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Ronnie Hints in Booster Gold #1


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As those of you who picked up Booster Gold #1 last week know, there were some references to the Ronnie Raymond version of Firestorm in the story. I’m going to list those now, so beware of spoilers if you plan to read the issue yourself (and you should!).

  • As Booster travels in Rip Hunter’s timesphere, Rip explains that recent events caused wormholes in the time stream, creating anomalies. As they talk, we see a number of scenes in the background including one very prominent image of the Ronnie/Martin Firestorm.
  • In Rip Hunter’s Time Lab, there is a chalkboard that contains Rip’s disjointed notes. The most prominent note says “RONNIE RAYMOND+X = FIRESTORM!” This one really got some attention.
  • On the final page of the issue, we see some scenes that “will happen” in future issues, according to Geoff Johns. The second one is marked as “Week 104, Day 1″. That’s 52 weeks after the conclusion of 52, which also means the end of Countdown and the start of the 2008 event Final Crisis. For the most part, this is an assembly of heroes from the Giffen Justice League, with other heroes like Aquaman being present in his old 80’s blue patterned outfit. Most curious, though, is Firestorm’s outfit. It a combination of Ronnie’s and Jason’s. The electron trails wrap all the way around the costume as they did on Ronnie, but the electrons themselves are white as they are on Jason’s costume. The “proton” is the middle is white, like Jason’s, but has a corona like Ronnie’s. The pants have no yellow in them, which is more like Jason’s and less like Ronnie’s. But the shoulders are closer to Ronnie’s style.

I’ll also mention this one for the sake of completeness, but I think it’s something else.

  • Booster is out with Skeets looking through future newspapers to identify chances to play hero. One of the headlines says “Booster Gold Stops Nuclear Metahuman Explosion”. Below that headline is the partially obscured line “es School Chi”, which I take to mean “Saves School Children”. I’ve heard the theory that this line might possibly pertain to Ronnie Raymond’s “metahuman explosion” but personally I think it’s a humorous nod to Marvel’s Civil War, which was kicked off by a metahuman explosion killing schoolchildren.

So, as you can see, there’s a lot more substance here to consider than the fanboyish wishful thinking we’ve been hearing for a while. But what does it all mean?

Again, it’s not possible that they are meaningless teases due to that last page being a confirmed future event. At a minimum, I’d say, we’re in for an appearance of a Firestorm that includes Ronnie Raymond. It could be a team gathered on another world. It could mean that this team and possibly others like it are drawn from other worlds to fight some great evil on New Earth. What’s the likelihood, though, that it signals the reintroduction of Ronnie Raymond in DC’s main continuity?

I think the odds are good, actually, given the amount of attention drawn to the character by Rip’s board. It seems unlikely that they would give the matter such prominence otherwise. But who is the X in RONNIE + X? Jason is the mostly likely candidate. Consider the statements about putting Jason on a team. Consider his status as a Dan Didio creation and an ethnic hero. Consider the new stories that could be told.

Personally, I would enjoy a Ronnie/Jason Firestorm, as hinted at by the costume seen on the last page. To be honest, I really like Martin Stein but I’m not sure that his character has clicked since his return. He was either too angsty, silent or so upbeat that his confidence removed the tension from scenes in which Firestorm was in danger. I like him as a mentor, but perhaps it’s time for him to step outside of the costume itself. Let’s add that to my list of predictions.

I could be completely wrong - it has certainly happened before. Still, I find the prospect intriguing. I think there could be some great stories there, and it’s certainly not a foolish move from a purely commercial perspective. Ultimately, I’d be happy with either a limited appearance or a new Jason/Ronnie status quo. Let’s see what happens.

2 Responses to “Ronnie Hints in Booster Gold #1”

  1. KoolJ Says:

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    Thanks for the run down. I’m not sure how I feel about and RR-JR partnership but we’ll see.

  2. WildCard9 Says:

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    I would like to second that enthusiam for a Ronnie/Jason Firestorm. I think it would be the best pairing for all fans. Ronnie the experienced hero in the mentor seat for Jason in the driver’s seat. Maybe Ronnie could take over for very limited periods of time, but mostly it would be Jason running the show. Keep Martin Stein as an external advisor only, if his mind survived the encounter with Darkseid (just how did Darkseid pull Martin out of the Firestorm matrix to begin with?? We still need an answer for that as well)

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