Firestorm, The Nuclear Man 5 (October-November 1978)

Firestorm, The Nuclear Man #5

It’s a pointlessly double-sized issue. The extra pages give Conway time to get in fight scenes between Firestorm and both villains–and the art on the fight with the Hyena does have a great double page spread–without having to sacrifice the character development.

Ronnie and the girlfriend, Doreen, go on an actual date. There are big problems with the date, both in them walking into a supervillain fight and in now Conway forces too much ominous foreshadowing, but it’s at least a scene between two people where they exhibit personalities.

There’s some really good stuff with Professor Stein too. Conway roams a lot as far as protagonists for a scene. It’s too omniscient to let the comic have a personality, but it’s definitely effective for engaging storytelling.

The problem is there’s just too much in the issue and it ends without having accomplished anything. It’s inflated but empty.

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CREDITS

Again: Multiplex!; writer, Gerry Conway; penciller, Al Milgrom; inker, Bob McLeod; colorist, Jerry Serpe; letterer, Clem Robins; editor, Jack C. Harris; publisher, DC Comics.

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