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Chris Daughtry painting of Firestorm

Check out this Firestorm painting by superstar musician Chris Daughtry! How cool is this?!? Daughtry recently posted this to his Instagram account mentioning he painted it back in 2008 and was a big Firestorm fan in his younger years.

Firestorm painting by Chris Daughtry

It’s always great to find another Firestorm fan! Welcome to the Match-head club, Daughtry! You can check out more superhero artwork by Daughtry over on his Instagram account.

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Has Multiplex Been Added to CW’s The Flash?

Holy Nuclear News, Match-heads! Further connections between Firestorm and The Flash! Now there are reports that Danton Black (a.k.a. Multiplex) will be the villain in the second episode of CW’s The Flash. This report comes from an interview published Tuesday on Den of Geek with The Flash Executive Producer Greg Berlanti. Below is the relevant quote from the article:

I couldn’t resist asking who the villain of episode two would be, and he reminded everyone of the name Danton Black, familiar to DC Comics fans as Multiplex. We already knew that Simon Stagg would show up for that episode, and Multiplex is a major enemy of Firestorm. No word yet on casting or what kind of powers he’ll manifest in that episode, but since in the comics Multiplex was created in the same accident that creates Firestorm (and on the show, that STAR Labs particle accelerator accident is the source of many of the metahumans that will appear), it’s safe to say he’ll be able to produce his “duploids.”

Killer Frost, Ronnie Raymond, Professor Martin Stein, Plastique, and now Multiplex?!?! I’m looking forward to the news they’ve added the Zuggernaut and Bazooka Joan too! They need to rename this TV series to, “Flash/Firestorm Hour of Adventure” or “Firestorm and His Amazing Friends”! ;)

There has been no formal press release yet about Danton Black (or Dalton Black as he’s called in DC’s The New 52) appearing on The Flash. With that said, the interview with Berlanti seems to be verification enough. As more information is released, we’ll be sure to let you know.

If you’re unfamiliar with Multiplex, here is some info on the comic character to catch you up. Important facts: Multiplex has the power to create super-strong duplicates of himself; he was the first supervillain Firestorm ever fought; his origin is directly tied to Professor Stein and the creation of Firestorm; and he and Killer Frost are Firestorm’s primary arch-enemies. Below I’ve included two versions of his costume (original and contemporary), as well as his Who’s Who entry circa 1986. Check it out!

Multiplex’s original costume

Multiplex's original costume - Firestorm & Flash connection

Multiplex’s contemporary costume

Multiplex's current costume - Firestorm & Flash connection

Multiplex’s WHO’S WHO entry. Click to enlarge and read!

Multiplex Who's Who entry - Firestorm & Flash connection

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Back to the Futures End – Issues #8-11

Hey Match-heads, Shag here! Today our good friend Tim Wallace continues his monthly coverage of DC’s weekly event, The New 52: Futures End! If you missed the previous installments, click hereWarning, Tim’s entries contain SPOILERS for the related issues of The New 52: Futures End. Consider yourself warned! Be sure to follow Tim’s regular work over on his exceptional site, Kord Industries: A Blue Beetle Blog! Get all your Ted Kord, Jaime Reyes, and Dan Garrett goodness there! You can also stalk Tim on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus. And now, let’s turn it over to Tim…

I assume if you’re reading this that you either a) are enjoying the sci-fi mash-up that is DC’s “The New 52 Futures End”, b) you are entertained by my recaps of the book, or c) you are a Firestorm fan who’s wondering “Who is this guy and why does he keep doing this to me?” In any case…welcome back! And now, on with the countdown…

The New 52: Futures End #08

Five years from now King Faraday and Deathstroke walk and talk around Cadmus Island, basically recapping what happened so far. At the same time Fifty Sue lets Grifter know she doesn’t like him around. She blasts him into the ocean where he’s nabbed by an OMAC who thinks he’s breaching the perimeter. When he gets back to land she lets him know SHE is Deathstroke’s sidekick and if he thinks otherwise, “no one will miss you when you’re gone.” Maybe I watched too many sitcoms as a kid, but I keep waiting for this little bully to show us her soft side. In Metropolis, Lois discovers the paper she received in her mystery box contains coordinates…coordinates that lead to nothing but water, specifically the Indian Ocean. (my money is on Cadmus Island) In New York, Dr. Yamazake and Jason face setbacks with their teleporter. Not “Brundle-fly” level, just instability causing explosions type setbacks. The masked Superman shows up and tells Jason to fix things with Ronnie, “Firestorm is needed.”

The New 52: Futures End #8

Out in space, after recovering the bodies of the fallen members of Stormwatch, Ray Palmer goes a little off the deep end and hacks an arm off the body of Hawkman.

The New 52: Futures End #8

In Southeast Asia an expedition follows up on rumors of a golden temple being uncovered by explosions during the “war”. They find the temple, and it’s covered in faces and designs reminiscent of the crop circles…and Braniac. To bad they don’t live long enough to reap the rewards of their discovery. Then something that looks like the offspring of Marvel’s “Earth-X” Machine Man X-51 and DC’s Parasite attacks the remaining expedition crew that was waiting on a boat. Is this Braniac?

The New 52: Futures End #8

The incident is “seen” by Constantine’s friend Midge who informs John, “The end is coming.” He knows…and he thinks he might need help staving it off.

The New 52: Futures End #09

Lois Lane has taken a private plane to the Indian Ocean to check the coordinates from her mysterious package. Even though the last panel reveals they’re right on top of an island, neither her or the pilot can see it. The pilot’s sonar isn’t even picking up anything below. A page turn later and we’re back on Cadmus Island. Coincidence? I think not! Deathstroke, with some amusing side commentary by Fifty Sue, explains to Grifter why he’s there. They are aware of his ability to “see” aliens and demons in disguise as humans. Faraday believes, with some training and practice, they can use his ability to locate “closeted” super humans. To drive home the point Deathstroke shows Grifter the island’s secret…jailed Earth 2 super humans!

The New 52: Futures End #9

In Metropolis, Madison Payne visits her dad in prison. She wants to know about when he “conspired with the enemy” and how the “invaders trusted him with secrets”. Before he says much at all Rampage busts in on a mission to rescue another prisoner, Ethan Boyer. Masked Superman shows up, but Rampage and Ethan get away while Supes is busy saving Madison. Meanwhile, in New York, Mister Terrific is studying the robo-bug body of Plastique…and talking to Brother Eye? He notes that the tech involved in her cyberform is something he’d theorized, but didn’t currently have the resources to bring to fruition. They rule out it being from Earth 2 “the doppelganger earth”, but when Terrific pushes for more Brother Eye advises he’s only here to observe. Interesting.

The New 52: Futures End #9

Terry McGinnis heads to the “Wounded Duck”, after discussing his options with A.L.F.R.E.D. and the fact that Brother Eye should have been deactivated at this point in history, with plans to team up with Plastique, Coil and Key. While out in space Ray Palmer is playing Frankenstein with…well, Frankenstein, and attaching Hawkman’s severed arm to replace the creature’s missing limb. But faster than you can say “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” Hawkman is sitting up saying “I’m not dead yet!” Ray thinks he’s a zombie, but turns out it’s the Nth metal.

The New 52: Futures End #9

Back on Earth, Father Time and S.H.A.D.E. are watching, and hoping that Frankenstein and company can stop something before it happens or else “it will be the end of everything.”

The New 52: Futures End #10

Masked Superman causes a red alert in Metropolis as he recklessly demolishes a building looking for Ethan Boyer. (hmmm…maybe that’s Henry Cavill under the mask?) Lois arrives, with cops behind her, to find out what’s going on. When the big S says he’s looking for Boyer though Lois realizes something isn’t right. “Boyer abandoned this genetic experimentation lab long ago. You’re the one who told be, in fact.” She says, before he beats a hasty retreat. Over at the “Wounded Duck” Terry approaches the villainous trio with his plan. Plastique is concerned about what she saw in his shopping cart, Key thinks he’s full of bull, but Coil is listening…so is Cal the bartender, aka Red Robin. Cal is especially intrigued when Terry knocks out a mouthy Key with a “variation of the Tonga death strike”.

The New 52: Futures End #10

They say in space no one can hear you scream, but Amethyst and Hawkman have a shouting match anyway, discussing motivation and the fact that Hawkman is with Stormwatch because the League kicked him out…and it ends with a little sexual tension. Well, technically it ends with Hawkman’s Stormwatch signal device going off, letting him know he isn’t the only survivor after all.

The New 52: Futures End #10

On Cadmus Island, Grifter gets the snot kicked out of him by an invisible man. When Fifty Sue finds him broken and bleeding she’s happy, and intrigued. She informs him it was an OMAC that did this, which means she’s not the only one who wouldn’t mind seeing him dead…and that means he just got more interesting. In Vancouver, Canada, a woman named Jane Kirby is working at a soup kitchen. When she ends her shift she spots someone following her, a girl we find out is named Emiko (Oliver Queen’s ½ sister?). Emiko says she needs a hero, a hero who’s trying to ease her conscience after the War by working in a soup kitchen…a hero named Barda!

The New 52: Futures End #11

With Grifter gone missing, his assistant Justin decides the best course of action is to blow the head of the last alien prisoner and ditches their safe house. He wanders to a seemingly abandoned building in New Jersey to meet up with Voodoo, who has just finished killing some guys (what is it with Wildstorm heroes and killing?) It’s all part of Grifter’s back-up plan. In space Amethyst, Hawkman and Frankenstein head off to track the Stormwatch signal, leaving Ray behind on the Carrier. Frank can’t take his eyes of Amethyst, as they share a joke, and a little back story. (uh oh…flirting with Hawkman last issue, making eyes with Frank now…is this a love triangle forming?)

The New 52: Futures End #11

It doesn’t go too far though, as they close in on the signal, attempting to orbit a nearby planet, the ship’s systems shut down and they crash land. Mister Terrific does a TV interview, outing the existence of Batman Beyond and laying the blame on the uSphere project’s delay on his attempted break-in. While in the Madagascar Sea, a cargo ship is attacked by the weird maybe Brainiac creature. At that same time, 22,300 miles above the Earth, on a Justice League satellite an intervention of sorts is taking place. The League transports Ronnie Raymond out of strip club to tell him Firestorm is needed. He immediately accuses Jason, but in actuality Jason had nothing to do with it. Arsenal, Green Arrow’s replacement, isn’t thrilled to see Ronnie or Jason and starts demanding answers about Ollie’s death. Ronnie finally breaks down and admits he’s to blame. He reminds them that he lost his mother (still gets me!) because she was in Pittsburgh, while Washington and New York were declared priorities. Aquaman tries to reason with him, “It was war, Raymond. We all suffered” but Ronnie doesn’t want to hear it. “I’m living for me now” he declares before transporting himself back to Earth, “Firestorm is finished. Forever”…and Jason seems to agree.

The New 52: Futures End #11

Shag here again – Wow! What an ending! That’s it for this month! Thanks again to Tim for this fantastic coverage! Next month Tim will return with further coverage of, The New 52: Futures End! Let us know what you think of this weekly series in the comments.

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Kelly Frye to play Plastique on The Flash

News broke last week that Kelly Frye has been cast to play Plastique on the upcoming CW show, The Flash. The casting announcement came just days after the news that Plastique would appear in the series.

Kelly Frye to play Plastique on the CW Flash TV series

E! Online reports that Kelly Frye will appear in the fifth episode of The Flash as Bette Sans Souci, aka Plastique. Previously, Frye appeared on Rake (a Fox drama), NCIS: Los Angeles and The Mentalist. The article describes Plastique as:

A bomb disposal expert in Iraq who, following exposure to the energy released by the S.T.A.R. Labs meltdown, Bette now has the ability to turn any object she touches into an explosive device. On the run from the shadow forces in the U.S. government trying to turn her into a human weapon, she finds an ally in fellow meta-human The Flash.

Frye will be the third actress to portray Plastique. Jessica Parker Kennedy played the explosive personality of Plastique in the 8th season of Smallville, while Juliet Landau voiced Plastique on the Justice League Unlimited cartoon.

Fury of Firestorm #7 featuring Plastique

With so many Firestorm-related characters appearing on The Flash, some folks are speculating what this might mean for The Nuclear Man! I’m thinking they might change the title of the series to, The Flash/Firestorm Hour of Adventure!

My thanks to Robert BellCraigimusMax, and others for sharing this news with me!

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Whatever Happened To…? DC Comics Presents #25 & 26

Firestorm and Aquaman: The Fire and Water Podcast

The 96th 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 episode Rob and Shag present the first of many, “Whatever Happened To…?” specials! These beloved back-up strips from DC Comics Presents have been mentioned on our show numerous times over the past few years. We’re so excited to finally cover them! This installment includes adventures from DCCP #25 & 26, featuring Rex “Tick Tock” Tyler (a.k.a. Hourman) and Sargon the Sorcerer! Both stories were written by Bob “The Answer Man” Rozakis, and we’ve got some answers ourselves directly from Bob!

You can find the 96th 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 (36 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! This episode brought to you in part by InStockTrades.com!

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Below you’ll find the splash page to each story. Click to enlarge!

DC Comics Presents #25 Whatever Happened to Hourman

DC Comics Presents #26 Whatever Happened to Sargon

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Alan Brennert Interview – FIRE & WATER #95

Firestorm and Aquaman: The Fire and Water Podcast

The 95th 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.

In this very special episode, Rob talks with comics & TV writer, and author Alan Brennert about his career both in and out of comics. Alan has written classic stories for Batman: Black and White, The Brave and the Bold, Daredevil, Detective Comics, and his newest book is Palisades Park, available from St. Martin’s Press.

You can find the 95th 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 (75 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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Here are a few of Alan’s comics discussed in this episode!

Brave and the Bold #182 by Alan Brennert

Daredevil #192 by Alan Brennert

Batman Holy Terror by Alan Brennert

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Plastique (Firestorm foe) to join the cast of CW’s The Flash

On Tuesday of this week, word spread that Plastique will appear on CW’s The Flash! Another Firestorm character appears on The Flash?!?! Amazing! Positively Nuclear!!

TV Line reports

Ausiello: I’ve got some explosive scoop on this one (you’ll see what I did there in a minute): Sgt. Bette Sans Souci – AKA Plastique – will make her way to The Flash this season. The series’ incarnation of the metahuman is a fetching young redhead who was a bomb specialist with the Army before she was injured by an IED in Iraq. Since being exposed to the Central City explosion, she can turn any object into a bomb with just a touch of her hand – not a bad comrade for The Flash to have on his team, eh?

I don’t believe this has been validated yet by anyone working on The Flash TV show, but we haven’t heard anything to contradict it either. As we learn more, we’ll be sure to keep you updated! Below is Plastique’s Who’s Who entry from the 1980s. Click to enlarge!

Plastique from Who's Who

My thanks to the following folks for sharing the news with me: Edward Crosby, Dave CoxMichael A. Burstein, Clark Edwards, LloydCraigWasHere, and anyone else I probably forgot!

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Live From Devon, PA – FIRE & WATER LESS-THAN-SPECIAL

Firestorm and Aquaman: The Fire and Water Podcast

Over 120 hours recording together, and then this happens! This less-than-special live recording 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.

You can find this less-than-special 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 (17 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!

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Here is a photo commemorating this historic first meeting! Shag on the left (with hair), Rob on the right (without hair). And for the record, the vertical line in the middle between posters is completely coincidental. This was not photoshopped together. So there.

Fire and Water Podcast - Shag and Rob meet face-to-face!

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DC RPG: The Hero Points Podcast, Episode 2 – The Atlas of the DC Universe

The Fire and Water Podcast proudly presents…

DC RPG: THE HERO POINTS PODCAST, Episode 02 – The Atlas of the DC Universe

DC RPG: The Hero Points Podcast

The second 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 The Atlas of the DC Universe, from Mayfair Games released in 1990. First, we interview comics legend and author of the Atlas, Paul Kupperberg. Then, we provide an overview of the Atlas pointing out some favorite bits. Finally, we wrap up the show with your Listener Feedback!

Find the second 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 (55 MB).

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Just to whet your appetite, here is a map of the United States indicating where all the fictitious cities are in the DCU! Click the image to enlarge. For lots more pages from this book, be sure to check out our Tumblr site: FireAndWaterPodcast.Tumblr.com!

Mayfair Games DC Heroes Role-Playing Game Atlas of the DC Universe

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BREAKING NEWS! Professor Martin Stein Coming to CW’s The Flash!

Professor Martin Stein will be coming to CW’s upcoming television series, The Flash! This announcement follows the news on July 9th that Robbie Amell has been cast as Ronnie Raymond. With no sign of Jason Rusch, when Firestorm eventually appears on the show it seems likely he’ll be the classic configuration.

Ronnie Raymond, Professor Martin Stein, and Firestorm

The news about Stein was revealed earlier today by Executive Producer Greg Berlanti during the show’s panel at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. Series stars and producers were on-hand to promote the show. Several news sites are reporting Stein’s addition to the show, but each site seems to have their own bits of information. I’ve included several below.

A few things to note in the reports… They refer to Firestorm, not just Ronnie Raymond and Professor Stein. Just in case anyone was doubting, that sounds like confirmation that Firestorm is in the series (not just Ronnie & Professor Stein)! Also, the reports call Stein, “Firestorm’s other half”, indicating the classic configuration!

TV Line reports:

As for Robbie Amell coming on board as Ronnie Raymond — one half of DC Comics character Firestorm — reporters were quick to wonder whether Firestorm’s other half, Martin Stein, will also be making an appearance. Berlanti revealed that Stein was initially in the pilot, but was eventually written out. That said, we will meet Stein as Amell’s character evolves.

TV Guide reports:

As previously announced, The Tomorrow People alum Robbie Amell has been cast as one half of Firestorm, and Berlanti announced that the other half, Martin Stein, will later be introduced. Also, the producers are aiming high up on the DC roster. “Between [Arrow and Flash], we’ll have half the Justice League on our two shows this year,” Berlanti says.

Hollywood Reporter states:

Berlanti revealed that there is a good chance viewers will meet Dr. Martin Stein, the other half of Firestorm, revealing that in an early draft, Stein was “in a version of the pilot.”

Entertainment Weekly reports:

And as previously announced, Robbie Amell (The Tomorrow People) will show up as one-half of Firestorm in episode three, and that the other half of Firestorm—Dr. Martin Stein—will come along as well. “I think as we evolve Firestorm, you’ll definitely meet Stein,” Berlanti said. “We actually had him in a version of the pilot at one point on the train with Barry when he was coming back from Starling.”

So excited! Professor Stein is one of my favorite characters in the Firestorm mythos!

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