Monday, March 2, 2009

Firestar (4 issues, 1986)

Published immediately after Firestar's first comic book appearance in Uncanny X-Men #193, the miniseries then presented Firestar's definitive, in-continuity origin. The Firestar four issue mini-series depicts events both before and after Firestar's first in-continuity appearance in Uncanny X-Men #193, showing her development from a shy, insecure girl afraid of her developing powers to a confident young woman capable of defeating Emma Frost.

The mini-series also established that Firestar's powers were microwave-based, rather than the more common fire-generation power that her animated counterpart displayed; the comic-book Firestar essentially harnesses ambient microwave radiation from her environment, making her powers far stronger in an environment such as space, where the concentration of microwaves is much greater than within a planetary atmosphere.

Despite the mini-series' efforts to flesh out the character, Firestar was not featured in any stories for a few years and seemed destined to fade into obscurity until she joined the New Warriors.

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