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New McDuffie Interview Touches on Firestorm and the League

Monday, January 7th, 2008

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Happy New Year, everyone!

Comic Book Resources has posted an interview with Dwayne McDuffie where he touches on a number of things, including some upcoming intrigue with Firestorm. The language of the article left a few of us concerned that Dwayne wasn’t up to speed on Martin Stein’s recovery in Countdown to Final Crisis, but he assured me otherwise:

“Either I mispoke, or the reporter misheard me. I’m well aware that he’s back, that was planned before I even agreed to write Firestorm. The future Firestorm storyline I’m referring to is about Stein refusing to reenter the Matrix with Jason again, not Jason looking for Stein.”

Martin’s been a little moody lately, but it’s hard to blame him. I’m certainly looking forward to that storyline.

Don’t Miss Justice League #15 Tomorrow

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

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So the conclusion to Firestorm’s Countdown arc was a bit of a head-scratcher, but if the Newsarama preview is any indication, Firestorm has a nice role to play in the final issue of Dwayne McDuffie’s first story arc.  At this point, don’t look at it if you haven’t already.  Ed Benes certainly does the character justice.

Now we’re in the unusual position of not knowing where he’ll show up next.  Membership offer?  Let’s hope so. I do know that he at least makes a cameo in future issues of Countdown.

As an update to Jamal’s new art rep, they’ve now posted quite a bit of original art for sale. Make sure Santa knows.

Did You Catch the Superman Prime Special?

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

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Today’s issue had a nice little Firestorm bit in it thanks to Geoff Johns and Pete Woods. It was just a few panels but a fun appearance nonetheless. Great comic overall, though, so pick it up if you haven’t already! Yet more catching up to do on the issues page - I’ll get there!

In former creator news, Jamal Igle recently let everyone know that he’s updated his site and found a new art rep. His issue of Teen Titans came out today and it really looks great. Best of all, he’s going to be a Papa come spring. Congratulations to Jamal and Karine! Being a Dad is one of the best things you can get out of life.

Future Appearance Info from Wizard World Chicago

Saturday, August 11th, 2007

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The Firestorm news started rolling in yesterday with the announcement of not one but two new Mattel actions figures, featuring both Ronnie and Jason. Pictures and further information here. Look for them next year. I’m all over that - I actually kind of like the atomy hands.

The bigger hint of things to come was from Dan Didio during today’s New Worlds Order panel. It came in the form of one of his famous “slips”. Here’s how Newsarama reports the exchange during Q&A:

Will we see Firestorm going after Darkseid? “Yes,” Didio said, saying to read Countdown and Justice League of America. After Wayne gave him a dirty look, Didio said, “Did I give something away?”
Wayne: “Yes.”

That all but confirms the identity of Firestorm’s future team. I’ve said for a long time that that’s the right move for the character, so I’m excited to see further confirmation!

On the creator front, Newsarama also posted a new interview with Jamal. It doesn’t touch on Firestorm, but it’s a great way to learn what he’s up to. I like seeing his take on the new Blue Beetle. The big news for one Firestorm alumni, Keith Champagne, is that he’ll be writing the upcoming Countdown: Arena miniseries. Details here. It’s a high-profile knock-down, drag-out among various versions among some of DC’s biggest names.

Happy Birthday, Jamal!

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

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I like to tease Jamal Igle because he’s a whole 12 days older than I am. Happy Birthday, old man! Actually, there’s quite a few reasons for Jamal to be a happy man. Just under two weeks ago, he married his beautiful bride, Karine. Take a peek at his pictures here. In other Jamal news, his next project was just solicited - Countdown Presents: The Search for Ray Palmer: Crime Syndicate. I’m looking forward to it.

In other Firestorm alum news, Stuart Moore is having a good month, too. The trade paperback Wolverine: Blood and Sorrow was released, collecting his excellent tales of the famous beclawed one. Also out is an issue of New Avengers/Transformers and Earthlight #2, which is the series that has earned Stuart several nods from critics. He’s also been announced as a new editor for a co-branded line of SCI FI Channel/Virgin comics.

The third and final former Firestorm creator to talk about, and the one that might have a hand in Firestorm’s future, is Dwayne McDuffie. If I weren’t such a slacker, you would have seen here that Dwayne was announced last month as the new writer on Justice League of America. Given the other work we’ve seen from him, I take that as great news. It doesn’t hurt that this improves Jason’s changes of making the team.

Dan Didio said that we’ll see Firestorm join a team “soon”. For a while there, The Outsiders was high on the candidate list but that lineup has now been made public, as is the lineup of Teen Titans. I’ve long felt that the JLA was the best fit and rumor mill strongly points in that direction. Perhaps we’ll find out in a couple of weeks during the San Diego Comicon. Hey DC, throw us a bone!

Get Your Firestorm Tomorrow

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

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No, unfortunately, I’m not referring to another issue of the comic - they put that to bed nicely with Dwayne’s #35. Still, tomorrow is the day that the Jason Rusch Firestorm action figure hits store shelves. I do think they made the colors a bit too bright, but that’s certainly not going to stop me from picking it up. I’m excited! I need to clear a spot on my desk…

Speaking of the series finale, that was quite a cliffhanger. I’m not sure I’ve seen a series end that way, but it gives me great hope that the story will continue. Yesterday’s August solicitations don’t offer much hope of seeing that thread being picked up this summer, but you never know.

Stuart Moore gave a nice interview to Comixfan containing some nice post mortem analysis of what went right and what went wrong with the series. It’s also a good way to catch up on Stuart’s more recent projects.

I Wasn’t Kidding, Was I?

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

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Last week’s #33 was fantastic, wasn’t it? As I promised - ridiculously entertaining!

Seeing such a strong issue makes it that much harder to see the book go. Unfortunately, there was confirmation from Dan Didio at Wondercon that Firestorm is done from now, despite the removal of the tag “final issue” on the dccomics.com solicitation giving some hope.

But the news isn’t all bad. Firestorm and its creators were featured prominently in the 2007 Glyph Comics Awards nominations. Congratulations to Stuart, Jamal and Brian Stelfreeze. Stuart also earned a nod or two for his Earthlight book from Tokyopop. Nice going!

Speaking of Stuart, his Detective Comics issue comes out tomorrow so pick it up. It’s the first of a two-parter, and I really like the setup he describes in his Wizard Universe interview.

New Dwayne Interview

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

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Woohoo! I finally have enough stuff reinstalled on Vista to post again.

Thanks to poster theid from the DC boards for pointing out a new Wizard Universe interview with Dwayne McDuffie about his arc. There is a lot of interesting information and six new preview pages, making a total of nine we’ve seen from the issue. The art looks fantastic and the writing is a lot of fun. I’m very much looking forward to it. Just two more weeks!

Just to follow up with our favorite creators, Jamal’s run on Nightwing recently started with #129 recently. Even better, Keith Champagne has his back with the inks. Stuart Moore’s PARA TPB is now in comic stores and I highly recommend picking it up. Both Stuart and Jamal will be appearing at the New York Comicon on the 23rd through the 25th for you lucky buggers who live on the east coast.

The End Confirmed

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

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Have I been too distraught to post since the bad news? Naw, I wish I could claim it was something other than laziness and being kind of busy. Firestorm Volume 3 will indeed end with #35. Dwayne revealed on his message boards that he was brought on to wrap up the series.

I’d obviously prefer that the series march on and on, but 35 issues is a good run these days. Jason’s a great character and I know he’ll get his share of air time in the rest of the DC universe. In fact, this week’s edition of the Lying in the Gutters rumor column has… potential spoilers ahead… Firestorm teaming with Nightwing, Donna Troy, Supergirl and Flash on a new team. That sounds like a great setup to me.

This site isn’t going anywhere. I’ll continue to add to it. In fact, since Jason’s only appearances will be in books other than his own, I figure it’s that much more important that there be a good reference site for him for other writers to use. I’ll need your help more than ever to keep an eye out for his appearances, too.

Just as a reminder, tomorrow’s release of the Superman: Back in Action TPB features Firestorm heavily, both in the main storyline and in an old DC Comic Presents that has Superman teaming up with the Ronnie/Martin version of the character. That should be well worth picking up.

Oh, and I met Matt Haley this past weekend at the Phoenix Comicon and got a Firestorm sketch from him that I’ll post later. Everyone loved his Firestorm covers so it only seemed fitting.

April Solicitations Tomorrow

Sunday, January 14th, 2007

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Despite feeling hopeful due to Dan Dido’s comments about titles like Firestorm representing DC’s commitment to diversity, I have to accept the possibility that tomorrow’s Firestorm #35 solicitation may carry the dreaded “Last Issue” mark of death. The sales figures simply haven’t been that good, so it’s possible that the title will wrap up with the end of what looks like will be a great arc from Dwayne McDuffie. If so, going out with head held high isn’t such a bad thing. Nor is it the end of Jason.

Keith Champagne, who was once content to merely ink the likes of Firestorm, has been put to work by DC in creating the stories around World War III. He talks about his plans over on Newsarama. His issues will touch on Firestorm’s missing-year situation, which will be great to see. In fact, he says that the story is told through the eyes of a character who is deciding his own role, but I’m keeping my hopes in check because that could refer to a lot of characters. I’ll definitely be buying those issues - Keith proved his writing chops for me on his JSA run. Interestingly enough, the other two issues of this done-in-a-day miniseries will be written by John Ostrander, who was once at the writing helm of Firestorm (and who now writes the absostupendoterrific Star Wars: Legacy for Dark Horse).

And, if you need a quick hit of Firestorm now, look for his bio page in the back of this week’s 52 issue. Jamal and Keith once again team up to draw Jason. I’m looking forward to it. Also, did you catch Jamal’s work in last week’s issue of 52? I saw the preview art before the credits and knew instantly that Jamal was on duty that day.