pspin's The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #0 - Covalence review

The Fury of Firestorm #0 Review

The Fury of Firestorm #0 Review


Picking up after issue 12 left off the more “traditional” version of Firestorm appears.

The Good:


While not necessary, reading issue 12 (and the rest of the series as well for that matter) makes understanding the issue a little easier. Essentially, the events of the last issue have apparently eliminated most if not all of the Firestorms around the world or at least laid the power dormant. This is explained in the issue but it is not entirely clear if you didn’t read 12. Basically what happens is that Jason is sad that he lost the power and Ronnie is happy that it is gone since they both have their old lives back. One of their old enemies shows up and instead of becoming two separate Firestorms, they become the more traditional single Firestorm with Ronnie in control and Jason in the back of his head.

Joe Harris does a good job with writing the current phase of the issue and telling the story in the present time; but when he tries to sum up the rest of the series, he is not the most clear. Over all though the dialogue is great and is able to capture Jason and Ronnie as separate people but also as teenagers as well.

The art by Yildiray Cinar is once again excellent and a perfect fit for the series.

The Bad:

As a zero issue, it would have seemed that it would get into the origins of Martin Stein and how he discovered the Firestorm Matrix and gave it to Jason but that isn’t the case. Instead there is a pause where the series catches its breath and allows new readers to get on but it is not the smoothest transition ever. This covers a different story but it still fits the Zero Issue idea because if it was a regular issue, it would be kind or boring because it recaps a lot of the series.


This seems less like a Zero Issue and more like a restart of the series without it being a restart; not because it is thematically different but because so much has changed in between this issue and the last one. New readers might be a little confused about what is going on but it isn’t that big of a deal as the action of the issue is good enough and the apparent direction is different enough that new and old readers will be on nearly equal footing. Overall though it is a good issue that the series needed by taking the foot off of the gas and regaining some focus after the last issue ended.

4 out of 5

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