Monday, September 20, 2010

BRIGHTEST DAY #9

“Lost and Found”

Writer: Geoff Johns & Peter J. Tomasi
Penciller: Ivan Reis, Pat Gleason, Joe Prado
Inker: Rebecca Buchman, Keith Champagne, Tom Nguyen, Ivan Reis
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Synopsis

Boston Brand and Dove appear before Aquaman and Mera, and they discuss their recent visions from the Entity of the White Light. Aquaman tells Brand to go in search of the others who were returned to life, while he and Mera seek out the boy from his vision…

Meanwhile, the boy, Jackson Hyde, lets loose with his powers, but his father cautions him against it. Mr. Hyde informs his son that it is time to tell him the truth…

J’onn J’onzz arrives at the forest in Star City, but quickly looses control of himself, burning down everything in his path. Green Arrow, not knowing that this is his old friend, attempts to stop him, to no avail. J’onn communes with the White Lantern Entity and learns that this is not the forest that he is supposed to raze. He gains some insight as to what his true purpose is, and he and Ollie flee the forest before it collapses on them. From afar, they watch as the forest regenerates, and J’onn decides to return to Mars…

Black Manta surfaces at Amnesty Bay, looking for Aquaman. He finds himself under attack by Siren’s soldiers, but he fends them off. Siren stops the fighting, and tells Manta that they need to join forces to find his son, Jackson Hyde…

Notes

Page 1: Aquaman and Mera last appeared in Brightest Day #7.

Boston Brand and Dove last appeared in Brightest Day #8.

Page 2: “The oil spill seems like something a protector of Earth would be drawn to.” Aquaman and Mera were attempting to stop an oil spill in the Bermuda Triangle in Brightest Day #5.

“What did you see, Deadman?” Did Boston have his own vision, one that we readers are not privy to?

“Not until the twelve do what they’ve been asked to do.” So this new champion of Earth will not appear until the twelve have done their tasks? Well, Jade has already done her part, as seen in Justice League of America (second series) #48. As for the rest of you eleven…come on, let’s get going!

Now, what about Black Hand and the Anti-Monitor? What part do they play in all of this? They aren’t a part of the White Lantern Twelve, but the Entity still brought them back to life, for reasons yet to be revealed.

Page 3: Jackson Hyde last appeared in Brightest Day #7.

Notice that Jackson’s eel tattoo begin to glow as he uses his powers.

Page 4: Ooooh, glowing eyes too!

Page 5: Whoa! He has creepy webbed fingers! And gills!

How weird is that?

Page 6: Man, Jackson’s dad is such a killjoy…

Ah, symbolism…Notice the ship in the bottle, sailing away? It’s like Jackson, sailing away from his adoptive parents. See? You get it?

Bah. Hulk hate symbolism…

Page 7: J’onn J’onzz last appeared in Brightest Day #8.

“But if the vision I was given by the White Lantern is correct I will have to burn down this place of miraculous growth to destroy the only other green Martian left in the universe.” Great. Start calling him the Martian Arsonist from now on…

Ew. You might want to see someone about that new skin condition, J’onn…

Page 8: And heat beams blasting uncontrollably from your eyes can’t be a good thing either…

Page 9: The crazy female green Martian who likes to skin people last appeared in Brightest Day #8.

Let me tell you, $1.99 for a half gallon of Nicky’s vanilla fudge twirls is a hell of a bargain! If I were the crazy Martian lady, I’d stockpile on that!

I think that she’s more concerned with killing and maiming, though.

Hey, is that Kyle Rayner’s ex-girlfriend shoved into one of those refrigerators? (Sorry, bad joke…)

Page 10: “The green must die.” Are we talking about “the Green” that had a connection to a certain Alec Holland?

Poor J’onn. His rash acts up, heat vision goes crazy, telepathy doesn’t turn off, and he turns into a rampaging monster. Some days it just doesn’t pay to take a walk in the woods…

“You must burn it away.” Are we sure that it’s this forest that J’onn needs to burn? And, if so, why?

Page 11: Green Arrow, real name Oliver Queen. First appeared in More Fun Comics #73. Superb archer and athlete, highly-skilled martial artist and swordsman.

Since his identity was revealed to the world and he was branded an outlaw, Green Arrow has been making the forest his home, as seen in recent issues of Green Arrow.

Page 12: That tree with the White Lantern symbol carved into it seems important, but how and why has yet to be revealed.

“This is not the green you will burn. This is not the forest you will raze.” Ummm….whoops?

Note to self…in the future, if you are ordered to “burn the green,” make sure you have the right green before you commence the burning.

As seen in Brightest Day #0, J’onn hopes to restore life on Mars. Do this tree and the Entity of the White Light have a role in that plan?

Page 13: So if J’onn does successfully restore Mars, is that good or bad?

Judging by this scene, I’d have to go with “bad”…

Page 14: “And don’t forget our sale on new Double-Stuf Chocos.” Chocos were the cookie that J’onn became addicted to while a member of the Justice League International.

“Why are you doing this?” Jeez, Ollie, you are such a whiner…

Page 15: “I am John Jones!” That is J’onn’s most commonly-used Earth alias.

“I am Josh Johnstone!” In this identity, J’onn posed as a farmhand in Smallville to keep tabs on a young Kal-El.

“I am a Black Lantern!” Man, I thought we had seen the last of these guys…

“Sorry to go all ‘Return of the Jedi,’ J’onn -- ” Do I have to explain this? Okay, good, thanks…

Page 16: “To run out of here as fast as we can.” And this is why J’onn is known for his keen, strategic mind…

Page 17: “Not much – except that it may have something to do with screwing up the powers of anyone who enters this forest.” As seen in Green Arrow (fourth series) #2 when Hal Jordan paid Ollie a visit and found that his power ring was on the fritz.

Page 18: “Since my return it seems I bring a certain level of toxicity to all plant life in my immediate vicinity.” As seen most recently in Brightest Day #6.

Page 20: Black Manta last appeared in Brightest Day #1.

Tom Curry was Arthur’s father, the keeper of the lighthouse at Amnesty Bay.

Page 23: “It’s been a long time, David.” David?

David?

All these years, Black Manta’s true identity has been a secret…and his first name is “David”?

A bit of a letdown, really…

Page 24: Siren and her minions last appeared in Brightest Day #6.

So this is the confirmation that Jackson Hyde is David’s – I mean, Black Manta’s – son. But who is the mom?

Mera Mera Mera Mera Mera….