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Firestorm #1
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“Eye Contact”

Writer: Dan Jolley
Penciller: ChrisCross
Inker: John Dell
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Phil Balsman
Cover: Cross and Dell
Editor: Peter Tomasi
Cover date: July 04
Release date: 5/5/2004

Synopsis:
We’re introduced to Jason Rusch, a young man with a troubled home life. He lives with his abusive father Alvin in Detroit, Michigan. Suddenly out of a job and desperate for college money, Jason takes a job as a courier for local thug Stevie Golek against the advice of Jason’s best friend, Mick Wong. While driving to his first job, a fiery object suddenly falls from the sky, which Jason is powerless to avoid. Ninety minutes later, Jason regains consciousness and resumes his delivery. At his destination, a gunfight erupts causing Jason to panic. Suddenly, his body and that of a downed thug become engulfed in light and flame, from which emerges a new Firestorm. Clear’s commentary on #1.
Firestorm #2
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“Eye Contact”

Writer: Dan Jolley
Penciller: ChrisCross
Inker: Dan Green
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Phil Balsman
Cover: ChrisCross
Editor: Peter Tomasi
Cover date: Aug 04
Release date: 6/3/2004

Synopsis:
Jason, surprised to be alive, has a very brief moment of discovering the joy of his powers. His fun is interrupted by a voice from inside his head. Inside his mind, we see the thug attached to the Firestorm matrix, reaching out and talking to a startled Jason. Returning to the scene of the gunfight, Jason separates from the thug who no longer has a memory of the incident. Jason discovers that the package he was to deliver was destroyed and returns to apologize to Stevie. Late at night, Jason follows Stevie to confirm his suspicions that Stevie is involved in drugs. Stevie discovers Jason and stabs him in the stomach. Jason panics and once again merges with nearest person, who happens to be Stevie. Seeing an opportunity, Stevie immediately begins to try to manipulate Jason. Firestorm is confronted by Stevie’s men. He instinctively stops their bullets. When he goes on the attack, he unintentionally brings down a building on several of Stevie’s people. Stevie, as seen in the matrix, suddenly begins dissolving. Jason is powerless to stop the process.
Firestorm #3
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“Eye Contact”

Writer: Dan Jolley
Penciller: ChrisCross
Inker: Dan Green
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Phil Balsman
Cover: ChrisCross
Editor: Peter Tomasi
Cover date: Sep 04
Release date: 7/7/2004

Synopsis:
Jason continues to struggle to release Stevie, who begins to see into Jason’s mind. Jason’s troubled home plays before both of them. For the first time, we see Jason’s mother’s departure in the wake of Alvin’s accident and the start of the abuse. Stevie tells Jason that that life is now over and he must begin thinking as a man with great power. Jason finds it in himself to gain more control over the matrix and releases Stevie, but it is too late. Stevie is killed when his separated body dissolves. Jason reminds himself that Stevie was trying to kill him and resolves to never be intimidated again. However, upon returning home, Jason is immediately subjected to his father’s anger. Jason is still unable to stand up for himself. A call from Mick prevents the situation from turning violent. On the phone,
Firestorm #4
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“Everybody Wants You”

Writer: Dan Jolley
Penciller: ChrisCross
Inker: Rob Stull
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Cover: Cross and Stull
Editor: Peter Tomasi
Cover date: Oct 04
Release date: 8/8/2004

Synopsis:
Jason has started a well-paying but humiliating job for another restaurant. Alvin bursts into the restaurant and yells at Jason, humiliating him. Later that night, Jason climbs out his window. Jason encounters a homeless man in the park and merges with him. He begins flying as Firestorm, clearly enjoying himself. The homeless man, Preston, is concerned at first but also enjoys the experience. As they fly, they encounter Green Lantern (John Stewart) and Martian Manhunter, who probe him about Ronnie Raymond’s dissappearance. We learn that a month has passed since Jason became Firestorm. Satisfied that Jason is well-intentioned and guiltless of Ronnie’s dissappearance, the two leave to deal with an emergency. They leave a signal device with Jason. While Jason and Preston discuss the encounter, they come across a car accident. Descending to help, they find the two drivers dead. A woman emerges and introduces herself as Casey Krinsky. Preston soon becomes alarmed by the casual way Casey is acting on the scene of a fatal accident. She shows them her ability to absorb the properties of matter around her. Before Jason can react, Casey grabs him and attempts to absorb his powers. Jason launches into the sky in an attempt to shake her. During the scuffle, Casey turns into stone and plummets into a pond below.
Firestorm #5
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“Everybody Wants You”

Writer: Dan Jolley
Penciller: ChrisCross
Inker: Rob Stull
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Phil Balsman
Cover: Luke Ross
Editor: Peter Tomasi
Cover date: Nov 04
Release date: 9/1/2004

Synopsis:
Ignoring yet another call from Mick, Jason sits and stares at his signal device. After a while of looking at the device intensely, its molecular composition is opened to his view. At work, Jason hears news of a girl made of stone menacing an area west of the city. Realizing that this must be Casey, Jason leaves to confront her. Failing to find Preston at the park, Jason spots a female jogger. Before she can resist, he merges with her. Her name is Nicole Garcia, a policewoman who accuses Jason of assualt and kidnapping. Firestorm finds Casey, who has been transformed, and a fight ensues in which Casey holds the upper hand until she mysteriously implodes and returns to normal form. Jason, wanting to help a dieing Casey, uses the JLA signal device. Superman, then Flash appear to assist. Casey is taken to S.T.A.R. labs to be treated. Superman escorts Jason there, offering several pieces of advice. On the return trip to Detroit, Nicole tells Jason that she believes he’s addicted to his powers.
Firestorm #6
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“Joyride”

Writer: Dan Jolley
Penciller: Chris Batista
Inker: Dan Green
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Phil Balsman
Cover: Cross and Mick Gray
Editor: Peter Tomasi
Cover date: Dec 04
Release date: 10/20/2004

Synopsis:
Jason sees Ronnie Raymond’s apparent demise through Ronnie’s eyes in a dream. Ronnie, after being stabbed by a magic sword during the pursuit of Identity Crisis suspects, flies high into the atmosphere to avoid exploding in the vicinity of others. His consciousness survives the explosion, but finds a lost Jason Rusch as a new host. Awaking from this dream, Jason begins his day with another one-sided argument with his father. While working in the yard, Jason’s friend Mick appears, wondering what had happened to him. Jason, still in a bad mood, merges with Mick to show him exactly why he’s been busy. As Firestorm, they visit the set of an adult film and, against Mick’s objections, take revenge on a police officer that once assaulted them because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time and of the wrong color. Finally, the two decide to visit the JLA watchtower on the moon. There, Martian Manhunter confirms the information that Jason saw in his dreams. Batman chastizes Jason for his reckless behavior. Clear’s commentary on #6.
Firestorm #7
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“Upper Hand”

Writer: Dan Jolley
Penciller: Liam Sharp
Inker: Andy Lanning
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Patrick Brosseau
Cover: Sharp and Lanning
Editor: Steve Wacker
Cover date: Jan 05
Release date: 11/10/2004

Synopsis:
Jason’s college hopes are crushed when he’s informed of a tuition hike, but Alvin is unsympathetic. He reveals that the family is nearly broke. As they talk, criminals enter the house and capture both Alvin and Jason. Luis Salvador, a powerful drug lord, is their leader. He is investigating the dissappearance of his local distributor, Stevie Golek. When the chance arises, Jason merges with Luis, but Luis takes control of Firestorm creating a new, terrifying Firestorm. His first order of business is to track down Travis Clevenger (AKA Bloodhound) and kill him for nearly putting him out of business three years ago. They find Clevenger as he’s being moved from a hospital to prison. As Clevenger battles Luis from without, Jason struggles for control of Firestom from within. Between the two of them, they’re able to subdue Luis long enough to end the Firestorm merger and escape before more of Luis’s men appear. Clear’s commentary on #7.
Bloodhound #5
Bloodhound #5 cover

“Firestorm”

Writer: Dan Jolley
Penciller: Leonard Kirk
Inker: Robin Riggs
Colorist: Moose Baumann
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Cover: Dave Johnson
Editor: Ivan Cohen
Cover date: Jan 05
Release date: 11/10/2004

Synopsis:
Clevenger carries Jason through a wooded area and into an industrial park. Jason and Clevenger fill each other in on what they know about the situation. When Luis’s men show up, Clev takes them down brutally. As more men arrive, Jason attempts to merge with an unwilling Travis so he can solve the problem with Firestorm’s powers, but Clev resists the merge. Clevenger solves the problem the old fashioned way - by tearing through the men with his fists and any other swingable object he can get his hands on. Finally, he overpoweres Luis. Jason merges with Luis, who is now cowered, and does… something to Luis to leave him frightened witless. When the authorities arrive, Clevenger gladly hops back into an ambulance, while Jason merges with a henchman and returns to Detroit. Clear’s commentary on Bloodhound #5.
Firestorm #8
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“Heroes”

Writer: Dan Jolley
Penciller: Jamal Igle
Inker: Rob Stull
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Phil Balsman
Cover: Matt Haley
Editor: Steve Wacker
Cover date: Feb 05
Release date: 12/1/2004

Synopsis:
Jason and Alvin are not talking about what they’ve just been through. When pressed, Alvin tells Jason that he wants Jason to leave. Their conversation is interrupted by a visitor, Lorraine Reilly. She is looking for more information about Ronnie Raymond on behalf of his father, Ed. Later, Jason merges with another homeless man and, wanting to be more of a good guy, seeks out some wrongs to right. He comes across a woman whom he talks out of jumping from a bridge. She reveals that she has been given a month to live and asks for Jason’s help in healing her. He attempts to remove her cancer by imposing healthy cells on her mapped from another woman, but she reveals herself as an old Firestorm foe, Killer Frost. Lorraine, who has been following Jason, arrives in time to pull him some distance away from her.
Firestorm #9
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“Very Bad Things”

Writer: Dan Jolley
Penciller: Jamal Igle
Inkers: Rob Stull & Lary Stucker
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Phil Balsman
Cover: Matt Haley
Editor: Steve Wacker
Cover date: Mar 05
Release date: 1/5/2005

Synopsis:
Jason and Lorraine try to get away from Killer Frost. Jason has been tricked into curing her and has greatly increased her powers in the process. Jason turns Frost’s ice into hydrogen, at which point Frost retreats. While Lorraine goes to get help, Jason pursues Frost. When he finds her, she has taken several people hostage. When Jason agrees to her unspecified demands, she kills them and reveals it was simply a test of the new hero. She begins to absorb his heat but he manages to break free and escape. After releasing his homeless partner near a hospital, Jason continues his escape on foot. Lorraine finds him once more and insists that he do something to stop Frost. Jason merges with Lorraine against her will. Out of the merge arises… Ronnie Raymond.
Firestorm #10
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“Firestorm Rebirth”

Writer: Dan Jolley
Penciller: Jamal Igle
Inkers: Rob Stull & Lary Stucker
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Patrick Brosseau
Cover: Matt Haley
Editor: Steve Wacker
Cover date: Apr 05
Release date: 2/2/2005

Synopsis:
Ronnie gets his bearings but is soon confronted by Killer Frost, whom he sends flying with a single blast. During a brief lull, Ronnie meets Jason and reunites with Lorraine. Ronnie, still in control of Firestorm, seeks out Killer Frost but finds it difficult to deal with her new powers. During the fight, Ronnie and Lorraine begin to dissipate similar to the way Stevie Golek did. Jason asserts control over Firestorm and stops Killer Frost by removing the healthy cells that he imposed on her. To avoid further disintigration of the two other occupants, Jason ends the merger and Ronnie seemingly dissappears. Jason and Lorraine are brutally attacked by a deformed Killer Frost, but she is scared away by approaching police before she can kill either of them. When Jason regains consciousness in the hospital, he finds Alvin watching over him and the two seem to reconcile, at least temporarily. As they talk, Jason once again hears Ronnie’s voice in his mind, alerting him to a problem.
Firestorm #11
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“Learning Curve part 1″

Writer: Dan Jolley
Penciller: Dale Eaglesham
Inker: Wade von Grawbadger
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Patrick Brosseau
Cover: Matt Haley
Editor: Steve Wacker
Cover date: May 05
Release date: 3/2/2005

Synopsis:
Jason tries to find where Lorraine has gone and discovers that she was removed from the hospital. Ronnie, now fully inside of Jason’s mind, speculates that she was taken to S.T.A.R. labs for treatment. Alvin finds Jason and tries to talk, but Jason is in a hurry to resolve Ronnie’s situation. Alvin and Jason have an argument, in which Jason stands up to Alvin. Jason leaves the hospital and attempts to turn into Firestorm without merging with another person. It works. Killer Frost listens as Jason talks to Ronnie. She makes a phone call to someone interested in Ronnie’s return. Ronnie asks Jason to take him to Ed Raymond’s home. On the way, Ronnie takes control of Firestorm to extinguish a fire. Their wait at the Raymond’s home is interrupted by a news flash about a strange storm over Detroit. Jason and Ronnie return as Firestorm, only to be confronted by Typhoon, Multiplex and the Thinker.
Firestorm #12
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“Learning Curve part 2″

Writer: Dan Jolley
Penciller: Jamal Igle
Inker: Rob Stull
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Phil Balsman
Cover: Matt Haley
Editor: Steve Wacker
Cover date: June 05
Release date: 4/6/2005

Synopsis:
Firestorm finds it difficult to deal with an enhanced Multiplex and Typhoon who have found a new way to cooperate. Mistakenly believing that Multiplex’s duploids aren’t real beings, Jason kills several of them, causing Ronnie to become upset with him. Ronnie takes control of the merge and defeats Typhoon. Just as they begin to understand Multiplex’s and Typhoon’s enhancements, the Ronnie-controlled Firestorm is devastated by a mental attack by The Thinker. Meanwhile, Alvin is trying to take steps to turning his life around but wonders if he’s pushed Jason too far away.
Firestorm #13
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“High School Confidential”

Writer: Dan Jolley
Penciller: Jamal Igle
Inker: Rob Stull & Lary Stucker
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Patrick Brosseau
Cover: Matt Haley
Editor: Steve Wacker
Cover date: July 05
Release date: 5/4/2005

Synopsis:
It is revealed that The Thinker has been experimenting on himself as well as Multiplex and Typhoon. With his two accomplices now neutralized, Thinker launches a devastating attack on both Ronnie and Jason. He projects thoughts of the torture and death of their friends and family into their minds. He also manipulates Ronnie into slamming himself into the ground. Ronnie is weakened to the point where Jason regains control of the merger. Once more in the mindscape, Ronnie appears to be fading quickly. With Cliff distracted by the change in appearance, Jason manages to blast him and make an escape. Ronnie, however, tells Jason that they need to return to finish the job or risk the safety of everyone they know. They return and manage to liquify the chips in Cliff’s head, ending his threat. However, the effort has taken its toll and Ronnie is fading quickly. After giving Jason some encouragement, he disappears completely. The next day, Jason makes a trip to visit the Raymonds and tell them about their son.
Firestorm #14
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“First Days”

Writer: Stuart Moore
Penciller: Jamal Igle
Inker: Rob Stull
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Cover: Matt Haley
Editor: Steve Wacker
Cover date: August 05
Release date: 6/2/2005

Synopsis:
Jason is visiting the university he plans to attend when he has to become Firestorm to absorb and disperse the energy from a lab experiment gone wrong. We learn that he no longer needs a partner to become Firestorm. Later, Jason’s dad throws a small party for him for his 18th birthday. The two seem to have come to terms somewhat, but Jason tells Alvin that he’s moving into an apartment with his friend Mick. Later, Jason and Mick meet some of their oddball neighbor as they move into their dingy apartment. Jason begins working a S.T.A.R. lab’s Detroit branch, which he finds is in the process of being closed. Returning to the site of the experiment-gone-wrong, we see that one of the scientists, Dr. Hastur, is turning into something new. He is only saved from disintigration by a shadowy figure whose intentions seem less than noble. Out in far space, something stirs.
Firestorm #15
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“Secret Origins Part One”

Writer: Stuart Moore
Penciller: Jamal Igle
Inker: Rob Stull
Colorist: Paul Mounts
Letterer: Phil Balsman
Cover: Matt Haley
Editor: Steve Wacker
Cover date: Sept 05
Release date: 7/6/2005

Synopsis:
Jason is awakened from a dream about his place in the universe by an argument between Mick and Dr. Otaki, who has come next door to borrow some sugar. At work, workplace tensions among the scientists continue to mount as Jason begins developing a bond with the lab’s director, Dr. Kennedy. While Jason is out getting pizza for the employees, Dr. Hastur enters looking for Firestorm, whom he blames for his transformation into the Pionic Man. Jason transforms into Firestorm. While the Pionic Man seems to have the upper hand in the ensuing fight, Jason manages to damage Hastur’s containment suit, forcing him to withdraw. Wounded and weary, Jason returns to his apartment where he collapses, as Firestorm, on the floor. Dr. Otaki, coming by to share some brownies with her neighbors, finds Firestorm laying unconscious on the floor of Jason’s apartment.
Firestorm #16
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“Secret Origins Part Two”

Writer: Stuart Moore
Penciller: Jamal Igle
Inkers: Rob Stull
& Keith Campagne
Colorist: Paul Mounts
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Cover: Matt Haley
Editor: Steve Wacker
Cover date: Oct 05
Release date: 8/3/2005

Synopsis:
Jason, unconscious, has another dream in which he ponders the beginning of his existence. He awakes to find Dr. Otaki looking over him. She now knows his secret. He confides in her his past and his troubles. At her suggestion, Jason returns to S.T.A.R. labs and merges with Dr. Kennedy just in time for The Pionic Man to appear. In the ensuing battle, her knowledge and, ultimately, her common sense win the day. The Pionic Man is contained. Jason returns to his apartment, where he is ambushed by Amazo, working on behalf of the Secret Society of Supervillains. He is hauled away captive.
Villains United #4
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“A Weapon to Unify”

Writer: Gale Simone
Penciller: Dale Eaglesham
Inkers: Wade von Grawbadger
Colorist: Sno-Cone
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Cover: J.G. Jones
Editor: Steve Wacker
Cover date: Oct 05
Release date: 8/10/2005

Synopsis:
Jason has been captured and is held in a containment field in a remote South American facility by the Secret Society of Supervillains. They’re using him to generate vast amounts of energy. The Secret Six, a group of renegades villains out to frustrate the Society’s plans, break into the facility and discover that the Society intends to mindwipe earth’s heroes. To avoid capture and to disrupt their plans, the Six release lower the containment field holding Jason and mysterious female. While Jason confronts his captors, the Six make their escape.
Firestorm #17
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“An Unrighteous World”

Writer: Stuart Moore
Penciller: Jamal Igle
Inkers: Rob Stull
& Prentis Rollins
Colorist: Paul Mounts
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Cover: Matt Haley
Editor: Steve Wacker
Cover date: Nov 05
Release date: 9/14/2005

Synopsis:
Jason confronts the villains sent to safeguard the facility including Black Adam, the Royal Flush Gang, the female Parasite, Queen Bee and her agents. Jason notices that he is trapped with another being, a teenage girl. To even the odds, Jason emits an enormous blast of energy, throwing the villains off for a time. He has a few moments to collect himself and escape with the unusual girl, whose similarly unusual name is Gehenna. It doesn’t take too long for the villains to overtake and try to recapture the two. Meanwhile, in far space, the Thanagarians have overrun a planet and are subduing an energy being that tried but failed to protect the planet’s inhabitants. The being, struggling to survive, releases a deep roar. At that precise moment, back on earth, Jason gains a surge of energy with which he frees himself. Gehenna transports herself and Jason out of immediate danger, only to be found again. This time, however, the pair manage to fight their way free. Jason detonates a large power storage cell and the two escape the facility as it explodes. Before they can talk, Gehenna is teleported away and Jason is left alone in the jungle.
Firestorm #18
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“No Security”

Writer: Stuart Moore
Penciller (1-19): Patrick Olliffe
Inker (1-19): Simon Coleby
Penciller (20-22): Jamal Igle
Inker (20-22): Rob Stull
Colorist: Paul Mounts
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Cover: Matt Haley
Editor: Steve Wacker
Cover date: Dec 05
Release date: 10/12/2005

Synopsis:
Jason returns to the US clinging to an airliner. Arriving in San Francisco, he finds his way to S.T.A.R. labs. There, Firestorm meets Dr. Phaedon, who formerly worked at the Detroit branch. As they try to diagnose his problems, the lab experiences various failures and angry words fill up the monitors. Just as these problems surface, Gerry, another employee is converted into an OMAC by Brother I. Jason manages to halt the OMAC. They soon discover that Dr. Phaedon’s estranged wife, who he had miniaturized, is behind the problems in the lab. She comes to their aid, however, by helping them see the nanobots that were responsible for transforming Gerry into an OMAC. Seeing these, Jason is able to transmute them into water, resulting in severe damage to Gerry and Mrs. Phaedon’s dissappearance, but an end to the OMAC threat. Returning to his Detroit apartment, Jason discovers Mick moving out. Mick, as it turns out, had been replaced by Amazo weeks ago and is returning home. Jason also discovers that his branch of S.T.A.R. labs has being shut down. Without an income, Jason is resigned to postponing college for another year and possibly returning home to live with his father.
Firestorm #19
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“The Forests of the Night”

Writer: Stuart Moore
Penciller: Jamal Igle
Inker: Rob Stull
Inker: Keith Champagne
Colorist: Paul Mounts
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover: Matt Haley
Editor: Steve Wacker
Cover date: Jan 06
Release date: 11/2/2005

Synopsis:
Jason, merged with a man who has a few issues, gets the chance to show some old fashioned heroism by saving people in a burning building. Back as his apartment, Mick pays Jason a visit. They overcome their differences, but Jason has to merge with Mick to prove to him that he’s Firestorm. Lorraine Reilly comes to let Firestorm know that he’s needed in San Francisco. There, he is asked by Donna Troy to accompany her on a mission into deep space. While talking, Gehenna appears and asks Jason to help with a problem with her father. Jason sees Donna’s mission as a higher priority so Gehenna leaves, upset. Jason, with Mick inside, agrees to go with Donna. In deep space, the fire entity seen in #17 is observing Jason. Looking into Jason’s future, he sees something that causes him great anguish. He kills his Thanagarian captives and rushes out to meet Jason.
Infinite Crisis #2
Infinite Crisis #2

“The Survivors”

Writer: Geoff Johns
Penciller: Phil Jimenez
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover date: Jan 06
Release date: 11/9/2005

Appearance:
Firestorm, comprised of Jason and Mick, arrives in New Chronos with Donna Troy’s team en route to the center of the universe. Air Wave, who is accompanying the group, detects the distress calls of many civilizations caught in “some kind of storm”.
Firestorm #20
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“Sacred Duties”

Writer: Stuart Moore
Penciller: Jamal Igle
Inker: Rob Stull
Cover: Matt Haley
Editor: Steve Wacker
Cover date: Feb 06
Release date: 12/14/2005

Synopsis:
Jason undergoes some combat training with the Outsiders. A damaged Rannian ship appears with an armada of Thanagarian warships in pursuit. Firestorm and Animal Man are sent to the vessel to look for surivors. The find two people inside, who have stolen a sacred Thanagarian Hawk. Animal Man absorbs the hawk’s aggressive personality and fighting skill and confronts the Thanagarian warriors along with other members of Donna’s space team. As Jason works to extract the Rannian ship’s reactor, Martin Stein appears in his mind and warns him of an upcoming disaster. Cornered and desperate, one of the Rannians kills the bird, upon which the Thanagarians open fire and destroy him and his ship.
Infinite Crisis #3
Infinite Crisis #3

“Divine Intervention”

Writer: Geoff Johns
Penciller: Phil Jimenez
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover date: Feb 06
Release date: 12/21/2005

Appearance:
While Jason and Mick work to extinguish a fire at the center of the universe, Martin Stein appears in his elemental form and offers his help. He addresses Firestorm as “Ronald”.
Superman #225
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“To Be a Hero”

Writer: Mark Verheiden
Penciller: Ed Benes
Penciller: Elton Ramalho
Cover: Ed Benes
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover date: March 06
Release date: 1/5/2005

Appearance:
During a pause in their space mission, Firestorm helps encourage Supergirl who is unsure of her purpose.
Infinite Crisis #4
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“Homecoming”

Writer: Geoff Johns
Penciller: Phil Jimenez
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover date: Mar 06
Release date: 1/18/2006

Apperance:
Donna’s team struggles to save vessels fleeing from the giant rift in space. Despite Jason’s warning that the strain might kill him, Mick insists that the save a large ship about to be consumed by the storm. In the act of saving the ship, Mick dissappears away and the Firestorm merge ends. Jason is saved by the Elemental Firestorm, but he is told that the other half of the matrix has expired.
Firestorm #21
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“Building a Better Firestorm, Book One: the Chalk Circle”

Writer: Stuart Moore

Penciller: Jamal Igle (1-4)
Penciller: Ed Barrows (5-22)
Inker: Rob Stull
Colorist: Paul Mounts
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover: Jamal Igle
Editor: Steve Wacker
Editor: Michael Siglain
Cover date: Mar 06
Release date: 1/18/2006

Synopsis:
Jason awakes inside of the matrix mindscape. He meets Martin Stein, who explains to him many things about the nature of Firestorm. He sees visions of alternative lives, strange locations and the people that have influenced him. Firestorm’s body has died and Martin offers to rebuild it. Jason, acknowledging his weaknesses as a hero, asks Stein to join him in the new Firestorm. While he resists at first, Martin finally agrees to help Jason as a permanent part of Firestorm. Back on earth, Alvin Rusch is contacted by Donna Troy, who delivers the bad news about Jason.
Firestorm #22
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“Building a Better Firestorm, Book Two: Lost and Found”

Writer: Stuart Moore
Penciller: Eddy Barrows
Inker: Rob Stull
Inker: Drew Geraci
Colorist: Paul Mounts
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover: Jamal Igle
Editor: Steve Wacker
Editor: Michael Siglain
Cover date: Apr 06
Release date: 2/15/2006

Synopsis:
Martin shares with Jason some things he has learned about the Firestorm matrix. The two begin rebuilding Firestorm, but decide to be selective in their choice of abilities to avoid overwhelming the human components (namely themselves) of Firestorm. Firestorm retains the powers of flight, merger, transmutation of inorganic matter, thought-sharing and yes, the flaming hair. Martin also makes certain functional adjustments to Firestorm’s suit. Back on earth, Alvin decides that individuals like himself need to step up to meet the problems brought on by the crisis. We see him foil a bank robbery by a would-be member of the Royal Flush Gang. In space, Martin and Jason discover an impurity in the matrix, which turns out to be Nanette. She had attemped to “hitch a ride” with Firestorm and wound up stuck in the matrix, even when Firestom was inactive. She leaves, seemingly having gained some new abilities of her own from the experience. With the Firestorm entity rebuilt and the impurity removed, Martin and Jason rejoin to form an all-new version of Firestorm.
Infinite Crisis #5
Infinite Crisis #5

“Faith”

Writer: Geoff Johns
Penciller: Phil Jimenez
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover date: Apr 06
Release date: 3/1/2006

Apperance:
The new Firestorm comprised of Jason and Martin re-emerge amidst the ongoing battle in space.
Infinite Crisis #6
Infinite Crisis #6

“Touchdown”

Writer: Geoff Johns
Penciller: Phil Jimenez
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover date: May 06
Release date: 4/5/2006

Apperance:
The space team commences its attack on Alex Luthor’s giant hands that are showing through an enormous rift in space. Martin, seeing that the hands are made of antimatter, advises Jason to tranform his teammates’ rays into raw, positive matter. When Jason does this, Alex loses a finger and is stopped from merging two versions of earth, saving both planets as well as Superman and Wonder Woman in the process.
52 Era
After Infinite Crisis, DC’s books lept forward a year in narrative time to an era known as One Year Later. In other words, by placing the 52 section here, I’m not showing the books in order they were published but in their narrative sequence. Confusing enough?
52 #4
52 #4

“Dances With Monsters”

Writer: Geoff Johns
Writer: Grant Morrison
Writer: Greg Rucka
Writer: Mark Waid
Penciller: Joe Bennett
Editor: Stephen Wacker
Cover date: May 31, 2006
Release date: 6/1/2006

Appearance:
A team of astronauts is monitoring space for the return of or communication from the remnant’s of Donna’s space team. Among them is Halo, who can detect and manipulate forms of radiation. Halo detects a Zeta transport signal that is unable to “come in”. After discussing the matter with Rannian scientists, the team decides to have Halo direct the Zeta energy to a ground so its potential occupants can be rescued. She sents the beam to Northern Australia, where a handful of the team emerges. The group waiting for them is horrified to see that much of the team has undergone violent physical changes. Among them is Firestorm and Cyborg, who are completely fused together.
52 #5
52 #5

“Stars in Their Courses”

Writer: Geoff Johns
Writer: Grant Morrison
Writer: Greg Rucka
Writer: Mark Waid
Penciller: Joe Bennett
Editor: Stephen Wacker
Cover date: June 7, 2006
Release date: 6/7/2006

Appearance:
The merged Firestorm/Cyborg combination is kept in temporal stasis at a specialized hospital named Saint Camillus while doctors try to figure out how to seperate them. Alan Scott explains that after the space group healed the rift created by Alex Luthor, they were hit by a reality-warping wave. At Adam Strange’s suggestion, Mal Duncan opened a portal to Rann through which a Zeta Beam could travel and take them to earth. However, the beam was splintered by the portal and several members of the team, including Firestorm, were damaged or severly altered by the beam.
52 #24
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“Just Imagine”

Writer: Geoff Johns
Writer: Grant Morrison
Writer: Greg Rucka
Writer: Mark Waid
Penciller: Phil Jimenez
Editor: Stephen Wacker
Cover date: Oct 18, 2006
Release date: 10/18/2006

Appearance:
Firestorm, now separated from Cyborg, attempts to recruit Green Arrow into a sad little version of the Justice League consisting of himself, Firehawk, Super-Chief, Bulleteer and Ambush Bug. Green Arrow turns him down and asks him not to use the JLA communicator. During a publicity event for this new league in Metropolis, Jason expresses some resentment for Lorraine. He is bitter that she asked him to go into space, which Mick died, while she stayed home herself. She is now using her membership in the league to help run for Senator. As they talk, a rift opens in the sky and an army of pirate and robots appear to attack the city. The league responds, but so do several dozen newly minted heroes of Lex Luthor’s everyman project.Jason sees Skeets and asks him if he knows the cause of the attack. As Skeets blasts Firestorm, he reveals that it is his plan to draw out a hero who is hiding from him. Skeets, frustrated that his opponent is not appearing ups the ante by incinerating many of the amateur heroes while the league members scramble to protect everyone. After killing Super-Chief, Skeets leaves. The new league is disgraced and disbands.
52 #37
52 #37

“The Origin of Firestorm”

Writer: Mark Waid
Penciller: Jamal Igle
Inker: Keith Champagne
Colorist: Alex Sinclair
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Editor: Michael Siglain
Cover date: Jan 17, 2007
Release date: 1/17/2007

Appearance:
Firestorm’s history is briefly recounted, up through Jason’s partnering with Martin.
52 #50
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“World War III”

Writer: Geoff Johns
Writer: Grant Morrison
Writer: Greg Rucka
Writer: Mark Waid
Penciller: Justiniano
Inker: Walden Wong
Editor: Michael Siglain
Cover date: Apr 18, 2007
Release date: 4/18/2007

Appearance:
Firestorm is seen among a large group of heroes waiting outside of the borders of China while the Chinese superheroes attempt to deal with Black Adam. Unable to stop Black Adam, the Chinese finally consent to allow the heroes to enter and help. Firestorm is seen in the group attacking Black Adam.
World War III #1
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“A Call to Arms”

Writer: Keith Champagne
Penciller: Pat Olliffe
Inker: Drew Geraci
Cover: Ethan Van Sciver
Editor: Mike Siglain
Cover date: June 2007
Release date: 4/18/2007

Appearance:
In the Atlantic Ocean, the US military confronts Black Adam. Adam picks up an aircraft carrier and throws it into the air. In New York City, Lorraine responds to an urgent text message from Jason. As she lectures him about the urgent congressional meeting she’s missing, he kisses her and they merge. They stop arguing just long enough to deal with the aircraft carrier falling towards the city. Jason, not accustomed to Firehawk’s additional powers, misses on his first attempt but tries again and transforms the carrier into snow. Exhausted, they fall to the ground and unmerge. Lorraine relates how Martin managed to separate Firestorm and Cyborg using the JLA’s transporter to extract the stored biological profile of Firestorm. Jason mentions that Martin has dissappears. Lorraine promises to begin looking for Martin as soon as the problem with Black Adam is resolved. Jason mentions that the matrix was configured for a merge between Jason and Martin and that complications might arise from Lorraine’s entrance into the matrix.
World War III #2
World War III #2

“The Valiant”

Writer: Keith Champagne
Penciller: Andy Smith
Inker: Ray Snyder
Cover: Ethan Van Sciver
Editor: Mike Siglain
Cover date: June 2007
Release date: 4/18/2007

Appearance:
In a recap, Firestorm and Cyborg are shown being thrown together during the Infinite Crisis. In the present, Firestorm is assisting civilians at Lorraine’s insistence while Jason wants to get back into the fight.
World War III #4
World War III #4

“United We Stand”

Writer: John Ostrander
Penciller: Jack Jadson
Inker: Rodney Ramos
Cover: Ethan Van Sciver
Editor: Mike Siglain
Cover date: June 2007
Release date: 4/18/2007

Appearance:
As Firestorm waits with a large group of heroes outside of China, he speaks to Mr. Terrific about finding Martin Stein. Mr. Terrific commits to helping him look for Martin as soon as the current crisis is over. Once they enter China, Firestorm gets close to Black Adam but takes a strong blow from him, throwing him on his back.
One Year Later
These first several stories were published at the same time 52 was running. Here’s where they fit in the chronology of the DC universe.
Action Comics #841
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Action Comics #841

Writer: Kurt Busiek
Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Penciller: Pete Woods
Cover: Dave Gibbons
Editor: Matt Idelson
Cover date: Sept 06
Release date: 7/26/2006

Appearace:
Firestorm (Jason and Lorraine) appears in Baltimore and helps Superman take down a villain Carapax by converting much of his suit’s wiring into germanium. As Firestorm talks to Superman, Jason’s doubts about Superman’s identities come out in less-than-tactful ways. As Firestorm leaves to take Lorraine to Washington D.C., a giant acquisitioner robot appears and digitizes a large nearby church. Firestorm follows the datastream in the hopes of finding a way to restore it.
Action Comics #842
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Action Comics #842

Writer: Kurt Busiek
Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Penciller: Pete Woods
Cover: Dave Gibbons
Editor: Matt Idelson
Cover date: Oct 06
Release date: 8/30/2006

Appearance:
Superman, along with other heroes and villains, break free of their storage containers as Firestorm and Nightwing join them to plan an escape. Their powers have all be neutralized, causing Firestorm’s flames to go out. The team works together to find a way to get their powers back, but Superman takes the lead in a very risky move to disable the dampening field affecting them all.
Action Comics #843
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Action Comics #843

Writer: Kurt Busiek
Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Penciller: Pete Woods
Cover: Dave Gibbons
Editor: Matt Idelson
Cover date: Nov 06
Release date: 9/27/2006

Appearance:
Superman disables the dampening field and reveals that their powers were negated only by a psychological effect. Firestorm expresses his admiration for Superman and joins the team in defeating their captors.
Justice League of America #2
Justice League of America #2

“The Tornado’s Path: Tornado-Red/Tornado-Blue”

Writer: Brad Meltzer
Penciller: Ed Benes
Cover: Michael Turner
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover date: Nov 06
Release date: 9/27/2006

Reference:
Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman consider Firestorm and Firehawk for League membership. Wonder Woman wants them on the team, while Batman feels they’re too inexperienced. Superman calls the vote, which is unseen.
Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #23
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“A Hawk in the Nest”

Writer: Stuart Moore
Penciller: Jamal Igle
Inker: Keith Champagne
Colorist: David Baron
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover: Brian Stelfreeze
Editor: Michael Siglain
Cover date: May 06
Release date: 3/8/2006

Synopsis:
Jason and an unseen partner avert disaster when a “low yield” LexCorp nuclear missle creates an explosion much larger than expected, threatening Las Vegas. Firestorm absorbs the radiation and destroys the incoming follow-on warheads with a heat blast. In the rubble, they find a body that is wired with circuitry that may have been responsible for enhancing the blast. As they leave the testing ground, Jason’s partner insists that they split to talk. The partner is revealed to be Lorraine Reilly. They discuss the difficult situation they’ve in since the dissappearance of Martin Stein. Jason is determined to find Martin. As they make plans, a group of men appear and try to kidnap Jason and Lorraine. They place an inhibitor on Jason that prevents him from initiating the Firestorm merge. Lorraine becomes Firehawk and defends herself. As the vehicle containing Jason speeds away, he tries to tell his captors that he can’t be more than a mile away from Lorraine due to an instability in the matrix. They ignore him. Suddenly, light emits from his eyes. It grows until the entire vehicle is consumed in a ball of fire.
Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #24
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“Come Together”

Writer: Stuart Moore
Penciller: Jamal Igle
Inker: Keith Champagne
Colorist: David Baron
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover: Brian Stelfreeze
Editor: Michael Siglain
Cover date: June 06
Release date: 4/12/2006

Synopsis:
While the cyborg attacking her is distracted by the blast, Lorraine attacks him only to have him dissappear. She finds Jason in the crater of the explosion. The two merge to absorb the residual energy from the blast. Looking at one of the cyborgs, which previously called themselves “dollies”, Lorraine realizes that they are identical to the body found at the nuclear weapon test site. Jason recalls that, shortly before his dissappearance, Martin spoke of “The Neocaust Files”, a secretive plan having to do with nuclear explosions. Together, Jason and Lorraine return to Washington DC where Lorraine gives a key speech that convinces Congress to watch military research spending more carefully. Returning to New York, they stop at Martin’s apartment but are unable to find anything related to the Neocaust Files. They return to Jason’s apartment where Gehenna is waiting. Gehenna is concerned that Jason’s life is too crowded for her. They see on television that Killer Frost is attacking New York. As Jason and Lorraine prepare to leave, Alvin appears in the doorway. Jason hasn’t contacted him since returning from space. Lorraine goes to confront Killer Frost alone but Jason is forced to join her to prevent her from being overpowered. As they work on a strategy to take Killer Frost down, Firestorm is suddenly knocked down by a blast from Mister Freeze’s cryonic gun.
Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #25
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“Hot and Cold”

Writer: Stuart Moore
Penciller: Jamal Igle
Inker: Keith Champagne
Colorist: David Baron
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover: Brian Stelfreeze
Editor: Michael Siglain
Cover date: July 06
Release date: 5/10/2006

Synopsis:
Firestorm attempts to deal with Mr. Freeze and Killer Frost only to be frozen by a shot from Freeze’s gun. Freeze attaches a device to Firestorm, which allows Killer Frost to use Firestorm as a rocket to take her to the sun. Once there, she abandon’s Firestorm and basks in the warmth of the Sun, obvious to the chain reaction she’s causing that may eventually destroy the sun. Jason is at a loss what to do and wishes Martin were there to help. This thought, coupled with a big power surge due to his being so near to the sun, breaks through the barrier that was preventing Jason from sensing Martin. Martin appears inside of the Matrix. He is in captivity and has been mistreated. He tells Jason and Lorraine how they might deal with Killer Frost. Before he can finish saying where he is being held, an ominous figure appears, gazing at Jason and Lorraine, and the connection is lost. Firestorm slows the matter around Killer Frost to absolute zero and encases her in ice. He transports her back to New York, where she nearly escapes before Batman refreezes her with Freeze’s gun. Batman has come to claim Freeze. He notes Firestorm’s progress but tells him in no uncertain terms that he should be a better hero by now. Jason is intimidated at first, but then amused by his own reactions to Batman. Best of all, he has the knowledge that Martin is alive and at least one lead to follow.
OMAC #1
OMAC #1

OMAC #1

Writer: Bruce Jones
Art: Renato Guedes
Editor: Nachie Castro
Cover date: Sep 06
Release date: 7/6/2006

Appearance:
While searching for Professor Stein over Utah, Firestorm (consisting of Jason and Lorraine) encounters a strange energy signal. Following the signal, he finds the last remaining OMAC in combat with a squadron of fighter jets. Firestorm has little luck dealing with the OMAC and is eventually knocked through the Hoover Dam. Rather than pursue the OMAC, Firestorm stays to repair the dam but alerts the Teen Titans of the OMAC’s presence.
OMAC #2
OMAC #2

OMAC #2

Writer: Bruce Jones
Art: Renato Guedes
Editor: Matt Idelson
Cover date: Oct 06
Release date: 8/2/2006

Appearance:
Cyborg is the only Titan to answer Firestorm’s call for help. He helps Firestorm deal with some minor damage downstream from the dam, which is now repaired. The two seem to be a little uncomfortable with each other, most likely due to the time they spent merged together. Jason reveals that he was once a Scout with the nickname of “Little Beaver”. When the OMAC reemerges in the Las Vegas strip, they catch up with him. Firestorm knocks the OMAC into the steel beam of a ride, then is forced to save the ride’s passengers while the OMAC escapes once more.
OMAC #3
OMAC #3

OMAC #3

Writer: Bruce Jones
Art: Renato Guedes
Editor: Matt Idelson
Cover date: Nov 06
Release date: 9/6/2006

Appearance:
At NORAD, Firestorm and Cyborg speculate on what the remaining OMAC might want with the NORAD mainframe that it took during its assault.
Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #26
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“The Real You”

Writer: Stuart Moore
Penciller: Jamal Igle
Inker: Keith Champagne
Colorist: David Baron
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover: Brian Stelfreeze
Editor: Michael Siglain
Cover date: August 06
Release date: 6/14/2006

Synopsis:
We’re introduced to The Pupil, who is holding and torturing Martin Stein for information on Firestorm and Firehawk. On the campus of Columbus University, Gehenna makes a show of her powers to interrupt a conversation between Jason and his classmate, Nadira. Jason and Lorraine discover Martin’s files in his apartment. From them, they find that Martin was looking into secret research being conducted in a condemned building on the college campus. As Jason and Lorraine merge, they discover that their powers are greatly diminished from their experience on the sun. During one of Martin’s interrogations, Firestorm bursts into the room. While the Pupil escapes with Martin, Firestorm attempts to deal with his robotic Dollies. Jason admits that Firestorm is too weak to deal with them, so he and Lorraine separate so Firehawk can deal with the Dollies. Their plan appears to be going well, but both are captured. Only Gehenna, who has remained hidden, is free. The Pupil wheels the bed to which Martin is strapped back into the room. To Jason’s shock, Martin has just died from the Pupil’s treatment. Curious as to what will happen, the Pupil encourages Jason to merge with Martin.
Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #27
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“Good-Bye”

Writer: Stuart Moore
Penciller: Jamal Igle
Inker: Keith Champagne
Colorist: David Baron
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover: Brian Stelfreeze
Editor: Michael Siglain
Cover date: Sept 06
Release date: 7/12/2006

Synopsis:
Still determined to rescue the apparently dead Martin, Jason merges with him only to find his unconscious representation inside of the matrix. There still seems to be a little spark of life in him. While The Pupil and the dollies are distracted, Gehenna manages to free Firehawk, who calls on Jason to pull her into the merge. Jason does. As they discuss their plans to revive Martin, Gehenna is caught. The Pupil seems to know of her. Jason must decide between rescuing Gehenna and taking action before Martin gives in. Jason, knowing that Gehenna has powers to keep her safe, decides to aid Martin. With a blast of energy, he manages to stablize him. In the meantime, the Pupil begins experimenting on Gehenna, but is prevented by the lead dolli who wishes to see no more pain. At that moment, Firestorm breaks free from the table he was bound to and tears into the dollies. The Pupil and lead dolli manage to escape. Martin reappears and tells Jason that he’s about to die for good. Jason pushes Martin to come up with a plan to save Martin - they seperate and Jason and Lorraine Firestorm rebuilds Martin’s body based on some scans taken by The Pupil. While Lorraine leaves for Washington DC, Jason and Gehenna return Martin to his apartment. Gehenna informs Jason that she’s leaving him because he once again chose something else over her. The next day, Jason arrives at his Uncle Liam’s house only be be greeted by his father and long-lost mother. In DC, Lorraine sits down to do some of her work but is interrupted by a man in costume flying in, calling himself Firestorm.
Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #28
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“In My Father’s House Part One”

Writer: Stuart Moore
Penciller: Jamal Igle
Inker: Keith Champagne
Colorist: David Baron
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover: Brian Stelfreeze
Editor: Michael Siglain
Cover date: Oct 06
Release date: 8/9/2006

Synopsis:
Jason and Martin return to rural Montana as Firestorm to the facility where Gehenna was raised. Their search for clues is interrupted by a creature encased in a giant plasma body. Through teamwork, they manage to disable the creature by turning the outer body in lead. When they return to New York, Martin finds out that Jason is troubled because of his meeting with his returned mother. She and Alvin are considering restarting their family, but Jason is too hurt due to her leaving them. As Jason and Martin talk, the other Firestorm arrives asking for Martin’s help. Jason is ready to defend Martin until Lorraine arrives and introduces the other Firestorm as Mikhail Arkadin. Mikhail had regained his powers through a nuclear accident and was operating under the name Firestorm, not knowing that another Firestorm had returned. Mikhail planned to take the name Pozhar, his original identity. As they talk, a group of enhanced dollies appear to attack the group, apparently sent by a shadowy villain.
Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #29
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“In My Father’s House Part Two”

Writer: Stuart Moore
Penciller: Jamal Igle
Inker: Keith Champagne
Colorist: David Baron
Letterer: Ken Lopez
Cover: Brian Stelfreeze
Editor: Michael Siglain
Cover date: Nov 06
Release date: 9/13/2006

Synopsis:
By combining their powers, Firestorm, Pozhar and Firehawk manage to overcome the enhanced dollies. A phrase one of the captured dollies reminds Jason of The Pionic Man, causing him to suspect a connection. Martin mentions that there have been a string of nuclear disasters across the globe over the past year, and they are likely tied to their current problems. Jason runs to his Uncle Liam’s house, three hours late for dinner. Alvin reveals that he has no money and is about to lose his house. The two begin arguing. At one point, Alvin lunges at Jason to hit him but Jason knocks him flat, seemingly displaying some of his Firestorm strength outside of the matrix. At S.T.A.R. labs, Dr. Kennedy helps the team release the Pionic Man so he can be questioned. Out in space, work is shown progressing on an enormous dolli carrying a “Hewitt Industries” plaque on its arm.
Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #30
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“In My Father’s House Part Three”

Writer: Stuart Moore
Penciller: Jamal Igle
Penciller: Steve Sadowski
Inker: Keith Champagne
Colorist: David Baron
Letterer: Ken Lopez
Cover: Brian Stelfreeze
Editor: Michael Siglain
Cover date: Dec 06
Release date: 10/11/2006

Synopsis:
The Pionic Man, free from his containment unit, enthusiastically thanks Jason for his role in giving him his powers. He reveals that he was trained by a mysterious benefactor in a warehouse belonging to Hewitt Enterprises. Lorraine, Martin and Mikhail pay a visit to Hewitt Enterprises and meet Victor Hewitt, the heir to the company who has no love for his father Henry, once known as the villain Tokamak. At the same time, Jason tracks down Gehenna and the two reconcile. Together, they decide to investigate a facility in upstate New York that might be a warehouse for nuclear weapons. There, they encounter but deal with human-like plasma beings. Jason reveals that Mr. Terrific has been teaching him how to fight. As they explore the facility, Jason and Gehenna find that the telepathic bond between them is suddenly restored. As they examine some “resting chambers”, they also hear the voice of the mysterious villain, who appears and reveals himself as Henry Hewitt, now returned to become a new, more powerful Tokomak.
Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #31
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“In My Father’s House Part Four”

Writer: Stuart Moore
Penciller: Freddie E. Williams II
Penciller: Jamal Igle
Inker: Freddie E. Williams II
Inker: Keith Champagne
Colorist: David Baron
Letterer: Ken Lopez
Cover: Brian Stelfreeze
Editor: Michael Siglain
Cover date: Jan 07
Release date: 11/8/2006

Synopsis:
Jason, enraged, grabs Gehenna by the throat and pins her to the wall, demanding to know who she is. Martin convinces him to let go of her. Gehenna explains that she grew up in the facility but that her father - the only person she knew until recently - dissappeared about a year ago. Martin thinks to ask, via Jason, if her father is a short-haired Asian man. Gehenna says that he is and they realize that her father is Victor Hewitt. They go to his offices to confront him, finding him in the form of Tokomak. Tokomak subdues Gehenna with an engrained codeword and explains what he has been doing. After his previous encounter with Firestorm in which he presumed dead, he started a cloning program to create a new body for himself. He named his creations “dollies”, after Dolly the cloned sheep. He made several clones and merged with the most physically sound one to pose as his own son. He then continued his research into recreating Firestorm by planting dollies at the site of nuclear accidents that he provoked, killing some and giving others powers. One such “accident” caused the creation of the Pionic Man. He grew so fond of another of his clones, Gehenna, that he decided to raise her as a daughter until she reached adolesence, at which point he sold her to Lex Luthor to power a reality-changing machine. Hewitt sold some of his cloning technology to Vandal Savage in exchange for radioactive material. Currently, Hewitt intends to detonate dozens of devices at nuclear sites, dispelling energy that will be collected by a gigantic dolli in space and redirected to Hewitt. He claims to be doing this to teach the danger of nuclear proliferation but, as a side effect, he’ll become immensely powerful. Lorraine arrives and confronts Hewitt, her one-time captor and the one responsible for her transformation. Martin also asks Jason to split Firestorm apart long enough for Martin to slug the Pupil, who is in the room. Suddenly, Hewitt speaks Lorraine’s codeword and she turns on Firestorm. She is about to overpower Firestorm when Jason asks her to remember who she is. She then merges into Firestorm and the three of them knock Tokomak to the ground. They’re unable to stop the countdown to nuclear destruction, though, finding that the detonator is keyed to Tokomak’s body. Hearing this, Jason decides to split Henry Hewitt from the clone’s body so Tokomak will no longer exist. Martin strongly objects. The move is successful, but it kills Hewitt. Before dying, he taunts Jason that he knows why he became Firestorm and that Jason will no longer have a chance of knowing.
Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #32
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“In My Father’s House Epilogue: What People Do”

Writer: Stuart Moore
Penciller: Jamal Igle
Inker: Keith Champagne
Colorist: David Baron
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover: Brian Stelfreeze
Editor: Michael Siglain
Cover date: Feb 07
Release date: 11/13/2006

Synopsis:
Jason asks Martin what Hewitt might have known, but Martin simply walks away. Later, on New Year’s Eve, Jason and Lorraine as Firestorm deal with the remaining dollies in space, including the giant one. They return them to earth and S.T.A.R. labs using a giant net that they create from an asteroid. Jason mentions that Martin is still very upset over the use of their powers on Tokomak. Mikhail informs them that he has found the Pionic Man. He’s sitting in a diner with the dollie who saved Lorraine’s life, making plans to move in together. Lorraine and Mikhail leave together to go on a walk while Gehenna and Jason talk. She understands that her father was supposed to die a long time ago. The Pionic Man and dollie interrupt, observing that the winter storm is unusually fierce. Jason decides to talk to Martin about it, realizing that Martin has been avoiding him. They find him in his apartment. Martin angrily explains that he’s been sick since they transformed Tokomak and they disrupted molecular motion in the region, causing the storm. While Martin is still angry, he agrees to help Jason. They eliminate the problem by absorbing some quantum wormholes which have been trapping heat. Martin observes that they’ll have to do the same thing in several places before the problem is averted and asks Jason to consider that his actions have consequences. Before leaving to see the ball drop with Gehenna, Jason speaks to Alvin on the phone. The conversation is awkward but cordial. His parents spend New Year’s Eve together, as do Jason and Gehenna, Mikhail and Lorraine, the dollie and the Pionic Man.
Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #33
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“Old Gods and New”

Writer: Dwayne McDuffie
Layouts: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Ken Lashley
Inker: Rob Stull
Colorist: Brad Anderson
Letterer: Ken Lopez
Cover: Pete Woods
Cover date: Apr 07
Release date: 2/28/2007

Synopsis:
Mister Miracle (Shilo Norman) demonstrates his remarkable escape artist skills in a Taipei skyscraper. In the meantime, Firestorm - consisting of Jason and Martin - rescues a judge from a group of domestic terrorists using a wide variety of skills. Jason meets Gehenna at a coffee shop, where they decide to go to Jason’s apartment to watch movies. Waiting for them is Shilo, who explains that Martin’s recent research into the Firestorm matrix has gained the attention of the New Gods. Jason pulls Martin from a lecture so he can hear Shilo’s warning. As they talk, Shilo is alerted by his Mother Box that trouble is about to arrive. Orion arrives, demanding that Firestorm hand over Martin. Firestorm manages to knock Orion away and transmute a stone arch into lead, stopping him. He then encases Orion in a box of solid titanium. Subdued, Orion explains that the pieces of a critical equation are found in the source of elemental powers. Suddenly, the Female Furies of Apokalips arrive to attack Firestorm and Mr. Miracle. They manage to knock Shilo out and capture Firestorm, under orders to bring Martin back with them. They open to boom tube to return to Apokalips just as Gehenna and Firehawk appear to stop them.
Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #34
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“The Chaos Equation”

Writer: Dwayne McDuffie
Penciller: Pop Mhan
Inker: Rob Stull
Inker: Ron Randall
Colorist: Guy Major
Letterer: Ken Lopez
Cover: Pete Woods
Cover date: May 07
Release date: 3/28/2007

Synopsis:
The two groups battle. Firestorm is temporarily knocked out and dragged into a boom tube, but recovers to defeat Lashina by turning her whip into glass. He knocks her out and brings her back through the boom tube entrance. Gehenna transports Bernadeth into the ocean with her and leaves her there. Mister Miracle slaps an anti-gravity disc onto Mad Harriet and tosses her into the air. Orion frees himself from the titanium box and buries Stompa in a pile of cars. As the fight winds down, Metron appears inside of the Firestorm matrix to speak with Martin and Jason. He informs them that Martin has come close to discovering a key part of an anti-entropy equation - one that would defy Darkseid and his search for the anti-life equation. Later, Jason explains the issue to the group. Orion proposes that Firestorm move to New Genesis, but both Jason and Martin decline. As they talk, a new boom tube opens and an enhanced Kalibak steps out, stating that he was take Martin and destroy the earth. Kalibak quickly takes down Orion and Mister Miracle with his increased strength and psi beams. Outside another tube appears in the sky and the city fills with parademons, who Kalibak has ordered to tear the city apart if Martin is not delivered.
Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #35
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“The End Is Here”

Writer: Dwayne McDuffie
Penciller: Pop Mhan
Inkers: Pop Mhan & Steve Bird
Colorist: Guy Major
Letterer: Ken Lopez
Cover: Pete Woods
Editor: Nachie Castro
Cover date: Jun 07
Release date: 4/25/2007

Synopsis:
Firestorm tries everything he can think of defeat the parademons. Kalibak defeats Orion and takes Firehawk captive, demanding that Firestorm surrender Martin. Jason appears to relent, but secretly asks Martin to relink Jason and Lorraine as they were before, with the one mile limitation. Gehenna appears with a pile of dynamite, ignites it near Kalibak and transports the three of them away. Jason realizes that Kalibak has only been stopped for a moment. He sends the temporarily powerless Lorraine away in a car and returns to confront Kalibak. As they fight, Jason allows Kalibak to grab him. He flies them up into the air just as Lorraine clears the distance required to destabilize their bond. The resulting explosion knocks Kalibak completely out. Firestorm then turns to deal with the parademons by drawing them into a boom tube with a miniature star. As they rejoice in their apparent triumph, another boom tube opens and Darkseid steps out. He tears Martin right out of Firestorm’s chest and returns through a boom tube. As Jason prepares to follow, Gehenna steps in and insists that she go with him. The two of them merge into Firestorm and begin a new hunt for Martin Stein.
Post Series (After Volume 3)
These are the stories that took place after the cancellation of Jason’s solo title.
Tales of the Sinestro Corps:
Superman-Prime
Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Superman-Prime cover

“Into the Sun”

Writer: Geoff Johns
Penciller: Pete Woods & Jerry Ordway
Inkers: Pete Woods & Jerry Ordway
Colorist: Brad Anderson
Letterer: John J. Hill
Cover: Ethan Van Sciver
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover date: Dec 07
Release date: 10/24/2007

Synopsis:
Firestorm is a part of a large group of heroes trying to stop a rampaging Superman Prime. He converts the St. Louis arch into Kryptonite, which Elasti-Girl uses against Prime. Unfortunately, they learn that this earth’s Kryptonite is useless against him. Prime gets in a funny little dig of “He’s not the real Firestorm anyway”.
Justice League of America Wedding Special
Justice League of America Wedding Special cover

“Unlimited”

Writer: Dwayne McDuffie
Penciller: Mike McKone
Inkers: Andy Lanning
Colorist: Pete Pantazis
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Cover: Ed Benes
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover date: Nov 07
Release date: 9/12/2007

Synopsis:
As preparations for Green Arrow and Black Canary’s wedding take place, Firestorm (Jason & Gehenna) continue the search for Martin Stein. He is lured into a trap with the promise of new information. He manages to deal with Killer Frost, only to be taken down by other villains. Luthor blasts him with an energy that negates some of his powers. Joker sprays him with Joker venom. Cheetah slashes him until Firestorm is apparently dead. He is discovered and taken to a hospital. Batman and Red Arrow leave the bachelor’s party to investigate the crime scene, while Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl visit Firestorm in the hospital. Both groups are ambushed by more villains, with only Hawkgirl escaping.
Justice League of America #15
Justice League of America Wedding Special cover

“Unleashed”

Writer: Dwayne McDuffie
Penciller: Ed Benes
Inkers: Sandra Hope
Colorist: Pete Pantazis
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Cover: Ian Churchill
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover date: Jan 08
Release date: 12/5/2007

Synopsis:
As Luthor prepares to stab Superman with a Kryptonite knife, Firestorm appears and transforms the knife into a metal. He’s confronted by the Legion of Doom, but is backed by the Justice League, whose escape he enabled by giving Batman a pen. Black Canary chides Firestorm for not just freeing them, but the League gains the upper hand in the battle. Firestorm swats Fatality with a giant tennis racket. Black Lightning asks Firestorm to piece Red Tornado together but he declines, not knowing how to do it. As they talk, Grodd attacks. Jason creates a brick wall to protect them but it’s not strong enough. GeoForce deals with Grodd. Firestorm also manages to take out Cheetah. As the fight concludes, Black Lightning thanks Jason and tells him that they’re willing to help whenever he needs it. Batman, instead, states that Firestorm needs to join the League, as someone with his abilities is “too powerful to be out there unsupervised”. Firestorm is welcomed into the League!
Countdown to Final Crisis #25
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“Bedlam Below”

Writers: Paul Dini & Adam Beechen
Penciller: Ron Lim
Inkers: Jimmy Palmiotti & John Stanisci
Colorist: Pete Pantazis
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover: Claudio Castellini
Editor: Mike Carlin
Cover date: Nov 7, 2007
Release date: 11/7/2007

Synopsis:
Firestorm (Jason+Gehenna), Karate Kid, Una, Buddy Blank and his grandson are in Bludhaven. Firestorm is looking for Martin Stein, while the rest are continuing on their quest to aid Karate Kid. They’re confronted by the Atomic Knights, who are there to are the secure the city. They skirmish when the group refuses to leave, and Firestorm delivers the knock-out punch by temporarily turning the air in their suits into ether. The group comes to a massive door. Upon blasting through it, they discover Martin Stein being tortured by Desaad. Desaad traps Firestorm in an energy cage but Firestorm tries to merge with Stein through the bars. As it turns out, this was Desaad’s plan. He overrides the connection and takes control of Firestorm with Jason and Gehenna as seemingly helpless occupants.
Countdown to Final Crisis #24
Countdown to Final Crisis #25 cover

“Prime Example”

Writers: Paul Dini, Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti
Penciller: Tom Derenick
Inkers: Wayne Faucher
Colorist: Tom Chu
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Cover: Claudio Castellini
Editor: Mike Carlin
Cover date: Nov 14, 2007
Release date: 11/14/2007

Synopsis:
As Desaad-as-Firestorm attacks Karate Kid, the Atomic Knights reappear to stop him. They use a futuristic, sphere-shaped device to dissolve the Firestorm merger, separating Desaad, Jason and Gehenna.
Countdown to Final Crisis #21
Countdown to Final Crisis #21 cover

“Down and Out… and Beyond”

Writers: Paul Dini & Sean McKeever
Penciller: Jamal Igle
Inkers: Mark McKenna
Colorist: Pete Pantazis
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover: Karl Kerschl
Editor: Mike Carlin
Cover date: Oct (Dec) 5, 2007
Release date: 12/5/2007

Synopsis:
Gehenna and Jason remerge, alarming the Atomic Knights. The Knights come after him, but he stops them by changing their armor to a heavy metal. Firestorm remains guard over the Knights as Val and his group move on. We see Firestorm talking to Martin Stein in the bunker, getting him to his feet. Val approaches a console that recognizes him, triggering the activation of a massive new OMAC Brother Eye.
Countdown to Final Crisis #15
Countdown to Final Crisis #15 cover

“Mission Accomplished?”

Writers: Paul Dini & Sean McKeever
Penciller: Pete Woods
Inkers: Pete Woods
Colorist: Brad Anderson
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover: Karl Kerschl
Editor: Mike Carlin
Cover date: Jan 16, 2008
Release date: 1/16/2008

Synopsis:
We briefly see that Firestorm has been caught in the area of Bludhaven that has been transformed in an OMAC complex. He’s being used as a power source.
Cameos & References
These appearances include minor mentions of Firestorm or panels where Firestorm was merely shown without major effect on his story.

Countdown to Infinite Crisis - 3/30/2005
Lex Luthor wants a large amount of kryptonite to bring down Superman. He plans to steal the krptonite from Kord Industries, but someone beats him to it. Unconcerned, he says that they have other means of producing krytonite as well as other plans (see Villains United #4). As he speaks, we see a nearby screen that shows he is monitoring Firestorm, among others.

Superman #218 - 6/2/2005
A television monitor in the Daily Planet’s newsroom shows Firestorm stopping the accident at Lowrance University (see Firestorm #14).

JLA #117 - 8/10/2005
Lois Lane mentions that she is writing a front-page article about Firestorm’s kidnapping (see Firestorm #17) for the Daily Planet.

JLA #119 - 9/28/2005
After a major team fallout, the remaining members of the Justice League are beginning to recruit new teammates to replace those who have left the league. J’onn J’onzz is seen looking a bank of monitors with the portraits of twelve candidates. One of them is Firestorm.

Birds of Prey #87 - 10/19/2005
Multiplex calls The Calculator to learn Firestorm’s secret identity but does not have enough money to buy that information. He settles instead on a written profile and map of recent appearances.

Outsiders #31 - 12/7/2005
Jason appears in the background a few times as Donna Troy and the Outsiders deal with various problems in space.

Outsiders #32 - 1/5/2006
Jason appears in the background while the team confronts problems in space.

Teen Titans Annual - 3/15/2006
While trying to put out the fires raging in Bludhaven, Plastic Man wishes that Firestorm were around to create water.

Villains United: Infinite Crisis Special - 4/26/2006
As villains break out of prisons all over the globe, Oracle looks for “big guns” to help deal with the situation. She is shown reviewing a list of “Missing or Unavailable” heroes, which includes Firestorm.

Teen Titans #34 - 4/5/2006
Cyborg, recovering from the trauma of his injuries in space, hears several pieces of conversation over the course of his long recovery (during the course of 52). One thing he hears is “Metal fused with flesh and… is that Firestorm?” (see 52 #4).

52 #33 - 12/20/2006
Firestorm is briefly shown celebrating Christmas with an unconscious Cyborg.

Superman #653 - 6/14/2006
Firestorm is part of a powerful team of heroes summoned by Superman to protect Metropolis from an attack by Luthor’s Kryptonian technology. They’re unable to enter the city, however, as Luthor has covered the entire island with a force field.

Outsiders #39 - 8/2/2006
The Outsiders confront a team of cloned heroes created by Mallah and The Brain. A Firestorm clone is among the villain.

Justice League of America #1 - 8/16/2006
Firestorm appears on the “B” version of the issue’s cover.

Brave New World - 6/28/2006
A team of Monitors is shown watching events unfold around the galaxy. On one monitor, Firestorm is shown rescuing Professor Stein (see Firestorm #26).

Justice Society of America #1 - 12/6/2006
Veteran JSA members review potential candidates for the new team. A picture of Firestorm is among the photos of prospects sitting on the table.

52 #51 - 4/25/2007
Firestorm appears among other heroes as the Justice League is introduced in the backup feature.

52 #52 - 5/2/2007
Firestorm is seen on the (rear) cover image among a large group of heroes.

Countdown #52 - 5/9/2007
Firestorm is seen on the cover image among a large group of heroes.

Justice League of America #13 - 11/26/2007
As the league discusses Firestorm and his condition (see the JLA Wedding Special), Black Lightning cautions Mari not to underestimate Firestorm, as his firepower is tremendous.

Justice League of America #14 - 10/17/2007
As Black Lightning departs in a league plane to join Superman, we see a recovering Firestorm in his hospital bed on a window-based monitor.

Countdown: Arena #1 - 12/5/2007
Among other versions of Firestorm seen in this series, which pulls together character versions from across the multiverse, the Firestorm of the “future earth” universe appears to have some characteristics of Jason’s costume.

Green Lantern #25 - 12/12/2007
As the Sinestro Corps war comes to earth, Firestorm is seen among the heroes defending the East coast.

Countdown #26 - 10/31/2007
The Monitors observe as Firestorm (searching for Stein) and Karate Kid meet by coincidence in Bludhaven. Karate Kid somehow knows that what he’s looking for it underground, so Firestorm opens a passage to a complex below.