DC Comics
Firestorm: The Nuclear Man # 29
By KoppyMcFad
September 21, 2006 - 06:10

DC Comics
Writer(s): Stuart Moore
Penciller(s): Jamal Igle, Keith Champagne
Cover Artist(s): Brian Steelfreeze

Firestorm, Firehawk and Pozhar battle an army of cyborgs as Professor Martin Stein tries to uncover the secret that links all of them. But Firestorm has an even more violent encounter coming up as he confronts his angry father. This book may not be selling well but it is more engrossing than most of the superhero fare out there. The story manages to keep the action moving while still filling in newcomers with the background on what happened before and why all this still matters. The second plotline, involving Jason Rusch's unhappy home life are as interesting than the superheroics. Rather than dealing with stereotypical teen woes like girlfriend problems or feelings of being left out, Jason's troubles with his father have an urgency and anger that make them stand out. The evolution of his character, his increasing bitterness and cynicism, is also interesting as it pushes Jason farther away from the Peter Parker-nice guy mold. The art in this issue is equally praiseworthy. It is very crisp and straightforward while remaining quite detailed and realistic. Despite the numerous references to earlier incarnations of Firestorm, this book is extremely accessible to new readers and it is a pity it isn't selling much better.

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