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Firestorm Word Balloons

One of the nice artistic touches in the current Fury of Firestorm series is the word balloons. Each of the Firestorm protocol characters has their own distinctive-looking word balloon. I asked the folks at Hi-Fi Colour Design who developed these unique looks. Here was their response:

Pre-2000 this was the colorist domain at DC. Today it is all the letterer! Hooray for them being able to bring more of their unique talents to each and every story. Comics really are a collaborative medium.

Therefore, looks like we’ve got Letterer Travis Lanham to thank for these cool artistic additions to the series! Below I’ve highlighted a few panels by Yildiray Cinar to demonstrate these unique word balloons.

Ronnie Raymond – red word balloons, yellow outline and yellow letters

Ronnie Raymond - Firestorm word balloon

Jason Rusch – yellow word balloon, red outline and red letters
Firehawk – white word balloon, red outline and red letters
Hurricane – black word balloon, yellow outline and yellow letters

Jason Rusch, Firehawk, Hurricane - Firestorm word balloon

Pozhar – white word balloon, red shaky outline and red letters
Rakshasi – violet word balloon, red outline and white letters

Pozhar and Rakshasi - Firestorm word balloon

Fury – black word balloon, shaky red outline and white shaky letters

Fury - Firestorm word balloon

Wrath – salmon word balloon, shaky black outline and black shaky letters

Wrath - Firestorm word balloon

Love those distinctive word balloons!

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  1. Corey Hodgdon says:

    Neat article. I would never have guessed the letterer was responsible for the color of the word balloons. I wonder if the writer tells them what color to use or if he just comes up with it on his own.

  2. Leenovak16 says:

    While this is a great article, it took me at least 6 months to get over the anger of the whole “Sweetcheeks” debacle from Gail Simone, and now once again I am forced to relive it.

    Thanks Shag!

  3. Martin Stein RIP says:

    Never before has one really bad word choice brought down a book so spectacularly….

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