Specifically issue #2 of the series, according to Geoff Johns.

“Brightest Day’ is about second chances. I think it’s been obvious from day one that there are major plans for the heroes and villains from Aquaman to take center stage in the DC Universe, among many others, post-Blackest Night. ‘Brightest Day’ is not a banner or a vague catch-all direction for the DC Universe, it is a story. Nor is ‘Brightest Day’ a sign that the DC Universe is going to be all about ‘light and brighty’ superheroes. Some second chances work out…some don’t.”

via The Source


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  1. ‘Brightest Day’ is not a banner or a vague catch-all direction for the DC Universe, it is a story.”

    Okay, right there, you lost me. Officially no longer excited about this. :(

  2. I don’t know, Stacy. The part at the end about some people getting second chances that work out and others don’t sounds very intriguing.

    It’s really good to hear that Aquaman’s back. Sure, it was obvious, but it’s really exciting to have a concrete answer.

    • ….Or maybe the submerged hand is still “tainted” in some way, since the reflection is of Black Lantquaman… Dun dun DUNNNNN!

    • ^This^, unless the reason for lack of excitement is as follows (and this is just me trying to see other perspectives, not endorsing the following):

      “Brightest Day” as a ‘banner’ leads one to believe that there is an overall change of direction, and change coming to many different facets of the DCU.
      “Brightest Day” as a ‘defined story-arc’ might be discarded at the whim of present/future creative teams. (see: Armageddon 2001/Armageddon Inferno, Countdown To Final Crisis, The Blood Pack, Chain Gang War, etc).

      • ~wyntermute~, you pretty much hit the nail on the head.

        Everyone else, feel free to pick it up. My comments where just meant to show my dissatisfaction with the state of the story telling in the DC Universe.

        Hope the series makes a ton of money for DC, because eventually one of these ideas will finally stick.

        Sorry, just a little cynical tonight.

        • Hey!! Another cynic!! :D Despite my generally cheerful and somewhat hopeful demeanor, I too am oft rendered cynical by these pulpy wretches who TERK AR JERRRBS!!… Um, sorry I went all SouthParky for a second. I meant “RUIN OUR COMICS”, and I’m not being snarky. I can completely understand from where you is coming, Mr. B. :)

  3. Is this an attempt to distance “Brightest Day” from the “Heroic Age” over at Marvel? I was hoping for more of a direction than a story arc since the DCU had become sort of a depressing place. You’re only supposed to get depressed in Gotham.

  4. He returns only to be killed, because, honestly, there is nothing you can do with this guy. Nothing. They should make him evil.

  5. I for one, was hoping for a banner or vague catch-all direction! I mean, we need a break from the grim n gritty stories we’ve endured at least since identity crisis. And I’m hoping the ‘heroic age’ over at marvel is the same.

  6. Lord Taz, and the Marvel Universe is not depressing. Civil War, dead coming back, Osborn ruling over everything, lord only knows whats going on with them mutants. Not a lot of parades going on over in the Marvelverse.

    • IMO, Marvel’s always been a more grittier world than DC. Instead of fictional cities Marvel’s characters have centered in NYC and their comics have been the ones to address a lot of issues first (discrimination, dysfunctional families, alcoholism, child abuse, drug use, depression, etc.) while DC was generally a more hopeful and upbeat “universe” with the exception of the modern Batman and a few others. Both of them sort of complimented each other in a yin/yang sort of way.

      I guess my point was that with Marvel returning their characters to the more “traditional” concept of the hero and with the Blackest Night and the Dark Reign taking a lot of that away from both brands I expected DC to use “Brightest Day” to refresh some characters and also restore the classic “hero”. Telling us “well, some of them will do OK but some won’t” kind of puts a damper on it and takes away from the “bright” of “Brightest Day”. “Oh, great…you’re going to bring back some of my favorite characters and then either kill them off or make them go rogue.”

  7. I prefer the idea of story rather than a banner event. My only concern is $$$. Though I’m guessing it will still be a banner event in that all DC books will be labeled Brightest Day, so maybe it’s both a story and a change of direction? Because to be honest, being a bi-weekly title, it seems a bit like another ’52’, in that it’s a story that fits in with new continuity but it’s not necessarily a tale people will need to buy, and will probably be filled with random characters in non-essential but hopefully still good stories (a la ’52’).

    On another note, are we just pretending the second Aquaman never happened? Last time I saw him was in Batman/Superman.

    • astrodinosaurus on

      I FIGURED IT OUT! Who likes cloning stuff, who was there when the MM was killed, who recently just made a human/alien clone that has green skin and couldn’t be Braniac 2 due to continuity?…LUTHOR! Luthor totally has MM brain in a jar somewhere and the ability to give him his body back.

  8. As a comic store owner and long time comic fan, I enjoy reading both DC and Marvel. Thought I must say that I am especially looking forward to the Brightest Day series. Not often in the comic world does a series get as much publicity as Blackest Night did and live up to expectations. Now it looks like DC is trying to mach that publicity with a follow-up series. I don’t see why the Brightest Day won’t live up to the expectations.

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