Brightest Day #11 shipped yesterday to comic shops across the United States. While I haven’t had a chance to pick up my copy, I read the five-page sneak peek DC Comics published on their blog earlier this week. Three of the five pages were specific to Firestorm. Here they are:
So its official, the Firestorm Matrix stowaway will be called “Deathstorm” going forward. Ugh. I’m not thrilled with the name, but I think I get it.
Geoff Johns intended the attitude of Superboy-Prime to represent the attitude of real-life whiny fanboys that complain about comics. That was revealed by Johns during interviews and its obvious when you go back and re-read Superboy-Prime’s appearances. Similarly, I believe Deathstorm is Johns’ way of representing all the “dark” and “hardcore” comic book characters from the late-1980s and early- to mid-1990s. One of the hallmarks of that age were dark, twisted versions of our favorite characters, such as: Cyborg Superman, Knightquest Batman, Spider-Man Doppelganger, Parallax, Deathwing, and even the Elemental Firestorm’s dark reflection Shadowstorm. Also common during that era were the “hardcore” attitudes of characters such as: Wolverine, Cable, Sabretooth, Ripclaw, Battalion, Warblade, Deathblow, Bane, Spawn, and Badrock. Combine the evil doppelganger idea, the hardcore attitude, and the dated speech patterns and you have Deathstorm – a modern-day reminder of that era of comics! If you’re interested in commentary on comics of the late-1980s and early- to mid-1990s, check out The Dark Age: Grim, Great & Gimmicky Post-Modern Comics by Mark Voger. Fascinating reading about a fascinating time in comics.
Again, I haven’t read Brightest Day #11 yet, but a few quick thoughts come to mind after reading these preview pages:
- I love the art by Scott Clark and Dave Beaty! Wow! They keep getting better and better!!! I really, really like the way Deathstorm looks as compared to the Black Lantern Firestorm. Clark and Beaty do a great creepy skull face!
- How about this coloring?!?!? So very atmospheric and awesome!
- Really neat idea to have Professor Stein kidnapped into the Deathstorm Matrix. I’m interested to see where this goes.
- Is Deathstorm the same character as the Black Lantern Firestorm? He states that Ronnie and Jason created him. Does that imply he’s an all-new character with similarities to the Black Lantern Firestorm, or is he the same character just kept alive by Ronnie and Jason somehow?
- As outlined above, I get that Deathstorm is a throwback to the “Dark Age” of comics. What I don’t get is why? Why did Johns’ decide to write this character in that fashion?
That’s all I’ve got for now. Can’t wait to read Brightest Day #11! Anyone else want to share their thoughts?
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