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Looking to the future with FURY OF FIRESTORM #19

New issue solicited! Killer Frost’s first New 52 appearance! A fold-out cover! What more could you ask?!?!

Yesterday DC Comics released the solicitation for The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #19 shipping in April 2013! Check out the chilling cover below penciled by Dan Jurgens and inked by Ray McCarthy! Well… actually I guess this is only half the cover. We’ll have to wait and see what is pictured with the full fold-out cover. Click the image to enlarge!

Fury of Firestorm The Nuclear Man #19 cover by Dan Jurgens, Ray McCarthy, and H-Fi Color

Sooo… Killer Frost has been tied up with ropes.  Could it be … could this also be the premier of the New 52 Slipknot?!?! .. okay, probably not, but a boy can dream!

Here is the solicitation:

Written by DAN JURGENS
Art and fold-out cover by DAN JURGENS and RAY McCARTHY
On sale APRIL 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
What’s more deadly to fire than a Killer Frost?

I can’t wait for April!  My thanks to the following Match-heads for sending me a heads-up about the new solicitation: Roy Cleary, Keith G. Baker, Sean Koury, Michael A. Burstein, Jon M. Wilson, Lee Novak, Shawn Foster, Corey Hodgdon, Jason Pope, Mike Gillis, and Doug Zawisza! You guys rock!

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  1. Charlemagne says:

    SOMEONE was worried the other day that there would be no Firestorm 19 so as soon as I saw the solicit I sent a text to that person. But I guess SOMEONE is too busy to respond. Oh well, such is life. While I’m happy to see our book is still moving forward (a couple of titles are getting axed at 19) the Killer Frost redesign is a little off… was hoping for more of the classic look and not the underworld unleashed take on the character. But like most of you I will take what I can get. Could Frost be part of the Secret Society thats been forming in the DCU? Hope so!

  2. Luke says:

    I like the design. Certainly fits in with the motif of the New 52 witout being too extreme, either. The original Killer Frost was a great character and foil for Ronnie. And the concept of a “cold” character whose powers are endothermic rather than strictly cold-generation has always been novel.

    Always thought it would have been cool to see Johnny Storm and Killer Frost tangle in a Marvel vs DC crossover, heh heh.

    @Charlemagne, I think you may be onto something about the Secret Society, as that thread is running through a lot of the books this month. I myself am wondering which member of the Society is strong enough to take out Hawkman… the giant hand we can glimpse on the cover makes me think of Blockbuster for some reason.

  3. Sean Koury says:

    I was gonna start reading Hawkman. Unfortunately, the month I went to pick it up, I saw Liefeld art. Dropped the book back on the shelf.

    He’s gone now, right?

  4. Luke says:

    Liefeld NEVER did interior art on Hawkman. He did covers only (as far as art). The interior art has been by Joe Bennett and Art Thibert since issue #9 after Philip Tan left. And it has been pretty damn amazing over that period.

    I have said this so many times that I feel like a broken record. Or, if you prefer, a scratched CD.

    To answer your question Sean, yes, Rob Liefeld has not been the writer of Savage Hawkman for a couple of issues now. Frank Tieri is finishing up the “Hawkman: Wanted” storyline and then Tom DeFalco comes in for the next story. The art team is staying the same.

    It’s really amazing to me the number of people onlin who are railing against The Savage Hawkman and have never even cracked it’s spine. Or actively campaign to have it fail. It really is. DC puts out a pile of craptacular books every month which I don’t read, do I complain about them? No. If other people like them then more power to them.

    Comic book marks complain endlessly about how they want diversity and want new characters to take the spotlight, then they crap all over any book which has a B- or C-lister as the star and then shovel another Batman title down their gullets. It’s beyond ridiculous.

    (Whoops I guess I talked about Hawkman some more after all, sorry Shag.)

  5. Luke says:

    I should correct myself — “DC Comics marks” moreso tha just straight comic book marks. A lot of Marvel readers love their B- and C-list titles; it’s Marvel who doesn’t like those books and cancels them as soon as they can.

  6. Boosterrific says:

    I really like Killer Frost, but I’m not nuts about that look of this new Killer Frost either. There’s just way too much black in the DCnU these days. It’s not a shade that I associate with ice. While I always thought Killer Frost should have no pupils, I don’t think black fills are the solution.

    (I have to concede that this distaste of black is probably based on years of reading 4-color comics with an inability to effectively render shades of gray. Superman’s hair, Batman’s cape, Spider-Man’s costume, Moon Knight’s costume… all black but not.)

  7. Keith Samra says:

    I agree with Boosterrific, im not that sure I like the black on Killer Frost’s costume. But its hard to make a judgement call based on just this cover.
    Looking forward to reading this issue in the future!

    With Jurgens writing and pencilling, I can see this title making it into the top 20 and eventually top 10!

  8. Dave Mullen says:

    The problem with Killer Frost here is that she looks utterly generic. There are a lot of ‘ice’ villains out there in comics – Blizzard, Mr Freeze, Icicle, Captain Cold, and they all peddle the same motif. But more than that they are nearly all just losers and lackeys, that’s what happened to Killer Frost in the 90s.
    I don’t think it’s just false nostalgia to say the original Killer Frost has never been bettered, a distinctive visual look was matched by an Alpha personality – here was somebody who led, never followed.

  9. Luke says:

    I get where you are coming from, Dave, but a full 50% of your list of ice guys are Alpha-type personalities. Mr. Freeze? Captain Cold? Not really pack mentality guys. Blizzard I will grant you, but only the second one. The original one was a loner who struck out on his own to get revenge on Tony Stark. He was nobody’s lackey. (Loser is subjective especially for Iron Man villains.)

    And of course who can forget the greatest named ice villain ever — the Wonder Woman foe MINISTER BLIZZARD! 😀

  10. Sean Koury says:

    Well, I’m not one of those people who was rallying against Hawkman. I just can’t stand Liefeld’s art, and seeing it on the cover was enough to make me put the book back. (PS Which book was it that he drew that horrible looking Lobo? I was thinking it was Hawkman before hand, so that might be another reason I put it back on the shelf.)

    I’ve been wanting to read Hawkman for a while now, so on your word, Luke, I just added it to the pull list. :)

  11. Luke says:

    @Kieth, I think Lobo was in Deathstroke. The only issue of Deathstroke I have is the one which crossed over with Hawkman, so I cannot confirm that.

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