With the tremendous success of Blackest Night, it’s no surprise to think that DC would want to put out something to piggyback on the sales they’ve gotten from this event. Today Dan Didio is making several announcements about Brightest Day, a title that should surprise absolutely no one.
Brightest Day will be anchored by a 26 issues bi-weekly series starting in April of 2010 and will be written by both Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi with a number of different art teams, although new DCU exclusive artist David Finch will be handling all the covers for the series. Brightest Day #0 will feature art by Fernando Pasarin. Both Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps books will feature a Brightest Day banner on them during the 26 week period and will continue to be written by Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi.
Like Blackest Night, Brightest Day will be an event that encompasses the entire DCU. Geoff Johns, in an exclusive interview at IGN has said that Brightest Day is to Blackest Night what 52 was to Infinite Crisis. The story of Brightest Day will be one epic year-long story spinning out of the events of Blackest Night and the cast will consist of many of the characters who have risen in the eyes of fans recently, such as Ray Palmer and Mera, who Johns has said is definitely one of the main characters in the story.
Alex Segura at the DC Source Blog hints that the event has been referred to as “DCU: Rebirth” and a number of other ongoing and new series starting after Blackest Night ends will also feature the Brightest Day banner to reflect a literal or thematic connection to the main book. Geoff Johns is working with DC editorial to coordinate the books that are carrying the new banner with the Brightest Day main series. Today DC announced the first three books to carry the Brightest Day banner besides the Green Lantern titles.
The new Flash series by the team of Geoff Johns and Frances Manapul was the first book DC announced that will be connected to Brightest Day. Another book to carry the Brightest Day banner will be Titans by the book’s new creative team of Eric Wallace and Fabrizio Fiorentino who did the Ink mini-series. The new Titans will be led by Deathstroke the Terminator and two confirmed members of the team are Cheshire and the Tattooed Man. Justice League of America will also start carrying the Brightest Day banner beginning with issue #44 – but Dan DiDio is saying very little about why, other than that the roster is likely to be different in the post-Blackest Night DCU.
More announcements about Brightest Day are expected to be made in the coming days.