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Nuclear News – 2009.01.15 – Appearances, Toys, Creators, Cartoons

Welcome to the first installment of FIRESTORM FAN’s Nuclear News!  With these segments, I’ll try and cover any recent information, character appearances, or creator updates.  Since this is the first one, we’ve got some catching up to do.

  • Firestorm (Jason/Gehenna) appeared in Justice League of America #28 by Dwayne McDuffie, Jose Luis, and JP Mayer.  The issue hit the stands on January 2, so you can probably still find a copy.  While Firestorm only appeared on two pages, he managed to throw out some pretty funny quips in his brief appearance.  He actually zinged Batman, believe it or not!  Given the way they ended his scene, I think it’s likely that we’ll see more of Firestorm next issue.
  • Trinity #33 just hit the stands yesterday.  If you haven’t been reading DC’s Trinity, Firestorm (Jason/Gehenna) has been featured regularly in the story.  It’s been a good read and good usage of Firestorm.  This isn’t just your typical guest appearance by the JLA where Firestorm stands in the back and doesn’t talk.  He’s had a definite role to play in this series.  He first appeared in issue #7 and has appeared frequently since then.  You can probably still find all the back issues at your local comic book store.  If not, there will be trade paperbacks collecting the story sooner or later.
  • Back in December, Mattel released the DC Universe Classics Series 2 Firestorm Jason Rusch action figure.  The Ronnie version had been released several months prior.  If you are really lucky, you might still find the Jason Firestorm action figure at your local Target.  Otherwise, you’ll probably have to pay internet prices.  The lowest I’ve seen lately on the internet for this figure is around $24 after shipping.  Ouch!
  • Jamal Igle will be appearing at the New York Comic Con February 6-8, 2009.  Jamal was one of the artists on Firestorm volume III and is now currently drawing Supergirl.  You can find his schedule of tracks for the NYCC posted on his blog at
  • The Justice League is slated to make a guest appearance in Titans #10, shipping February 11, 2009.  Firestorm is depicted on the cover battling Starfire.  You can see the cover at DC Comics online.
  • Firestorm is slated to appear in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold cartoon.   Jamal Igle indicated on the DC Message Boards that this will be the Jason version of Firestorm.
  • This is definitely old news, but some of you may not have heard yet.  Ronnie Raymond is slated to return as a Black Lantern in Geoff John’s upcoming Blackest Night storyline.  Geoff John’s announced this himself back in September.  It’ll be interesting to see what happens with Ronnie after Blackest Night.  A year ago, Johns  told Comic Book Resources in an interview that he had ideas for Firestorm.  He may have simply been referring to Blackest Night, but given the quote it sounds bigger than that.

“There are still tons of characters to write… Aquaman is a big one. I have very specific ideas for him. Very specific. Justice League of America, Batman, and more Flash. And Firestorm.”

  • As a follow-up to that, there are rumors floating around that big things are in store for Firestorm in 2009.  In a 2009 preview article, Newsarama listed nine characters to watch in 2009.  While Firestorm wasn’t one of the nine, they had this to say:

…there are many, many close calls to this list – Hawkeye and Mockingbird, Aquaman, Hawkman, heck, we’ve even heard rumblings about Firestorm.

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  1. rob! says:

    Whew! That’s a lot of Firestorm news for one post! You gotta spread it out a bit! :)

    Congrats on starting the blog!

  2. Luke says:

    I see no reason why Firestorm shouldn’t at least be on the Justice League. The character has history with the League, he stands out in a crowd, he adds some diversity, and his powers are unique and very useful — like when he defeated Killer Frost by turning some stuff into anti-freeze.

  3. ravenface says:

    Great post and a well-designed blog! Fan the flame indeed!

    Wanted to chime in in reference to the Jamal Igle links. I’ve had the opportunity to meet him at a few signings, and he’s incredibly nice. So, if you’re a Firestorm Fan fearful to approach him at a con, fear not. Once, he did an hilarious sketch for me of Booster Gold (do he and Firestorm have any connection at all?) rising from the dead.

    Looking forward to any and all information on how the Suicide Squad became a graveyard for Firestorm villains.

  4. Joel says:

    A new Firestorm site. Interesting. I have a question. Will you be posting any kind of fan-fic or links? I know Firestorm stories are probably few and far between, but I used to write for a site (sort of ‘Ultimate DC’) where I wrote 13 ‘issues’ of a Raymond/Stein series. Otherwise, I’ll poke my head in to see what’s up. I don’t run across to many Firestorm fans.

  5. Shag says:

    Luke – I completely agree. Here is to hoping the JLA will always have a match-head in it!

    Ravenface – I love that Booster sketch! Too funny!

    Joel – I’m certainly not opposed to including links to fan fiction, however, I’d rather not post any slash-fiction. I actually used to read a little Firestorm fan fiction myself during the lean years. Go ahead and e-mail me a link to your Fan Fiction site. Once I collect a few Fan Fiction links, I’ll try and do a post for them.

    My thanks to everyone for stopping by!

  6. My intended MySpace reply, redirected here:

    Yeah, I saw a link up at El Jacone’s Comic Book Bunker, and added it to the Idol-Head’s blogroll that same day. I’ll get around to adding it to the Detroit blog as well, but I work under the assumption no one reads that one but me and Luke. I’ll also throw up a Firestorm-related post at Diabolu when I think up an angle. I like the Nuclear Man, and am glad to see you’re spreading the love across all incarnations.

    Have you checked out Valerie D’Orozio’s blog mentioning the Mike Carey aborted revamp, replaced by Jolley/Jason Rusch?

    “7. Multiple-Personality Firestorm
    The original concept of the Firestorm reboot, as conceived by then-writer Mike Carey, involved the character having several voices in his head/”personalities,” including (I believe) that of a robot & a cat. Newcomer Lewis LaRosa was to pencil, and I saw concept sketches. One editorial shift later, and the proposal & creative team was history.”

  7. Shag says:

    Frank – Thanks for the comment! I’ve actually got a post planned in the near future that covers the Mike Carey/Lewis Larosa aborted series.

    Thanks again for stopping by!

    The Irredeemable Shag

  8. NSP says:

    Great blog! Its cool to see love for ol’ Matchead!! :)

    Im looking forward to Ronnie being in Blackest Night! I know Geoff, and trust that he’ll do Ronnie justice. Im really looking forward to Geoffs ideas for him. I like rumblings about Firestorm!

    And about Jamal Igle….I concur, he is a very nice guy who is easy to approach at cons. He did a cool Martian Manhunter sketch for me a few years back that I love.


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