Comic Trade Report> Firestorm: The Nuclear Man

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Firestorm TPB

In the last two seasons of Super Friends/Super Powers Team, a new DC hero joined the team. His name was Firestorm, soon to become my second favorite DC hero (Superman being #1 and as much as I love Batman he’s #3–which may be heresy nowadays but so be it). When I picked up Fury Of Firestorm #16 it was locked. Suffice it to say the current “New 52″ version took too long to get the formula right. The idea of a hero that could not only turn things into other things but had a mentor in his head was a cool idea to young me and gave older me a bit of inspiration in a character I’ve created.

Before Fury, however, was the original Firestorm, The Nuclear Man comic in 1978, co-created by writer Gerry Conway and artist Al Milgrom. I’ve already reviewed the individual issues that make up this trade and I will link to those reviews at the end of the article. For this review we will focus on the trade collection put together by DC and released in 2011, but first some catch-up for anyone new to the composite hero.


Mini-Comic Report: Marvel/Drakes series 2

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I’m not happy that my first Clutter Report in some time is a crosspost from the other site, never mind one I only posted this week. However, I want to get back to writing for this site and this will hopefully be the first step on that front.

Many moons ago we looked at the first collaboration between Marvel Comics and Drake’s snack cakes, a four-issue miniseries in which Spider-Man, Wolverine, the Hulk, and Silver Surfer were slowly drawn into battle with Doctor Doom to rescue Jubilee from his energy experiments. Apparently the promotion was good enough to create a second one in 1994, this time five issues long and drawing in the other X-Men.

Eric Fein returns as the writer of these issues with rotating art teams. Letterer Janice Chiang and editor Glenn Herdling, as well as the Editor-In-Chief at Marvel at the time, Tom DeFalco, are the only other consistent names. So until the Comicstorian (if you don’t know who that is, I think I know what the next “Internet Spotlight” is going to be on) finally goes over these, it’s up to me to complete the review of this event. Good thing we loved our Coffee Cakes and Devil Dogs at the future BW HQ at the time. Never really got into Yodels.


Hey, it’s me. Your clutter reporter.

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In case you thought I abandoned this project I haven’t. It’s just things have been difficult when it comes to my clutter cleaning project. We buried my mother’s ashes in May and both my grandparents this week. (In mom’s case we waited for warmer days so people wouldn’t want to get back to their cars quickly, at the suggest of the funeral director. My grandparents’ ashes were spread on their anniversary.) I’ve also been trying to get a handle on my financial problems, which I was hoping the live stream I advertised in my last update would help with. Thanks to many technical issues that didn’t happen, which means bad news for my debt. I’ve also had a video project I’ve been doing for my cousin, which is the only income I’ve had lately and it’s just enough to pay my car insurance. Looking for work hasn’t panned out, either.

But I still want to get back on the clutter cleaning bandwagon. This place is still a mess and I have enough stress as it is. With the funerals over I have some calm time before the conventions start so hopefully I’ll be able to get some stuff done before the next distraction. I hope my problems haven’t deterred any of you from your own pursuits. Actually, that’s a question I hope some of you will answer in the comments if you ARE on your own clutter maintenance projects: how do you keep working at it without putting the rest of life aside and how do you handle long breaks to keep from giving up?


Announcing Tronix’s Anti-Debt Stream Of Desperation

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And it does fit in with The Clutter Reports because I’ll be doing auctions (and maybe a raffle if I can figure out how to pull it off) of the clutter I want to get rid of and think other people may want. Either way I need this credit card paid off and since I have an opening to cut my debt down by a huge number if I have enough money to bargain with by the deadline, I have to try. But I think the title of this fits.

Merging Libraries

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My love of reading is something my mother encouraged, and I’ve gained a lot of books, something I want to trim down because there’s more than I have time to read, which means it’s not only taking up a lot of space but there are books going unread, which is a crime unto itself. However, there’s a project I need to start undertaking this week which will increase my collection, but for a good reason.


Time Away For Funeral

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I was hoping to have something this week, but with my mother’s funeral next week and a eulogy to finish the clutter organizing project is on hold. Not done. I still want this mess dealt with, but I need to get some stuff done on the other site, where I’m hoping to make a career out of, indirectly if not from the site and projects themselves. I can do some filler stuff there but this project requires me to pay more attention than I have been since at least the holidays, since my mother and grandfather passed in the two months following the holidays, and even some personal things have gone unattended.

The Clutter Reports will return by the end of the month but I have other things that take priority. Sorry if you happen to like my articles but there will be more soon. And with some of my mom’s stuff I have some extra topics to go over. Don’t give up on me yet, or on fixing your own clutter.

BW Free Comic Book Disappointment

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ShadowWing Tronix:

Free Comic Book Day is why I don’t have a Clutter Report article this week. I have stuff for next week hopefully.

Originally posted on BW Media Spotlight:

Free Comic Book Day logo

I love Free Comic Book Day. I really do. It’s a good way to check out comics you otherwise wouldn’t risk the money for. However, when scaplers grab as much free comics as they can sneak off with and comic stores aren’t prepared for even the new legit ones I miss out on comics I really wanted to check out. (I went over those on Thursday.) No Transformers. No Ty Lee. No Jurassic Strike Force. Instead I only picked up four comics: Doctor Who, Divergent, Secret Wars, Avengers, and mistakenly picked up a leftover Infinity preview, being too disappointed to really pay attention.

That would have been okay if the comics had been good. Through the power of reposting Twitter (under ) share in my misery.

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