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Quit goofing around on the internet. Go read The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men #10 in stores today! This issue is plotted by Joe Harris & Ethan Van Sciver, written by Joe Harris, penciled by Yildiray Cinar, inked by Marlo Alquiza, and colored by Hi-Fi. Not only do we meet Rakshasi, India’s Nuclear Woman, we also get a cover penciled by Yildiray Cinar and inked by Ethan Van Sciver! On top of that, Ronnie gets a new costume and powers too!

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Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men #10 cover by Ethan Van Sciver and Yildiray Cinar

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  1. Luke says:

    How could you pass up a cover like that? Looks phenomenal!

    (Go read Savage Hawkman #10 as well!)

  2. Bill says:

    There was just not enough substance to justify an issue.. It honestly seems like they are trying to forward the story as fast as possible in case it gets canceled.

    I want to know all about this world of firestorm protocols but in such short bits it is a disservice to the story. I want to see Ronnie Struggle to regain his powers and arm, I want some depth in Pozhar.

    I think this version of Firestorm would be better served as an indie book rather than shoehorned into the DC universe.

  3. Martin Stein RIP says:

    I can see where Bill’s coming from. The other thing is that it seems pretty obvious now (this just in from the “be careful what you wish for” department) that they are pushing back toward a normal, Jason/Ronnie Firestorm again. The clues are all there even if we didn’t have the zero issue coming up (though it’s even more confirmed by Ronnie’s new costume, which is practically an all-red prototype of the zero issue costume). I’m now beginning to get the sense of the story “pushing toward the (yet another) revamp” rather than telling a good story for its own sake.

    It was cool to see Prof. Stein again (even if I may have to change my internet tag) and I’m intrigued by the Fury symbol appearing yet again, but ten issues in, I’m starting to feel like, in the words of James Tiberius Kirk, “I want answers, Mister!” Tonya had a vision of the Fury symbol way back in issue #2, and eight issues later we see it dropped in yet again. I hope we don’t have to wait another eight issues to get some context. Fortunately, given the pace of things heading toward the zero issue, it seems like we’re going to get some of those answers in short order. I just hope they’ll have turned out to be worth the wait.

    It’s good to see Ronnie can still think for himself. I thought his being an unwitting acolyte of Pozhar would be a disservice to Ronnie’s own independent character development. I am also intrigued by the Indian Firestorm’s recognition that Pozhar seems to be a father of the rogue Firestorms and not a bona fide Firestorm himself. His alleged connection to Prof. Stein always sounded a little fishy to me… sort of reminiscent of the way Danton Black always claimed to have been the real genius behind Prof. Stein’s accomplishments.

    Did everyone catch the shout-out to the 80s series in the name of Russian agent? Comrade Zastrow makes his return! Oddly enough, he looks more like Boris Yeltzin now than an evil Igor Stravinsky.

  4. Martin Stein RIP says:

    Am I correct that this is the first cover in the run that features neither Ronnie nor Jason?

  5. Ben Avery says:

    This issue sat on my desk for a couple days without being read. Justice League and Aquaman I read almost immediately. But after last issue, I just wasn’t excited about reading Firestorm #10. And after reading it, I found myself not very excited about the next issue, either. To echo Bill and MartyRIP, I feel like a lot is happening, but not much is happening. Firestorm was already on the bubble for me about issue 4 or so, and I gave it a couple more issues and it really picked up. (My current reads from DC are Aquaman, Justice League, Swamp Thing, and Firestorm. I’ve dropped four other titles from the first wave, and all four titles from the new wave.) It was interesting, there were revelations, and character development. I’m just not feeling things right now. I’m giving it to issue zero. I feel invested in the book, but I’m not feeling a return on the investment. The characters have developed, yes, but I feel the recent developments are happening before there was even a chance to have a payoff on the earlier changes. I’m hoping the next few issues do what happened before — but right now, I’m just not feeling it.

    “It’s not you, The Fury of Firestorm the Nuclear Men, it’s me.”

  6. Martin Stein RIP says:

    It only just occurred to me that Jason planting a surprise kiss on the new Firehawk is an echo of the blank slate Firestorm doing much the same thing to the old (Lorraine) Firehawk after she fought Brimstone. This fits because the reference to Zastrow is a shout-out to much the same era in Firestorm’s history.

    I agree with Ben for the most part. One thing that I think has been a bit of a mistake is that they’ve split up Jason and Ronnie. The fastest way to get character development and insight into Jason and Ronnie is to see Jason and Ronnie interact with each other. These weird dialogue boxes where Jason “talks to Ronnie” in his head doesn’t suffice.

    Of course there’s always the standby explanation that the story is being structured for the trade— expect a ton of denoument in issues whose numbers are divisible by six; expect bit-by-bit in all other issues.

  7. Ben Avery says:

    For a comic book about the relationship between two characters, the two characters haven’t spent much time together. That bothers me. I almost dumped the book early on partly because Ronnie and Jason’s relationship did not feel authentic. It was too negatively charged and angry, and then became friendly way too quickly. But when it did start to resolve and become more friendly, it started to feel more even and work better, even if the relationship was not earned.

    I know you have to think about the long game, but it feels ilke the short game is getting forgotten.

    Part of this comes from the passing of the baton from writer to writer, though, over the entire series. Just when the series was finding its footing, Gail left. Now with Harris scripting, he needs to find his footing. So I’m giving the benefit of the doubt . . . and giving the hard earned dollars along with it.

  8. Martin Stein RIP says:

    I have to confess I would probably buy any comic with the title “Firestorm” on the cover. You could have the main character be Jason Rusch merging with an old Buick and I’d still buy it just because it was a Firestorm book. I’m a tremendous sucker for nostalgia. Just getting to buy a new Firestorm book is a tremendous nostalgia rush for me. It was for the vol. 3 series with Jason (who did grow on me, and whom I now fully and completely accept as part of Firestorm’s mythos such that I would actually be unhappy without him somewhere); and it is for me again with this book, whatever its risks and shortcomings.

  9. Ryan says:

    I recently picked this book up, and overall I’ve enjoyed it, but it may be one of only a few DC titles that have not concluded a story arc yet? Being an Aquaman fanatic, the Trench storyline concluded after 4 parts, which was short in comparison to other titles. But Firestorm seems to have gone in the other direction, not that it’s necessarily a bad thing…

    Am I incorrect???

  10. Shag says:

    Thanks for the comments! For my thoughts on issue #10, please check out THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST!

    Martin Stein RIP – In the original drawing by Yildiray Cinar and Ethan Van Sciver, Ronnie appeared at the top. On the final cover, he’s obscured by the logo. So you are correct about the cover, even though he’s featured in the art. Does that make sense? Also, good catch about the flashback to the Firehawk/Firestorm surprise kiss. I hadn’t thought of that!

    Ryan – I see what you mean. My thought is that FURY OF FIRESTORM has been a journey, not a storyline. Meaning that Superman tends to reset to “normal” at the end of each storyline (i.e. Clark Kent works at the Daily Planet, something happens, he fights a bad guy, then returns to being Clark Kent working at the Daily Planet). Firestorm doesn’t have a status quo. It’s a continuing journey. Personally I’ve really enjoyed that, it makes the book unpredictable. However, it also makes it a little hard for new readers to jump in.

    With these comments made, everything changes with issue #0 and #13. So we’ll see what the future holds!

    Thanks again!

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