Recently I have been picking up New 52 volumes based on either recommendations or past interest in the characters, but this time was different. I will be honest with everyone by saying that I picked up The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear men for a very shallow reason. When I walked into my favorite comic book store to pick up volume one of Teen Titans, something caught my eye. That is right, I bought The Fury of Firestorm because I thought the cover looked cool and, apart from the fact that it was from DC’s New 52, that was the only reason I did so. Luckily, I read the first volume and was very impressed.
Human nature has always made us question ourselves and the world around us. Where do we come from? What can I become? What defines me? How can we come to understand the universe? That last one is being tackled over at CERN. The large hadron collider is dedicated to experiments such as the creation of black holes that could lead to things like time travel and many other breakthroughs in the world of physics. However, certain information could be being withheld from the general populace that could change the world. Imagine a world where a scientist has harnessed the power of the Higgs Boson, the God Particle, and has attempted to use its power for weapons development and human experimentation. An ultimate weapon is developed that creates a new cold war. Not because there is an arms race, but because the final race has been won. Holding this weapon would allow a nation to dissolve the rest of their military and avoid confrontation simply because they hold its grand power. The war is cold because there would no longer be fighting, just fear brought about by an insurmountable force. Now, consider the ramifications of this grand power being in the hands of a couple of teenagers. That is where our story begins. Martin Stein was a scientist of great fame, but also great mystery. Known as one of the world’s greatest minds, Martin Stein was secretly developing weaponry with aid of some of the world’s brightest young minds via an internet chat room. The problem is that the governments of the world did not want any of this research getting out. Various military organizations and terrorist groups begin to hunt down anyone with knowledge of the project in an attempt to hold a power that makes the atom bomb look like a handful of pop rocks. We are then introduced to our heroes. Jason and Ronnie could not be anymore different on the outside, but Jason’s connection to Stein has put our teenagers into a life connected to one another. With a shady United States government division trying to use you, an odd Russian hunter with his eye on you, and terrorist organizations around the world trying to force nuclear winter, can you get past your differences and try to figure out what you were meant to do with this curse that was put upon you?
Martin Stein is the scientist that developed the power source of the nuclear men. His technology allows humans to transform and control chemistry. Nuclear energy and control over the terrain around oneself would be the most notable powers thus far. Jason is a black teenager with a great gift for science. Stubborn and not always fair, Jason has received the power of Firestorm from his time spent talking with Stein.When Jason decides to unleash this nuclear power, Ronnie is caught in something he never wanted to be a part of. Ronnie a white teenager who is the quarterback of the high school football team. Admittedly not the brightest kid, but not an idiot either, Ronnie is a little confrontational and the two young men did not get off on the right foot. I mention their races because I can tell that this series is going to bring race relations into question throughout the series which I find very interesting. The Fury is an uncontrollable monster that is formed when Jason and Ronnie are arguing. The two fuse and become more powerful at the cost of control and the true danger lies in the fact that the Fury holds nuclear based powers. Mikhail Arkadin goes by the name of Pohzar and he is a nuclear man from Russia. Mikhail is the scientist that worked with Stein in order to develop the Firestorm powers as I will call them and he has been hunting down the rogue users of these powers. Director Zither is in charge of the shady part of the military from the United States that has decided to use our young nuclear men. Not much is known about this government thus far, but one thing we do know, is that Zither is not to be trusted. We are introduced to the families and friends of our main characters along with the different organizations that are trying to control this unstable power. The realistic way that these people handle death and these new lives is very interesting and I also enjoy the character designs for the nuclear “weapons” seen thus far.
I was very impressed with The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men. Whether it is the realistic reactions from the characters, the connection to real world science, or the rehashing of an old school United States enemy, this series is full of things that really pique my interest. I feel like it is nice to read a volume of a New 52 series without an immediate mentioning of the Justice League. I love the Justice League and the main story that DC tells, but something new is always refreshing. Once again I see myself very happy with the fact that the New 52 project exists at a time when I have the funds to purchase things. When I watched the anime Steins;Gate, I was very happy with the fact that we got a taste of science from the physics focal point of the world in the CERN large hadron collider. The story is very interesting and the artistic element really hit me. As I said before, I bought this because I thought the cover looked cool. I was very lucky that things turned out well.
I definitely recommend that you go out and buy a copy of The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men. Whether you like science, war, superheroes, or a good story, you will enjoy this series. Do not miss out on the opportunity that has been presented to us in this day and age. DC has reintroduced to us great series from the beginning through the New 52 and it would be a mistake as a comic book fan, or someone who wants to become one, to not go out and try a new series or two. You can get the issues and/volumes at your local comic book provider.