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The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #1 - God Particle

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Firestorm has a lot of fury, apparently. In fact, he has so much fury that Firestorm is now two separate people.

I've always wanted to get into Firestorm, but I don't know much about him aside from it takes two people to make the character "come alive." Frankly, everything about him confuses me, but I'm really interested in him. Does The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men have what it takes to impress new readers?

The Good

Lots of establishing characters and setting up the book. It's written solidly though, and highly enjoyable. It feels like they simplified the character of Firestorm a bit for this new run, where there are two of them instead of one, which is a bit less confusing for new readers like myself.

It's a good week for splash pages, and Yildiray Cinar has a few awesome ones. The best of Cinar's work has to be the two pager where we first meet the Firestorms. It's the type of art to get all giggly about. Aside from that, Steve Buccellato's colors are great on the splash pages. Other than that the art was solid but nothing amazing.

As always, Gail Simone is a solid writer. Personally, I wish she would have plotted this completely on her own because the pacing towards the end doesn't seem to fit with the rest of the book, but aside from that, great dialogue and great use of the word "sweet-cheeks."

The Bad

I didn't get excited until Firestorm(s) showed up. I was hoping the issue would have gotten to that faster. Let's face it, I was overly excited for the character and wanted to see him from page one. I found myself getting incredibly anxious and just wanting some cool Firestorm action. Maybe

Don't feel too keen on that last page reveal. I know it's the whole point of the book, but I'm the type of guy who liked Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops separate, not as one in a Megazord. I felt like that idea in this book was a bit rushed. They went from normal teens, to Firestorms, to Fury way too quickly. I have a feeling it will be better, overall, once we get into the next couple of issues though.

The Verdict

I'm down the middle on this one. Overall, I liked it, but I expected so much more. There's lots of set-up and establishing of characters, which is done very well, and the character has been a bit more simplified. Cinar's splash pages are fantastic and so are Buccellato's color work. Simone's writing is spot-on, but I wish she also did all the plotting. The end of the issue feels a bit rushed, and I felt like they waited to introduce Firestorm way too late. I recommend this book, but only because I feel it's only going to get better.

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Stikklebrik

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As a completely new reader with virtually no knowledge of Firestorm, I really liked this title.

The artwork and colouring is powerful and full of energy and I thought the story moved quite well.

Fans and previous readers may critisize there being 2 Firestorms with this new team up ability but I'm quite intersted to see where it goes.

I am a little wary that it may turn into an overused trump card and I can relate to the MMPR's analogy as it could easily head that way.

I'm following it for now though.

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I actually believe that Fury is not meant to be a trump card. As Fury explained, "The 'Guys' are gone." They have no control over the actions of Fury, which leads me to believe that Fury, while possibly a hero, will be a reckless one a la the style of Azrael from the previous DC Universe. So, no, I don't think it'll be that much of a trump card as Van Sciver and Simone are clearly hinting at some uncontrollable, uncontainable aspects of The Firestorm Protocol, especially Fury.

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I only vaguely remember Firestorm from the 90s, along with characters like The Ray, Maxima, and other Justice League 3rd stringers. His powers seemed to make him way overpowered, but somehow he still seemed totally lame. (Maybe it was the shoulder-pads and poofy sleeves, because the flame hair reminds me of my favorite Robot Master).

Looking at him from a more mature perspective, his powers are what make him hard to enjoy. People complain about Superman being overpowered, Firestorm can change matter into whatever he wants. I'd be surprised if DC keeps him around (aside from Brightest Day he hasn't done much in recent years)… but I guess that's why they put Gail Simone on it. Gail Simone transmutes shitty premises into awesome stories.

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I really liked this ish. I have no knowledge of Firestorm beyond this issue that's why I bought it. But, I guess having previous knowledge of this character ruins it. I'll certainly be back for issue two.

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Edited By _OMEGA_

OMEGA APPROVES.

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Glad to hear I'm not the only one who found this a tad lacking. I don't know who Fury is so the last page meant nothing to me. And the interview controversy between the two characters seemed really rushed and out of left field.

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Brightest Day redeemed Firestorm for me a little bit, but I still have a hard time caring. Given the two main characters in the book, having two people write the book seems like a cool idea. Who knows, maybe it'll be good and I'll check it out just to support Simone, who's the shiznit, but I think I'll be waiting for trade for this one.

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I loved Firestorm as a kid, mostly due to the Pat Broderick artwork. I'm not familiar at all with the last version of the character so this book was completely confusing to me. The original character was fun mostly because of the idea of the world's best physicist sharing a body with a high school student. It was interesting because that dynamic, more than the fact that he was so powerful. It was a "fun" book. This new combination of the characters might end up being interesting but it seemed like a mess in the first issue.

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Edited By dernman  Online

Hey the girl named Tonya. Could she be Tonya Moon that dated Superboy when he was in Hawaii.

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Why do I think this will turn out into a sort of Green Lantern Corps-direction? :P

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Only ever read about firestorm in brightest day so decided to check this out. I liked it up till the end I really don't know what to make of that last page, I'll check out issue 2 to see if I stay on reading this book.

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WFT with gail's overly violent and dark books, does all of her books have to be about family and child killing, and the feel of despair in her books,
she should drop the book and go to vertigo and write books about absolute depression 
i mean firestorm should be a teen superhero, who balances life , you know like all other heroes , not this garbage, the tone may have worked very well with secret six but not here

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Just bought the first 4 issues ( including #0) and I can say I like this book. The villains feel like I've read them before but they're coldblooded enough to overlook their genericness(?). The dialogue is ok and I like the animosity between Jason and Ronnie. The art is good not great and I enjoyed it.