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Fire and Water Team-Ups – FIRE & WATER #152

Firestorm and Aquaman: The Fire and Water Podcast

The 152nd 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.

This week Shag and Rob take a look two very special, very fun team-ups featuring Aquaman and Firestorm! First up is Aquaman and Batman in “The Sleepwalker From The Sea” by Bob Haney and Neal Adams (THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #82, March 1969), followed by Firestorm and Superman in “The Chaos Network” by Gerry Conway, Rich Buckler & Bob Smith (DC COMICS PRESENTS #45, May 1982). Also, don’t miss our special announcement about the future of the FIRE & WATER PODCAST!

You can find the 152nd 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 play the podcast using the player below or by right-clicking “download”, choosing “Save Target/Link As”, and selecting a location on your computer to save the file (48 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! Opening 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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DC Comics Presents #45 featuring Superman and Firestorm

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Fred Hembeck Sketch of Elemental Firestorm

Match-head Nico Lizarraga has sent us another fantastic Fred Hembeck Firestorm sketch! This time it’s the Elemental Firestorm!

Fred Hembeck sketch of Elemental Firestorm

I never grow tired of Hembeck! I adored his work in Marvel Age and the DC Comics strips on the “Daily Planet” pages! Joy!

Click here for some other fun Fred Hembeck Firestorm art! Also, Mr. Hembeck is available for commission work (he even does sketch cards starting at $10 a piece)! Click here for details!

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Thomas the Train and Firestorm

Firestorm has turned up in one of the more bizarre toy mash-ups! Thomas & Friends (a.k.a. Thomas the Train, or Thomas the Tank Engine) has teamed up with Fisher Price’s DC Super Friends line of toys to produce superhero trains! Firestorm is just one of these trains in their “Minis” line.

Below you’ll find Flynn the Fire Engine re-imagined as Firestorm! Click the images to enlarge!

Thomas and Friends Flynn as DC Super Friends Firestorm

Thomas and Friends Flynn as DC Super Friends Firestorm

Here is the packaging (front and back). Notice all the other super heroes and villains! Click the images to enlarge!

Thomas and Friends DC Super Friends Firestorm Minis

Thomas and Friends DC Super Friends Firestorm Minis

Finally, since these are “Minis”, I thought I would provide a sense of scale. Notice this train is barely an inch high in comparison to the classic Super Powers Firestorm action figure.

Thomas and Friends Flynn as DC Super Friends Firestorm with Super Powers Firestorm

I found this set of trains at Wal-Mart for about $15. Happy hunting, Match-heads!

My thanks to Jeremy Hobbs for the heads-up!

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Robbie Amell returns to The Flash as Deathstorm; plus Panabaker as Killer Frost

Robbie Amell is returning to The Flash, but this time as the Earth-Two Deathstorm! Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told Entertainment Weekly:

We are beyond excited to have Robbie back on The Flash. You can’t keep a good Firestorm down. Only this time, he’s back with a twist, a deadly Earth-Two version of our beloved Ronnie in the form of Deathstorm.

I’m not sure how much similarity we’ll see between the TV version of Deathstorm and the two comic versions we’ve met previously. Personally, I’m hoping if there are any similarities he’s more like the second comic incarnation of Deathstorm (from the Crime Syndicate). I’ve previously outlined my concerns about the first Deathstorm incarnation.

Also, according to the EW article, on Earth-Two Ronnie and Caitlin are still a couple! If you’ve been watching previews for The Flash, then you know the Earth-Two version of Ronnie’s former wife, Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker), is actually Killer Frost! Below is a pic of Robbie Amell in his Deathstorm costume taken on the set of The Flash.

Robbie Amell as Deathstorm on The Flash

If you’ve missed recent previews, check out Danielle Panabaker as Killer Frost below!

Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow Killer Frost on The Flash

Check out the trailer below, or click here!

If you can’t wait for the new season to start, keep up with all The Flash news via our friends over at The Flash Podcast!

My thanks to many, many Match-heads for the heads-up on Robbie Amell’s and Danielle Panabaker’s alter-egos!

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DC RPG: The Hero Points Podcast, Episode 3 – Introductory Adventure Modules

The Fire and Water Podcast proudly presents…

DC RPG: THE HERO POINTS PODCAST, Episode 03 – Introductory Adventure Modules

DC RPG: The Hero Points Podcast

The third episode of our HERO POINTS podcast is now available — the show that tackles role-playing games set in the DC Universe! This time around Shag and Siskoid chat about favorite introductory adventure modules! We recap and discuss Mayfair Games “Project Prometheus” and “The Doomsday Program”. Finally, we wrap up the show with your Listener Feedback!

Find the third episode of DC RPG: THE HERO POINTS PODCAST on iTunes. Each episode is released as part of THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST feed. While you’re on iTunes, please drop us a review. 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 (86 MB).

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Mayfair Games DC Heroes RPG Project Prometheus

Mayfair Games DC Heroes RPG The Doomsday Program

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Legends of Tomorrow Firestorm Posters

A couple weeks ago, the Legends of Tomorrow folks released several character-centric digital posters to help build some buzz! Check out these Firestorm-related posters shared with TV Line.

It’s nice ringing in the New Year knowing that 2016 will feature Firestorm as a regular on a TV series, and new comic stories by Gerry Conway! It might just be THE year of Firestorm!

First up is Franz Drameh as Firestorm (and Jefferson “Jax” Jackson)!

Legends of Tomorrow Firestorm Poster with Franz Drameh

Next up is Victor Garber as Professor Martin Stein (part of Firestorm)!

Legends of Tomorrow - Professor Martin Stein played by Victor Garber

My thanks to all the Match-heads who sent me links to this information (and there were a bunch of you)! Y’all are the best!

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Adam Beach Talks Slipknot from Suicide Squad Film

In a recent interview with Rama’s Screen, actor Adam Beach shared some details about the character of Slipknot in the upcoming Suicide Squad film. Click here to read all the details. For just a snippet, check out Adam’s quote below:

When you researched the villains in the DC comics, everybody’s been through the assassin’s drill of training to kill. My skill is the ropes. Give me a rope and I can fight with it, I can tie you up. They were teaching me a move where if you try to throw a punch, I can use a rope to grab that punch, put the rope around your neck and just drop my weight and it snaps your neck. There’s a lot of martial art skills you can use with the rope and it was pretty cool, man!

In case you weren’t aware, Slipknot is a Firestorm villain! More of Firestorm’s rogue gallery coming to live action!!

Adam Beach as Slipknot in Suicide Squad

My thanks to the numerous Match-heads who sent me links to this information! Much appreciated!

Can’t wait to see the Larcenous Lariat on the big screen!

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In Memory of Shawn Engel – FIRE & WATER #151

Fire and Water Podcast - In Memory of Shawn Engel

The 151st 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.

This week Shag and Rob pay tribute to a friend of the show who passed away just a couple weeks ago, Shawn Engel. From a recording produced in 2014, you’ll hear Rob and Shawn discuss a fun team-up story featuring both the Kyle Rayner Green Lantern and Aquaman. Then from a recording just a couple months ago, you’ll hear Shag and Shawn discuss their mutual fondness for Kyle Rayner.  Shawn Engel was a great guy. He will be missed.

You can find the 151st 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 play the podcast using the player below or by right-clicking “download”, choosing “Save Target/Link As”, and selecting a location on your computer to save the file (61 MB).

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Nuclear Scrubs – FIRE & WATER #150

Fire and Water Podcast: Human Flying Fish and Slipknot

The 150th 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.

Just in time for the special 150th episode of THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST, frequent guests and Nuclear Subs DIABOLU FRANK and RYAN DALY have kidnapped Shag and Rob and taken over the show! The episode starts with discussions on The Human Flying Fish and Slipknot, and goes downhill from there.

You can find the 150th 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 play the podcast using the player below or by right-clicking “download”, choosing “Save Target/Link As”, and selecting a location on your computer to save the file (89 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! Opening 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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New Gerry Conway Firestorm Comic Announced for March!

Last Friday DC announced an upcoming anthology comic series featuring Firestorm! That’s right! Firestorm is back in comics… and being written by Gerry Conway!

Legends of Tomorrow #1 (shipping in March) is an 80-page anthology comic featuring four different stories! Below you’ll find the cover to the issue by Aaron Lopresti! Click here for the official announcement! More details and discussion below the cover!Legends of Tomorrow #1 comic cover with Firestorm by Aaron Lopresti

Issue #1 will feature Firestorm, Metamorpho, the Metal Men, and Sugar & Spike! Here is the Firestorm blurb:

FIRESTORM, written by Gerry Conway with art by Eduardo Pansica and Rob Hunter:
Firestorm is back! To save Jason Rusch, Firestorm will need to retrieve Danton Black’s stolen research from Professor Stein’s lab. But if Jason can’t fuse with Ronnie by the Firestorm Protocol…who can?

Legends of Tomorrow #1 will be on sale March 9th, 2016 with 80 pages for $7.99.

With the official news out of the way, let’s discuss certain aspects of this…

  • While I’m thrilled Firestorm is returning to comics, I do feel a bit cheated. Back in July 2015, DC announced a new Firestorm six issue limited series written by Gerry Conway. So instead of Firestorm headlining his own limited series, he’s sharing with three other features. It’s an 80-page comic with four stories. Doing the math suggests each feature could get 20 pages to themselves. That’s equivalent of a stand alone comic, so at least we’ll get a full issue’s worth of Firestorm.
  • Some folks have expressed concerns over the price tag of $7.99. Again, doing the math, that’s only $2 per feature. That’s a pretty good savings compared to stand alone comics (typically $3.99 nowadays). However, I’m not sure $7.99 is sustainable on a monthly basis.
  • The big question is how many issues will feature Firestorm. Since we were originally promised a six issue limited series, will Firestorm be featured in the first six issues of the Legends of Tomorrow comic? Or will they shorten his story so it takes up less issues?
  • The comic is called Legends of Tomorrow, clearly trying to capitalize on the TV series of the same name. However, Firestorm is the only character to appear in both the TV series and the comic. Will other Legends TV characters appear in the comic? If so, how will that impact each feature’s run? Each of these features was originally promised a six issue mini-series. Who will get six issues of Legends to tell their story, and who will have less time?

First and foremost, great news that Firestorm is back in comics and being written by Gerry Conway! Can’t wait!

Second, we have questions. I sure hope DC provides some answers soon.

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