Firestorm, The Nuclear Man 2 (April 1978)

Firestorm, The Nuclear Man #2

I don’t want to spend time griping about Milgrom’s pencils. If his composition were better, I might even let it pass, but the composition–and how he handles the costumed stuff–is a real problem. Conway gets in a lot of scenes and Milgrom handles the transitions awkwardly. His figures in superhero motion are really awkward, especially the flying. Superman guest stars too so lots of flying.

This issue picks up the day after the previous issue with more superhero stunts from Firestorm. He gets a villain–Multiplex–and Conway works a little bit on the character stuff too. Conway succeeds at making teenage Ronnie Raymond simultaneously a star athlete and a kid with low self-esteem. Right now, it’s all in broad strokes. Conway’s hinting there’s more depth.

As for Professor Stein, the other half of Firestorm, Conway doesn’t give him much space.

The issue’s likable, but very problematic.

B- 

CREDITS

Danger Doubled Is Death; writer, Gerry Conway; penciller, Al Milgrom; inker, Bob McLeod; colorist, Adrienne Roy; letterer, Ben Oda; editor, Jack C. Harris; publisher, DC Comics.

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