When you think of Firestorm foes, characters that typically come to mind include: Killer Frost, Multiplex, Hyena, Typhoon, Plastique, Deathstorm, or maybe even Slipknot. However, in Firestorm’s 34 years he’s faced quite a few other foes. Today we’re starting a new semi-regular feature looking at some of Firestorm’s more unusual opponents. Welcome to the first installment of what I like to call — UNUSUAL SUSPECTS!
Right out of the gate I wanted to tackle one of DC’s biggest, baddest villains of all – DARKSEID! Believe it or not, Firestorm has gone toe-to-toe with Darkseid on a few occasions and somehow managed to survive!
First up is a scene from Justice League of America #185 (Dec 1980) written by Gerry Conway and drawn by George Perez & Frank McLaughlin. In this scene Firestorm gives Darkseid a taste of his own medicine!
Now admittedly, the comic above was published back before Darkseid was THE big bad of the DC Universe. Nowadays, Firestorm probably wouldn’t be able to pull off such a simple stunt against Darkseid. In fact, the next time Firestorm was face-to-face with Darkseid, things went very differently. Below is a scene from Firestorm the Nuclear Man vol III #35 (June 2007) written by Dwayne McDuffie and drawn by Pop Mhan & Steve Bird.
Yeah, that’s right. Darkseid just showed up and literally ripped Firestorm apart. Wow. That’s serious power!
Let’s tally up the two battles… looks like the final scores between Firestorm and Darkseid were: One victory each! I don’t know about you, but I’d gladly accept a tie with Darkseid. Heck, I’d gladly accept just surviving against Darkseid!
Watch for more UNUSUAL SUSPECTS in the weeks to come!
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