Lots of folks have recently asked me for Firestorm reading recommendations. The Flash TV show has generated a lot of interest for the character. Here are my recommendations for folks looking for entertaining Firestorm reads. These are simply my opinions and are open to debate. If you feel I’ve left off a good story, be sure to add it to the comments!
ESSENTIAL FIRESTORM READING:
Ronnie Raymond & Professor Martin Stein
- Firestorm The Nuclear Man 1-5 (1978): Firestorm’s earliest adventures. Collected
- DC Comics Presents 17 (1980): Firestorm returns to action with Superman & receives an invitation. Collected
- The Flash 289-299, 301-303 (1980-1981): Firestorm 8 page back-up stories. Partially Collected
- Fury of Firestorm 1-9 (1982-1983): Firestorm’s most successful run. Fun stories!
- Fury of Firestorm 14-18; Fury of Firestorm Annual 1 (1983): Excellent story introducing Firehawk and Tokamak. My personal favorite!
- Firestorm 1-3 (2004): The origin of Jason as Firestorm Available Digitally
- Firestorm 8-13 (2005): Jason teams-up with Firehawk and … deceased Ronnie Raymond? Partially Collected
- Firestorm The Nuclear Man 28-32 (2006-2007): Jason and Professor Stein together in a fantastic adventure
- Blackest Night 1-8 (2009-2010): Firestorm changed forever. Collected
New 52: Ronnie Raymond & Jason Rusch
- The Fury of Firestorm The Nuclear Man 13-20 (2012-2013): The New 52 Firestorm returned to a more iconic version. Collected
In my opinion, the comics above are the most essential Firestorm stories. Up next are other Firestorm appearances definitely worth your time!
OTHER WORTHWHILE FIRESTORM APPEARANCES:
Firestorm-centric Justice League of America appearances:
- JLA 179-180 (1980): Firestorm joins the JLA
- JLA 183-185 (1980) : JLA travels to Apokolips. Collected
- JLA 192 & 193 (1981): Red Tornado goes wild. Collected
- JLA 205 (1982): Professor Stein vs Hector Hammond
- JLA 207-209, and All-Star Squadron 14 & 15 (1982): Crisis on Earth-Prime. Collected
- JLA 228-230, JLA Annual #2 (1984): Mars/Earth War and aftermath
Stories that dramatically changed Firestorm’s composition and personality:
- Fury of Firestorm 62-64, Fury of Firestorm Annual 5, Firestorm 65 (1987): Birth of the “Blank Slate” Firestorm
- Firestorm 85-100 (1989-1990): The Elemental era of Firestorm
Major DC Events Involving Firestorm:
- Crisis on Infinite Earths 1-12 (1985-1986): Collected
- Legends 1-6 (1986-1987): Available Digitally
- Brightest Day 0-24 (2010-2011): Collected Vol 1, Vol 2, Vol 3
- Forever Evil 1-7 (2013-2014): Collected
There you go. While Firestorm has appeared in hundreds of other comics, these are the ones I’d recommend to a new reader of the character. If you disagree with my selections, or think of other important appearances, sound off in the comments!
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