Saturday, March 26, 2011

BRIGHTEST DAY #17

“Homecoming”

Writers: Geoff Johns & Peter J. Tomasi
Artists: Ivan Reis, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark & Joe Prado
Inkers: Vicente Cifuentes & David Beaty
Editors: Adam Schlagman & Eddie Berganza

Synopsis

Although they, at first, think that they have destroyed the universe, Ronnie and Jason realize that they have been transported to the Antimatter Universe.  Firestorm flies off towards Qward in search of the White Lantern power battery…

After being transported to Zamaron, Hawkman and Hawkgirl team-up with Carol Ferris to battle Shrike.  Hawkman handles the Manhawks while Hawkgirl confronts her mother, but the Predator entity is drawn to Shrike and chooses her as its next host…

Boston Brand visits his aged grandfather and reacquaints with the man, apologizing for his actions while alive.  In an effort to bond with him, Boston takes his grandfather out for a motorcycle ride.  Mysteriously, the White Lantern power ring begins to charge…

Notes

Page 1:  Firestorm last appeared in Brightest Day #16.

“Did we just blow up the universe?”  In Brightest Day #10, Professor Martin Stein revealed to Jason and Ronnie that, due to the instability of the Firestorm matrix, their arguing and bickering could lead to the triggering of a new Big Bang. 

Pages 2-3:  Shadow Demons were former Thunderers of Qward transformed by the Anti-Monitor into his personal warriors. 

Page 4:  Qward is a planet located in the very center of the Antimatter Universe; its analog in the positive-matter universe is Oa. 

Page 5:  Boston Brand and Dove last appeared in Brightest Day #14.

“Cheeseburgers for breakfast.  Again.”  Since returning to life, Boston Brand has indulged in his love for cheeseburgers every chance he can get. 

“I could tell from last night.”  Oooooooh, sexual innuendo. 

Page 6:  Boston’s wearing an apron with a dove on it.  How cute. 

Notice that there’s a huge hole in the wall from where Hawk barged into Dove’s apartment in Brightest Day #4.

Page 7:  Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Shrike and Carol Ferris last appeared in Brightest Day #13. 

“The curse is done.  Hath is dead.  We can’t die today.”  Hawkgirl killed Hath-Set in Brightest Day #13, thereby ending the curse that had plagued herself and Hawkman for millennia. 

Carol Ferris became queen of the Zamarons in Green Lantern (fourth series) #57.

Pages 8-9:  “The ancient hearts of Khufu and Chay-Ara.  You’ve come back to us.”  The crystallized corpses of Prince Khufu and Chay-Ara – Hawkman and Hawkgirl’s original lives – were housed within the Star Sapphire power battery and powered their rings.  In Green Lantern (fourth series) #46, they were revived as Black Lanterns and escaped, nearly destroying Zamaron.

Page 10:  Mr. Brand, Boston’s grandfather, was last seen, in flashback, in Brightest Day #14.

“My grandsons are dead.”  In addition to Boston, Mr. Brand also had a grandson named Cleveland. 

Page 11:  Awwww…cue the tears.

Page 12:  “You held the record for long distance jump on a Harley Davidson, right?”  Said record of 157 feet is held by Bubba Blackwell; it was set in 1999.  It was first benchmarked by Evel Knievel in 1975. 

Page 13:  The Predator is, as Carol explains, the entity of love that powers the Star Sapphires, similar to how Ion and Parallax power the Green Lanterns and the Sinestro Corps respectively.  It first appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #43.

Pages 14-15:  Ok, pay close attention.  See how Hawkgirl is going into battle without her helmet?  Not the best of moves, I agree, but considering that she hasn’t worn it since she arrived on Hawkworld back in Brightest Day #5,  what are you gonna do?  Fly back through an inter-dimensional portal to accessorize?

Page 16:  Yes, it seems like that’s exactly what she did, because, as she’s swatting at her long-lost mother with her mace, she’s once again wearing her helmet.  Where the bloody nass did that even come from?  Does she carry around a spare, collapsible helmet in her belt for these special occasions?

Page 17:  “Your bodies – are suddenly immune to my Nth metal control --”  Shrike used ability to control Nth metal to incapacitate Hawkman and Hawkgirl in Brightest Day #13.

Page 19:  Shrike’s full name is revealed to be Khea Taramaka. 

The Predator entity is easily attracted to and corrupted by its hosts, as seen here and in Green Lantern (fourth series) #57.  Unlike Parallax, which completely takes over and influences its host, the Predator becomes subservient to its host’s desires and needs. 

Page 20:  Shrike has become a female version of the Predator, who made its first appearance in Green Lantern (second series) #178.

Page 22:  Well, it’s about freaking time that White Lantern power ring did something other than look like fancy bling…