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  1. Russell says:

    I am off to St. Louis today but I’ll read it next week, I promise! 😉

  2. Royal Octopus says:

    Pretty good issue. I thought Helix seemed like an interesting character, but it doesn’t seem like we’ll see him again too soon. I am still not as much of a fan of this Firestorm vs. the old set up but it’s growing on me. Seems like Fury is some sort of Firestorm Voltron, maybe others will be able add in later too. The way the symbols on his chest work it seems like there is room for 4 more. Might get kind of crowded.

  3. Robert Gross says:

    This issue gives one more piece of evidence for my theory that the Fury personality is Ed Raymond. The new piece of evidence that further points to it is Zither’s assistant, Felicity, who is introduced in this issue. Felicity is obviously a reference to Felicity Smoak, who was Ed Raymond’s second wife in the old reality. Given that there is some degree of parallel construction between the old DCU and the DCnU, we can at least somewhat bet that this Felicity, Zither’s assistant, is the “new wife” that Ronnie’s dad ran off with, who was mentioned in issue 1. And we also now know that family members, like Zither’s husband, who became Helix, have a way of getting involved in the Firestorm protocol.

    I’m still not sold on Nuclear Wonder Twins and Hulk on Fire. But I love the backstory with Martin. It’s a perfect modern-day echo of what Martin tried to do in the 1980s. It’s also an interestingly debatable premise. Does the theory of mutually assured destruction really work as a deterrent? Or is it just crazy? Is Prof. Stein’s idea even crazier given that his premise is to *personify* each country’s nuclear arsenal?

    I like the ideas behind the book. I just don’t care for what’s in the center, particularly. I’m still hoping the current premise of the main two Firestorms is temporary. The problem for me is that Firestorm the original, as Conway and Milgrom created, was fresh, original and unique. With this, I just see a pastiche of other comics. Hulk, but on fire. And Jason and Ronnie even have to get mad to summon him. Mr. Raymond, don’t get me angry. You wouldn’t like me….

    One wants to solve problems by thinking, the other wants to solve problems with violence. That’s Hawk and Dove. And, of course, having to be together and say the word “Firestorm”— if your entire point is that this is the much hipper, much super-cooler modern-day Firestorm, then why are you borrowing a transmutation protocol from 1970s kids’ cartoon characters like the Wonder Twins?

    I’m really looking forward to the next Fire and Water podcast and hearing what Rob and Shag have to say. One wonders how they would get on if they had been at ground zero of an unleashed Firestorm protocol….

  4. Robert Gross says:

    I also loved that this issue’s villain talks in right-wing bumper stickers. I thought it was the perfectly allegory. People who have a child-like love of country are certainly sympathetic. But given too much power that they don’t understand, they are really dangerous.

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