Tuesday, March 29, 2011

BRIGHTEST DAY #18

“Easy Come Easy Go”

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

Captain Boomerang suffers a beating at the hands of Captain Cold while trying to explain to his fellow Rogue why he freed the Reverse-Flash from imprisonment…

Boston Brand is worried how the White Lantern power ring seems to be charging…

Mera enlists Aquagirl’s help…

Deathstorm and the Black Lantern JLA bring the White Lantern power battery to their master…

On Zamaron, Hawkman, Hawkgirl and Carol Ferris battle against Queen Shrike, currently bonded to the Predator Entity.  Hawkman uses the Claw of Horus to expel the Predator out of Shrike, while the bones from Hath-Set’s inter-dimensional gateway come to life and drag Shrike into the Star Sapphire power battery.  Hawkman and Hawkgirl’s lives are returned, and Carol returns them to Earth…

The White Lantern power ring has fully charged, and transports Boston Brand to the Stonechat Museum, where he confronts Hawkman and Hawkgirl.  The Entity tells them that they must live apart so that they might live stronger, but they refuse.  The White Lantern power ring seemingly turns the Hawks to dust as Boston Brand powerlessly looks on…

Notes

Page 1:  Captain Boomerang last appeared in Brightest Day #7.

Captain Cold, real name Leonard Snart.  First appeared in Showcase #8.  Wields a freeze gun that allows him to freeze objects and others to absolute zero.  Appeared in Boston Brand’s future flash-forward vision in Brightest Day #0.

“Is that why you freed the Reverse-Flash from Iron Heights, you stupid son-of-a-bitch?”  This scene takes place immediately after the events of The Flash (third series) #7, in which Captain Boomerang freed Professor Zoom. 

Page 2:  “ – it told me ta throw me boomerang at Dove.”  The Entity of the White Light told Captain Boomerang this in Brightest Day #7 and The Flash (third series) #5.

Dove, Boston Brand and Mr. Brand last appeared in Brightest Day #17.

“In the middle of everything, the ring stopped talking and started charging.  It’s powering up.”  This took place in Brightest Day #17, as Boston was enjoying the time he spent with his grandfather. 

Mera last appeared in Brightest Day #16.

Aquagirl II, real name Lorena Marquez.  First appeared (as Lorena) in Aquaman (fourth series) #16 and (as Aquagirl II) in Aquaman (fourth series) #26.  Able to breathe underwater and resist deep-sea level pressures. 

Deathstorm last appeared in Brightest Day #16.  The Black Lantern JLA last appeared in Brightest Day #12.

Page 3:  Hawkman, Hawkgirl, and Carol Ferris last appeared in Brightest Day #17.

Page 4:  The new Predator, which is actually Queen Shrike bonded to the Predator Entity, last appeared in Brightest Day #17.

“I’m still working my way through the Sapphire Queen manual --”  Carol Ferris became the Queen of the Star Sapphires in Green Lantern (fourth series) #57.

Page 7:  “And th-thanks to your curse, I’m used to pain.”  As revealed in Brightest Day #13, Queen Shrike was responsible for the deaths of Khufu and Chay-Ara and the curse that has plagued them through the centuries. 

“But the curse ended when you killed Hath-Set.”  Hawkgirl killed Hath-Set in Brightest Day #13.

Page 8:  Yowza.  Looks like forcibly expelling an entity of predatory love from one’s body hurts…a lot. 

Page 9:  In panel three, we see several of Hawkman and Hawkgirl’s past “selves” emerging from the gateway of bones.  Seen here are Prince Khufu, Nighthawk and Cinnamon.  The other two have yet to be identified. 

Page 10:  Oh boy, dead people coming back to life.  It’s Blackest Night all over again…

From left to right, we have the Silent Knight (kneeling and grasping a sword), Chay-Ara, Khufe (front and center), Captain John Smith (with the noose around his neck) and Nighthawk.

Page 12:  “Mission Accomplished.  Life Returned.”  Did Hawkman complete his mission?  The Entity of the White light told him, “Don’t let them leave this world.  Stop the Queen.”  Okay, Queen Shrike was stopped, but she and the Manhawks left Hawkworld.  Obviously, stopping Shriek was the more important of the two tasks.

As for Hawkgirl, she was told, “If your lover dies here, there is no more resurrection.  Save him from Hath-Set.”  Well, Hawkgirl clearly did that by killing Hath-Set, but why was her life not returned to her at that point? 

Also, and this is interesting, according to Shrike, since the curse has been broken, Hawkman and Hawkgirl are now on their last life.  But, according to the Entity, resurrection is possible, just as long as Hawkman doesn’t die on Hawkworld.  So which is true?  Will the Hawks continue to be reincarnated, or is this truly their final stab at life?

Page 13:  “A Star Sapphire gave it to Shiera as a gift after Nekron was defeated.  Miri Riam gave it to Shiera, as revealed in Brightest Day #0.

“She said it was an original shard from the crystallized bodies that once powered your battery.”  The crystallized bodies were those of Khufu and Chay-Ara, as seen in Green Lantern (fourth series) #46.

Page 14:  Say…where’d all the Manhawks go flying off to?

Page 15:  “When the Black Lantern charged to 100%, Nekron was teleported to Earth.”  This took place in Blackest Night #4.

Page 16:  “We’re back.  We’re home.”  Hawkman and Hawkgirl were last at the Stonechat Museum in Brightest Day #0.

“But we aren’t old yet.”  Shiera, you naughty girl you…

Page 17:  Some hot and heavy Hawk-love going on here…

Page 18:  Man, that Boston Brand is such a Peeping Tom…

Page 19:  “You must live life separately to live life stronger.”  Damn, this Entity is such a freaking kill-joy.  Haven’t these two been through enough? 

Page 20:  “So be it.”  Note to self…don’t piss off the Entity of the White Light.  It doesn’t life it when you talk back to it.

Page 22:  Whoops.  So much for the Hawks.

Boston Brand must be feeling really freaking proud of himself now…