably doesn’t know that yet, so let’s keep it a secret.


Also, I think that he’s the son of Mera and Black Manta, based on a really vague and strange scene from Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #3 that made no sense several months ago, but is starting to fall into place now. Check back in a few issues.


“I still don’t get why the whole town cares about a White Lantern.” The White Lantern Power Battery landed in Silver City in Blackest Night #8 and has been there ever since.


Page 15: “There was water. There was a lot of water.” So, it’s getting hot in Silver City and the water is vanishing. Does this have to do with the White Lantern with this new Aqualad…or something else?


Don’t tell Al Gore…he’ll go on a rant about global warming, and then it’s all over…


Page 16: That plane was destroyed by a mysterious bolt from the water in Brightest Day #3.


“They’re badly dehydrated.” Is what’s happening in the Bermuda Triangle connected to the heat wave in Silver City?


Naaah, probably just a really huge coincidence…


Page 17: Now, I might he mistaken, but I have a funny feeling that this lovely woman leaping out of a dimensional rift in the water is Hila, Mera’s twin sister. The flowing locks, the scaled bodysuit, the manipulation of hard-water and the unbridled rage are a dead giveaway…


Page 18: Ronnie Raymond last appeared in Brightest Day #3.


Ronnie likes his beer. And partying. He’s not much of a hero these days…


Page 19: That’s Gehenna, appearing in all her salty glory. Black Lantern Firestorm killed her in Blackest Night #3. As revealed in Brightest Day #3, Ronnie recalls killing her, even though he previously said that he had no memory of the event.


“Do you remember my name yet?” In Brightest Day #0, Ronnie offered condolences to Jason over Gehenna’s death, but Jason got made because Ronnie couldn’t even remember her name.


Page 20: “What’s with all the salt, dude. Black Lantern Firestorm transformed Gehenna into salt, killing her. Looks like Ronnie is haunted by her death, but was she really there, or was she just a figment of his imagination? And did he create the salt…


Or was it Jason, who is napping, but seems to have a connection to Firestorm’s powers even without being bonded to Ronnie?


Page 22: “A Black Ring couldn’t bring back my brother. Let’s see if a White Ring can.” In Blackest Night #2 and Blackest Night: Titans #1, the Black Lantern Power Rings attempted to revive Don Hall, the first Dove, but he was “at peace” and could not be transformed into a Black Lantern. We never did get a full explanation as to why Don couldn’t be raised, nor was it fully revealed how Dawn Granger could kill Black Lanterns with a touch. Maybe those answers are coming soon?