Brightest Day #23
I read a few disappointing issues of Blackest Night and other than T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents pretty much checked out of the DCU after that, so I decided to read at least the wiki entry on Brightest Day before reading this so I'd have a rudimentary idea of what was going on. What I found there looks a bit like a list of various alterations that, along with the resurrections themselves, the writers or editors wished to get done in story-form:
Brightest Day #7 revealed that the 12 resurrected must complete an individual assignment given to them by the White Lantern Entity. If they are successful, their life will be fully returned.
Professor Zoom helped release Barry Allen from the Speed Force. (Mentioned in The Flash: Rebirth #4)
Jade balanced the darkness. (Shown in Justice League of America #48)
Osiris freed Isis, the goddess of nature. (Shown in Titans #32)
Maxwell Lord stopped Magog from bringing about the events seen in Kingdom Come. (Shown in Justice League: Generation Lost #13)
Hawkgirl prevented Hath-Set from killing Hawkman. (Shown in Brightest Day #18)
Hawkman closed the dimensional gateway between Hawkworld and Earth. (Shown in Brightest Day #18)
Aquaman already enlisted the new Aqualad to his side before the "others" do. (Shown in Brightest Day #20)
Martian Manhunter burned down the Martian forest, killed D'Kay D'razz and chose to devote himself to the protection of Earth. (Shown in Brightest Day #21)
Jason Rusch and Ronnie Raymond defeated the Black Lantern corruption in their Firestorm Matrix before it destroyed the universe. (Shown in Brightest Day #22)
Captain Boomerang must "throw the boomerang" at Dove.
Hawk must "catch the boomerang".
Boston Brand must help find the new champion who will bear the white light of life and take the Entity's place.
In fact, the whole time I was reading this issue I couldn't help but imagine the voice of the white lantern entity was Geoff Johns himself, bossing the heroes and villains alike around, teleporting them here and there directly maneuvering them through their various hoops to get the job(s) done. Like a lot of DC events, it feels like it's more about where the DCU and it's characters will be when it's finished than the circumstances of the story itself. But anything that starts with at least a dozen dead characters returned to life is bound to feel at least a bit like that, I suppose. Not having read the entire run I can't say for sure, but as the WLE ordered them to and fro that's how this issue felt.
And of course, there's the whole Swamp Thing return, as a sort of but not really all-powerful black lantern. How he ended up dead and how Alec Holland's body ended up in Star City, I have no idea. I'm not sure how the whole elementals angle will be resolved in the end but presumably Alec Holland will be reintegrated with Swamp Thing and redeemed, possibly a replacement for the bossy WLE. At one time Swamp Thing himself embodied the various elementals of earth, air, wind, and fire himself but was eventually downgraded a bit as he became too powerful--I'm not sure if the Hawks, Aquaman, Firestorm, and MM will remain elementals when Brightest Day is over and done, but there's a lesson in those Swamp Thing comics about the peril of making a character too wide in scope for his own good. Despite a certain hopeful optimism for Swamp Thing's return to the DCU, I have a feeling I'll still go back to those Len Wein or Alan Moore comics for my Swamp Thing fix.
The art was standard DC artists mash-up fare. Serviceable to the story, but not anything anyone will be buying "just for the art".5