Welcome to another installment of FIRESTORM FAN’s Nuclear News! Here are some news and web findings on our favorite hothead. It’s been a while since I did a rundown like this, so there is quite a bit.
- Be sure to pick up Brightest Day #6 from your local comic shop. We finally see the new Firestorm in action!
- Not much Firestorm news came out of San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) this year. I’ve only come across two news items, both toy related. I’ve outlined them below, click here for the full scoop on Mattel’s panel at SDCC on DC toys.
- The Batman: Brave and the Bold Action League is being re-branded into the DC Universe Action League. The line will now have added articulation and feature characters from all over the DCU. A DC Universe Action League pack containing Firestorm and Black Lantern Firestorm has been announced. No specific release date identified. I gotta assume this re-branding is being done to compete with Marvel’s highly-successful Super Hero Squad.
- The Justice League Unlimited Firestorm action figure (featured here previously) will be repackaged in a three-pack with Killer Frost and the Angle Man. Watch for that in early Spring 2011. I don’t have a Killer Frost figure, so that will be nice. An Angle Man figure… really? Lovely.
- Just before Comic-Con, Geoff Johns had a few things to say about Brightest Day over on Comic Book Resources. Check out the Firestorm bits below:
CBR: Allen Thornton noted that many people, he included, missed a very significant clue in “Blackest Night” #8 that Deadman was the new White Lantern. It wasn’t until it was mentioned to him that he saw the White Ring on his finger, which he then mentioned to a friend, passing the awareness on. His question is was there any other subtle clues like that in “Blackest Night” and “Brightest Day” that he and others may have missed and once they’re revealed will cause a collective head slap? And if there are clues, are you surprised that people are not seeing them?
GEOFF JOHNS: There are clues for just about everything. There are clues about Firestorm. His story is just beginning and where Jason and Ronnie go, you can go back to “Blackest Night” and see some seeds that will be touched on. The stories were really set up because we knew we were going to be doing a lot with Jason and Mera post-“Blackest Night” and “Brightest Day,” so you should go back, and check out what was planted, especially with Mera and Firestorm, but there are other things too, with the White Lantern, specifically. The history of what the White Lantern is doing on Earth and where it’s going and what’s happening to it now, all comes to light in #7.
- Brightest Day cover artist David Finch addressed characters he finds difficult to draw during an interview with Comic Book Resources. Here is the quote relevant to Firestorm:
CBR: Are there any heroes that you find particularly tricky or difficult to draw?
DAVID FINCH: Characters that have very structured costumes, as opposed to more anatomical ones are always challenging for me. I always struggle with characters that have energy powers, too. Firestorm is a great character, but I always feel like I’m fighting with my drawings of him.
- The DC Source Blog revealed the Return of the Black Lanterns will appear in October. No one is really sure what that means yet, but Black Lantern Firestorm is featured in the promotional image.
- It’s been announced that the DC Direct Brightest Day Firestorm action figure will be part of the second wave of Brightest Day figures. Therefore it should ship in April 2011.
- Get your own Firestorm magnet over on SuperHeroStuff.com! Looks like someone colored the Ed Benes Firestorm sketch and then slapped the original comic book logo on it. You can get this magnet for $4.99 plus shipping (and the shipping ain’t cheap).
- While Firestorm foes Summer Day and Dr. Jivan Shi may be deceased, the Hyena curse lives on! Several were-hyenas appeared in Zatanna #2, written by Paul Dini and drawn by Stephane Roux and Karl Story. My thanks to tigner02 on the DC Comics Message Board for pointing out this appearance. See the pages below.
- Firehawk made a one-panel cameo in Justice League of America #45, written by James Robinson and drawn by Mark Bagley, Rob Hunter, and Norm Rapmund. Notice below she’s wearing one of her older costumes.
- Our good buddy Frank, a friend to the FIRESTORM FAN site and author of numerous blogs, shared his own personal thoughts about the Nuclear Man over on the DC Bloodlines blog. Be warned, Frank does not have a very high opinion of Firestorm’s adventures, however, his comments are well-written and well thought out. I find myself agreeing with some of Frank’s points, while disagreeing with others. That’s the beauty of civilized fandom, we can have differing opinions and yet all get along. Frank’s other sites include blogs dedicated to: Martian Manhunter, Justice League Detroit, Wonder Woman, Captain Atom and the Atom, and his own blog …nurgh…
- Back in June, Phillip Martinez wrote a review of Brightest Day #4 asking for more Firestorm content. You can read his review of Brightest Day #4 on The Examiner by clicking here.
- Firestorm appeared once again on the Batman: Brave and the Bold cartoon back on June 13. In the episode, “The Siege of Starro! Part One” Firestorm was featured prominently along with a handful of other heroes. Part Two has not aired yet, so I gotta believe Part One was the season finale or mid-season finale.
- The Aquaman Shrine blog has a model sheet for the Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths animated DVD that was released back in February. Firestorm is one of the characters featured on the model sheet. Click here to see the model sheets on the Aquaman Shrine blog.
- xBrandonHexx has put together a YouTube tribute video to Killer Frost. It’s got some good music and is worth your time if you are interested in the character. Click here to watch the Killer Frost YouTube tribute video.
- The Back to the Bins podcast recently tackled DC Comics Presents #45, a 1982 Superman/Firestorm team-up published a month before the Fury of Firestorm series premiered. Back to the Bins is hosted by my good buddies Scott Gardner and Michael Bailey. To listen to Back to the Bins #59, please visit the Two True Freaks site by clicking here. Here is the description for the Back to the Bins podcast:
- Disenfranchised by the modern comics industry, Scott Gardner and Michael Bailey (of “View From The Longbox” and “From Crisis To Crisis: A Superman Podcast” fame) now ply the timestream in a never-ending quest to re-discover and re-connect with that unique brand of fun and excitement that can only truly be found in good ol’ fashioned randomly-selected Comic Book back issues!! Journey with them now…back…Back To The Bins!
- I recently came across a 13-inch custom Firestorm doll on eBay (see below). When the auction ended, it had not received any bids. Click here to see the eBay auction.
- Also on eBay I came across a custom Heroscape Firestorm piece made using the Firestorm Heroclix. Click here to see the eBay auction.
- Finally, I came across this cool fan art recently. It features Superman, Green Lantern, and the current Firestorm. It was drawn by Rex Zachary. You can visit his website by clicking here.
That’s it for today!
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