Yet another superhero I know very little about. I know him from Blackest Night and Brightest Day, and it seems to be a pretty clever idea: two people fuse to become Firestorm, one temporarily becoming a disembodied mind that can only communicate with the other, and they have the power to transmute elements – though it’s dependent on them actually knowing how to do it. In other words, at least one of the two minds needs to be a scientific genius. So, awesome, a science-based hero.
Wait, what’s that it says on the cover? “Firestorm: the Nuclear Men“? Gah. They changed something, and in this case, it’s not a good change. Yes, apparently there are now two Firestorms, and they can fuse to become a…giant…or something.
This seems to be a full reboot, with the two halves of Firestorm not knowing each other at the beginning of the story, though there are some things that remain from before the reboot, such as Professor Stein’s (part of the original Firestorm) supposed death. However, Jason’s girlfriend is inexplicably back from being dead.
I know it’s a reboot, so having so much stuff “reset” is to be expected. But I was hoping for some sort of conclusion to their big cliffhanger from Brightest Day: Firestorm was about to explode and destroy the entire universe or something.
I was beginning to really like Firestorm, but this book threw some water on those flames. Like I’ve said with every other book in the New 52, I’ll give this one a second try. I hope they fix some of the missteps in the future.