Tuesday, April 19, 2011

BRIGHTEST DAY #21

“Mars Attacks”

Writers: Geoff Johns & Peter J. Tomasi
Artists: Patrick Gleason, Ivan Reis & Joe Prado
Inkers: Mark Irwin, Keith Champagne, Norm Rapmund & Christian Alamy
Editors: Adam Schlagman & Eddie Berganza

Synopsis

As Earth’s heroes band together to investigate the recent mysterious disappearances of Hawkman, Hawkgirl and Aquaman, including Boston Brand’s involvement in the them, they receive a multitude of emergency calls from around the world…

On Mars, J’onn J’onzz struggles with D’kay D’razz after shaking off weeks of mind control.  She swears that she will do everything in her power to make herself and Mars the center of J’onn’s universe, even if it means destroying the Earth and everyone on it.  J’onn understands, and grabs hold of her as he flies deep into the heart of the sun.  D’kay dies, but J’onn is protected by the Entity of the White Light.  His life restored, J’onn chooses Earth over Mars and races to Star City to aid in the rescue efforts there.  A hysterical Boston Brand appears, and the White Lantern power ring fires at J’onn, sending the Martian Manhunter into the Earth itself…

Notes

Page 1:  The Atom last appeared in Brightest Day #16.

“First Firestorm implodes aboard the Justice League satellite.”  Actually, Firestorm was transported to the anti-matter universe but that’s okay, Atom, it’s a common mistake.  This took place in Brightest Day #16.

“Then I find Carter and Shiera vaporized.”  The White Lantern power ring, with a little help from Boston Brand, “vaporized” Hawkman and Hawkgirl in Brightest Day #18.

Aquaman lost his left hand in a battle with Black Manta in Brightest Day #19.

Pages 2-3:  Oooh, ooh, two-page spreads of lots of characters…I love these…

Seen here, from left to right, are Metamorpho, Superboy, Cyborg, Flash (Barry Allen), Batman (Bruce Wayne), Aqualad, Aquagirl, Mera, Superman, Dove, Hawk, Jade, Wonder Girl, Kid Flash, Green Lantern (Alan Scott), Stargirl, Mister Terrific, Atom-Smasher, Congorilla and Doctor Mid-Nite.  Since he shows up later in the scene, presumably Wildcat is hanging out somewhere along the beach as well.

Mera, Aquagirl and Aqualad last appeared in Brightest Day #20.

Dove last appeared in Brightest Day #18.

Hawk last appeared in Brightest Day #8.

Jade last appeared in Brightest Day #16.

“It looked like Arthur just…dissolved into the water.”  He did.  It’s all part of the whole transformation into an elemental thing.  It happened in Brightest Day #20.

“When the white ring momentarily grabbed onto me, I could hear an intelligence within it far more alien than any I’ve ever encountered.”  Batman wore the White Lantern power ring for a brief time in Brightest Day #14.

Page 4:  J’onn J’onzz and D’kay D’razz last appeared in Brightest Day #15. 

“You invaded my mind – manipulated and exploited my inner life.”  This occurred in Brightest Day #15.

“I felt your elation – the pure bliss of acceptance – when you resurrected Mars I experienced it right along with you, J’onn.”  D’kay used her mental abilities to make J’onn think that he restored life to Mars in Brightest Day #12.

Page 5:  Damn.  J’onn looks pissed.

Page 6:  “Is the baby I’m carrying inside me a fantasy too?”  It’s like I just turned on an episode of Maury.  I can just hear it now…

Maury Povich:  J’onn J’onzz…you are NOT that father of D’kay’s child!
(Random screaming, fighting, chair-throwing and hair pulling ensues.)

Page 7:  “—There is no baby – it’s a phantom child – you are barren, D’kay!”  Man, great bedside manner you have there, Doctor J’onzz.  Way to crush the poor psycho’s hopes and dreams…

Page 10:  The shadowy figure that J’onn senses is the Dark Avatar which the Entity of the White Light spoke of in Brightest Day #19.

Page 11:  That forest on Mars in the shape of the Black Lantern symbol first appeared in Brightest Day #11.

Page 12:  Aaaaah, the sun sure is pretty…

Page 13:  Oh, wait, that’s right, Martians are vulnerable to fire, aren’t they?  So flying into the heart of the sun, a giant ball of fire, probably isn’t such a good idea, now is it?

Pages 14-15:  “J’onn J’onzz of Mars.  Mission Accomplished.  Life returned.”  In Brightest Day #7, the Entity of the White Light told J’onn that his mission was to “Burn it.  Burn it down.  Burn all of it.”  But he didn’t do any of this.  I assume that he was supposed to burn down the forest on Mars, but all he did was kill D’kay, an admirable mission, but not the one he was tasked with. 

Pages 16-17:  “Choose, J’onn J’onzz.  Choose your world.  Choose your home.”  Just like I’ve gotten tired of Hawkman and Hawkgirl worrying about Hath-Set and Aquaman being torn between the surface world and Atlantis, I’ve grown weary of stories about J’onn obsessing over how he could have saved Mars and how he doesn’t fit in anywhere.  It’s over and done with.  Go back to Earth and be a hero already…

Pages 18-19:  Man, that Star City never seems to get a break, does it?

Page 21:  Boston Brand last appeared in Brightest Day #20.

Page 22:  “J’onn J’onzz of Mars…the Earth has accepted you.”  And so another elemental is chosen…