Brightest Day #0 came out yesterday and there were four pages of Firestorm story. Those four pages are presented below. I’m publishing these pages here as this is such an important point for our favorite Nuclear Man. Going forward, I don’t believe I’ll be posting every Firestorm appearance page-by-page. In addition to the burden of getting everything scanned, I doubt DC Comics would be very pleased with me if I did post all their Firestorm material.
It appears that Ronnie’s rebirth has placed him at college age. He definitely looks the college frat boy/slacker part, however, he seems to have lost some of his jock muscle tone. Interesting as that puts Ronnie and Jason at almost the same age. We all knew Jason’s resentment towards Ronnie was coming, so that was no surprise. I think it was handled well and will be a compelling subplot for some time. It seems to me that Geoff Johns wants to establish a similar dynamic to the original Firestorm, Jason being the more mature responsible character (like the Professor was), while Ronnie will be the brash action-oriented character controlling the Firestorm body.
Based upon a lot of the internet chatter I’ve seen, DC needs to eventually address the issue of Firestorm’s skin tone. Being made up of Ronnie and Jason, the character is half-white and half-black, yet Firestorm appears as a white guy. While I personally don’t care if Firestorm is white or black, I can see why some people feel it’s unfair for Firestorm to solely appear as a white character. Some people have suggested that perhaps Firestorm’s race will change depending upon who is controlling the body at the time. While that’s an interesting option, I’m afraid it will make the series about race rather than simply about a fascinating character. I think altering his skin tone to be somewhere in-between white and black is sufficient to address this issue.
I especially liked seeing Professor Martin Stein in this issue as a supporting character. I think he’s important to the mythos of the Firestorm character, but serves better in a supporting role nowadays. Also, seeing Professor Stein and Ray Palmer hang out seemed perfect. I can totally see those guys connecting as science geeks. I wouldn’t be surprised if Geoff Johns retcons that Ray Palmer and Martin Stein hung out a lot back in the Satellite -era of the JLA.
The foreshadowing tease at the end was interesting. It featured Black Lantern Firestorm transforming the Atom into table salt (among other images of the various reborn characters). We’ve seen Black Lantern Firestorm on the cover to Brightest Day #4, so we already knew the Black Lantern character would return. Some people speculate that the Black Lantern Firestorm will actually be Gehenna. Neat possibility.
Using the pages above as a guide, do you suppose Ronnie and Jason will need to touch in order to form Firestorm going forward? I kind of hope it’s like the old days where they could trigger the transformation while being across town from each other. Either way, I’m looking forward to finding out!
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