With the release of The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #13 next week, writer/artist Dan Jurgens leaves Superman and Justice League International behind to focus on a pair of teenagers who, sharing one super-powered body, must learn to cooperate.
In a nutshell, it’s a comic that asks the question: “Can two teenage heroes share a body, without driving each other crazy?”
Jurgens joined us for a few, quick-hit questions about the preview, which you can see below, exclusively here at ComicBook.com.
Dan, I can’t help but notice that in the very first panel of your very first issue, you’ve got posters in the background supporting The Vikings against The Monarchs. I suppose we shouldn’t read anything at all into the Minnesota native taking over the title, who’s credited with creating a certain pre-New 52 villain, should we?
Ha! Well, I must confess, that as a Vikings season ticket holder, I appreciate the use of the name “Vikings”. However, that was established back in Firestorm #1, a book I had no connection with. In fact, there’s even a “Go Vikings” banner visible on the cover to Firestorm #2, by Ethan Van Sciver. As for how much I had to pay Ethan to set all that up for me, well… that’s a deeply held secret.
Seriously, it’s a fun coincidence.
I also must ask, since Mr. Rusch said “Call me Al,” if that means Ronnie’s mother is Benny.
Wow. You’re just full of them today!
No, not at all. Just trying to get the cast in sync with one another.
“If there’s one thing I don’t understand, it’s Firestorm.” Those are words that come from Mrs. Raymond, but could just as easily come from just about anybody inside or outside of the book right about now. A lot has happened in this series, and the fact that the zero issue seemed to reset the counter has made it either much easier or much harder to understand, depending on how married you are to continuity, wouldn’t you agree?
I suppose that could be true. However, as I’ve said elsewhere, I wanted to approach this as a semi- first issue without referencing the past too much. I really want to focus “on the now” and the relationships among the current cast of the book.
That said, this robot in the preview seems to have been designed specifically with Firestorm’s power set in mind. Is that a tie to the Protocols or is it something else entirely?
You’re right– the robot is designed to specifically take on Firestorm and will become a bigger part of this story as we move forward.