Jess Bright is an accomplished nuclear physicist who became a member of the Suicide Squad, working for the military program Task Force X. His science partner on this team is astro physicist Hugh Evans, who is also his closest friend.
Bright and Evans were on their way to a nuclear bomb test when their jeep broke down. They arrived late and saw that the test had gone wrong, killing all of their coworkers. A voice carried over the irradiated wasteland before they got too close, and warned them. The voice said "carry on for us" and the two men both promised that they would. They dedicated their lives to risking everything for others, in honor of those who had died so they could live. These events are later said to have left both of them emotionally traumatized.
Task Force X
Bright and Evans became members of Task Force X, working with Karin Grace and Rick Flag in the Suicide Squad. In their first recorded mission, they helped take down the "Red Wave" beast using chemical warfare. Bright and Evans both fell in love with Karin Grace, although Karin was already in love with Rick. Rick made Karin promise not to reveal their relationship, as he worried it would upset the others and destroy the team. They used their science knowledge to get the team home when they were stranded in space. When the team went on vacation to Paris, they helped fight the giant Subway serpent. Their skills are useful again when Professor Duane invents a serum that grows insects to enormous size, and the Suicide Squad battles the Creature of Ghost Lake. The team is revived by General Brent after a brief hiatus, and they are sent to fight super-intelligent dinosaurs in another universe. The Cyclops Polyphemus kidnaps Karin, and Hugh and Jess rig explosive rockets to kill him. The entire team was captured by the Master of the Dinosaurs, and they exploded his aircraft then escaped. The Mirage Master tried to kill the Suicide Squad, but Hugh and Jess saw through his illusions because of their incredibly powerful bond. They are briefly trapped in an alien dinosaur zoo, but Rick leads them to safety. The Sculptor Sorcerer captures them and turns them into statues, but they escape and he is killed by a volcano.
Their final mission was investigating a mysterious temple in Cambodia, where they were attacked by a Yeti. The Yeti injured Flag, and Karin accidentally revealed that she had feelings for him. Hugh and Jess were both angry at their deception, and said they would quit the team after this adventure. However, Rick was the only one with survival skills, so they were forced to cover his escape with Karin. They were attacked by the Yeti, and all three of them fell over a cliff to their apparent deaths. It was later revealed that Jess survived by landing on the Yeti, and he swore revenge on Flag for leaving him behind. The Chinese army captured Jess Bright and turned him into a monster called Koschei the Deathless.
- Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.
- Hugh Evans and Jess Bright have a complicated position in continuity. In their first appearances Hugh Evans was a slender dark-haired man with glasses, and Jess Bright was a brawny light-haired man. There was a mistake in their Post-Crisis appearances, and the two men switched names. In addition to this, some appearances mistakenly list his name as "Jeff Bright." This article follows the character by their name, despite the change in appearance.
- 16 Appearances of Jess Bright (New Earth)
- 47 Images featuring Jess Bright (New Earth)
- Quotations by or about Jess Bright (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: Jess Bright (New Earth)
Suicide Squad member