It’s official! A new Firestorm series is coming our way from Ethan Van Sciver, Gail Simone, and Yildiray Cinar!!! DC Comics announced this information today on their blog DC Universe: The Source. Below is the cover to issue #1 by Ethan Van Sciver (click the image to enlarge).
They didn’t specifically state if it’s an ongoing series or when it will ship, but based upon other solicitations it’s most likely an ongoing series and will ship in September.
Here is the official announcement:
Welcome to a major new vision of the Nuclear Man as writers Ethan Van Sciver and Gail Simone team up with artist Yildiray Cinar to deliver THE FURY OF FIRESTORM #1. Jason Rusch and Ronnie Raymond are two high school students, worlds apart – and now they’re drawn into a conspiracy of super science that bonds them forever in a way they can’t explain or control. The cover to issue #1 is by Ethan Van Sciver.
Lots to discuss and digest on this before I start to analyze and comment. We’ll chat again soon!
UPDATE: Gail Simone had this to say on her Facebook:
It’s true. Ethan and I are co-plotting, and I am scripting, a new FURY OF FIRESTORM book that is honest to god one of the best things either of us has ever done. The art is by Yildiray Cinar, who is SLAYING IT. Lots of books are electric. This thing is NUCLEAR. It’s a MONSTER. I am dying for you guys to see it!
[responding to a question about who Firestorm is going to be at that point] I can’t say who. But…damn, guys. I know you get inundated by hype all the time. The book is the real deal. Remember when Green Lantern just exploded? Now it’s Firestorm’s turn. I am SO EXCITED.
This afternoon Bleeding Cool posted a second image of the new Firestorm. I was planning to post the image here, but Bleeding Cool was asked to remove the image of the new Firestorm. I’m assuming the creators don’t wish that image to be posted at this time. Therefore I’m going to refrain from posting it here. I’m sure you can Google it and find it elsewhere if you’re desperate.
Ethan Van Sciver had this to say on his Facebook:
Thanks for the keys to FIRESTORM, DC Comics. Gail, Yildiray and I know how to drive.
Yildiray Cinar is the next Ivan Reis. I kid you not.
Gerry Conway (co-creator of Firestorm) was very complimentary on Twitter:
“@GailSimone: The other is the Fury Of Firestorm.” Awesome — DC couldn’t have picked a better writer to revive him.
Rafael Kayanan (one of the classic artists on the original Fury of Firestorm series) also wished congratulations to Gail Simone and Yildiray Cinar on Twitter.
At one point, #Firestorm was even trending on Twitter! Amazing!
A truly wild and crazy day! For additional reading on other newly launched titles, I recommend checking out my fellow bloggers: The Aquaman Shrine, The Idol-Head of Diabolu (a Martian Manhunter blog), and Being Carter Hall (a Hawkman blog).
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