Review: Brightest Day #24

Published on May 3rd, 2011

Brightest Day #24 is out, which means two things to me: 1. I finished something I started (always an accomplishment). 2. I can look forward to getting sucked into the next ridiculous DC event. Insert sarcastic “hooray” here. I can say that at least it’s over. I don’t know that I could have gone any longer, especially after the vomit-inducing bile produced in this final issue.

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First things first, I would like to start with stating that I loved Blackest Night from the bottom of my heart. Even when it got ridiculous, it was the kind that I could handle. It was like watching Evil Dead 2 over and over, because I know that movie is cheesy, but it has heart. Brightest Day was void of the heart that Blackest Night had, and that was my major problem with it. I felt like it was a ploy to get me to read all these tie-in books, most of which had nothing to do with the core series. The thing I liked most about Brightest Day series was that now Green Arrow exists as its own book.

Maybe I’m not being fair. Maybe there are some good qualities about this series. Well, I do like the idea of Swamp Thing. I like the idea of the Elementals. To me, these books were a bunch of really good ideas without development, and that depresses me. I hate it when I see a concept that I find incredibly interesting, but the execution falls short of what it could be. It’s like not reaching its full potential and saying that half is just good enough. I don’t think it is, especially not in this case. I find it particularly disappointing, because I love Geoff Johns as a writer. I would not be a Green Lantern fan if it weren’t for him. He knows how to write really compelling characters that drive the story forward. I want to know what happened with this series. Were there too many characters to deal with? Was it too much to be writing this plus everything else? I just don’t know.

I guess, when it all comes down to it, I don’t think Brightest Day #24 was all that great. It was a whole lot of build up to a whole lot of nothing. It did not have the epic feeling that the end of Blackest Night had, and that made me sad on the inside. I do look forward to the DC Universe now that all this White Lantern stuff is sorted. However, if they could take a break from events after Flashpoint, I’d be super happy.

Susan Damon
Susan@ComicImpact.com