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Get Your Copy of Secret Origins #10 in Stores Now

Be sure to grab your copy of Secret Origins #10 in stores now! While Batgirl is the cover star, The New 52 Firestorm is featured inside written by Dan Jurgens with art by Sean Chen! Here is the solicitation…

SECRET ORIGINS #10
Written by Christy Marx, Dan Jurgens, Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart
Art by Sean Chen, Irene Koh, Stjepan Sejic
Cover by Bryan Hitch
On sale February 25 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • Rated T

Get ready for The New 52 origins of Batgirl (written by Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher with art by Irene Koh), Firestorm (courtesy of writer Dan Jurgens and artist Sean Chen) and Poison Ivy (coming your way from writer Christy Marx and artist Stjepan Sejic)!

Here is a page from the Firestorm origin to whet your appetite..

Firestorm in Secret Origins #10

Great to see Ronnie and Jason again representing the “new classic” Dan Jurgens era! I really miss that ongoing series. :(

Below you’ll find the cover to Secret Origins #10 so you know what to seek out in the comic shop. Not even a mention of Firestorm on the cover. Ouch!

Secret Origins #10 cover featuring Batgirl

My thanks to Martin Gray for reminding me this comic was being released this week!

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Pre-Order this Firestorm T-shirt from Luke Daab by Monday March 2

Hey Match-heads! Click here to pre-order this Firestorm tee now! Art by dastardly-talented Luke Daab! Pre-Order ends Monday, March 2. I’ve already ordered mine. How about you? Spread the word!

Firestorm T-Shirt by Luke Daab

If you’re not familiar with Luke Daab, he’s an artist, a writer, a musician and a puppeteer. Luke has created artwork for McDonald’s restaurants, Star Wars, DC Comics, Transformers, Kung Fu Panda, and more! We’ve featured a handful of Luke’s fantastic artworks previously – click here to see (and hear) more. You can support Luke via his Patreon page.

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Classic Fury of Firestorm #18 & Aquaman #38 – FIRE & WATER #117

Continuing THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST coverage of the classic Fury of Firestorm series from the 1980s!

Firestorm and Aquaman: The Fire and Water Podcast

The 117th 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 Shag and Rob review Aquaman #38 by Jeff Parker, Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons, and Rain Beredo, part four of the “Maelstrom” saga. Next up, Tokamak attacks in The Fury of Firestorm #18 (October 1983) by Gerry Conway, George Tuska, Rodin Rodriguez, Carl Gafford, and Adam Kubert. Finally, we wrap up with your Listener Feedback!

You can find the 117th 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 (52 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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The Fury of Firestorm The Nuclear Man vol II #18 cover by Pat Broderick and Dick Giordano! Interior story and art by Gerry Conway, George Tuska, and Rodin Rodriguez! Click to enlarge!

Fury of Firestorm #18 cover by Pat Broderick and Dick Giordano

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The Flash S01E14 Post-Game Report – Fallout

I’m still in total shock! After 37 years in comic books and a handful of appearances in animation, we finally got a proper Firestorm in live action!

This week’s episode of The Flash was more than I could of hoped for! I’m not going to spend time recapping the story. You either saw it, or can find a zillion recaps on the web. We’re going to look at the Firestorm-centric elements of the episode. Not surprisingly this article will feature SPOILERS for episode 14 of The Flash!

Robbie Amell and Victor Garber as Firestorm on The Flash

The creators of this television series continue to impress me. Every time I convince myself they will stray from the comic book version of Firestorm, they come right back and give us faithful Firestorm!!! I was floored when Ronnie & the Professor merged to form Firestorm and they were in the classic configuration (Ronnie controlling the body with the Professor as a disembodied voice).

I really enjoyed the emotional scenes with Ronnie & Caitlin, and later with Professor Stein & Clarissa. It was interesting to explore how these characters have changed over the past year and where that may take them going forward. These writers always know exactly which strings to pull to hit you in the feels.

The highlight of the episode for me was seeing a fully-realized and properly-merged Firestorm! Ronnie and the Professor working together as a team was fantastic! When we first heard the disembodied voice of Professor Stein, and then him quickly shouting a warning to “Ronald” about an imminent attack, I got happy-chills. Seriously. I felt the familiar echoes of the old Super Friends cartoon when the Professor would interact with Ronnie (that’s a good thing if you are unfamiliar with the classic cartoon). And the special effects… wow! The FX team on The Flash are astonishingly talented!

Some die-hard fans have expressed concern over Firestorm’s costume (or lack of a costume). Personally, I’m okay with the televised look. While I love the classic Firestorm costume, I’m not sure puffy sleeves and bright yellow would work on television. Robbie Amell said in an interview, “It would be really hard to pull off. Even the Flash costume is a much darker red than it is in the comics. The worry of the Firestorm costume is if it goes the Ronald McDonald route, especially with the puffy sleeves.” Ouch, but I see his point. Additionally, having Firestorm in black makes the fire special effect really pop off the screen. If his costume was lighter in color, it would detract from the impressive fire effect. With the dark colors and “splicer”, I’m good.

Some additional random thoughts:

  • Mental Connection – I loved the mental connection between Ronnie & the Professor. There was always a minor psychic link in the classic comics so this was an exaggeration, but it worked well for the episode.
  • Jason Rusch – We got another mention of Jason Rusch from the F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M. project. Hopefully we’ll see more of him interacting with Firestorm in future episodes.
  • Alcohol – Harrison Wells drugged Professor Stein through an alcoholic drink.  In the comics, Stein is a reformed alcoholic. His battle with alcoholism began because Stein struggled with the after-effects of unknowingly being part of Firestorm (gaps in memory, waking up in strange places, etc). I’m not sure if the alcoholic drink was intended as an nod to Stein’s comic book troubles, but it made this old fan happy.
  • White eyes – Even though the white eyes (lack of pupil or iris) is faithful to the comics, I found it a bit unsettling on-screen. Not sure if it was the special effect, or simply the weirdness of white eyes. Maybe they just need to darken the area around the eyeball and enhance the glowing eyes to stand out more (like in the comics).
  • “Ronald” – Having Professor Stein refer to Ronnie as “Ronald” is very faithful to the comics. Love this!
  • Victor Garber IS Professor Martin Stein – We already knew Garber was an excellent actor, but he really nailed the character of Martin Stein! There were minor personality differences, but the spirit and essence was spot-on. That’s quite impressive considering Garber admitted to not reading any of the comic book source material. He wanted to gleam the character solely from the script. My compliments to the script writers and Mr. Garber! Stein is my favorite character in the Firestorm mythos so getting him just right was very important to me.
  • Pittsburgh – So Ronnie and the Professor are heading to Pittsburgh? Nice touch because in the comics they lived in Pittsburgh while Ronnie was going to college. I wonder if that’s a reference to a Pittsburgh-based character or just a throw away nod to the comics. Since they are heading to Pittsburgh, anyone think we might see The Weasel or Moonbow? LOL!
  • Merging – How about that gorgeous special effect of them fusing into Firestorm?!?! Great job by the special effects team!!!

Victor Garber as Professor Martin Stein and Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond fusing to form Firestorm on The Flash

Victor Garber as Professor Martin Stein and Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond fusing to form Firestorm on The Flash

Victor Garber as Professor Martin Stein and Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond fusing to form Firestorm on The Flash

Victor Garber as Professor Martin Stein and Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond fusing to form Firestorm on The Flash

What’s in store for the future of Firestorm? We know Robbie Amell & Victor Garber are scheduled to appear again in the season finale. Can’t wait to see how Firestorm fits into that episode. Beyond that, Firestorm’s future on television is unknown.

In many ways, this week’s episode felt like a back door pilot for a potential Firestorm series. Tons of folks on the interwebs are speculating whether Firestorm will get his own spin-off series. We know there is a spin-off from the Arrow/The Flash universe being discussed, but no other details (lots of murmurs about a possible Atom spin-off from Arrow). It seems unlikely to me that Firestorm will receive his own series, but the show’s creators continue to surprise me. Here’s hoping I’m wrong!

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My thoughts about Firestorm on The Flash… coming soon

I was so ecstatic after last night’s episode of The Flash that I feel hungover this morning, and I wasn’t even drinking any booze! I’ve got lots to say about Firestorm on The Flash, but I’m out of time right now. Real world obligations have to come first (my children and my job). I’ll have something posted here in the next day or so. Needless to say, it was AMAZING! Feel free to leave your thoughts/comments here!

Firestorm and The Flash - S01E14 Fallout

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More Firestorm on The Flash tonight!

While this week’s trailer didn’t hint much about Firestorm, we know he’ll play a major role! The episode tonight is appropriately entitled, “Fallout” featuring Robbie Amell and Victor Garber as Firestorm! Below are a few stills from the episode.

The Flash with Firestorm - Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond and Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow

The Flash with Firestorm - Victor Garber as Professor Martin Stein with Grant Gustin as Barry Allen

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the shot below of Ronnie and Professor Stein face-to-face! Looks like they are about to merge!

The Flash with Firestorm - Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond and Victor Garber as Professor Martin Stein

Check out this clip featuring Ronnie Raymond and Professor Martin Stein clashing over their shared identity. Also, be sure to note that Professor Stein calls Ronnie by the name, “Ronald.” Love that attention to detail from the comics!

So excited for tonight!!! Gleaning what we can from interviews, sounds like this will be the last episode featuring Firestorm for a while. If we’re lucky, we’ll see him again towards the end of the season, but no guarantees.

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F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M./Aquaman’s New Creative Team – FIRE & WATER #116

Firestorm and Aquaman: The Fire and Water Podcast

The 116th 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 Shag and Rob discuss the ongoing Firestorm storyline on The Flash, followed by a brief chat about Aquaman‘s new, post-Convergence creative team!

You can find the 116th 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 (33 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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The Flash S01E13 Post-Game Report – The Nuclear Man

Wow! An entire episode of a live action TV show focused on Firestorm! As a fan for the past 30 years, I hoped for this but never imagined it would actually happen! I’m not going to spend a lot of time recapping the story from last night. You either saw it, or can find a zillion recaps on the web. We’re going to look at this Firestorm-centric episode from the big picture, and focus on a few details.

I believe it goes without saying, but just in case it doesn’t, this article will feature SPOILERS for episode 13 of The Flash!

Danielle Panabaker (Caitlin Snow) and Robbie Amell (Ronnie Raymond and Firestorm) on The Flash

Overall, I loved this episode! I’m predisposed to being charitable to Firestorm appearances, but my non-geek wife (an impartial judge) also enjoyed this one. I found myself punching the air and gasping throughout the episode! In addition to the inclusion of the character, I think Robbie Amell and Danielle Panabaker did a phenomenal job selling the strained romance between Ronnie & Caitlin. Really got me “in the feels”. Victor Garber was simply perfect as Professor Martin Stein. We only saw him briefly, but such inspired casting!

From the Comics to the Screen

In the opening scene Firestorm confronts Martin’s old college friend. In the TV episode, the character was named Quentin Quayle and he worked for Concordance Research. In the comics, Martin Stein worked for Quentin Quayle at Concordance Research, and Quentin was a royal jerk. In fact, Quentin fired Professor Stein so I wasn’t too upset when he got injured in the show.

In the show we met Martin’s wife, Clarissa. A similar character exists in the comics, but she’s Martin’s manipulative ex-wife. Clarissa Clemens (returning to her maiden name) was working for a secret organization conspiring to take over the U.S. government. Her hair was colored purple in the comics and she wasn’t above using her “feminine wiles” to further their conspiracy agenda.

Firestorm on TV was different in several ways from the iconic Nuclear Man in the comics. In my opinion, the changes didn’t harm the character. It was a significant departure in many ways, but right now I’m okay with that in order to get the character the exposure needed  to raise his profile. Once he’s established, they can start bringing in more iconic traits. Also, you may be surprised if you re-read Firestorm’s very first appearance from 1977 in Firestorm The Nuclear Man #1. In that first issue, Firestorm is different in some ways than the hero that appeared starting in issue #2. Firestorm in issue #1 was much more of a gestalt being, a merger of Ronnie and Professor Stein, rather than two individual consciousnesses. Check it out.

Firestorm’s Costume

Many people were concerned a few weeks ago when still photos were seen of Firestorm’s “costume”. We saw photos of the sweater Ronnie wore in this episode, with the inclusion of the “splicer”. Robbie Amell was asked about the costume earlier this week. You can find the article over on ComicBook.Com.

I was actually a little upset when they posted the pictures that they did of the costumes. It really just happens to be the jacket that Robbie’s wearing when the splicer’s put on. The splicer is removable in our version of the character. Whatever he’s wearing at the time can be turned into the costume. I’m sure down the road, there will be a legit costume but for the time being, it’s just whatever he’s wearing at the time when the splicer’s put on and then it’s time to go to work, that happens to be the costume. That’s just the clothes that he’s wearing when the splicer goes on. I’m sure down the road, Cisco will make him some sort of fireproof this and – he’ll do something Cisco-y and he’ll have a badass costume.

Hopes for Next Week (and future episodes)

We know we’ll see more of Ronnie Raymond & Professor Stein next week as General Eiling searches for them. Some of my hopes for the episode are:

  • I hope for more scenes with Professor Martin Stein. Victor Garber was so much fun, he deserves more screen time.
  • I hope we’ll see more interaction between Ronnie & Professor Stein while they are merged as Firestorm. So far one personality has been dominate. Perhaps with the “splicer”, they’ll be able to banter back and forth. One of the hallmark’s of the character is their constant bickering.
  • I hope we see the use of Firestorm’s transmutation power. They’ve mentioned transmutation on the show, but so far it’s only been applied to the fusion of Ronnie & Martin. Hopefully they’ll start transmuting elements from one form to another. And then hopefully we’ll get giant rubber ducks to catch people people falling from great heights.
  • I hope for some fun and humor in the Firestorm scenes. Another hallmark of the character is that Ronnie usually revels in being Firestorm. He loves the powers, the flight, and especially the transmutation ability. I’d like to see Ronnie enjoying himself some.
  • I hope we see more of Ronnie & Professor Stein beyond episode 14. Robbie Amell mentioned on The Flash After Show that he’s scheduled to be in the next episode, but then he’s not sure. He’s hoping he’ll be in an episode at the end of the season. Perhaps we need to let the CW know we want more Firestorm in season 2!

So what did you think of the episode?

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“The Nuclear Man” on The Flash Tonight!!!

If you’re not too busy tonight (and if it’s not too much trouble), you might want to check out The Flash. No pressure.  Nothing big, just THE MOMENT EVERY MATCH-HEAD HAS BEEN WAITING FOR!!!!

The episode tonight is entitled, “The Nuclear Man” featuring Robbie Amell and Victor Garber as Firestorm! Below are a few stills from the episode.

The Flash - Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow and Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond Firestorm

The Flash - Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow and Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond Firestorm

The Flash - Victor Garber as Professor Martin Stein Firestorm

Check out the preview and sneak peek below!

So excited for tonight!!!

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WHO’S WHO: The Definitive Podcast of the DC Universe, Volume XXVI

Who's Who: The Definitive Podcast of the DC UniverseThe Fire and Water Podcast Presents… WHO’S WHO: THE DEFINITIVE PODCAST OF THE DC UNIVERSE, Volume XXVI!

The twenty-sixth episode of our WHO’S WHO podcast is now available — the show that dares to tackle one of DC Comics’ greatest publications! Each episode Rob and I cover a single issue of the legendary 1980s series, Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe. This time around we chat about WHO’S WHO: Volume XXVI, discussing characters such as Wonder Girl, Wonder Woman, Zatanna, The Zoo Crew, Angel & The Ape, Guy Gardner, and more! We wrap up the show with your Who’s Who Listener Feedback! This episode sponsored in part by InStockTrades.com!

Be sure to check out our Tumblr site for several pages from this Who’s Who issue: FireandWaterPodcast.Tumblr.com!

Have a question or comment? Send us an e-mail at: firewaterpodcast@comcast.net

You can find the twenty-sixth episode of WHO’S WHO: THE DEFINITIVE PODCAST OF THE DC UNIVERSE on iTunes. Each episode is released as part of THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST feed. While you’re on iTunes, please drop us a review. 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 (157 MB).

Thanks to my co-host Rob Kelly, Sea King of THE AQUAMAN SHRINE, for doing all the post-production on this episode! Special thanks to Daniel Adams and Ashton Burge with their band The Bad Mamma Jammas for our fantastic Who’s Who theme song!

One of the coolest aspects of each Who’s Who issue was the amazing wrap-around cover! Check out this beautiful cover by Paris Cullins and Dick Giordano for Volume XXVI! Click the image to enlarge.

Who's Who The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe volume 26

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