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    Default CBR: DC Announces "Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search"

    Following on the heels of their blockbuster bi-weekly, DC Comics has announced "Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search" centering on a mystery hero moving against the protector of earth by Jonathan Vankin and Marco Castiello.


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    Speculation HO!!!

    Judging by this cover, we've got 2 mystery folks here. I'd imagine the one mentioned in the solicit (returning from death? or from obscurity?) is the one in the forefront, while the other is one of the folks from BD who died-but-obviously-ain't-staying-dead-long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Walsh View Post
    Speculation HO!!!

    Judging by this cover, we've got 2 mystery folks here. I'd imagine the one mentioned in the solicit (returning from death? or from obscurity?) is the one in the forefront, while the other is one of the folks from BD who died-but-obviously-ain't-staying-dead-long.
    I think Aquaman is one of the two. The other one is a real longshot because it's wide open who the Earth's protector is going to be.

    But yeah, I think Aquaman is a pretty safe bet. I'll be surprised if he's not in it.

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    Are DC saving money somehow by getting all their editors to write recently?

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    Are DC saving money somehow by getting all their editors to write recently?
    No a lot of editors secretly want to write and break in that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by titanfan View Post
    No a lot of editors secretly want to write and break in that way.
    Jonathan Vankin has done quite a bit of writing over the years (wrote 3 of those Big Book Of's for DC's Paradox Press line, as well as the 2 Tokyo Pop series & 1 OGN at Vertigo - and outside comics, a few books on conspiracies), in addition to being Vertigo's collections editor for 7 years.

    So in this case, he's not really breaking in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Walsh View Post
    Jonathan Vankin has done quite a bit of writing over the years (wrote 3 of those Big Book Of's for DC's Paradox Press line, as well as the 2 Tokyo Pop series & 1 OGN at Vertigo - and outside comics, a few books on conspiracies), in addition to being Vertigo's collections editor for 7 years.

    So in this case, he's not really breaking in.
    Though for some people, "breaking in" means "finally writing for spandex clad Big Name Characters so I can hear of them."

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    The idea of editors becoming writers, per se, doesn't bother me. After all, Mark Waid, Pete Tomasi, Tony Bedard, Andy Diggle, Stuart Moore and a host of others all started out as editors, and I don't see people complaining about those guys (okay, some do, but they are all relatively accepted as writers I think). Heck, didn't PAD and Busiek have office jobs at Marvel before they became writers?

    It's just that some editors, I think, have more potential than others. Rex Ogle has proven, with his Coven backup and his various holiday specials, that he can write. I'm all for him getting more opportunities.

    Pornsak Pinochete edited some of the most creatively successful titles at Vertigo. He deserves a chance, and I'm ecstatic that DC has given it to him. I'm very eager to see what he does.

    John Vankin has written some very good comics and edited some very good comics. Reading interviews from the man makes me feel as though he's erudite and intelligent enough to pull of something interesting.

    That said, the inclusion of guys like Mike Carlin and Adam Schlagmann? That is scarier. I don't have a lot of confidence in them, based on their previous works as writers.

    And the overall trend of putting editors, rather than culling writers from those who have proven themselves on creator owned imprints, feels more dangerous to me. I think, historically, Marvel and DC have had a greater degree of success with those types of creators than the creators they take from movies, television, or editing. Looking at the new crop, at Marvel Fraction (Casanova), Hickman (Nightly News), and Brubaker (sleeper) have probably climbed up the fastest/highest, with maybe Gillen and a couple others on there as well.

    At DC, of the newer guys, I think Lemire (Essex County), Snyder (American Vampire) and Cornell (eh, okay) have probably seen the fastest rise in recent times. And guys like Bendis and Morrison came up from small, more 'independent' work.

    It worries me that Harras seems to be turning DC back into the Marvel of the 90s, with editors taking direct and overt control of books from proven writers.
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    By the shape of the shadow,
    My guess, taken for what's it worth,
    I think it looks like Lex Luthor wearing his suit that had the problem with the new Protector. Which I could see him returning from his search with the Black Ring essence and I could also see the others frowning at him.
    But I don't know why DC would want to keep that a secret.

    The other Shadow I have no ideal clue.

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    Very curious to see how this shapes up... I'm just surprised to see that we're only looking at a three issue miniseries.
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    With the jacket, I'm thinking Red Hood or Animal Man.
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    I'm guessing that it's Deadman as the blacked-out figure on the left, if this is supposed to be about "Life's Protector" and all that jazz.

    Don't know about the guy in the middle.

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    Buddy would make sense as a champion of Life... so it's probably Jason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Desaad View Post
    It worries me that Harras seems to be turning DC back into the Marvel of the 90s, with editors taking direct and overt control of books from proven writers.
    Given that DC is putting out roughly a gajillion of these Flashpoint minis and one shots I'm not worried editors writing a few of them. If they start putting the same people on ongoing series or even high profile minis, that would be very bad.
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    more importantly DC June solicits are coming out today instead of next week.

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