blogging by Andrew Wickliffe

The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men 2 (December 2011)

The great superhero art from Cinar continues and this issue of Firestorm is a little better overall.

Mostly it’s because Van Sciver and Simone have decided what famous plots to rip off. Here, it’s a little WarGames and a lot of Hulk. The giant Firestorm monster and the little Betty stand-in. Maybe they’ll get around to making a romantic triangle, but hopefully not. This issue, though improved, shows the pacing on Firestorm is going to be awful.

There’s a lot of exposition too. With the whole “Professor Stein is the smartest man alive” thing. If I were a new reader, it wouldn’t mean anything to me because Simone’s writing it as a big wink to familiar readers (Stein was the original Firestorm).

Unfortunately, Simone ignores most of the character drama this issue. I wonder if she’s just going forget about it and instead do more bad conspiracy thriller scenes.


Sound and Fury; writers, Ethan Van Sciver and Gail Simone; artist, Yildiray Cinar; colorist, Steve Buccellato; letterer, Travis Lanham; editors, Ricky Purdin and Rachel Gluckstern; publisher, DC Comics.

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