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Justice League #18, Aquaman #18, and Firestorm #18 Reviews

Firestorm and Aquaman: The Fire and Water Podcast

The 48th episode of THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST is now available for your listening pleasure! THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST is the official podcast of FIRESTORM FAN and THE AQUAMAN SHRINE.

Shag and Rob discuss Justice League #18 (by Geoff Johns and Jesus Saiz). Next we dive right into Aquaman #18 (by Geoff Johns, Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons, and Rod Reis), followed by The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #18 (by Dan Jurgens, Ray McCarthy, Karl Kesel, and Hi-Fi color)! We wrap up with a few words about the late, great Carmine Infantino.

You can find the 48th episode of THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST on iTunes. While you’re there, please drop us a review on the iTunes page. Every comment helps! Alternatively, you may download the podcast by right-clicking here, choosing “Save Target/Link As”, and selecting a location on your computer to save the file (35 MB).

As always, thanks to my co-host Rob Kelly, Sea King of THE AQUAMAN SHRINE, for doing all the post-production on these episodes! Intro theme, “That Time is Now,” by Michael Kohler. Special thanks to Daniel Adams and Ashton Burge with their band The Bad Mamma Jammas for our fantastic original closing theme!

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Check out the gorgeous virgin covers (meaning without the logos) to Fury of Firestorm#18, Justice League #18, and Aquaman #18 below!

Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #18 cover by Dan Jurgens, Ray McCarthy, and Hi-Fi color

Justice League #18 cover by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, and Rod Reis

Aquaman #18 cover by Paul Pelletier and Sean Parsons

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  1. Siskoid says:

    Are the Super-Friends rounded borders supposed to make the comics more friendly, or to simulate the tv frame?

  2. rob! says:

    I don’t know, both make sense. I think they did the same thing for Spidey SuperStories.

    Hembeck even had a gag about the rounded corners in one of his Daily Planet strips:

  3. Keith Samra says:

    Maybe the rounded corners were meant to be kid friendly, so kids wouldnt hurt themselves on the sharp edged corners, like they would regular comics…

    Aquamn penciller Pauly P, really does have it hard. Because he is the guy that came after Ivan Reis on the book. I agree with Robb, he is slowly coming into his own.

    the disappointing thing about the Firestorm book, is that it’s coming to an end… Thanks DC.

    Get well soon Shaggster!

  4. Frank says:

    1. Chuck Patton wouldn’t be too excited about a Vibe series either, but I expect he’d still prefer to receive a co-creator credit instead of Luke McDonnell. The good news is that fellow creator Gerry Conway reached out to DC with a correction, and they informed him that the problem would be solved by removing the character creation credits entirely from all future issues. Margaret Thatcher’s death has me of a mind to repurpose an Elvis Costello song for the eventual end of Dan Didio’s reign.

    2. It could be pronounced Jesus “Says” or “Size,” depending on where he’s from.

    3. I’m willing to accept Rhonda Pineda as the new Atom so long as Jesus Saiz continues to draw her. The costume adaptation is growing on me, and I’ll admit that Gil Kane’s design wouldn’t really work for a woman anyway.

    4. I too am a character guy, especially when it comes to the cartoons. I find myself tuning out extended action sequences. Brawls get boring fast if there’s no true impact on the participants.

    5. I’ve been listening to recent issues of Views from the Longbox and have responsive essays at various levels of completion. You know that thing Michael Bailey does where he runs commercials for other podcasts? I friggin’ hate that. Hate. HATE.

    6. It was played vague in the podcast, so I’ll clarify that Bloodbath was the two issue mini-series that brought together all of the New Bloods to battle the evil aliens and end the storyline running through DC’s 1993 annuals (and let’s not forget the Blood Pack!)

  5. “5. I’ve been listening to recent issues of Views from the Longbox and have responsive essays at various levels of completion. You know that thing Michael Bailey does where he runs commercials for other podcasts? I friggin’ hate that. Hate. HATE.”

    You mean like nearly every podcast everywhere does?

  6. Damn it, Keith, stopping using my browser to make comments! 😉

  7. On a Word Balloon interview, I heard Greg Rucka pronounce Jesus Saiz as “Say-ezz”. But he also pronounced Jesus with an “H” so who knows?

  8. Shag says:

    Thanks for all the comments! We’re hoping to cover lots of listener feedback on the next episode!

    I knew I could count on Frank to catch my “Bloodlines” comment. :)


  9. Frank says:

    “You mean like nearly every podcast everywhere does?”

    I don’t listen to any other podcasts. I’ve tried Views from the Longbox, but otherwise, all of my expectations come from Fire & Water. And I do not expect commercial interruptions. And I can be quite unpleasant about things, as demonstrated by my previous 47 comments.

  10. @Frank, I am deeply hurt that you don’t listen to either of my podcasts that as far as I know you have absolutely no interest in the topics covered. 😉

    Honestly, F&W is the only show I listen to which does not do promos for other shows.

  11. I just had a huge comment disappear on me, so I am going to just say “good show” and be done with it.

  12. Luke says:

    I remembered one thing I wanted to say — I hope that Scavenger is not the avatar of the barracuda anymore! *wink at Rob!* 😉

  13. rob! says:

    Oh lord I had forgotten that…

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