Written by Ethan Van Sciver and Gail Simone, Art by Yildiray Cinar, Cover by Ethan Van Sciver
Solicitation Info (from Previews): Jason Rusch and Ronnie Raymond. These two high school students are worlds apart – and now they’re drawn into a conspiracy of super-science that bonds them forever in a way they can’t explain or control. The dark secrets of the murderous Dog Team and its Firestorm Protocol force them to put aside their differences to confront a threat so terrifying that it may lead to a new Cold War! Welcome to a major new vision of nuclear terror from writers Ethan Van Sciver and Gail Simone with astonishing art by Yildiray Cinar!
Bias: One of the titles I’m most looking forward to this week. Gail Simone has mentioned that there will be more than two people involved in being Firestorm, and that there will be a document used by governments across the globe called “the Firestorm Protocols.” Color me intrigued – especially since I’ve always been a fan of this particular character.
What I liked: First and foremost, I liked that Ronnie and Jason don’t like each other, that we can understand why they don’t like each other, and yet, we can see both of their points of view (and like both of them ourselves.)
What I disliked: For the majority of the comic, Jason and Ronnie were still normal high school kids. While this was good for introducing the characters, it did drag a bit. The end of this issue certainly seemed to indicate that the second issue would pick up the pace a bit, and I certainly hope that’s the case.
Verdict: I’ll definitely collect this title, but I’m giving it one more issue to convince me not to wait for the trade paperbacks to come out to get more of the story in one go.
As always, SPOILERS in comments, including my favorite scene, thoughts on what happened, and questions about what’s to come.