Ronnie and Jason faces Zither and Pozhar off in a devastating battle that will change the course of future Firestorm books.
While the previous arc managed to fill up many aspects of the story, there are many questions that have yet to be answered like where is Stein and what is so unique about Ronnie’s and Jason’s Firestorm protocols? We have seen in the previous books that Stein had appeared to both Ronnie and Jason in times of crisis, so could it be that Stein is trapped within the Firestorm matrix that Ronnie and Jason share. While this puzzling mystery is not explicitly answered, this arc did revealed Pozhar’s true nature and Zither’s intentions of employing/creating the Firestorms.
Zither in her twisted logic believes that the “concept of mutual assured destruction” is that which is keeping the planet safe from the savage aspects of human nature. This motivated her belief that the Firestorms are necessary despite most governments revoking their contracts. Very similar to Amanda Waller (especially in the way she killed her agents with a push of a button), Zither loves the control she has over the protocols which is why she despises Ronnie and Jason whose creation is tied to Martin Stein, who she thought as naïve and optimistic. The reason this is smart is that it taps into a rational perception that there are always going to be people that manipulates great power for the supposed greater good and for fiscal benefits. Furthermore, it is worth to mention that Firehawk, Hurricane and Raskshasi (the Indian Firestorm) are appear to be good people who deeply believes that they are protectors of their respective nations and hence are problem unaware of Zither’s motivations.
Pozhar on the other hand is revealed to be the primary antagonist of the story. There is an element of confusion with this reveal as on one hand, we did witness Pozhar attacking the rogue Firestorms but on the other, we have Raskshasi claiming that he is the one that created them. All that said, it did allowed for a strong and sufficiently developed enemy for Ronnie and Jason to face. One of the main highlights of this arc was the merging of Ronnie and Pozhar. While it doesn’t really add much to the plot, the merging of Firestorms is undoubtedly one of the more captivating scenes that this series has to offer.
Because they left many important questions unanswered (like what happened to Firehawk at the end and what were Pozhar’s motivations?), for Revelation of Truth to serve as the conclusion felt significantly rushed, unfocused and unclear. A hypothesis I could venture would be that the release of the untainted formula removed all of the current activated protocols and destroyed the tainted ones like Firehawk and Hurricane. This conjecture, however, has an unfortunate flaw that lies with Pozhar. As he created the protocols with Stein, there doesn’t seem to be reason a logical reason as to why his protocol is tainted. Unfortunately, it is doubtful that the series would go into these issue in detail in subsequent arcs. Furthermore, this conclusion almost definitely removes any hope that the series would expand on the concept of having many Firestorms.