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Information-silkReal NameDanton Black
Information-silkCurrent AliasMultiplex
Information-silkRelativesCatwoman III (daughter)
Information-silkAffiliationSuicide Squad, Secret Society of Super Villains
Status
Information-silkAlignmentBad
Information-silkIdentitySecret Identity
Information-silkCitizenshipAmerican
Information-silkMarital StatusSingle
Information-silkOccupationScientist
Characteristics
Information-silkGenderMale
Information-silkHeight6' 0"
Information-silkWeight188 lbs (85 kg)
Information-silkEyesBlue
Information-silkHairBlack
Origin
Information-silkUniverseEarth-One, New Earth
Information-silkCreatorsGerry Conway, Al Milgrom
First Appearance



HistoryEdit

Origin

Doctor Danton Black was Professor Martin Stein's assistant during the development of the experimental Hudson Nuclear Power Plant. Shortly before the plant opened, Stein caught Danton stealing plant designs and fired him, but did not turn him in. To cover his tracks, Danton went to the authorities and concocted a story that Stein had stolen the plans for the plant from him.

Firestorm

The Nuclear Regulations Council decided to postpone the plant's opening while they investigated Danton's accusations. Stein, fearing that the delay would cause enough public concern to prevent the plant from ever opening, decided to turn the plant on to demonstrate that his theories were sound. His test, however, was sabotaged by ecoterrorists who placed a bomb in the facility. The resulting explosion caused the merger of Martin Stein and Ronnie Raymond into Firestorm. Ronnie and Stein weren't the only ones present at the plant, though. Danton Black snuck into the plant in hopes of finding more evidence to use to frame Stein and was caught in the explosion.

Multiplex was Firestorm's first super-powered enemy. He was primarily motivated by money, power and revenge. Multiplex was involved in the plot to kidnap Lorraine Reilly and perform experiments on her, which led to her becoming Firehawk. He also engineered an unsuccessful attempt to eliminate Firestorm by recruiting a handful of villains for the task.

Multiplex later joined the Suicide Squad, performing dangerous missions for the government in exchange for pardons for his crimes. The Squad was called upon to stop Firestorm, who threatened to dismantle the world's nuclear arms. During the confrontation, Parasite was mistakenly released. Parasite went on a rampage and appeared to have killed Multiplex by draining him first of his powers and then of his life.

As it turns out, though, stories of Danton's death were greatly exaggerated.

Years later, when Killer Frost discovered that Ronnie Raymond was inside of the new Firestorm, she contacted Firestorm's old foe, Cliff Carmichael, who quickly assembled a small team of villains to get their revenge on Firestorm. Multiplex was all too happy to join this team.

Suicide Squad

He was seen as a member of the most recent Secret Society of Super Villains team when Black Adam threatened to kill him if he didn't.

Multiplex was mentioned as being deceased by Felix Faust, then was seen posing as Deadman in order to get the Red Tornado to claim the body of a brain-dead duplicate. Given Faust's ulterior motives, the claim of Multiplex's death is suspect.

Amanda Waller confirms that the Multiplex on the Squad is Danton Black. His duplicates serve her as office employees until she gets staffed.

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Powers

  • Nuclear Physiology: His powers are a mix of nuclear fission and mass duplication. Early in his career, he was forced to find an energy source to boost his powers. Later, he discovered his own energy source so he could, in theory, create unlimited duploids.
  • Bio-Fission: While Ronnie and Stein gained the power to fuse together, Danton gained the power to fission apart into multiple copies of himself, which he called his duploids. The duploids, which shared his thoughts and identity, were sometimes carbon copies of himself but he could also create smaller duploids.
  • Enhanced Strength
  • Enhanced Durability
  • Flight

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