Firestorm (the Ronnie Raymond solo version) was murdered by the Shadow Thief during the Identity Crisis mini-series in 2004. Shadow Thief was apprehended by the JLA & Manhunter and then put on trial for the murder of Firestorm. That trial is featured in the trade paperback Manhunter: Trial by Fire.
I heard from numerous sources that Manhunter was a fantastic and underrated series. I’d never gotten around to reading it… at least until now. My good friend Erika from Girls-Gone-Geek was kind enough to loan me this trade paperback. I was apprehensive about whether I would like it and put off reading the collection. After finally cracking the cover, I devoured this 224 page tome in no time! I simply couldn’t put it down! Obviously the Firestorm element of the trade captured my interest, but I was also fascinated by the Manhunter legacy plot. I’m a huge fan of the Ostrander/Yale Manhunter series from the 1980s.
The majority of the book deals with the legacy of the hero name “Manhunter”. The Shadow Thief’s trial is definitely important to the collection, but it’s not the main plot. Below you’ll find a few relevant pages to Firestorm:
Superman takes the stand
A little later Felicity Smoake-Raymond took the stand.
Wow. Powerful stuff. It’s interesting to note that Felicity, Ronnie’s step-mother, revealed Firestorm’s secret identity to the world. Now that Ronnie is back from the grave, should we assume this was either retconned away or fixed with magic? Inquiring minds want to know!
Even though Firestorm’s trial isn’t the main crux of the trade, it’s still worth reading. It’s a well-written and compelling superhero comic. The lead character, Kate Spencer, is somewhat like Daredevil except she uses high-tech gadgets instead of super-senses to battle crime. You should be able to order Manhunter: Trial by Fire from your local comic book shop. The story is written by Marc Andreyko and drawn by Javier Pina, Jesus Saiz, Brad Walker, and Diego Olmos. Its 224 pages of superhero action for only $17.99. That’s a great deal! If you haven’t read this series already, I highly recommend it. I can’t wait to read the next trade in the series!
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