Writer: Geoff Johns & Peter J. Tomasi
Penciller: Ivan Reis, Pat Gleason, Scott Clark, Joe Prado
Inker: Vicente Cifuentes, Dave Beaty, Mark Irwin, Christian Alamy
Editor: Eddie Berganza
J’onn J’onzz visits Professor Erdel’s long-abandoned lab in search of clues about the killer alien’s identity, while said menace hunts her latest prey in a California state park…
Accompanied by Hawk and Dove, Boston Brand attempts to resurrect Holly Granger, but the White Ring warns the three heroes that such a thing would not be a good idea. The ring reminds Brand to live, and the former Deadman suddenly feels the long-forgotten pangs of hunger…
Mera explains herself to Aquaman, telling him that her home dimension was originally an Atlantean penal colony, and that she was sent to Earth so that she could kill the king of Atlantis. However, she fell in love with him, and her sister Siren has now taken up her mission and is hunting them both…
After J’onn confirms that the White Martians are still trapped in the Still Zone, Oracle aids him in locating Miss Martian. Superboy of the Teen Titans informs J’onn that M’gann M’orzz is in
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That crazy, deranged Martian who seems to like to pretend that she’s human last appeared in Brightest Day #2. She did, however, appear in a flashback in Brightest Day #3.
She’s got some serious issues…
Page 2: “Because I’ll pay her a visit.” Another Martian? And a female? Hmmm, I wonder who that could be…
Page 3: J’onn J’onzz last appeared in Brightest Day #3.
J’onn has come to Professor Erdel’s laboratory because of his conversation with Melissa Erdel in Brightest Day #2. She gave J’onn new insight as to the nature and history of Erdel’s research and the circumstances that led to J’onn’s arrival on Earth.
Page 4: Plant life is dying at J’onn’s touch. Compare this to the experiences of other former Black Lanterns -- Aquaman is controlling dead sea life, the use of Maxwell Lord’s power kills others, and Hawkman and Hawkgirl feel that the Black Lantern is still inside them them.
Page 5: Hawk, Dove and Boston Brand last appeared in Brightest Day #5.
“I’m trying to concentrate. Like a Green Lantern.” A Green Lantern power ring is fueled by its wearer’s will; therefore, as they concentrate, they power the ring. Since the other Lantern Corps are powered by other emotions, they operate differently. For example, a Red Lantern’s ring is powered by their rage, while a Blue Lantern feels hope to power theirs.
So what does White Lantern Boston Brand have to do? Feel life? Or embrace life?
“And when it took me on a tour of Qward…” Boston Brand teleported to Qward and faced off against the Anti-Monitor in Brightest Day #3.
“Or the point is you need to embrace life again.” Ok, I read this the first time, but totally didn’t remember it, so the line I wrote above? About how Brand needs to “embrace life”? I came up with the on my own. Really.
Okay, fine, don’t believe me…
“It’s been so long…I don’t remember.” Boston Brand has been dead for a while. It really depends on how long you figure that we’ve been in the “Modern Era” of the DC Universe, since Deadman appeared pretty soon after Superman, Batman and company debuted, if not earlier. Factoring in stuff like universal crises, JLA incarnations, and Dick Grayson’s age (he’s my benchmark), I figure it’s been at least fifteen years since Clark Kent first appeared as Superman.
I say “at least.” Don’t tear my head off, here.
“He loved cheeseburgers.” I’m pretty sure that this never came up as a topic of conversation in a “Deadman” story before. I may be wrong, but, somehow, I doubt it.
Page 6: That’s Black Lantern Hawk, a.k.a. Holly Granger. She was Dove’s sister, killed in Blackest Night: Titans #2.
Page 7: “Despite what others have said. Dead isn’t dead.” And what the hell does that mean? Are we reneging on our promise that, after Blackest Night, dead means dead? That we’ll be seeing more mysterious resurrections of characters? Oh, please, say it ain’t so…
“Tell us something, dammit!” Yes, please, throw us a bone here.
Page 8: “What’s wrong with me now?” Okay, Brand isn’t a total idiot. It may have been a while since he’s had to eat, but that’s an instinct that I wouldn’t think would ever go away.
Page 9: Jason Rusch last appeared in Brightest Day #4.
“Thanks. But I study better alone.” Jeez, you’re a real charmer there, Jason. Why not just wear a huge sign that says, “Hot girls don’t bother me!” It will be easier in the long run.
I know, I know, the kid’s grieving for Gehenna. I get it. He’s just absolutely tactless, that’s all.
“If you change your mind, I’m on Facebook, okay?” Wow, I feel old. Back when I was in college, you had to track a girl down if you wanted to talk to her. Find out what dorm she lived in, what major she was, where she ate dinner. Now it’s just, look for me on Facebook. You kids have it so fricking easy these days…
“Hey Jason.” Who’s there?
Page 10: Ronnie Raymond last appeared in Brightest Day #4.
“Ronnie.” Hunh? Wha..? Who are you?
Page 11: And, here’s Firestorm!
Jason and Ronnie learned in Brightest Day #3 that they can’t form Firestorm anymore. Obviously, they are both extremely good listeners.
Page 12: On a note completely unrelated to any story point, out of all the resurrected White Lantern Twelve who have had their costumes redesigned, I like Firestorm’s new costume the most. Note sure why, I just do.
“You mean those two guys.” Nope. There’s only one guys; Ronnie’s seeing double.
Page 13: “What’s the atomic structure of ice cream?” Ronnie isn’t the smartest bulb in the room, which is why he always had Professor Stein to advise him. Jason now serves that role, having a much more academic and scientific background than Ronnie.
Nice, Ronnie. Save the guy and then vomit up all over him. Real classy.
Page 15: “All I think about it h-her. What I did to Gehenna.” Black Lantern Firestorm transformed Gehenna Hewitt into table salt and skilled her in Blackest Night #3. Up until now, Ronnie has told Jason that he has had no memory of the event. This, however, is seemingly not true and he has been plagued by it ever since he returned to life.
“…I think someone else is in here.” Could it be…Black Lantern Firestorm?!?!
Page 16: Aquaman and Mera last appeared in Brightest Day #5.
Notice all of the dead fish on the shore around where Aquaman is standing. Coincidence?
I think not!!!
Page 17: Depicted here is a revised origin for Mera, as well as a new explanation for her world of Xebel, as well as its connection to Atlantis.
Pages 18-19: A montage of Aquaman and Mera’s greatest hits. Seen here, starting at the position and working clockwise around we have…
Atlanna of Atlantis meeting lighthouse keeper Tom Curry…
A young Arthur Curry, staring at the sea…
Mera battling her sister Siren, using her hard-water powers…
Mera meeting Aquaman and Aqualad for, presumably, the first time…
Aquaman and Mera battling Ocean Master…
Aquaman and Mera sucking face…
And Aquaman and Mera holding Arthur Curry, Jr., the poor, doomed Aquababy.
Page 20: Another visit to the past…Black Manta killing Arthur, Jr.
“Black Manta knew of my people, Arthur. He met them before he ever met Aquaman.” So does Black Manta hate Mera more than he hates Aquaman?
And, I am assuming that Jackson Hyde, the new Aqualad, is the son of Mera and Black Manta. Was he born before Mera ever met Aquaman?
So Siren, the leader of the Xebel soldiers, is in deed Mera’s sister. In the Silver Age, Mera had a twin sister named Hila; whether or not she still exists remains to be seen.
Page 21: So why is J’onn dangerous to plant life, but not animal life? Is he now known as the Martian Florahunter?
Page 22: The Still Zone is a continuum that exists outside of the parameters of conventional space-time. Similar to the Kryptonian Phantom Zone, the Still Zone was used by the Hyperclan to stage a massive sneak attack on Earth. It is now used to imprison the White Martians in stasis.
Page 23: Oracle, real name Barbara Gordon. First appeared in Detective Comics #359. Possesses a genius-level intellect and superior computer skills.
Now this is where I am getting a little bit confused. Here, Barbara talks about the confrontation that she and her father had with the Black Lanterns at Gotham City Police Headquarters and how it happened “a few months back,” as seen in Blackest Night: Batman #1-3.
But the events of Blackest Night #1-8 seem to take place over an extremely short period of time, a day or two at the most.
And Brightest Day #0 would seem to take place a day or two after Blackest Night #8.
It was recently mentioned in Justice League: Generation Lost #5 that Booster Gold and company have been looking for Maxwell Lord for about a week.
So, even if Aquaman, J’onn and company were resurrected two weeks ago, and that seems like that’s stretching it, that’s not “a few months back” that Barbara and Jim faced off against the Black Lanterns. “A few days ago,” sure. But months? Nope.
Continuity rant over for now…
Page 25: Superboy, real name Connor Kent, also known as Kon-El. First appeared in Adventures of Superman #500. Possesses standard Kryptonian powers of superhuman strength, speed, senses, flight and invulnerability as well as tactile telekinesis.
Page 26: Miss Martian, real name M’gann M’orzz, also known as Megan Morse. First appeared in Teen Titans (third series) #37. Possesses superhuman strength, flight, invisibility, intangibility, telepathy and the ability to shape-change.
It looks like Miss Martian has seen better days…