Last week's Brightest Day #1 features a scene where a Somali pirate talks about his intention to rape a little girl before selling her into slavery. A few pages later, the pirate is eaten by a zombie shark, which bites his arm off in the process of attacking him. On the next page, another bad guy—presumably Black Manta—slits an old man's throat on-panel, and stabs two more people to death off-panel.
This week's "Brightest Day"-branded Titans: Villains for Hire Special #1 apparently featured the death of a new-ish legacy character (confirming my theory that some folks at DC Comics apparently worship some pagan god that necessitates they begin new series with the sacrifice of a fictional character's life).
Some of DC's books this week featured a four-page preview of Green Arrow #1, another "Brightest Day"-branded book, which you can read on DC's Source blog, if you're so inclined. It features a gang about to rape a woman, until Green Arrow intervenes, shooting one of their noses off.
I knew "Brightest Day" wasn't meant to be taken 100% literal—it would be hard to out-bright DC's Silver Age, after all—but is it just me, or did the DCU get even darker as Blackest Night was ending?