Issue: Brightest Day #24 Title: "Brightest Day" Published Date: Apr 2011 Generation: Modern Carter, Modern Shiera Retcon Status: In Continuity
Summary: At the forest in Star city, the Dark Entity is on the offensive, attacking and attempting to destroy the forest along with the four elementals. The White Lantern helpfully informs Dove and Boston that they are protecting The Green, the mystical center of the Earth, and that Swamp Thing is no longer connected to it. To that end, he resurrects Alec Holland, who promptly is merged with The Green and battles his dark counterpart.
With the Dark Entity defeated, The Green/Swamp Thing spews out the Elementals, bringing them back to life once more -- except for Shiera. Hawkgirl is gone, and as Hawkman attacks Swamp Thing demanding her return, he is simply told that she is not here.
Later, in at the Stonechat House in St. Roch, Carter holds up Shiera's helmet which she discarded during their lovemaking after defeating Queen Shrike. The helmet evaporates to nothingness, and Carter's rage is unleashed...
Review: Man, what a downer. After the rollercoaster of the first 24 issues, in the end it all culminates in a big Swamp Thing on Swamp Thing fight, with the main characters essentially shuffled off to the side. From a narrative standpoint this makes sense, but emotionally it is disappointing to me to have these 5 characters play second banana to a character who has been exiled to Vertigo for the better part of 2 decades. It's a good wrap-up (and I like that Johns and Tomasi address those who finished their missions in other titles) but ultimately it falls flat as a finale to the stories of these heroes whom we have followed.
Now I need to dig up all the back issues and read this in one massive, butt endurance testing session.