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The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men 3 (January 2012)

Why’s the bad lady got Madame Masque’s mask, only in silver? You’d think DC would want more originality.

Cinar’s art suffers this issue. His lines are blocky and there’s a general gracelessness to his figures. The script is pretty boring too–it’s a standoff between Team Firestorm and Team Bad Guy. Team Firestorm eventually wins, but not until Team Bad Guy brings in their ringer… some brain damaged super-jingoist. Sort of a brainwashed Captain America, only as big as the Hulk.

I’d almost say Simone’s making a comment about the “Love It or Leave It” crowd being brain damaged, but co-plotter Van Sciver’s a very public neocon.

There’s no character development here, just passing acknowledgments from Simone she should be doing it. The awful pacing she established in the last issue gets worse in this one.

Firestorm is a pointless series; Simone’s coped out on her protagonists’ development.


Helix; writers, Ethan Van Sciver and Gail Simone; artist, Yildiray Cinar; colorists, Steve Buccellato and Hi-Fi; letterer, Travis Lanham; editors, Ricky Purdin and Rachel Gluckstern; publisher, DC Comics.

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