Updated on 16 October, 2021
The second book in the Brightburn Comix series continues the exploits of the main character, Sienna. As in the first novel, The Warded Man, Sienna is called into action in order to deal with an ancient and mysterious threat. This time, though, she must fight against three different specters, each with its own set of supernatural abilities, including a werewolf and a vampire. The stakes are raised for Sienna, as she must choose between accepting her destiny and seeing what remains of mankind. I would recommend this second book in the series, although it is not as good as the first.
The Warded Man, written by James Breyer, introduces us to Sienna Dayne, a brightburn universe sorceress who has just inherited the brightburn family business. She is, understandably, very nervous and unsure of herself, and so spends much of the book in turmoil. In the second book, she is introduced to a much more ambitious and dangerous young woman who may be her next inheritence. The Warded Man sequel also introduces us to Brightburn, a small British town that forms the central point of the story.
Brightburn is a fascinating place in the world of the comics, and the way James Breyer has woven his fantastic set of characters into the locale makes this a very realistic and appealing part of the Brightburn universe. Sienna's family owns a farm, which is where she is to learn the powers of witchcraft. But while she is there, she also meets the feral werewolf PCs, and a trio of other very powerful characters.
One of the most interesting of these is batman, who is introduced as a shady, no-nonsense villain. Though he has only a few moments of screen time, it is clear that he represents the traditional image of a comic book bad guy. Having probably been orphaned as a child, and perhaps losing his parents and siblings at an early age, he has become a changed man, and is determined to avenge his family. Though he lacks any super human abilities, his physical strength is formidable, and he uses his strength to great effect when fighting against the villains. And when he is teamed up with brightburn - who is probably the most likeable of all the Brightburn characters, and already possesses many of the comic book hero's traits - the dynamic duo are very effective.
The real strength of Brightburn as a superhero lies in the way it combines established good guy qualities with a strong dose of humor, allowing the series to build the character's appeal from within the confines of a television show, rather than having the writer throw in a few well-placed jokes every now and then. It is a rare superhero who can be both iconic and consistently funny; Batman is a true case of this, as he transcends the boundaries of traditional super heroes by being both timeless and iconic. But in the case of Brightburn, comic book fans will find a character who can be just as beloved as the Caped Crusader, if not more. This is because the comic book world has yet to really discover what the limits of superman and Wonder Woman are. With Brightburn, comic book lovers are introduced to an incredible character who uses his incredible strength for good, and is as close to unbeatable as superman or batman could ever hope to be.
It was after the events of "Crisis on Earth X" that the popularity of Brightburn and Grant Gustafson's Brightburn comic books skyrocketed. In these comics, the Torch was transformed into a glowing golden version of himself, and gained the ability to turn into fire. He quickly gained the support of the Green Lantern and the Flash, and became the number one super villain in the world. With the help of the Justice League, though, he was able to defeat the evil android and achieve victory over the World War Hulk.
With the success of the Justice League, Brightburn was featured in a special comic book series written by Tom Wayman. The series chronicled the adventures of the new heroes as they worked to defeat villains and the whims of supervising superheroes. While it was a fun and exciting story, it was also a little silly at times, and often at points made the luthor seem like more of a jerk. With the success of the Justice League, Wayman wrote more stories featuring the luthor, and his villains. The series focused primarily on the darker side of the superman mythos, and while the luthor was given his own series of comic books, it was short lived. The luthor was not featured in any Justice League comic after the Crisis on Earth X, and while he did appear in a couple of Justice League video games, his role was mostly played by other DC Universe characters, including the Atom.
With these lack of appearances, one would wonder if the luthor truly was the hero that he was meant to be. In the latest issue of Brightburn Comic, the luthor is revealed to be none other than Super Hero Syndrome, a twisted alternate personality of the classic Brightburn. This character has taken over the role of acting as a dark and brooding villain to foil Superman and the Justice League. It seems as though the brightburn versions of the characters may finally gain their superpowers, as the luthor himself has been exposed to the same radiation that gave superman his incredible strength. It is unclear as to whether he will gain his powers back, or if he simply become an entirely new person. Either way, the Brightburn Comic book fan community will have another intriguing creation to enjoy.