Firestorm Fan Rotating Header Image

Firestorm on Infinite Earths — Countdown Arena

CROSSOVER! Everybody loves a crossover! Today FIRESTORM FAN joins the illustrious Super-Blog Team-Up! Several different blogs have combined forces today under the banner of Parallel Worlds and Alternate Realities! Each blog in this crossover will focus on alternate versions of their favorite characters and niches.

Super-Blog Team Up

Today here at FIRESTORM FAN we’re going to feature… well… Firestorm. Specifically the Firestorm characters from parallel worlds that appeared in Countdown: Arena!

Countdown: Arena was a four issue mini-series, published weekly from December 5 thru December 26, 2007. It was written by Keith Champagne, penciled by Scott McDaniel, inked by Andy Owens, and colored by Guy Major. Spinning off of Countdown, the series features Monarch (Nathaniel Adam) as he organizes battles among various characters from the 52 Earths of the Multiverse. Monarch’s secret agenda was to allow the character of Breach to escape the Arena trap, knowing he would recruit additional multiverse incarnations of Captain Atom to battle Monarch. Once this “Captain Atom Brigade” confronted Monarch, he absorbed their powers making himself even more powerful. Finally, he gathered those Arena victors he deemed worthy in preparation for a battle against the Monitors.

I bought this series as it was coming out, however, I had little enthusiasm for the series until actually reading it. I had grown weary of the Countdown saga and expected this to be just another fight-fight-fight book. While there was certainly a lot of fighting, I was pleasantly surprised to find there was a lot to like about this series! First off, Scott McDaniel pencils? Yes, please!! I fell in love with McDaniel’s work on Daredevil several years before, so it was a treat to see him here. Second, there was a decent story and some intrigue in this series. Third, we got to meet Firestorm from Earth 12 and Quantum-Storm from Earth 37!

Quantum-Storm from Earth 37

As mentioned, Monarch (a.k.a. Nathaniel Adam, a.k.a. Captain Atom) was the “big bad” of this mini-series. He gathered numerous characters from around the multiverse and locked them in an Arena to do battle with one another. Monarch carefully selected trios of characters to battle each other (i.e. Batman from Gotham By Gaslight, The Bat from JSA Liberty Files, and vampire Batman from Red Rain). For Captain Atom (alternate versions of Monarch himself), he selected Breach (from the primary DC Earth), Captain Atom of the Atomic Knights (Earth 38), and Quantum-Storm (Earth 37). While these were Captain Atom analogs, Quantum-Storm is actually a hybrid of the Captain Atom concept and the Firestorm concept!

Quantum-Storm was the fusion of Ronnie Raymond and Nathaniel Adam. Adam operated as the on-board adviser, much like Professor Stein did in the original Firestorm. The costume was nearly identical to the original Firestorm outfit, except yellow had been replaced with the same silvery-blue worn by the post-Crisis Captain Atom. We didn’t learn much about Quantum-Storm, but he appeared in all four issues and died heroically trying to defeat Monarch.

Quantum-Storm from Countdown: Arena -- Firestorm from Earth 37

Firestorm from Earth 12

Over on Earth 12, we catch a brief glimpse of this world’s Firestorm. He’s hanging out with a young Green Lantern moments before GL is abducted for the Arena event. On this Earth, Green Lantern is the grandson of Green Lantern Hal Jordan. That implies these are the next generation of heroes. Looking at Firestorm’s costume design and flaming wings, perhaps he is the child (or grandchild) of Jason Rusch and Lorraine Reilly. That’s pure speculation, but I can’t help wondering. Below you’ll find his only appearance. Click to enlarge.

Firestorm from Earth 12 -- Countdown: Arena

Not a lot of Firestorm content, but seeing any parallel version of our favorite Nuclear Man is awesome! If you haven’t read it, pick up Countdown: Arena. It’s well worth your time and money!

Super-Blog Team-Up Links

As mentioned, several different blogs have teamed-up today to cover Parallel Worlds and Alternate Realities! While I’m featuring Firestorm here on my site, you should visit these other comic blogs to see how they spotlight their own favorite characters and niches today. Visit them now, visit them later, and visit them often!

Support Firestorm (and other members of the Super-Blog Team-Up)! Fan the flame!

Back to the Futures End – Issues #28-31

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! Sorry this update is a few weeks late; entirely my fault. Life seems to get in the way of good blogging intentions. 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! Just so no one is confused, this particular entry starts off BEFORE Tim’s post covering big changes for Firestorm

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…

Some of this may already be familiar to you (like the events of issue #29 which were so groundbreaking we brought them to you back in November!), while other parts are being revealed for the first time…think of it as the intricacies of time travel…after all we are dealing with a story that has taken place both five and thirty-five years from now! Wibbly wobbly timey…you get the picture.

The New 52: Futures End #28

Five years from now on Cadmus Island, Lois Lane parachutes onto the beach, having taken the leap of faith that Cal/Tim Drake had recommended. The coordinates from her mystery box led her here, but when she encounters an OMAC and gets chased through the jungle she begins to question why. It isn’t any clearer when she finds the Cadmus base, and more OMACs. And it goes from bad to bizarre when she literally trips over herself…or rather the E2 Red Tornado she saw in her vision several issues back!

The New 52: Futures End #28

In Las Vegas, Sergeant Rock and Faraday discuss priorities. What’s more important? Taking down Brother Eye or the unstable Fifty Sue? And like Lenny & Squiggy…at the mere mention of her name, she appears! She’s pretty upset about Deathstroke abandoning her and siding with Brother Eye, so upset she wants him dead! Much to their dismay, she tells Faraday and Rock that she wants to lead a team to take down Brother Eye…and skin Deathstroke alive.

The New 52: Futures End #28

While in New York, Plastique watches as the battle of Batman versus Batman Beyond continues in the fire of what used to be “The Wounded Duck”. It’s several pages of back and forth action, until Terry finally manages to give Bruce the slip.

The New 52: Futures End #28

In another part of town Cal locates Ronnie. He’s concerned about Madison going missing. Ronnie suggests he ask Jason, the leader of their study group, then says if she’s in trouble he’s coming too. Jason’s not with her though. He’s at Yamazake’s home trying to explain about Firestorm…but instead discovers a video of Yamazake’s wife’s death playing on a loop. The doc isn’t home. He’s at his lab with Madison. To make her pay for the sins of her father he plans to force her to be a guinea pig, testing his teleporter.

The New 52: Futures End #29

For all the details, including Ronnie’s sacrifice and the birth of the new Firestorm, see my previous post covering this issue.

The New 52: Futures End #29

The New 52: Futures End #30

On Cadmus Island, Lois has a little talk with herself, the badly damaged E2 Red Tornado. If they’re going to get off this island they need to find a friendly face. Enter Oliver Queen and his Outsiders! Landing at the beach, Ollie and company prepare to bring down Brother Eye, launching an EMP arrow in the hopes of shutting down all electronic systems. Unfortunately the arrow is caught mid-air by the Brother Eye possessed E2 Hawkgirl, and right on her tail feathers is an army of E2 heroes and OMACs. As Ollie leads a small group into the jungle, in search of the Cadmus base, Red Arrow reminds the team not to kill the E2 heroes, their actions are not their own. He does encourage them to kill as many OMACs as they can, though! That works for a bit…until the OMACs pull a “Voltron” and combine into a single giant creature.

The New 52: Futures End #30

Meanwhile Grifter stops Deathstroke from killing Ollie with a shot from a sniper rifle, which gives E2 Lana time to “thonk” Slade on the head with a rock. They run to join Ollie, but Deathstroke is back up and hot on their heels…until Fury shows up and tears his head off.

The New 52: Futures End #30

Barda and Mister Miracle are reunited as the world’s greatest escape artist leads the team back into Cadmus to shut down Brother Eye. They weren’t counting on Brother Eye hosing his consciousness in the altered body of Power Girl though. Even still, Ollie manages to shut down the main system, using the distraction of the Barda/Power Girl fight to his advantage.

The New 52: Futures End #30

E2 Red Tornado tells Lois she knows she won’t make it off the island, and encourages Lois to go and tell the world the truth about the E2 heroes and Cadmus. And finally as an explosion rocks the island, the surviving heroes make their way back to the Arrowboat. But as the last few panels reveal Brother Eye on cell phone and Red Tornado’s eyes flashing back on, we’re left to wonder…are things really over?

The New 52: Futures End #30

The New 52: Futures End #31

In Seattle, at the Queen Foundation headquarters, Lois Lane is holding a press conference. Flanked by heroes from our Earth and Earth 2 she tells the world about Cadmus’ activities, imprisoning, experimenting and controlling the E2 refugees. She’s posted video online to support her claims and calls for Cadmus to be brought to justice for war crimes!

The New 52: Futures End #31

Missing from all this is Oliver Queen himself. He’s still playing “dead”, enjoying retirement on Green Arrow Island with a visit from Animal Man and family. In Siberia, Constantine, his lady friend Midge and Kal-El gather at the site of the Tunguska blast. After her encounter with Brainiac, Midge has lost her marbles, on the plus side though she’s also now something of a Brainiac compass and points them in the right direction. With several thunderous booms, Brainiac appears…inhabiting the body of a large bear. Kal-El orders Constantine to leave while he deals with the villain. Brainiac speaks of a pact, with Superman’s father, and how by coming here “your coming place is spared” (Krypton?).

The New 52: Futures End #31

Another huge explosion and Kal-El is thrown clear of the bear. He scoops up Midge and Constantine and asks what he must do to stop it. Constantine replies “Go home.” (again I ask, Krypton?) On the remains of Cadmus Island, Faraday tries sifting through the rubble, seemingly searching for something (or someone). He finds his way to a secured area, labeled DNA storage, only to find the other side of the door leads to a sheer cliff. The lab was blown into the sea when the island blew up.

The New 52: Futures End #31

Finally in Pittsburgh, the new Firestorm takes a somber journey to Ronnie Raymond’s funeral. It also appears this new union of Jason and Madison may be off to a bumpy start…they can’t figure out how to separate. They bicker a bit, each frustrated by their current situation, but watching from a distance and hearing Jason’s dad speak at Ronnie’s funeral bring them around a bit. As does seeing Cal/Tim at the funeral…but Madison’s not quite ready to let him see her like this, besides she says “even before this happened, we had…issues.”

The New 52: Futures End #31

Ok, definitely more happened in these 4 issues than the last ones…but I can’t help but feel the battle of Cadmus Island went by too fast. It seemed too easy…especially considering how many issues we have left in this series. I guess there are more twists and turns ahead!

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.

Support Firestorm (and Tim Wallace over at Kord Industries)! Fan the flame!

Plastic Man – FIRE & WATER #114

Firestorm and Aquaman: The Fire and Water Podcast

The 114th 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 we flip the script, with Rob being joined by special guest Max Romero discussing one of their all-time favorite characters, that stretchable sleuth, Plastic Man!

You can find the 114th 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 (83 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!

Have a question or comment? Looking for more great content?

Thanks for listening! Fan the Flame and Ride the Wave!

The Flash S01E10 Post-Game Report – Revenge of the Rogues

Not going to spend a lot of time recapping the story. You either saw it, or can find a zillion recaps on the web. We’re going to briefly concern ourselves with the Firestorm references in the show!

Following a hunch from Barry Allen, Caitlin Snow does a web search for the acronym of “F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M.” Click here to view this scene! Now we know it stands for — Fusion, Ignition, Research Experiment and Science of Transmutation Originating RNA and Molecular Structures! Wow! Someone on The Flash writing staff worked REALLY hard on this acronym. Hopefully they didn’t get paid by the hour. LOL!

F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M. acronym from The Flash - Firestorm

Next up, Caitlin did some research on Professor Martin Stein. He’s been missing for quite some time.

Finally, Caitlin arranges a meeting with Hudson University student Jason Rusch. Jason explained what happened to the F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M. project, possibly why Professor Martin Stein disappeared, and left us with further questions.

Luc Roderique as Jason Rusch in The Flash

I’m pressed for time, so that’s all for now! What did y’all think of the episode?

Support Firestorm (and The Flash)! Fan the flame!

Favorite Covers: Blue Devil #23

In addition to loving Firestorm, I also love the classic Blue Devil series! One of my all-time favorite Blue Devil covers features (not surprisingly) Firestorm! Check out below this gorgeous piece by Paris Cullins and Gary Martin! You get the sense Cullins was channeling Jack “The King” Kirby with the figures, hands, and all the Kirby-Krackle! Love it!

Blue Devil #23 featuring Firestorm by Paris Cullins and Gary Martin

In case you missed it, the latest episode of the FIRE & WATER PODCAST is all about Blue Devil’s first appearance in the 16-page free preview inside Fury of Firestorm #24! Had a blast recording this episode with Diabolu Frank. Hope you enjoy it!

Support Firestorm (and Blue Devil)! Fan the flame!

Blue Devil 16-Page Free Preview – FIRE & WATER #113

Firestorm and Aquaman: The Fire and Water Podcast

The 113th 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 special guest Diablo Frank discuss one of their favorite characters, Blue Devil, with an in-depth look at his first appearance in the 16-page free preview from The Fury of Firestorm #24!

You can find the 113th 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 (47 MB).

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!

Have a question or comment? Looking for more great content?

The Fury of Firestorm The Nuclear Man vol II #24, Blue Devil 16-Page Free Preview “cover” by Paris Cullins and Pablo Marcos! Click to enlarge!

Blue Devil 16 Page Free Preview Cover by Paris Cullins and Pablo Marcos from Fury of Firestorm #24Here is the sneak peek Blue Devil #1! Click to enlarge!

Blue Devil #1 advertisement by Paris Cullins from Fury of Firestorm #24

Thanks for listening! Support Firestorm and Aquaman (and Blue Devil)! Fan the Flame, Ride the Wave, and Hang on to the Trident!

 

New Firestorm & Deathstorm HeroClix – Trinity War

More HeroClix featuring your favorite Nuclear Men on the way! Coming February 4th, the DC HeroClix: Justice League Trinity War set will feature Firestorm and Deathstorm (from the Earth-3 Crime Syndicate)!

Here is the description of the Trinity War set from WizKids:

Choose your Justice League and battle for the world’s salvation with DC HeroClix: Justice League – Trinity of Sin! Subthemes for DC HeroClix: Justice League – Trinity War include the Justice League of America, the Justice League Dark, the Crime Syndicate and more! Trinity War also freatures the first Seven Deadly Sins 3D Special Objects randomly inserted into boosters; these special objects interact with the Rock of Eternity and Pandora’s Box incentive resource dials. There are 73 figures to collect, including 17 Common figures, 16 Uncommon figures, 16 Rare figures, 12 Super Rare figures, 7 thematic Chase figures, and 1 Ultra-Chase figure. Build your Trinity War collection with Gravity Feed Foil Packs, the Dice & Token Pack (with 2 custom dice and 6 action tokens), the Booster Brick, or the Crime Syndicate Fast Forces Pack.

First up, Firestorm the Nuclear Man! Click to enlarge…

Firestorm HeroClix from DC HeroClix: Justice League Trinity War

Next up, Deathstorm from the Crime Syndicate!  Click to enlarge…

Deathstorm HeroClix from DC HeroClix: Justice League Trinity WarThose are some gorgeous sculpts and paint jobs above. Given my experience with HeroClix, somehow I don’t think they’ll look exactly that snazzy in real life.

For an incredibly detailed description of the characters abilities (we’re talking click-by-click), check out the WizKids preview! And be sure to pick up some DC HeroClix: Justice League Trinity War booster packs next month!

Support Firestorm (and HeroClix)! Fan the flame!

 

First Look from The Flash: Firestorm Costume & Garber as Stein

IT’S OFFICIAL — We have a costume!!! Or at least part of a costume. Firestorm’s costume from The Flash was on display yesterday during the Television Critics Association Press Tour (picture credit to Eric Goldman, Executive Editor IGN TV). At first glance it looks sort of GQ, however, I’m not entirely convinced this is the exact costume. It might just be the harness that belongs to Firestorm. First, take a look, then keep scrolling…

Firestorm costume from The Flash seen at Television Critic Association 2015 Press Tour

Next, check out the photo below. This was directly beneath the mannequin wearing the costume. Robbie Amell is clearly seen wearing a different top, but with the Firestorm harness. Looks like Robbie is wearing a heavy black coat instead of the zip up sweater. So maybe the Firestorm harness was on display, not necessarily the zip up sweater. Or perhaps Firestorm just wears the harness over whatever he’s wearing.

Firestorm costume from The Flash seen at Television Critic Association 2015 Press Tour

Either way, I’m fine with the look. Once the CGI is added of Firestorm’s flaming head and hands, the costume won’t really be noticed. Giving Firestorm’s clothes a more subdued look will work well with the CGI.

Did you notice Victor Garber above is wearing burnt clothes and traditional Professor Martin Stein glasses!! Below is a behind-the-scenes photo from the set. Again, notice the Stein glasses! I realize it’s a really minor detail, but it makes me so happy!

Victor Garber as Professor Martin Stein behind the scenes on The Flash

Can’t wait to see Robbie Amell and Victor Garber in action as Firestorm!

Support Firestorm (and The Flash)! Fan the flame!

Classic Fury of Firestorm #17 & Aquaman #37 – FIRE & WATER #112

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 112th 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 #37 by Jeff Parker, Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons, and Rain Beredo, part three of the “Maelstrom” saga. Next up is the debut of Firehawk in The Fury of Firestorm #17 (October 1983) by Gerry Conway, Pat Broderick, George Tuska, Rodin Rodriguez, Carl Gafford, and Adam Kubert. Finally, we wrap up with your Listener Feedback!

You can find the 112th 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!

Have a question or comment? Looking for more great content?

The Fury of Firestorm The Nuclear Man vol II #17 cover by Pat Broderick and Dick Giordano! Interior story and art by Gerry Conway, Pat Broderick, George Tuska, and Rodin Rodriguez! Click to enlarge!

Fury of Firestorm #17 cover by Pat Broderick and Dick Giordano

Thanks for listening! Support Firestorm and Aquaman! Fan the Flame and Ride the Wave!

Early Jason Rusch Firestorm designs by CrissCross

Recently on Facebook, artist CrissCross posted several of his concept drawings for Firestorm. These were done back in 2003 as they worked to develop the look Jason Rusch would eventually debut in Firestorm vol. III (May 2004). You’ll find six versions below that are breathtaking and wildly different from the final design. Click each image to enlarge so you can see all the intricate detail. According to CrissCross, “I had a particular vision for a Quantum Man, not a Nuclear one.”

Each design is gorgeous and exploding with creativity! These are so cool, I hope CrissCross re-purposes these designs elsewhere. I love them all, but if I had to pick a favorite for Firestorm, I’d probably go with Version 7. How about you?

Firestorm Jason Rusch designs by CrissCross

Firestorm Jason Rusch designs by CrissCross

Firestorm Jason Rusch designs by CrissCross

 Firestorm Jason Rusch designs by CrissCross

Starting with version #5 below, you’ll notice CrissCross references Jim Lee’s Firestorm designs. I’m guessing he’s referring to Jim Lee’s designs from 2003 that later appeared in Wizard Magazine. Click here to see Jim Lee’s designs.

Firestorm Jason Rusch designs by CrissCross

Firestorm Jason Rusch designs by CrissCrossWow! Some truly amazing designs!  My thanks to CrissCross for allowing me to present them here. Be sure to visit CrissCross on his blog, Facebook, and Twitter!

My thanks to Abel Padilla for bringing these to my attention. THANKS!

Support Firestorm (and CrissCross)! Fan the flame!

Related Posts with Thumbnails