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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.