Yildiray Cinar

The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men 3 (January 2012)

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Why’s the bad lady got Madame Masque’s mask, only in silver? You’d think DC would want more originality.

Cinar’s art suffers this issue. His lines are blocky and there’s a general gracelessness to his figures. The script is pretty boring too–it’s a standoff between Team Firestorm and Team Bad Guy. Team Firestorm eventually wins, but not until Team Bad Guy brings in their ringer… some brain damaged super-jingoist. Sort of a brainwashed Captain America, only as big as the Hulk.

I’d almost say Simone’s making a comment about the “Love It or Leave It” crowd being brain damaged, but co-plotter Van Sciver’s a very public neocon.

There’s no character development here, just passing acknowledgments from Simone she should be doing it. The awful pacing she established in the last issue gets worse in this one.

Firestorm is a pointless series; Simone’s coped out on her protagonists’ development.

CREDITS

Helix; writers, Ethan Van Sciver and Gail Simone; artist, Yildiray Cinar; colorists, Steve Buccellato and Hi-Fi; letterer, Travis Lanham; editors, Ricky Purdin and Rachel Gluckstern; publisher, DC Comics.

The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men 2 (December 2011)

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The great superhero art from Cinar continues and this issue of Firestorm is a little better overall.

Mostly it’s because Van Sciver and Simone have decided what famous plots to rip off. Here, it’s a little WarGames and a lot of Hulk. The giant Firestorm monster and the little Betty stand-in. Maybe they’ll get around to making a romantic triangle, but hopefully not. This issue, though improved, shows the pacing on Firestorm is going to be awful.

There’s a lot of exposition too. With the whole “Professor Stein is the smartest man alive” thing. If I were a new reader, it wouldn’t mean anything to me because Simone’s writing it as a big wink to familiar readers (Stein was the original Firestorm).

Unfortunately, Simone ignores most of the character drama this issue. I wonder if she’s just going forget about it and instead do more bad conspiracy thriller scenes.

CREDITS

Sound and Fury; writers, Ethan Van Sciver and Gail Simone; artist, Yildiray Cinar; colorist, Steve Buccellato; letterer, Travis Lanham; editors, Ricky Purdin and Rachel Gluckstern; publisher, DC Comics.

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