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Friday, April 9, 2010

Reading Order and List of comics for Brightest Day Updated 05/01/2011

BY NO MEANS do you have to buy all these books to get the storyline. This is only a chronological rendering if you ARE getting these books. A lot have repeated scenes so that you don't have to buy both series.  Separate storylines are below.
TANGENT STORIES  will be highlighted and reading order horizontal. These storylines could be read separately without Brightest day and vice ah versa, 

If you see were I am wrong, PLEASE leave a comment and let me know, you not only help me, but others that reading this post. 
I've listed the TPB after the last issue that is included in that TPB, that is the best I can do for reading order of the trades.


GREEN LANTERN(GL) 53 {has Hal have a drink with Carol before and meeting with Sinestro}


JUSTICE LEAGUE : GENERATION  LOST #1,  POWER GIRL 13-15,  JL:Generation Lost  2-6

BRIGHTEST DAY 7 ** TPB: Brightest Day vol 1 ends with 7.

JL: Generation Lost 7-10,  Power Girl  16-17,  JL:Generation Lost 11-12 {Jl:GL 2 repeats BD 0 ** TPB: Justice League : Generation Lost vol 1 ends with 12
FLASH Secret files and Origins 2010 : One shot,  Flash 1-6 {Capt boomarang escapes and meets up with the Rogues) **TPB:The Dastardly Death of the Rogues 


GREEN LANTERN: Emerald Warrior  #1 {Lyssa Drax in the book of Black}

UNTOLD TALES OF BLACKEST NIGHT: One shot {Mysterious Guardian releases Lyssa Drax from The book of the Black}

GREEN LANTERN 54 (repeats what was in Brightest Day) {Mysterious Guardian releases Sodam from Daxam's sun, chains ION entity} 

GLorps 49 {Kyle has dream of Jade}

JLA: 44-46, JSA: 41, JLA: 47, JSA:42, JLA: 48, JSA: 43 **TPB Justice League of America : The Dark Things

GREEN LANTERN: Emerald Warrior   2-4{issue 3 has Sodam awaking on Daxam and Mysterious guardian has meeting with Zardor, issue 4 Sodam  and followers move to unknown sectors} 

GLcorps 50-52{issue 50 in flashback Cyborg-Superman gives mysterious guardian his manhunters}**TPB: GL Corps: Revolt of the Alpha Lanterns

GREEN LANTERN 55{I have a review of this issue see link to the right)




GREEN ARROW 4 (repeats BD 9)

TITANS:Villains for Hire Special #1, then TITANS #24-34: {I really didn't see any crossing with this storyline but it would have happened after BD 7 and before BD24
BRIGHTEST DAY 10 {deathstorm}


BIRDS OF PREY 1-6 {Hawk has a flashback to Brightest day 7 but they just met the Birds, and later in Brightest day Deadman refers to the Birds, so this is the best place I can think of to put it .}**TPB: Birds of Prey vol 1

BRIGHTEST DAY 12 {Watchtower mentioned}


JL: Genration Lost 13-16, Power Girl 19-20, PG20 has Bruce}

BRIGHTEST DAY 14 {Batman/Bruce } 

JL:Generation Lost 17-21, Power Girl 21, JL: Generation Lost 22-24

GLcorps 53-54 {weaponer}


BRIGHTEST DAY 16 {Midnight and Mr T, Atom}**TPB Brightest Day vol 2

GREEN LANTERN 56-60 {Flash/Barry shows up talking about Artrocitus} {Sinestro leaves, Mysterious Guardian gathers} AT this point it becomes less and less connected to Brightest day and more of a just a set up for War of the  Green Lanterns
GREEN LANTERN: Emerald Warrior 5 {Atrocitus signals Guy}
GLcorps 55 {Atrocitus signals Ghantlet}
GREEN LANTERN: Emerald Warrior 6-7 {Sodam with high levels of energy appearing on Kralok}
GLcorps 56 {Kyle Battle with Weaponer}


GLCorps 57 {FS Qward} 

Green Arrow 5-6 **TPB Green Arrow into the Woods

FLASH 7:  {all Capt Boomarang}

BRIGHTEST DAY 18 {Cap Boomarang questioned, Boston at 100 and dust}


Green Arrow  7-11


GREEN ARROW #12 Star Forest Epilogue

GREEN LANTERN 61-62{Entities captured}** TPB Green Lantern: Brightest Day ends

GREEN LANTERN 63-64 {start of War of the GL}
GLCorps 58
GL: EMerald Warriors 8
Green Lantern 65
GL Corps 59
GL Emerald Warriors 9 

STORY LINES and Reading Order in Blue:

There is a spoiler for each title below the reading order, if you don't want to be spoiled skip to the next title. 

Even though they all have parts in Brightest Day #0, it's only for a few pages each and usually repeated in the other series, so Brightest Day #0 can be skipped for the other story lines except for the main Brightest Day story. The other titles seem to be doing their own Brightest Day story and most are not crossing. At this time they are congruent and repeating the story when needed. 

Main Brightest Day Story: 

Reading Order: Brightest Day 0-24
Featuring Deadman, Martian Manhunter, Hawkman, Hawkwoman, Aquaman, Mera, Hawk, Dove

-They are trying to find their way after being resurrected and the mysterious things that are happening to them.

SPOILERS, skip down to the reading order in Blue to not be spoiled: 

-Deadman: Being whisked away being controlled by the White Lantern Ring on his finger. In search of the replacement for the White Entity.
-Martian Manhunter: Trying to find another Martian who could be behind some mystery.  He tried to burn the Star Forest. He then went to Mars and is being co-erst by a female green Martian, who was a evil martian from back before his planet was dead.
-Hawkman & Hawkwoman: Hath-Set has major plans for their old bones from previous lives. They've traveled to Hawkworld to find him and answers.
-Aquaman & Mera: Aquaman is calling dead sealife instead of living. Mera has a secret that she has been keeping that she reveals to Aquaman.  Aquaman is facing off with Black Manta over the new Aqualad, who finds answers in the chest left with him when he was a baby.
-Hawk & Dove: Dove has been whisked away with Deadman and is helping him. Hawk got left behind. 
- Firestorm  Ronnie and Jason are trying to figure out their powers and why they are out of wack. A voice keeps talking calling to them. Deathstorm wants to make Ronnie and Jason reach their emotional overload.


READING ORDER: Birds Of Prey 1-8
Hawk/Dove is also in Brightest day  but the story doesn't connect to the one in Birds of Prey,
so currently separate story lines
Oracle brings Huntress, Black Canary, Lady Black Hawk, Hank/Hawk and Dove together  as a team.  Hank is one of the resurrected, but other then that the story doesn't cross with the Brightest Day story, as yet. Currently there is a mystery woman claiming to be White Canary.  Hank has a flashback and says he failed his mission. White Canary takes Black Canary to Bangkok and Huntress and Lady Blackhawk follow without Black Canary's permission.  Oracle stays in Gotham at the new headquarters.

BD #7

Brightest Day #0 then read Flash 1-7 then Brightest Day #18
{ Flash 2-6 little snips of what Captain Boomarang is doing then Flash #7 is all Cap Boomarang then BD 18 has Cap Boomarang}

Other than the Cap Boomerang parts, Flash 1-6 is Barry trying to get things back to normal, and solving a crime he didn't know he committed. The Cap Boomerang parts are a page here and there until Flash 7...which is all Capt Boomerang


Green Lantern  AND Green Lantern CORPS: 
GLCorps #47(blackest night Epilogue)then Green Lantern #53 then {Brightest Day 0-1} then GLCorps 48 then a STORYline SPLIT go to the next blue to pass spoilers.
SPOILERS before split:
-At first the story lines are shuffled then split.
-Hal, Carol, and Sinestro arguing over the White Lantern battery
-Mystery/Guardian is also collecting entities(see panel to the right).
LaFleeze on earth being greedy.
 -Ghantlet recruited Atrocious and Guy Gardner for a mysterious alliance, then they split and went on their separate and Guy is now in the Emerald Warrior series.

SPLIT1 with Green Lantern series= GL Corps 48 then Green Lantern #54 - #62
{GL Corps 55: tells what went on in the meeting between Atrocitus, Ghantlet and Guy Gardner}
Skip to the next Blue for the other storyline from the split.
-Hal, Carrol, and Sinestro are trying to find the secrets of the White Lantern and of the White guardian who told them to collect the entities. 
The secret of who is the Mystery Guardian is revealed in GL 
Listed at bottom of post are the entities but it has spoilers. 
Just a side note on Lobo; after securing his price from Atrocious, the story crossed over to REBELs 20 because he becomes a member of REBELS  with it hanging on his neck and  he has not used it yet .

GL Corps #48  then GL Corp #49 - #52 then new storyline skip down to next blue> TPB:Revolt of the Alpha Lanterns

1st storyline- Ghantlet becomes a Green Lantern and is being forced by Cyborg-
Superman to try to turn the the Alpha Lanterns back to human.  Kyle Rayner & John Stewart are trying rescue Ghantlet.
 -Saint Walker(hope) also on earth helping the "buried" embrace the light. 

Then new storyline GL Corps 53-57

WHITE NET: Made by Deadman when he was flung through the air by Anti-Monitor in  Brightest day 3, then it is seen for a page in GLcorps 49 and again for a page 51, The net was appropriated by a Qwardian Weaponeer(click to learn) who is using its energy in his weapons to fight GL Kyle and kidnapped Sinestro's Daughter, because he has a beef with Sinestro.

War of the Green Lanterns.
MERGE: GL 63-64 then GLCorps 58

Names of entities and current location moved to bottom of this post: Major spoilers

READING ORDER: There is a few pages in Green Lantern 53 and GLCorps #48(has the meeting with Atrocitus) then GL:Emerald Warriors 1 (which has Atrocitus before he appears in GL 54) then Emerald Warriors 2-6,
It really has nothing to do with the Brightest Day but it has a Banner.

The secret mission that Ghantlet started in the other books gets on its way. The mission will take them into the Unknown Sectors and Guy Gardner has convinced the Guardians that he needs to explore and map the Unknown Sectors. In Issue 3 the Mystery Guadian seems to be siding with the new bad guy in the Unknown Sectors.

Green Arrow:
READING ORDER: Brightest Day 0 then...( no issues on the story on  Hal becoming available) ...then Green Arrow 1-7

Has a nice lush forest in the middle of Star city because Deadman made the forest grow in Brightest day,  BUT the story looks to be more part of Cry for Justice then for Brightest Day because now Green Arrow is patrolling the forest while some old flame of his fathers takes over Queen Industries and the city.  There is a big White Lantern symbol on one of the trees. Hal drops in at the end of issue 1 and leaves in issue 2.  I don't know when.. in the time line this is... since Hal is in the Green Lantern series too.  GA #4 is a rerun of Brightest Day #9(told better in BD9 but now you don't need BD9 at all) the story in both is of Martian Manhunter trying to burn the forest but finds out its the wrong forest for him to burn and moves on.
READING ORDER:Brightest Day 0 then JLA 44-46 then crossing to Justice Society 41 then Justice League #47  then JSA #42 then JLA #48 then Storyline SPLlTs
(The TPB Justice League of America: Dark Things has both the JLA and JSA issues in it)(Green Lantern Kyle Raymer showed up in JLA 47-48 and is also in GL corps 48-49 but don't seem to be the same story in GLcorps ) 
- Jade(resurrected) is having mysterious things happening to her, and her biological family (in the JSA) is being affected, because of the Starheart. The Starheart is effecting magic and nature based creatures.
Jades family is building a large construct on the moon and they are trying to find out why, while other magic based beings are trying to stop them. The JSA and JLA are teamed up to fight the Starheart on the Moon.

JLA 49-50 : starts a new story with no Brightest day banner and didn't read like a Brightest day story. 
SPOILERS: Has a fight between the JLA members and the Crime Syndicate of America, which is alternate versions of the original JlA who are evil.
JSA #43: Still has a Brightest day banner, is a one issue storyline
I'm leaving off any future JSA Issues because it doesn't seem to pertain to Brightest Day at this point.

about magic users moving into the Emerald City created by the Starheart on the Moon because they are drawn to the City.
I'm leaving off any future JSA Issues because it doesn't seem to pertain to Brightest Day at this point.

Justice League: Generation Lost:
READING ORDER: Brightest day #0(1 page) that repeats in JL:GL #1 then{PG 13-15}then JL:GL#2-10 then {PG16-17} then JL:GL 11-16 then {PG 19-20} then JL:GL #17-19
(Power Girl isn't necessary for JL: GL storyline, or visa versa but if you are reading both this is the order I would go by)
Booster, Ice, Fire, Captain Atom are looking for Max Lord, who was able to make the world forget that he existed. Max Lord kills people and they turn into Black Lanterns and he seems to be able to kill them again. Blue Beetle and Rocket Red have joined the pursuit After Max achieves what the White entity wanted, there is a new apocalyptic future that 
Captain Atom is thrown into. And Cap. Atom finds out that the cause is that Max starts a war by killing yet another superhero. Wonder woman has ceased to exist and the only ones who remember her is Max, Booster, Cap Atom, Ice, and Fire. Max wants to find her so that he can kill her and is a bit miffed because he had nothing to do with her disappearing from everyone's mind.

TITANS:Deathstroke building a team of villains.
READING ORDER: Brightest day #0  then TITANS:Villains for Hire Special #1, then TITANS #24-34 This doesn't cross with Brightest day other then being mentioned as happen at the end of BD 24.

Osiris's looks like he is accessing the White Light to bring Isis back and has become more vulnerable. It also looks like as he kills the outer layer of the statue starts cracking more.
Roy Harper joins Deathstroke's Titans because Jade wants Deathstroke dead.   
Osiris's takes off from the Titans.

The ATOM: Brightest Day: The Atom Special then co-feature in Adventure comics 516-517.

-Atom finds a mystery about his uncle, who he thought was dead.

(1 shot) 
Has the mystery gudian freeing Lyssa Drak from the book of the dead and telling her that "A new book will be written for a new Epoch.

IGN Geoff Johns 01/11/2010
DC Blog- Dan DiDio 01/11/2010
USA Today- Geoff Johns 04/14/2010 
CBR Goeff Johns 04/15/2010
IGN Geoff Johns 06/25/2010-Firestorm 

JULY: Brightest Day Solicitations Link
AUGUST Brightest Day Titles at DC Link
SEPTEMBER Brightest Day Titles at DC Link
October Brightest Day solicitations Link

November Brightest Day solicitations Link 
December Brightest Day solicitations Link 
JANUARY 2011 Solicits for Brightest Day link 
February 2011 Solicits for Brightest Day link  
March 2011 Solicits for Brightest Day Link


Other helpful links

Blackest Night Story
This is a Link to the powers of the  different Colors of the Lanterns  -Scroll to the bottom of the site to read what the powers of the other Lanterns. 

Brightest Day Promo/Teaser Poster by Ivan Reis
It is based on a painting by Peter Blume called The Rock

Variant covers by Ryan Sook form a teasing mural on what may happen next. Click for LINK HERE

Assignments by the White Entity, that they must complete to keep their restored lives  told in Brightest Day #7 but repeats in all the other books for that character.
Deadman:  The entity is dying. Deadman is to find "the one" to replace him/her.
J'onn: Burn the the Forest. Brightest Day 21 Mission complete-life restored.."Then so be it"

Firestorm: Stop the Black Lantern incarnate Firestorm Brightest Day 22 Mission complete-Life Returned
Hawkman:Stop the Queen of Hawkworld. Mission complete-life restored. Hmmm...and "So Be It"
Hawkgirl: Stop Hath Set from killing Hawkman in Hawkworld, because that would cause it to be the last incarnation. Mission complete-life restored. Hmmm...and "So Be It"
AquamanFind Aqualad  before They do.  Brightest Day 20 Mission complete-life returned ...Heh?
Boomerang: Throw the boomerang at Dove to kill her. In one vision he is chasing her in a forest. Brightest day 24

Hawk: Catch the boomerang before it hits Dove.
Jade: Balance the darkness.Mission complete-life restored.
Osiris: Free Isis. Mission complete-Life restored. Titans 32
Max Lord: Stop Magog from starting a world war.Mission complete-life restored. JL:GL 13
Reverse Flash: Bring Barry out of the Speed force. Mission complete-life restored back before Blackest Night

Names of entities

RED: The Butcher (Bull)
ORANGE :Ophidian (serpent looking)
YELLOW: Parallax (insect looking)
GREEN: Ion (protozoa cell looking)
BLUE: Adara (phoenix looking)
INDIGO: Proselyte (Squid looking)
VIOLET: The Predator (Monster )
WHITE: The Entity


  1. holy god please work on the layout of this site. My eyes are burning.

  2. Hey,
    I welcome critiques.
    Please tell me what is burning your eyes.
    The white lettered stuff are links and I can't seem to change the lettering color. When I add a link it just shows up a different color and I can't seem to change it to anything else.

    If there is something else about the layout, please let me know I'm willing to take suggestions. As the stories unfold the site seems to take a mind of its own.

  3. How about a reading order that is just a list and no spoilers.

  4. What would be the [b]fun[/b] in that?!!!

    But ...I apologize... if I've spoiled something for you... I didn't intend to do that.

    That's the reason I put the reading order under the title in blue... so that you wouldn't have to read the synopsis.

    I can put SPOILER in front of the synopsis.

  5. It took me awhile before I had time to go back and look at the stories BUT
    I've started a Chronological reading order.
    That I'll try to keep up with, it seems things will move around as story lines develop.

  6. This site is awesome please keep up the good has helped me find all the extra books I was looking reading order I have found!!! THANK YOU!!!!

  7. Thanks and You're welcome.
    And... if you find out I've got something wrong...let me know.
    I'm trying... to get it all in the right spots, but as big as this thing is I might miss a panel in a issue that would put it further down or up the list.
    And you wouldn't just help me'd help others too.

  8. Thanks for your Job, i'm french and we received the comics books latest so you hep me to order the books directly in us and in reading order

  9. Your Welcome!

    If you do find that I'm off somewhere, please let me know. You'll be helping others too.

  10. looks great, thanks! gonna be pretty helpful

  11. wow! this is by far the best list ive found. i was getting frustrated because i couldnt find a list anywhere and when i came here my search was over. also, is this a complete list? up to date in june 2012? thanks!