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Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men #5 Cover and Solicitation

DC has published the cover and solicitation for The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men #5, due in comic shops on January 25, 2012!  Click the cover below to enlarge.

The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men #5 cover by Ethan Van Sciver

The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men #5

Written by Gail Simone and Ethan Van Sciver
Art by Yildiray Cinar and Norm Rapmund
Cover by Ethan Van Sciver

Ronnie and Jason have never agreed on anything, and now it’s all-out war as the mysterious Zither pits them against each other! But with the mystery of the Rogue Firestorms spiraling out of control, the guys will have to come to an agreement – or risk serious fallout!

On Sale January 25, 2012 | 32pg. | Color | $2.99 US

When I first saw this cover, I thought Zither might be Dr. Loren Fortier from issue #1.  After all, Dr. Fortier had a “Z”-shaped scar on the left side of her face (as in “Zither”).  In the picture above, the left side of Zither’s face is covered.  Additionally, Dr. Fortier had a purple tint to her hair.  Zither appears to have a blue tint to her hair, but it’s close enough to purple to question.  Finally, Dr. Fortier was transformed by the same radiation that made Jason and Ronnie into Firestorm, thus hinting that she’d become a threat to the Nuclear Men someday.  Add all this together and it seemed logical that Zither was Dr. Loren Fortier.

I looked up the definition of “Zither” and turns out it is a musical instrument.  Hmmm… how do you reconcile a stringed instrument with the woman on the cover above?  I couldn’t figure it out, so I asked Ethan Van Sciver.  He responded by saying “Zither” was her last name.  If that’s the case, then it sounds like Dr. Loren Fortier is not Zither.  I hope that’s the case, because I’d rather Dr. Fortier became the new Killer Frost.  I like the idea that Killer Frost’s boyfriend is Cliff Carmichael.  :)

Also worth mentioning is that Gail Simone’s name is still attached to this issue.  That means one of three possible things to me: 1) the rumor of Gail quitting Firestorm is false; 2) she wrote this script before she quit the book, or 3) the information from DC about Gail’s involvement on this issue is just plain wrong.

Finally, it appears Yildiray Cinar is sharing the art chores with Norm Rapmund on this issue.  I’m not sure what Norm’s role will be on this issue, but I thought it was worth pointing out.

** UPDATE **  Yildiray Cinar indicated on Twitter that Norm Rapmund is inking The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men starting with issue #4.  Thanks for the info, Yildiray!

Don’t forget, The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men #2 comes out next week! I can’t wait!

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  1. Ryan says:

    Looks good. I’m wondering, aside from the number of other Firestorm characters existent in this world, what other kinds of rogues EVS and Gail are/were planning to incorporate into this new world. Can’t wait for #2!

  2. Michael says:

    alos check out Kotaku for a preview of issue#2.

  3. Shag says:

    @Michael – Thanks! Here is the URL

    Also, Gail Simone just hinted on Facebook that Zither might not be the villain.

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