As a big, long-time Batman fan, I’m particularly fascinated by two things going on in that family of comics at DC.
Or – “Ronnie… I Want To Tell You About The Matrix.”
When DC relaunched Firestorm back in September, I wondered whether they would play to their older fanbase by relaunching Ronnie Raymond as the original Firestorm, or the somewhat more interesting Jason Rusch. Given the issues surrounding Ryan Choi’s exit, I didn’t want to see Jason clumsily sidelines, so I was pleasantly surprised when they chose to revive BOTH ‘Storms in the New 52. Is there still joy in Firestorm-ville a year later? Your Major Spoilers review awaits!
This was mentioned a while ago, but DC confirmed today that Gail Simone will not be writing Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Man after her sixth issue.
Or – “Most People Forget About His First Series…”
For those keeping track, Firestorm dates back to 1978, and DC’s disastrous expansion of their publishing line right at the point where a combination of recession, paper shortages and nationwide storms made it even LESS profitable to be in the business of distributing paper pamphlets. He’s been revamped, relaunched, murdered at least once, merged, rebuilt and redefined so many times since then that this first issue can’t HELP but be a step in the right direction, even if it’s another Grifter. Given the creative pedigree involved, though, it would be 2/3 of the way to impossible for this book to be that bad.
Take one bored writer, access to the Intardwebz, and a up and coming comic book series, throw it in a pot and set it to boil, and you wind up with The Comic Casting Couch – a look at who Stacy B. would cast in his imaginary movie.Â This time out – Firestorm: The Nuclear Man.
Plot: Dr. Martin Stein, a scientist in the employee of the Hewitt Corporation, has developed a matter/conversion machine using a revolutionary power source he calls the Firestorm Matrix. The night before the big press conference to unveil his creation, his laboratory is attacked by operatives from the 2000 Committee. Desperately trying to save his lifeâ€™s work, there is an explosion which seemingly destroys the machine and the building in which it is housed.Â Caught in the explosion is college student Jason Rusch who is working as part of the night-time maintenance crew at the Hewitt Corporationâ€™s Experimental Technology Division.Â After being released from the hospital, he discovers that he has the power to merge, for a limited time, with another human being and become the nuclear man known as FIRESTORM! Accused of being an accomplice in the attempted robbery of the missing Dr. Stein, Jason he must use his newfound powers to stop Hewitt Corporation CEO Victor H. Hewitt from trying to use the data from the Firestorm Matrix to take over the United States of America!
Over at The Source (DC Comics blog site), site guru Alex Segura announced DC has a Red Tornado mini-series coming up that features Red Volcano.
Here’s the latest teaser for Blackest Night featuring Firestorm.Â I didn’t know when you blew up real good (Identity Crisis) that you would come back fully formed.Â T-SHIRT TIME!
This week Shazam! The Monster Society of Evil hits stands, and I can’t wait to read Jeff Smith’s take on the mighty hero. Major Spoilers has a sneak peek of Smith’s work, plus Brave and the Bold #1, and Firestorm #33.