Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #25 Review
Stuart Moore continues, with this issue of Firestorm, to show all dem other rubes just how writing a good, old fashioned superhero comic is done. Jamal Igle's very straightforward style of art (punctuated by Keith Champagne's inks, as Champagne, who used to ink Leonard Kirk, certainly is familair with the concept of clean art) is the perfect embellishment for a comic done in a straightforward, yet entertaining, manner.
The nifty Brian Stelfreeze cover kicks off an amusing match-up of FIREstorm against two cold-themed villains, Mr. Freeze and Killer Frost. Moore gives Freeze and Frost a nice rapport, but most of all, he uses the two to come up with a diabolical plan that actually makes some sense - even if it is idiotic (it is idiotic because Frost has very little to actually GAIN from her plan, but it makes sense because she's obviously nutso).
Firestorm is an extremely powerful hero, so the key to any good story will be to come up with threats which are actually threatening to him, and Moore comes through in spades. I especially liked the bit where they attach a device to Firestorm that hooks into his own genetic code, so if he tries to transmute it, he might find himself turning himSELF into salt or whatever!! Very clever.
Meanwhile, the book continues to make good use of the high concept idea of a United States senator (and former superhero) Lorraine Reilly forced to merge with a young college student (Jason Rusch) to form Firestorm. Their banter within the thoughts of Firestorm is fun to see, especially as the two try to figure out a scientific way of solving the problem they are in - only neither of them is a science whiz!!
While the outer space shenanigans is going on, Moore gives us a fun interlude with Jason's girlfriend and his dad. Last issue had an excellent line when, in response to his father asking if she was having sex with his son, she responded, "No sir, but I would very much like to." VERY funny. This issue was just as funny, but Moore also manages to use the scene to dump a ton of exposition as to what's been going on with her during the missing year (as I doubt she'll feature prominently in 52...hehe).
Moore also manages to throw in some more clues regarding the over-arching mystery of Jason and Lorraine trying to find Professor Stein, who has been missing, and we learn is being held by a bad guy.
There is also a nifty cameo by another superhero, whose interaction with Jason does not go the way the superhero probably intended it, but it makes for a great scene.
So yeah, nice, clean art and a fun story with a bunch of subplots balanced perfectly?
I say recommended without reservation!