The Human Bomb series initially had me somewhat perplexed as it has appears to overlap with elements that Firestorm deals with and therefore, I decided to shove it down my priority list of readings. After few months, I decided to give it a shot mainly because its only 4 books long.
The highlight of this series is solely the titular character’s powers. While the Human Bomb’s powers highly resemble Firestorm’s, the way that it manifests itself is different. Michael Taylor is able to absorb and release energy from simple moves like energy blast to full on suicide bomber level powers. Granted it may not seem interesting, it does have a certain appeal in contrast to the typical powers that the more common heroes exhibit.
Unfortunately, the story itself was a major let down. The writers chose to rely on cliché plots to cement Taylor’s origin which made the narrative far too predictable. Employing overused characterizations further diminished any real value that this new hero could possibly embody. Throughout the 4-part miniseries, there was a significant lack of proper development for our titular hero as well as the villain. While it is admirable that they attempted to deal with suicide bombing and incorporate extraterrestrial elements, it was far too rushed and messy to fully release the definite potential.
While the premise of ‘Human Bomb’ was bold, suffering from weak plots and poor writing diminished any hopes of this series reaching its full potential which unfortunately made it one of the weakest series in the New 52 arsenal.