The Firestorm Team

Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #31
Written by Stuart Moore
Art by Jamal Igle and Keith Champagne

This was one crazy issue. So many secrets revealed, so many mysteries solved. It got a little confusing and jumbled, but I suppose it wasn’t bad. The art though was usually good, but for some reason everytime Firehawk appeared, she looked so messed up. She looked like an Elf or something. Weird. I do not know what that was about. Anyways, I like how Moore has built this family around Firestorm. Firestorm has a pretty strong supporting cast now. I mean with Firehawk, Pozar, Pionic Man, and Gahenna, he could start his own team if he wanted. Pretty cool. I wonder what Hewitt meant when he said he knew why Jason was Firestorm. Is he talking about Earth-8 or maybe something else? I am not sure. I suppose we will find out though.

Firestorm 26 – 30

Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #26
Written by Stuart Moore
Art by Jamal Ingle

So “The Pupil” is a villain I like. He is creepy, yet I can identify with his search for knowledge. He is an interesting little psychopath. Now my question is, is Martin Stein really dead? It seems so at the end of this issue, but this is a comic book and that means death isn’t always what it seems. Good issue, I would like to see what happens next.

Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #27
Written by Stuart Moore
Art by Jamal Ingle

This issue ends the search for Martin Stein story arc and of course he is not dead. But it also leaves us with lots of questions. Whos is this new guys that calls himself Firestorm? Is it Ronnie? I doubt that but it is possible. I was kind of sad to see Gehenna leave. I like her a lot, she is a fun character. She has the potential to go bad though.

Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #28
Written by Stuart Moore
Art by Jamal Ingle

Oh, so the fake firestorm from last issue wasn’t Ronnie, but another old Firestorm, Mikahl, the russian firestorm. The only way I know about his is from reading up on firestorm history and being a continuity buff, I am glad to see him in this issue. Another good issue, but the monster Firestorm faces seems just like a big rip-off of Chemo.

Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #29
Written by Stuart Moore
Art by Jamal Igle and Keith Champagne
Cover by Brian Stelfreeze

Where do I know the name Hewitt from in this series? I can’t seem to remember but I know his name was mentioned. Outside of the fact that those “dollies” are kind of boring villains, this was a good issue. I like how Moore blend’s perfectly Jason’s life as firestorm and his family life. Oh and it is good to see The Pionic Man again.

Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #30
Written by Stuart Moore
Cover by Brian Stelfreeze
Art by Jamal Igle, Steve Sadowski and Keith Champagne

This issue was probably the best in a while. We finally get some answers. Henry Hewitt is behind all of this, and he is now called the Human Reactor. Hewitt was the man who originally made Loraine into Firehawk. Anyways, I am glad to see Jason and Gehenna back together. I just can’t get enough of her her and I hope she stays on this book for a long while to come. Also, the Pionic Man’s reaction to Jason was just hilarious! Check this issue out to see what I mean.

Action Comics 840 – 843

Action Comics #840
Writeen by Geoff Johns and Kurt Busiek
Art by Pete Woods

This was a great ending to this fantastic storyline. The moments between Clark and Lois, Clark and Lex, and Clark and Jimmy were just fantastic. The ending with the reconstruction of the fortress of solitude game me goosebumps. I find this storyline similarity to Superman Returns a little eerie but oh well, it was still fun.

Action Comics #841
Written by Kurt Busiek and
Fabien Nicieza
Art by Pete Woods

I hate to sound all fanboyish, but the plot of this story is just sooooooooo coool. The idea of alien robots stealing earth’s building and artifacts just gets me excited. It sounds so lame but it Busiek and Nicieza pull it off perfectly. With the added backdrop of most of the world believing that Superman is a fake, this story is fantastic. I think I like it even better than the last storyline

Action Comics #842
Written by Kurt Busiek and Fabien Nicieza
Art by Pete Woods

The cool story, “Back in Action” continues in this issue. I wouldn’t say though that it is as strong as last issue. Most of this issue focuses on the bickering between captive superheroes and while that can be fun, I felt like I really wanted to learn more about this Auctioneer than them. This is only a minor complaint in what was essentially another strong issue. I have to add though that the covers for these issues are hilarious and amazing. I really love them.

Action Comics #843
Written by Kurt Busiek and Fabian Nicieza
Art by Pete Woods
Cover by Dave Gibbons

This storyline ends as great as it began. The Auctioneer is left open for another appearence while two things are left dangling for the next creative team to bring to fruitation. The first one that Superman finds out their is a third kryptonian on earth, that intrigues me the more than the other thing. This storyline was even better than Up, Up, and Away in my opinion and I must say I really enjoyed it. I hope we do get to see the Auctioneer again some day.

More Fiery Fun

Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #25
Written by Stuart Moore
Art by Jamal Igle and Keith Champagne
Cover by Brian Stelfreeze

This series is fun. Killer Frost trying to suck all of the heat out of the sun was just cool. Stuart Moore is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers. I love how strange Gahenna is, I love the moment between her and Jason’s father. I love the interaction between Firehawk and Jason. I really just have soft spot for this series. I like how Stuart acknowledged what happen to Nora Freeze in Batgirl. Nice use of continuity. By far the best moment this issue though was Firestorm’s reaction to Batman. He admires Batman because Batman manages to be so scary even without any powers. That is how real heroes should treat Batman, with admiration. Take that HAL JORDAN.

Killer Frost and Mr. Freeze Sitting in a Tree

Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #24
Written by Stuart Moore
Art by Jamal Igle and Keith Champagne
Cover by Brian Stelfreeze

The previous issue of this series was reviewed here. This issue was okay. I liked it. It just wasn’t as exciting as it could have been. Killer Frost does not appear to the end and I think she is a great character so I was expecting more of her. But it was cool to see her and Mr. Freeze teaming up, it seems like the perfect fit, I am surprised that this does not happen more often. There was a pretty funny moment between Gahenna and Jason’s Dad. Gahenna’s just a weird character but I like that. I think Stuart is doing a good job of building Firestorm’s supporting cast. The mystery of Martin Stein’s dissapearence does not really interest me greatly. Maybe because I never read the old Firestorm series but I still want to find out where he is, just not that bad. The part on Capitol Hill was a cool bit, kind’ve brought the book down to earth. Okay Issue.

Stuck Together

Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #23
Written by Stuart Moore
Art by Jamal Igle and Keith Champagne
Cover by Brian Stelfreeze

This review is a little late as this issue came out almost a month ago. The next few reviews are going to be more reviews that I have been stalling to write. Anway, it is one year later and Jason Rusch now has to merge with Lorraine Reilly aka Firehawk to become Firestorm. Dr. Stein is missing and Lorraine and Jason can not be more than a mile apart or apparently they blow up. This issue was okay, not great, but okay. Not much happened but I like the new developments. I think the fact that they have to stay near eachother all the time will create great tension between Lorraine and Jason. I think this issue is good not because of the story but of what could come out of this issue and its developments. It just has great potential. I do wonder how they are going to get out of this little pickle they are in at the end of this issue. I have no idea.