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Big News! Futures End #29 Coverage – SPOILERS!

Big Firestorm news in yesterday’s Futures End, Match-heads! We turn this column over to our regular The New 52: Futures End correspondent, Tim Wallace. If you haven’t read Tim’s previous coverage, click hereWarning, today’s post contains huge SPOILERS for The New 52: Futures End #29 and Firestorm’s future. Consider yourself warned! And now, let’s turn it over to Tim…

Okay, Match-heads… this will be a little wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey as far as continuity… see I’ve been bringing you the recaps of Futures End on a monthly, four issue, basis which means the next batch you’ll get (12/03! Be there or be square!) will cover issues #24-27… but issue #29 hit stores today and DAMN! This is worth delivering out of order!

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Five Years from now, in New York, Cal/Tim and Ronnie are battling their way through a swarm of Cadmus security guards in an attempt to get to into Columbia University. Ronnie seems impressed by Cal’s “crazy kung-fu”, which leads to Tim revealing himself by complimenting Ronnie’s ability to hold his own even “without your nuclear powers.” Someone has kidnapped Madison Payne and this dynamic duo is out to save her!

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At the same time Jason is inside, but being hassled by “the man”… well more Cadmus guards actually. He tries to explain that he’s a student, but they say Dr. Yamazake warned them he might try to interfere. Yamazake is moving ahead with his teleportation tests, which by the way Cadmus is funding. Jason knows this is bad news. He’s come to realize that Dr. Y is a little unstable and needs to be stopped, so he dodges past the guards and into the lab… just in time to see that Madison is about to become a Brundle-Fly! “Firestorm. I feared you were going to show up.” Yes, with no regard for secret identities Dr. Yamazake exposes Jason.

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For his part Jason tries once again to point out some errors in the scientists equations, but gets a wrench to the back of the head for his trouble. Madison whines a little, that no one in her life has been honest with her… which, when you’re stuck in a tube about to be teleported by a mad scientist should really be the least of your worries, but maybe that’s just me. Outside Tim/Cal single-handedly holds back the Cadmus guards while Ronnie makes a run into the building, arriving in the lab just as Yamazake throws the switch! Ronnie shoves the scientist out of the way and runs to the teleporter, tearing the door open to release Madison. Caught in the teleportation matrix, Ronnie begins to dissolve. He calls to Jason… to fix this, they must become Firestorm!

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As lab equipment begins to explode around them they try to make physical contact, but Ronnie is intangible. “It’s my fault bro. It never should have come to this” he says, “Sorry for the mess I…”

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Reaching through Ronnie, Jason grabs Madison as the entire lab explodes around them…then, from the rubble bursts Firestorm! A female Firestorm!

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It’s Madison! And in her head, she hears Jason calling for Ronnie…but he doesn’t answer. Tim stumbles through the remains of the lab, and finds Ronnie. Fatally wounded Ronnie says he tried to save Madison, but he was too late. Tim shoulders the blame… if he hadn’t stayed away, hadn’t lost his edge… maybe he could have saved them…

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HOLY MACKEREL! That was an action-packed emotional rollercoaster of an issue… and obviously you can see why we couldn’t wait to share it! We got a reunion between Ronnie and Jason, Tim returning to action and (at least for now) ditching the “Cal” identity, and we have a new Firestorm! WOW!

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Shag here again! Wow is right, Tim!! Thanks for that coverage! What does this mean for the Nuclear Man… or Nuclear Woman… in present day?!?! We’ll have to wait and see! Tim will be back early next month with his regular coverage of, The New 52: Futures End! Let us know what you think of these developments!

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Extra! Extra! Read All About It! Firestorm Joins JLA!

Firestorm joins JLA mentioned in the Daily Planet! … Well, it was mentioned back in 1980.

During the Bronze Age, each issue of DC Comics contained an in-house promotional page called “Daily Planet”. The modern equivalent would be the Channel 52 strips or the DC Comics All Access pages. Typical Daily Planet editions included information on upcoming releases or feature articles. The February 25, 1980 edition appearing in Brave and the Bold #162 announces Firestorm is joining the JLA at the suggestion of Superman. It goes on to explain that Ronnie Raymond, a.k.a. Firestorm the Nuclear Man is the youngest hero ever to join the group. Plus, our hero finds himself in the midst of a crisis involving the Satin Satan! All this and more in Justice League of America #179 on sale March 10, 1980. Also in the Daily Planet you catch a glimpse of the cover to that issue by Jim Starlin. Click the image below to enlarge.

DC Comics Daily Planet Firestorm Joins JLA February 1980

My thanks to Rob Kelly, my co-host on the Fire & Water Podcast, for sending this my way!

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1987 Great Heroes Backing Board Trading Cards

Today’s item is a really neat nostalgic piece. I’d never even heard of these until a few months ago when our buddy Aaron Bias presented these cards to me.

Back in 1987 (and again in 1989), DC Comics printed a very unique set of trading cards. These cards were printed on comic backing boards sold with three-packs of DC comics at large retailers. The 1987 series had six different sheets of 8 cards, making for a set of 48 different cards. The cards were printed directly on the backing boards with dotted lines for kids to cut out. Cards featured “Great Heroes”, “Great Villains”, and “Great Moments in Comics.” Firestorm was included on card #6, appearing on a board along with Cyborg, Flash, Tyr, Man of Steel #1, Detective Comics #38, Captain Atom #1, and The Key. Below is the front and back of Firestorm’s card. The art is typical stock art from that era. We’ve never definitely identified the artists, but our long-held belief is this was most likely pencilled by Denys Cowan and inked by Dick Giordano.

Firestorm 1987 Great Heroes trading card

Firestorm 1987 Great Heroes trading card

Below is an example of an uncut sheet of cards.

Great Heroes trading cards from 1987

There was a second series of backing board trading cards produced in 1989.  This set consisted of 72 different cards, including one of my favorites, Blue Devil! Just for fun, I’m including the Blue Devil card with art by Paris Cullins!

Blue Devil 1989 Great Heroes trading cards

Blue Devil 1989 Great Heroes trading cards

For more information and a complete list of these cards, check out these sites:

Given all the Firestorm memorabilia I’ve seen over the years, it’s very exciting to find something entirely new to me! Thanks, Aaron!

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Star Wars – FIRE & WATER #107

Star Wars - The Fire & Water Podcast

The 107th episode of THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST is now available for your listening pleasure! THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST is the official podcast of FIRESTORM FAN and THE AQUAMAN SHRINE.

Aquaman and Firestorm continue their vacation, as Shag and Rob discuss a rarely-covered podcast subject, Star Wars! They talk about their history with the franchise, and their hopes for EPISODE VII. May The Force Be With You!

You can find the 107th episode of THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST on iTunes. While you’re there, please drop us a review on the iTunes page. Every comment helps! Alternatively, you may download the podcast by right-clicking here, choosing “Save Target/Link As”, and selecting a location on your computer to save the file (105 MB).

As always, thanks to my co-host Rob Kelly, Sea King of THE AQUAMAN SHRINE, for doing all the post-production on these episodes! This episode brought to you in part by InStockTrades.com!

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Here are some photos of Shag’s Star Wars classic toy collection!

Star Wars action figures from Kenner - Shag's classic collection

Notice the Death Star still has the rope swing!

Star Wars toys from Kenner - Shag's collection of vehicles

Here is Shag’s Star Wars comic collection!

Star Wars comic books - Shag's comic collection

Shag’s novel collection!

Star Wars novels - Shag's book collection

Shag’s Star Wars Role-playing game collection!

Star Wars RPG - Shag's role-playing collection

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Jason Rusch to appear on The Flash!

Just announced yesterday… Jason Rusch will appear on The Flash! Jason will be played by Luc Roderique, known for Supernatural, the recent Godzilla film, and the upcoming pilot episode of iZombie.

Luc Roderique as Jason Rusch on The Flash

According to KSiteTV, Jason Rusch will appear in the show’s tenth episode. Here are the character details on how he’ll fit into the world of The Flash television series:

A graduate student at Hudson University, he was part of Martin Stein’s research team on the F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M. project.  In the DC comics, Jason takes over the Firestorm matrix after Ronnie Raymond’s death.

Obvious questions that come to mind are Jason’s relationship to Firestorm on The Flash. We know Firestorm on the show will be composed of Ronnie Raymond and Professor Martin Stein. Will there be room in there for Jason too? Is he just a supporting character or will he eventually get his own shot at being the Nuclear Man?

For more details, check out KSiteTV or Comic Book Resources (where I found the image above).

So far, The Flash has recruited from the Firestorm-verse: Ronnie Raymond, Professor Martin Stein, Caitlin Snow (Killer Frost), Danton Black (Multiplex), Bette Sans Souci (Plastique), and now Jason Rusch. I’m expecting an announcement any day now that the Zuggernaut and Bazooka Joan will appear on The Flash.

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Big Day! Plastique on Flash! Lego Batman 3 released!

Big day for our favorite Nuclear Man!  Mentioned both of these last week, but just wanted to remind you…

Another Firestorm rogue appears on The Flash tonight! Plastique is being played by actress Kelly Frye. Can’t wait to see our favorite explosive redhead in live action! Tune in tonight on the CW Network at 8pm EST!

Kelly Frye is Plastique on The Flash

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is in stores today! There are over 150 playable characters in the game, including our favorite Nuclear Man!

Firestorm in Lego Batman 3 Beyond Gotham

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Justice League: The Lunar Invaders – FIRE & WATER #106

Firestorm and Aquaman: The Fire and Water Podcast

The 106th episode of THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST is now available for your listening pleasure! THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST is the official podcast of FIRESTORM FAN and THE AQUAMAN SHRINE.

This week Firestorm and Aquaman (and Shag) have the week off, as we present this 1982 audio adventure starring the Justice League of America!

You can find the 106th episode of THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST on iTunes. While you’re there, please drop us a review on the iTunes page. Every comment helps! Alternatively, you may download the podcast by right-clicking here, choosing “Save Target/Link As”, and selecting a location on your computer to save the file (40 MB).

As always, thanks to my co-host Rob Kelly, Sea King of THE AQUAMAN SHRINE, for doing all the post-production on these episodes! Opening theme, “That Time is Now,” by Michael Kohler. Special thanks to Daniel Adams and Ashton Burge with their band The Bad Mamma Jammas for our fantastic original closing theme! This episode brought to you in part by InStockTrades.com!

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Justice League of America: The Lunar Invaders

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Matty Collector Total Heroes Firestorm Available Nov. 13 & Nov. 17

Since February we’ve been hearing about the upcoming Total Heroes Firestorm action figure from Matty Collector. This figure will includes interchangeable hands, and heads for the New 52 Ronnie Raymond version of Firestorm, Jason Rusch incarnation, as well as Fury (pictured below)! Most importantly, it includes an attachable floating Professor Stein head!! Well, they’ve finally announced the release schedule!

Matty Collector release schedule

If you’re a Matty Collector subscriber, you’ll be allowed to purchase your Total Heroes Firestorm action figure starting Thursday, 11/13 at 8am PST (11am EST) through Friday, 11/14 8am PST (11am EST). Everyone else will have the chance to purchase starting on Monday, 11/17 at 9am PST (12pm EST).

Firestorm Matty Collector Total Heroes action figure

Be advised that once the figure goes on sale on Thursday, November 13, it is subject to “early access sellout”. That means if too many figures are ordered by Matty Collector subscribers, it may not be available to the general public on Monday, November 17. Also, I’ve been advised by some previous Matty Collector members to brace myself for high prices. Some estimates I’ve heard include $30 for the figure and $10 for shipping. That is simply an estimate and not a recommended price or promise of a price (it could be significantly higher or lower — who knows).

If you want to read the entire announcement, here are the details:

This November, our monthly sale brings new meaning to the phrase “we’re stuffed.” Our warehouse is packed to the rafters with new figures, an updated vehicle, and a pair that’s been waiting to be together since 2011, Bow™ and his trusty steed, Arrow™! Read on for everything you need to know…

Early Access 11/13

  • Thursday, 11/13 from 8 a.m. PT to Friday, 11/14 at 8 a.m. PT (subscribers only)
  • Products Available: MOTU Giant Stratos®, MOTUC Battle Ram™ with Man-At-Arms®, Bow™, Snake Face™, Firestorm

All Access 11/17

  • Monday, 11/17 at 9 a.m. PT (everyone)
  • MOTU Giant Stratos®* (Club MOTU™ Giants monthly figure)
  • MOTUC Arrow™ (Club Eternia® “variant” figure)Bow™ also available
  • MOTUC Battle Ram™ with Man-At-Arms®*
  • MOTUC Bow™*
  • MOTUC New Adventures She-Ra® (Club Etheria™ monthly figure)
  • MOTUC Snake Face™*
  • MOTUC Tung Lashor™ (Club Eternia® monthly figure)
  • DCU Firestorm*

*Subject to Early Access sellout.

November Subscription Key Dates

  • Subscriptions Renew/Cards Charged: Starting Wednesday 11/12
  • Subscription Orders Ship: Starting Friday 11/14

I gotta tell ya, a tiny evil voice in my mind considered not promoting this release date to ensure I get my own hands on one of these figures. However, my overall love for Firestorm and my fellow Match-heads won the day! So get ready for the upcoming purchasing frenzy!

My thanks to folks like Earth-2 Chris who sent me information on the upcoming availability!

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Firestorm in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham video game!

This past Sunday it was announced that Firestorm will be joining the Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham video game! Check out the promotional piece developed by the folks at Lego Batman! Find the game in stores on Tuesday!

Firestorm in Lego Batman 3 Beyond Gotham

There are over 150 playable characters in the game, including our favorite Nuclear Man! The promotion specifically names Ronnie Raymond, but no mention of anyone else with him in the Firestorm matrix. The costume looks reminiscent of the classic suit, but with the Brightest Day cowl. I guess we’ll find out on November 11!

Pre-order your copy now from online retailers or your local video game shop. I purchased mine on Amazon and it should arrive on the day of release. I know what I’ll be doing on Veteran’s Day!

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Back to the Futures End – Issues #20-23

Hey Match-heads, Shag here! Today our good friend Tim Wallace continues his monthly coverage of DC’s weekly event, The New 52: Futures End! If you missed the previous installments, click hereWarning, Tim’s entries contain SPOILERS for the related issues of The New 52: Futures End. Consider yourself warned! Be sure to follow Tim’s regular work over on his exceptional site, Kord Industries: A Blue Beetle Blog! Get all your Ted Kord, Jaime Reyes, and Dan Garrett goodness there! Get even more Tim-time over at the Legion of Super-Bloggers! You can also stalk Tim on TwitterFacebook, and Google Plus. And now, let’s turn it over to Tim…

Last month, we found out Oliver Queen was alive, and the Earth 2 heroes escaped from Cadmus Island. It was chaotic, costumes and capes everywhere. A couple weeks ago Shag posted some speculation, based on some previews and solicitations, that the new Firestorm may be a woman. I went back and looked at the E2 breakout again and spotted something…check out this panel from THE NEW 52: FUTURES END #18, page 14…maybe the female Firestorm isn’t new…maybe, she’s from Earth 2?

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Five years from now in Metropolis, Cal Corcoran aka Tim Drake aka Red Robin breaks into Lois Lane’s office. He’s looking for whatever info she has on him, seeing as she just outed Shazam as Superman, and ends up finding that she was expecting him.  He tells her how he was injured and believed dead in the war with Apokolips, how he claimed amnesia and created a new life. She shows him her box of clues, and he recognizes the arrow (Red Arrow killed a parademon with it) and believes Roy wanted her to find him, but he refuses to go with her to the coordinates.

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Thirty-five years from now, Brother Eye and Mr. Terrific talk about “other father”, aka Bruce Wayne. Brother Eye has extracted info from Bruce’s brain, info proving that Bruce has sent an assassin back in time to stop Brother Eye. “Eye will travel time and stop other father’s assassin.”

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Five years from now, on Cadmus Island, Deathstroke, Grifter, E2 Lana Lang and Fifty Sue meet up with Faraday to formulate a plan. Brother Eye has taken over the island, and controls all the systems so they can’t teleport off the island. They come up with exactly nothing, so Fifty Sue suggests they go to her secret bunker to work on it some more.

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At Terrifitech the “five years from now” Mr. Terrific questions Key and Coil about their break-in, and they give up Bruce Wayne as their employer. Cal and Madison have a talk in his apartment above “The Wounded Duck”. She thinks it’s a break-up, but it’s really him coming clean after his talk with Lois. He tells her he really is Tim Drake…and she promptly walks out!

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In a tropical paradise, Mr. Roarke and Tattoo greet the latest visitors to Fantasy Island…I mean Oliver Queen and Red Arrow welcome Barda, Diggle and Emiko to Green Arrow Island. They also spend the entire issue filling us in on what happened during the War. Here’s what we learned. Apokolips invaded Earth 2.

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The heroes of E2 tried to save as many people as they could by evacuating their world in giant spaceships. It was Mr. Terrific’s idea to come to this Earth, claiming he received some sort of beacon, but Red Arrow didn’t quite believe his story. Barda was already trying to disguise herself and mix into the general population (of E2 civilians) even before she ended up in Toronto. As they crossed from their dimension into ours, the armies of Apokolips followed. Trying to buy time, Mister Miracle set the self destruct sequence on his ship, ready to sacrifice himself and several other heroes to delay the parademons. It was E2 Red Arrow, not Arsenal, that saved Red Robin during one of the many battles.

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Paranoia took over and government groups like GPA (Global Peace Agency) and Cadmus took full advantage of it. Green Arrow and Red Arrow teamed up to uncover what was going on, and found out that the Brother Eye satellite had teleported Mister Miracle and the other E2 heroes to Cadmus Island for experimentation, while the world believed them dead. Ollie faked his own death to dodge Cadmus, who was closing in, and has now put together an army of “Outsiders” to take down Cadmus and expose the truth.

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The New 52: Futures End #22

We haven’t seen Ronnie or Jason since issue #11…spoiler alert, they both appear in this one! At Columbia University, Jason runs into Madison Payne as she hands out flyers for an equality rally for the E2 refugees. After a quick conversation Jason heads to meet the increasingly unstable Dr. Yamazake. The good doctor interrupts his review of the Superman/Shazam news long enough to berate Jason for being late, before they get back to work on the teleporter project.

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A few blocks away, at the “Wounded Duck”, Billy Batson gets carded by Cal/Tim as Ronnie Raymond enters the bar with an apology.

The New 52: Futures End

In Vegas, Voodoo, Mercy and a British duo using the nicknames Banger and Mash tear their way through a hotel under someone’s watchful eye.

The New 52: Futures End

Batman Beyond and Plastique have a heart to heart about the future. He explains that thirty years into the future nearly all of humanity is dead, or assimilated. Brother Eye, created to help mankind, decided that man was its own worst enemy. She volunteers to help, however she can to avoid becoming the robo-bug version of herself she saw at Terrifitech.

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A.L.F.R.E.D. advises Bats that the Brother Eye satellite is currently inoperable…its consciousness having been transferred to Cadmus Island! While in space, Frankenstein is feeling things he hasn’t felt in years…hundreds of them! He’s feeling pain, discomfort, nausea, dreaming…and he doesn’t know why. Before he think too long about it the Brainiac converted Engineer reappears and sends Frank, Amethyst and Hawkman to meet her master. Just as Brainiac appears, and welcomes them to his Blood Moon, the cavalry appears in the unlikely duo of the Atom (surprisingly shrunk down considering what he said a few issues back) and Black Adam!

The New 52: Futures End

The New 52: Futures End #23

Picking up right where we left off, Frankenstein’s Army are fighting with Brainiac and his robot army. Black Adam is quickly brushed off by Brainiac, “I have seen multiples of you before.” The villain is more interested in Frank, Amethyst and Hawkman, “I do not have anyone like you.” Outnumbered, the heroes decide a retreat is their best option for survival. Black Adam calls down several lightning strikes as a distraction, while the rest of the team makes its way to their ship the Nan-Knight. Hawkman makes what I believe will be a very bad decision by grabbing the Brainiac infected Engineer and bringing her along. They don’t even clear the Blood Moon’s atmosphere before an army of Brainiac drones are on their tail!

The New 52: Futures End

In New York, Madison jogs through Central Park, remembering Cal’s coming out conversation about being a hero and their subsequent breakup. She gets the feeling she’s being followed and low and behold it’s Ronnie, coming to apologize for hitting on her. In the process of apologizing he asks her out for coffee and she accepts…as Cal/Tim watches from a distance.

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In Vegas, Voodoo and company find out that the man who has been watching them is Sgt. Rock…or used to be. Now he’s “Frank Rock, black ops scum wad” with a weird cybernetic eye implant. He wants the ladies to go to Cadmus Island and kill Fifty Sue. The little “girl” has the powers of a god and the world would be much safer without her.

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Jumping ahead thirty-five years again, Mr. Terrific does tai chi while chatting with Brother Eye. It’s pretty one sided. Brother Eye says that “other father” (Bruce Wayne) tried killing him many years ago, and when he failed he created a time travel device to try doing it much sooner. Eye explains that “other father” broke the binds of time, and now Eye has broken him…as Bruce walks in, converted…and with the Joker’s head attached to his own!

The New 52: Futures End

Ok…that’s both cheesy and nightmarish! Joker’s head attached to Batman? It’s like some twisted sci-fi version of Edward Mordrake, or Ray Milland and Rosey Greer in “The Thing with Two Heads”. The longer this story goes, the odder it gets…I kind of like that. There’s an almost silver age quality to the story. And by that I mean nothing is too far out there, too ridiculous, to include!

Shag here again! That’s it for this month! Thanks again to Tim for this fantastic coverage! Next month Tim will return with further coverage of, The New 52: Futures End! Let us know what you think of this weekly series in the comments.

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