Brightest Day books for June 2010

It’s that time again, gang — where we take a sneak peek at the books heading to your local comic shop in June. First up we have BRIGHTEST DAY and the event’s related titles, including JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, TITANS, FLASH and a new launch. Click below for more info. And swing back later for a first look at the BATMAN titles for June as well.

Issue #3 on sale JUNE 2 • Issue #4 on sale JUNE 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
1:25 variant covers by IVAN REIS & OCLAIR ALBERT
If this is the BRIGHTEST DAY then what is Black Lantern Firestorm doing on our cover?!
Retailers please note: These issues will ship with two covers each. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale JUNE 30 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
BRIGHTEST DAY marches on as the Main Man, Lobo, goes head-to-head with Red Lantern Atrocitus – with Hal Jordan caught in the middle! It doesn’t get more brutal than this! Plus, Hector Hammond returns . . . to join the new Guardians?
On sale JUNE 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
BRIGHTEST DAY continues scorching with “The Revolt of the Alpha Lanterns” as the Alphas seek to recruit John Stewart, Kyle Rayner and even former Guardian Ganthet into their ranks! What is their ultimate goal – and who is the mastermind behind it all?
On sale JUNE 23 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US
Written by J.T. KRUL • Art by DIOGENES NEVES • Cover by MAURO CASCIOLI
1:25 Variant cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
BRIGHTEST DAY shines its light on Star City in this oversized first issue from up-and-coming writer J.T. Krul (BLACKEST NIGHT: TITANS, GREEN ARROW #30) and future superstar artist Diogenes Neves (New Mutants)! “The Fall of Green Arrow” has ended. Now who carries the heavy bow of the Emerald Archer? Coming out of the devastation, what miraculous event has occurred in Star City and what mysteries await inside that bring the forces of good and evil in search of its lone protector? Aim for a whole new era starring Green Arrow in this exciting ongoing series!
Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
Issue #3 on sale JUNE 9 • Issue #4 on sale JUNE 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Written by KEITH GIFFEN & JUDD WINICK • Issue #3 art by FERNANDO DAGNINO • Issue #4 art by
AARON LOPRESTI • Covers by TONY HARRIS & J.D. METTLER • 1:25 variant covers by KEVIN MAGUIRE
DC’s biweekly JUSTICE LEAGUE event continues here! The heroes of the once-great Justice League International – Booster Gold, Captain Atom, Fire and Ice – have reteamed in order to stop a threat to all mankind. But will the heroes of the DCU take this group of misfits seriously? And what happens when Blue Beetle – a new hero with an old legacy – joins the team? And whose side is he really on? Be here to find out!
Retailers please note: These issues will ship with two covers each. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale JUNE 30 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US
BRIGHTEST DAY continues with the start of an all-new, 5-part JLA/JSA crossover! The return of one hero heralds the release of the powerful Starheart that empowers Green Lantern Alan Scott. Now this chaotic force is unleashed on Earth, causing magic to go wild – and new metahumans to emerge! It’s more than one super-team can handle, but can even the combined efforts of the Justice League and the Justice Society contain the light and dark power wielded by one of their own? Witness the transformation of the moon and a journey into the Shadow Lands that will corrupt a hero!
Continued in next month’s JSA #41, this epic event features a 5-part connected cover spotlighting both teams in glorious action illustrated by Mark Bagley with inks by Jesus Merino!
On sale JUNE 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Flying out of BRIGHTEST DAY, the Birds of Prey are forced to ally themselves with the worst of Gotham City’s mega-criminals while they struggle to save his life from the unspeakable horror that hunts them all! Fan-favorite writer Gail Simone (WONDER WOMAN, SECRET SIX) and superstar artist Ed Benes (JUSTICE LEAGUE, GREEN LANTERN) continue their return to the title that first brought them together!
On sale JUNE 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Written by GEOFF JOHNS • Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL • 1:10 variant cover by GREG HORN
It may be BRIGHTEST DAY, but when a mysterious group of so-called heroes turns up, another Rogue ends up dead. Plus, the mystery deepends as The Flash witness another murder — his own!
Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale JUNE 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Written by ERIC WALLACE • Art and cover by FABRIZIO FIORENTINO
The TITANS ongoing series returns with a new direction that ties into BRIGHTEST DAY! We saw what Deathstroke and his team of mercenaries did in the TITANS: VILLAINS FOR HIRE SPECIAL #1, and it was a dark day for the Justice League of America. Hopefully their next target fares better. Good luck, Lex Luthor!


Looking ahead to Brightest Day: Green Arrow

 You know I was coming to this since writer JT Krul is relaunching the Green Arrow title after Blackest Night wraps up and the Rise of Arsenal mini series concludes. In the special “Rise and Fall,” Ollie is still hunting down those who worked with Prometheus, keeping secret his murder of the man as the rest of the JLA tries to track him down. The Shade shows Barry Allen and Hal Jordan the villain’s body as Ollie confronts the Electrocutioner, who set off the device that devestated Star City. He’s close to killing the man when Black Canary stops him and in their argument, Canary realizes what Oliver did. The Flash and Green Lantern confirm it by arriving with Prometheus’ body, accusing Ollie of crossing the line. Grabbing the cosmic key from the corpse, Oliver says he’s sorry but he’s not finished yet. He teleports away as the other realize they have to bring him down.
  We got on the line with writer J.T. Krul for some hints, but there wasn’t a lot to say, which just made us all the more curious. Take it away, J.T.:
“This is it!  We’ve been saying for awhile now that 2010 was going to be big for Green Arrow, and you can’t get much bigger than this.  As we put together the story for the Fall of Green Arrow and developed where he was going to end up and what Ollie’s life was going to be like, we knew it was truly a new beginning.  A BRIGHTEST DAY beginning at that!
In the wake of the turmoil in Star City, the people need someone in their corner more now than ever.  Most of those in power, be it business or government, are looking for ways to exploit the situation to their advantage. The city is rife with crime and corruption of epic proportions and it’s only getting worse.  But all is not lost.  Oliver Queen’s got his quiver. Now, it’s time for Green Arrow to move into the role he was always meant to be – outlaw for the people.
For this relaunch, Eddie and Adam and the guys at DC have put together the best team possible to make Ollie shine like never before. Diogenes Neves and Vicente Cifuentes killed on the Black Lantern Green Arrow special and we knew they were the guys to relaunch the Emerald Archer.  And don’t even get me started on the cover work by Mauro Casciolli.  I’m so happy to finally share it with the rest of the world – because it’s been my screen saver ever since I saw it.  Now THAT’S Green Arrow!!!”

  I have to say I’m looking forward to see what JT has in store for Green Arrow. However, like many others I don’t like the fact hat we lost Lian in the process. I find that really a cheap shot and since we have Chesire dealing with her other baby issues with Catman right now in Secret Six and with Prometheus now dead. The only thing we can do is move on and trust in JT. Wow, I should make a sure like that.


Looking ahead to Brightest Day: Firestorm

  Confirmed this weekend at hte Emerald City Comic Con by Geoff Johns himself. Firestorm will be a main character during the Brightest Day series. Since Brightest Day is about second chances and those who will live up to them and those who will fall. I am very happy and hoping to hear that this is Ronnie Raymon returning. As much as Jason Rausche has grown on me in the last 5 years. I would rather have the two being the duo that makes up Firestorm. Having the experience one teaching the new one how to be a hero. Having conflicting emotions since the Black Lantern Ronnie killed Jason’s girlfriend during Blackest Night. There is plenty of conflict here. Killing Ronnie off to make room for Jason wasn’t one of the best moves by DC. Especially considering how much of a fan base that Firestorm had. Everyone gave Jason a chance and even grew to like him. However, he wasn’t Ronnie. Nows the chance, let’s hope Ronnie lives up to his second chance in spades.


Green Lantern New from the Emerald City Comic Con

 Right from the Comic Con from Andrew himself:

* Larfleeze Christmas special mentioned, then later reconfirmed. It may just be a mini story WITHIN the yearly DCU Holiday special, but who knows. In the story he hears about Santa Claus and decides to hunt for him.

* Larfleeze will soon get a house and a boat.

* All the New Guardians remain on Earth “much to Hal’s displeasure.” So we can assume the issues to come in GL will mostly revolve around them.

* Soon we’ll see more of 2814 in GL. Xudar, in particular. But isn’t Xudar supposed to be in 2813? Let’s hope that’s just a flub.

* Atrocitus will be romantically interested in Mera. But she’s not interested. Carol will continue to be buddy-buddy with Diana/WW post-BN.

* Mark Waid actually came forward and asked a question to Geoff. About if we’ll see any more adventures with Hal in the 58th century/Pol Manning like we did way back. I think Geoff said he’d think about it.

* Eddie Berganza wanted to make Kyle a Blue Lantern but everyone else was against the idea.

* We’ll see the other Laws soon.

* Geoff said there won’t be a GL seen on Smallville.

* The JSA will be back on Smallville this season.

* Larfleeze will soon steal the Eifel Tower but Hal will make him give it back.

* There won’t be a GLC Second Feature, or any GL Second Features. There was initially going to be one that was like a “Tales of the GLC” sort of mini-anthology, but the idea was vetoed by Geoff. “Emerald Warriors” did not evolve from it, either, that’s just it’s own thing.

* Emerald Warriors’ premise is still murky. It does sound like another big ensemble cast deal, though. Tomasi was adamant that Guy is not the focus and that it’s not a Guy solo in any sense.

* Lobo vs. Atrocitus confirmed for Brightest Day.

* About “will we ever take a break from the big events and get back to the ‘done-in-one’ or shorter two-issue arcs,” Geoff said: “No. I like big events.”

* Geoff confirmed he’ll be on GL for at least 5 more years.

* This week’s GLC has Alex DeWitt as a Black Lantern… and literally inside a refrigerator.


Emerald Warriors Debutes in May

  Starting in May, there’ll be a new ongoing GREEN LANTERN series joining the shelves: GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD WARRIORS, starring everyone’s favorite ring-wielding hot head, Guy Gardner — with regular appearances from Kilowog. And who better to handle Guy’s adventures than Peter Tomasi, who’s knocked it out of the park on a monthly basis with his sharp dialogue and plotting on GREEN LANTERN CORPS? Hard to argue with that, I think.

  It is hard to argue but I have to wonder if this series can really carry? With SO much Green Lantern (not a bad thing). Can a title focusing sololy on Guy Gardner and Kilowog last past a year? One thing about GLC with so many various Green Lanterns and new and old characters alike. The book became a must have series. With Emerald Warriors it does make you wonder if there is enough die hard fan base for our two favorite poozers to keep a title a float more than a year. Sad to say, unless I do get one major new salary by May. I will have to put this on my trade paper back side. Since Brightest Day and the Thanos Imperaitve will be taking up my new pull list with Avengers.


War of the Superman: 100 Minute War = 1 month only

  As revealed on the DCU Source Blog, the War of the Supermen, that kicks off with Free Comic Book Day in May. Will only be a one month event. Each issue totaling 25 minutes for the 4 part even series. Personally, I love the fact that they are doing it. Let’s face it, World of New Krypton was a 2 year story arc, from build up to Brainiac’s Return attack and Superman battling it out with his family and people. However, as it has been shown the last couple of years with both DC and Marvel. Long drawn out events especially after just wrapping up ones like Blackest Night and Seige. People just aren’t ready to shove out more from their wallets for the next “Big Event”. Having this being contain in a month and then dealing with the aftermath over the summer in the Superman books is a very smart move on DC’s part. I hope we can look forward to more of this treatment with Batman’s return this fall.


Batman: Under the Red Hood

Batman: Under the Red Hood will be the next installment in Warner Home Video’s animated films based on DC Comics properties.

Judd Winick wrote the film, based on his own comic-book story. The film will be directed by Brandon Vietti.

“This is definitely the darkest movie I’ve worked on for DC,” Vietti told The Continuum. “It takes Batman into a very dark place.”

The cast include Bruce Greenwood as Batman, Jensen Ackles as Red Hood, John DiMaggio as the Joker, Jason Isaacs as Ra’s Al Ghul and Neil Patrick Harris as Nightwing.


Manhunter’s Return

  Just the other day, DCU’s Blog showed the preview for next week’s issue of Secret Six, which features the return of the Manhunter robot from the first post Green Lantern: Rebirth arc. I have to say this is a very interesting twist to things. I’m glad that they decided to give the Manhunters and Cyborg-Superman a rest after the Sinestro Corps War. We all know that Hank Henshaw and the Manhunters are returning post Blackest Night. Especially if Sinestro is running his corps again. The whole individule Manhunter idea has been done before. However, leave it to Gail Simone to give us a more fresh and interesting approach to the idea. The Manhunters have been shown to act as individules before, they aren’t the Borg.
  If this Manhunter ends up a new member of the Six, it would be very interesting to see where it goes, similar to how Parademon was used during the original Villains United mini during Infinite Crisis. I just hope Gail ties things in with Brightest Day very well with the story even if it’s the Blackest Night tie in.


Anti-Monitor of Sector -1… RISE!

On DCU Blog The Source today, the Greg Horn variant cover to Green Lantern Corps #46 was revealed by Editor Adam Schlagman. The cover features a major new Black Lantern, the villain that started the cycle of mega-Crises in the DC Multiverse, and arguably the ultimate evil of the DCU.
As Schlagman said, “Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason” found a way to “make things worse for our Emerald Warriors” by having the Anti-Monitor, the villain at the center of Crisis on Infinite Earths return with a black ring. Find out what new tricks this villain has up his sleeve with his new power ring in GLC #46

   This is a great twist coming up, while many speculated (myself included) that the Anti-monitor would be freed from the Black Lantern Central Power Battery and go after Nekron or be freed again after the Blackest Night was over. Seeing him as a Black Lantern is a major twist but at the same time. You have to wonder if the the former Guardian of the Sinestro Corps mind will break through Nekron’s influence and reject the Black Lantern Corps. I’m pretty excited and damn… do I want this cover framed.