September 17, 2021
Vault Comics’ new Blue Flame series from writer Christopher Cantwell (The United States of Captain America, Doctor Doom) and artist Adam Gorham (Punk Mambo, New Mutants) is nostalgic and eerily relevant at the same time. Colorist Kurt Michael Russell’s warm blue palette accentuated by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou’s pulpy sci-fi lettering style gives the 10-issue series Rocketeer meets Strange Adventures vibes, while Cantwell’s time-jumping story feels like the modern Adam Strange take we’ve been waiting for.
The story unfolds in parallel storylines. In one, Sam Brausam, an HVAC repairman from Milwaukee, moonlights as the hero Blue Flame along with four other vigilante super buddies until tragedy strikes, leaving him badly injured. In the other, Sam lands on a distant planet only to be dragged before an intergalactic tribunal and tasked with proving Earth’s worthiness before it is wiped from the universe, Galactus-style. In both emotional plots, Sam must reconcile with the past to save the future.