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Firestorm on The Flash Post-Game Report — No Spoilers

Firestorm! FIRESTORM! F-I-R-E-S-T-O-R-M!! Just in case someone hasn’t watched last night’s episode of The Flash yet, I’m posting this without spoilers. Since I’m not discussing, we’ll just say the parts you’d expect me to freak out, I did freak out.

Robbie Amell as Firestorn on The Flash mid-season finale

This was such a great episode! The developing plot with the Reverse Flash is gripping. It’s still hard to believe, but Ronnie Raymond (played by Robbie Amell) appeared tonight on The Flash and declared himself, “Firestorm”! (I don’t consider that a spoiler since it was featured in the preview.)  A really powerful mid-season finale!

I thought Robbie Amell did a fantastic job! I really felt bad for Ronnie and the confusion he’s experiencing. Well done, Mr. Amell! Be sure to follow Robbie Amell on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

I mentioned this last week, but watching Ronnie Raymond on The Flash has been a somewhat surreal experience for me. I’ve been following Firestorm’s adventures for 30 years, regularly blogging about him for nearly 6 years, and podcasting about him for 3 years. I’ve read the character on the page, watched him in animated form, and held molded plastic versions of the character. However, none of that prepares you for seeing the character in live action. Just, wow.

This version seems significantly different from the comic book version, but I’m okay with the differences. In the comics, Firestorm has had numerous incarnations; the only constant being a state of change. I’m excited to see where this story is leading our favorite Nuclear Man!

Share your thoughts regarding Firestorm’s appearance on The Flash in the comments below! Fair warning, expect SPOILERS in the comments!

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Watch Firestorm on The Flash Tonight!

Last week on The Flash we caught a glimpse of Ronnie Raymond (played by Robbie Amell) catching fire. Be sure to watch tonight for more Ronnie action, plus he name-drops, “Firestorm”!! Below you’ll find the Canadian preview for tonight’s episode. Click here if you can’t view the embedded video below.

Now check out this cool comic book-themed promotion posted by the official CW Flash Twitter account! Click to enlarge.

The Flash episode 09 comic promotion featuring Firestorm

Probably seems obvious, but I’m really excited about tonight! After the episode you’ll be able to find me on Twitter freaking out!

Tune in tonight on the CW Network at 8pm EST!

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Power Records Podcast #08: Six Million Dollar Christmas!

The Power Records Podcast, Part of the Fire and Water Podcast NetworkThe eighth episode of THE POWER RECORDS PODCAST is now available! It’s Christmas time again, so Rob & Chris take a listen to four holiday-themed audio adventures starring Steve Austin, the Six Million Dollar Man! We wrap up with your Listener Feedback!

Find the eighth episode of THE POWER RECORDS 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 (54 MB).

Power Records Six Million Dollar Man

Power Records Six Million Dollar Man

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Black Lantern Firestorm HeroClix… welcome home!

The Black Lantern we love to hate has his own HeroClix! Check out who arrived at the Firestorm Fan Sanctum this week! It’s Black Lantern Firestorm (later known as the original Deathstorm)!

War of Light HeroClix - Black Lantern Firestorm

This particular HeroClix has been available since August, but I just got around to picking him up. You can find him as part of the HeroClix War of Light wave 2 collection.

If you’ve ever bought HeroClix, you know they come with a card explaining the powers. For Black Lantern Firestorm, they explained his abilities using some of his ridiculous lines from Blackest Night. A very fun and creative way to do this! Check it out!

My thanks to Nate Winchester for reminding me to pick this up! Nate got his Black Lantern Firestorm HeroClix the legit way — he bought a random booster and got lucky. I took the lazy route and ordered it on eBay. Lazy Shag. Whatever method you chose, pick up yours today!

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Secret Origins #10 in February to feature Firestorm

Firestorm’s origin in the New 52 is slated for a retelling this coming February in Secret Origins #10! With writing by Dan Jurgens and art by Sean Chen, this should be pretty good! Be sure to reserve your copy today at your local comic shop! Here is the solicitation…

SECRET ORIGINS #10
Written by CAMERON STEWART, BRENDEN FLETCHER, DAN JURGENS and CAITLIN KITTREDGE
Art by STJEPAN SEJIC, IRENE KOH and SEAN CHEN
Cover by BRYAN HITCH
On sale FEBRUARY 25 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
Get ready for The New 52 origins of Batgirl (written by Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher with art by Irene Koh), Firestorm (courtesy of writer Dan Jurgens and artist Sean Chen) and Poison Ivy (coming your way from writer Caitlin Kittredge and artist Stjepan Sejic)!

While Firestorm doesn’t appear on the cover, it’s still a pretty snazzy one!

Secret Origins #10 featuring Firestorm, Batgirl and Poison Ivy

My thanks to @boynerdgeek and @CraigimusMax on Twitter for the heads-up regarding this issue!

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Back to the Futures End – Issues #24-27

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 here! Warning, Tim’s entries contain SPOILERS for the related issues of The New 52: Futures End. Consider yourself warned! Just so no one is confused, this particular entry takes place BEFORE Tim’s recent post covering big changes for Firestorm

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! Get even more Tim-time over at the Legion of Super-Bloggers! You can also stalk Tim on TwitterFacebook, and Google Plus. And now, let’s turn it over to Tim…

We’re halfway through this adventure, and what do we know? Green Arrow’s not dead. Neither is Red Robin or Firestorm, but Ronnie and Jason aren’t seeing things eye to eye. Superman is Shazam, and Kal-El is pulling a Kingdom Come farming existence in Africa. Wolverine is dead. Wait, what? Just making sure you were paying attention! Stormwatch is lost in space, though. The E2 heroes are now mindless drones to Brother Eye and Brainiac is in deep space and on Earth in different forms? Let’s see what else can happen…

The New 52: Futures End #24

Five years from now in deep space the remains of Stormwatch fly away from Brainiac’s Blood Moon in Ray Palmer’s Nan-Knight with Black Adam flying along outside. Hot on their tail are hundreds of Brainiac drones. Ray crash lands the Nan-Knight onto Stormwatch’s Carrier hoping they can bring Angie/Engineer back from Brainiac’s influence to start the ship up and get them home…but those hundreds of drones following them may prevent that.

The New 52 Futures End #24

On Cadmus Island a beaten and bruised Mister Miracle approaches an equally roughed up Fury. It seems that Fury beat the tar out of her former friend while under the influence of Brother Eye. Luckily for him, Mister Miracle is an escape artist and used the fact that Fury wasn’t exactly “herself” to take her down, and remove the implant.

The New 52 Futures End #24

In New York, Madison Payne and Ronnie Raymond walk around campus discussing life and loss. Ronnie’s mother, Madison’s father…even Ronnie’s loss of Jason’s friendship is touched on briefly. They pinky promise to be there for each other, “Alone together” before Ronnie heads to practice.

The New 52 Futures End #24

Cal/Tim shows up and tries to apologize to Madison, but she says she’s not ready…yet. Meanwhile, in Dr. Yamazake’s lab, Jason and the odd doctor manage to successfully teleport a mannequin (looks like a dead body to me, but they say “mannequin”).

The New 52 Futures End #24

And in Africa, Constantine and his companions wonder where Superman is? Last they saw he was chasing after the Machine Man/Parasite/Brainiac monster…who, speak of the devil, shows up and starts slaughtering Constantine’s friends. Who can stop him? Superman!

The New 52 Futures End #24

The New 52: Futures End #25

 In deep space the remaining members of Stormwatch are still dealing with that army of Brainiac drones. They’re keeping them at bay to give the Engineer a chance to restart the Carrier and get them home. When she manages to link into the system though, she finds that the navigation system is in a damaged part of the ship, meaning she can get them away from where they are she just doesn’t know where they’ll end up! Kind of like “Quantum Leap”, but with superheroes…and a spaceship. On Cadmus Island, in Fifty Sue’s “Ultra Top Secret, Authorized Personnel Only, Trespassers Will Be Eviscerated, Super Secure Sidekick Bunker” the little lunatic connects with Brother Eye via her own computer system to “play with it” while Grifter, Faraday, Deathstroke and E2 Lana look on in shock. Fifty Sue assures them Brother Eye can’t track them, but Deathstroke pulls the plug just to be sure. As the group tries to figure how they can escape the island, Grifter reveals that Faraday is a superhuman…who can teleport. While Deathstroke fumes about Grifter withholding this key bit of info, Faraday vanishes. That’s when Fifty Sue announces her plan…they’re going to storm the compound and take down Brother Eye!

The New 52 Futures End #25

In Africa, Constantine identifies the monster Superman is battling as an avatar of Brainiac, a surrogate. And after Kal-El blows the creature up with a blast of heat vision, Constantine says they’ll regret that…he believes the thing was just testing Supes…and now Brainiac will know what to expect!

The New 52 Futures End #25

And in New York, Ronnie is enjoying a chat with Madison in the student union when he sees a report that a tsunami is about to hit. He goes into hero mode and asks if she knows where Jason might be. He finds him in Dr. Yamazake’s lab, but Jason still holds a grudge and refuses to become Firestorm. Trust issues.

The New 52 Futures End #26

Instead, Jason texts Billy Batson, so Masked Superman can handle things. What they don’t realize is that crazy, hero hating, Yamazake just heard their whole conversations…and knows they are/were Firestorm!

The New 52: Futures End #26

In New York, Mr. Terrific arrives at a small airport, with new employees Key and Coil in tow, to meet billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne. A few issues ago, Key and Coil said Bruce was the man that hired them to break into Terrifitech. Everyone knows something is up. Bruce shows only to cut the meeting short moments later, suggesting they meet for a late dinner, at which point Terrific has the villains tail him. While at his lab, Yamazake has security throw Jason out. He knows who he is now, and believes the teen has been sabotaging his teleportation experiments.

The New 52 Futures End #26

Minutes later Madison shows up at the lab looking for Jason, and falls right into the evil grasp of Dr. Y. Her father was a criminal, and no one will miss her if things go wrong, so she will be his first live human test subject. Batman Beyond, lets Plastique in on the identity of Cal Corcoran aka Tim Drake/Red Robin against A.L.F.R.E.D.’s advice. They’re going to approach Cal/Tim for help…and it’s ok, because according to A.L.F.R.E.D Tim is dead in the future?!

The New 52 Futures End #26

On Cadmus Island, Fifty Sue and Brother Eye sit down for a little chat. Fifty Sue says they’re going to kick the computer’s butt. Brother Eye, through an E2 human surrogate, says the girl is crazy…and the surrogate is promptly blown to pieces. Brother Eye isn’t done though…it reveals the girl is a genetically engineered test subject, created by combining 52 DNA strands. It also taunts her with video which appears to show Deathstroke partnering with Brother Eye and expressing distrust of Fifty Sue.

The New 52 Futures End #26

Back in New York, Ronnie arrives in Central Park at the request of an text. So does Jason, though both deny sending the message. Batman arrives, and confesses it was him. He tells them Green Arrow is alive, and they need to get over whatever it is they’re going through…the world needs Firestorm!

The New 52 Futures End #26

The New 52: Futures End #27

On Arrow Island, Oliver Queen rallies his troops. Their transport is loaded with supplies…it’s time to find Cadmus Island and rescue the E2 heroes! In Metropolis, Lois Lane comes home to a not so empty apartment. Cal/Tim is waiting for her. He’s looking for Madison, who’s gone missing. Lois hasn’t seen the girl but asks him again about coming with her to the coordinates from the note in her mystery box. He declines, especially while Madison is missing, but suggests Lois tries checking it out again and take a “leap of faith”. On Cadmus Island, Grifter, Deathstroke and E2 Lana try to find Fifty Sue. The little girl has gone missing, and all they seem to be able to find are OMAC patrols and dead people. At the same time Mister Miracle is wandering the same island, undetected…until he is. Brother Eye picks him up based on his heat signature and sends the mind controlled E2 Huntress after him. She (well technically Brother Eye) tells him they are both gods, and “Eye am of a Mother Box” so there’s no reason Mister Miracle shouldn’t be an interesting addition to its collection.

The New 52 Futures End #27

While out a sea, Green Arrow and his crew prepare for war! Back in New York, Terry “Batman Beyond” McGinnis and Plastique are hanging out at “The Wounded Duck”. It’s time to have that chat with Cal/Tim! Terry decides to break into Cal’s apartment and check things out, after A.L.F.R.E.D reveals the former Titan is in Metropolis, and asks Plastique to stay behind in the bar. No sooner does he begin his little B&E session though than he finds himself face to face with an angry Batman! Then things go BOOM!

The New 52 Futures End #27

And finally, against the advice of her pilot, Lois takes that leap of faith…parachuting over the coordinates from her mystery box.

The New 52 Futures End #27

So…halfway through and I felt like a whole lot of nothing happened this month. It wasn’t a terrible read or anything, but it felt like lots of set-up and not much payoff. Fingers crossed that some cool twists are around the corner.

Shag here again! 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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Firestorm on The Flash – Christmas came 23 days early!

Firestorm has arrived! Earlier tonight Robbie Amell appeared on-screen as Firestorm for the first time! This occurred in the final moments of The Flash/Arrow crossover. Christmas came 23 days early for me!

Robbie Amell as Firestorm on The Flash vs Arrow

Robbie Amell as Firestorm on The Flash vs Arrow

Robbie Amell as Firestorm on The Flash vs Arrow

Earlier today Robbie Amell shared he would appear at the end of this episode, but I didn’t expect to see Firestorm in all his blazing glory! The special effects were awesome!  It does leave me wondering, will he only have flame powers? What about matter transmutation, flight, and intangibility? Is he already fused with Professor Stein, or does that come later? Hmmm…

Watching this was somewhat surreal. I’ve been following Firestorm’s adventures for 30 years, regularly blogging about him for nearly 6 years, and podcasting about him for 3 years. I’ve read the character on the page, watched him in animated form, and held molded plastic versions of the character. However, none of that prepares you for seeing the character in live action. Just, wow.

Some will complain this Firestorm doesn’t look like the comic version. That’s fine; some folks are purists. Me, I’m just thrilled to learn more about this version and happily embrace all the numerous incarnations of the character.

Congrats to Robbie Amell for his debut as Firestorm! Congrats to all the Matchheads for finally seeing your favorite character in live action!

I’m going to sleep pretty peacefully tonight. Sweet dreams, Matchheads!

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Robbie Amell & Victor Garber on The Flash set

Six days ago Robbie Amell (Ronnie Raymond on The Flash) posted the photo below to his Instagram account saying,  “The whole #Firestorm!”

How cool is this!?! You can see Robbie and Victor Garber (Professor Martin Stein on The Flash) wearing the same clothes, yet Robbie’s have a few more miles on them. This may suggest that Firestorm or Ronnie Raymond is inhabiting the body of Professor Stein at some point. Can’t wait to find out!

Robbie Amell and Victor Garber as Ronnie Raymond and Professor Martin Stein - Firestorm on The Flash

Below you’ll find a video of Robbie Amell from Access Hollywood discussing his look and character on the show. Below that are some related photos of Robbie on set that have emerged.

Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond on The Flash

Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond on The Flash

Be sure to watch The Flash/Arrow crossover starting tonight in case Ronnie Raymond shows up! Robbie Amell indicated that both he and Stephen Amell will appear in the same Flash episode. Tonight is the only Flash episode I know of featuring Stephen Amell! Fingers crossed!

My thanks to soooo many Match-heads who sent me information on these photos. I can’t begin to thank everyone as literally dozens of folks have sent me links. Y’all are the absolute best! Please keep those messages coming whenever you spot Firestorm news!

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Classic Fury of Firestorm #16 & Aquaman #36 – FIRE & WATER #108

Continuing THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST coverage of the classic Fury of Firestorm series from the 1980s!

Firestorm and Aquaman: The Fire and Water Podcast

The 108th 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 review Aquaman #36 by Jeff Parker, Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons, and Rain Beredo, the part two of the “Maelstrom” saga. Next, in “Black-Out!”, Firestorm is struck a major blow in The Fury of Firestorm #16 (September 1983) by Gerry Conway, Pat Broderick, Rodin Rodriguez, Gene D’Angelo, and Adam Kubert. Finally, we wrap up with your Listener Feedback!

You can find the 108th 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 (47 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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The Fury of Firestorm The Nuclear Man vol II #16 cover by Pat Broderick and Dick Giordano! Possibly the most powerful cover of the entire series! Interior story and art by Gerry Conway, Pat Broderick and Rodin Rodriguez! Click to enlarge!

Fury of Firestorm #16 cover by Pat Broderick & Dick Giordano

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Happy Thanksgiving from FIRESTORM FAN!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you here in the United States! For the international readers… sorry, our country is closed today for massive turkey consumption and tryptophan-induced comas. Come back tomorrow for the craziest shopping day of the year!

This year I’m thankful for all the Firestorm-related activity! The Flash TV series is jam-packed with Firestorm foes and soon the Nuclear Man himself! Firestorm is featuring prominently in The New 52: Futures End! We’re seeing new action figures and merchandise with ole flame-top! And much more that I’m sure is slipping my mind right now. It’s a great time to be a Match-head!

What comic book related things are you thankful for this year?

Happy Thanksgiving from FIRESTORM FAN!

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