The more things change in “Fury of Firestorm,” the more they stay the same. Ethan Van Sciver and Gail Simone continue to throw new characters, settings, concepts, and capabilities of the Firestorms at the readers; those ideas are stacked around and between everything that has been set up in the previous issues. In this issue, we get to tiptoe through the thought processes of Ronnie Raymond and Jason Rusch, and we even see the two of them attempt to work together a bit. There is some growth in the characters there and a little cushion to soften the extreme info dump we’ve been receiving.
This issue doesn’t slow things down, however, as Simone and Van Sciver introduce two new Firestorms for Yildiray Cinar and his new inking collaborator, Norm Rapmund, to have fun with. Cinar really does a good job of continuing to tie the Firestorms together thematically, but giving the newer Nuclear Men distinct flair all their own. He shines with the Firestorms in action.
Some of the quieter moments, however, border on whisper-soft. Cinar handles the characters and their surroundings well, but there isn’t a whole lot that can be done to make Jason Rusch, average teenage wunderkind, stand out to the same degree as a bunch of characters that are running/flying/fighting through these pages with flaming noggins. Some of it might simply be that Rapmund and Cinar haven’t hit their stride together yet, but some of it is, quite simply, that there needs to be a little more punch poured into the characters consistently.
There’s still a great deal of mystery and suspense in this book. It opens with Jason and Ronnie having to try to find their families, but that spills into a greater mystery. That mystery points to Zither. It’s only a bit of a clue, but only enough to promise changes and interesting developments to come in the next issue. There’s a lot going on in this book. It is certainly one of the most action-packed titles of the new DC relaunch. While it might be heady for newer readers, it definitely has some points of interest for long-time (or even lapsed) Firestorm fans, and it appears to be just getting warmed up right now.