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Brightest Day #15 – Review

Brightest Day soars with flying colors! As Boston Brand searches for the wielder of the white ring, different wonders, or perhaps it would be better to call them problems, have taken place on Mars. From Brightest Day #1, Martian Manhunter was trying to bring life back to his home planet, Mars. As of Brightest Day #12, he arrives back on Mars (through a series of events), and finds out that his planet is repopulated with plants, water, and air breathable enough to sustain life! But, what will this outrageous miracle do to the Oreo loving green Martian? All these answers and more as Brightest Day #15 is a must have. With writers Geoff Johns and Peter J. Tomasi and artwork by Patrick Gleason and Scott Clark. 
Mars is alive! What other awesome news do you need? However, Mars might be alive, but Martian Manhunter's people aren't. The alien/freak martain D'Kay, has made an illusion for Martian Manhunter to make him think that his people are alive and also his wife and daughter! Making D'Kay look like Martian Manhunters wife, she has made J'onn J'onzz to think that he has made the galaxy a better place.

https://www.entertainmentfuse.com/images/Brightest Day 15.jpgAs a green lantern, J'onn J'onzz is partners with Hal Jordan, and is celebrating 25 years of peace with Mars, Earth, and other surrounding areas. As the leader of Mars, J'onn J'onzz is a happy family man. Geoff Johns and Peter J. Tomasi really outdid themselves on this story. While I originally thought this was the future of some sort, I remembered about D'Kay. So this excellent job on the story was a massive twist in the Brightest Day. 

Brightest Day has been holding most of the essential DC Universe stories together in a web. From Blackest Night to Brightest Day, both series have been the key and the answer to questions from other story lines (for example, Final Crisis). The writing is always awesome, I think both Geoff Johns and Peter J. Tomasi work together and communicate on certain events that they both want to see and want the readers (you and me) to be surprised at the end. I think that is why the Brightest Day series has been one of the most successful series in 2010.  

Geoff Johns and Peter J. Tomasi are the two writers that started with Blackest Night and carried it from there. Through the different adventures, Brightest Day has turned into a mega hit because of these two writers. All of these twist-and-turns in Brightest Day have made me glad that I have picked up all the other "branching" story lines that connect to this one story. 
Patrick Gleason and Scott Clark are the of artists of both Blackest Night and Brightest Day, formally done by Ivan Reis. While I do miss seeing Ivan's artwork in the series, I'm not sure if it's his temporary leave or a permanent one. So these two artists have done a good job with this issue. I think the story and art played a key role in making a different and unique adventure involving Martian Manhunter. 
With all of this greatness in Brightest Day, why aren't you already reading these adventures? Well, everyone has their pick so if you happen to like one of the "branching" Brightest Day story lines, be sure to pick up this main series as well.

Artwork - 5.5

Writing - 7.9

Bug-eyed Hal - 1.0

Story - 8.8

Overall - 7.9 


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