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"Again: Multiplex!": The Hyena leaps upon Firestorm delivering a massive flurry of blows. The hero attempts to use his atomic restructuring powers to stop the Hyena's assault, but she moves too quickly for him to erect a defense. Hyena specializes in close-quarter combat and rakes Firest


Quote1 Terrific! I ask for help, and you give me a science lecture! You’re worse than some of my teachers! Quote2
-- Firestorm



Appearing in "Again: Multiplex!"

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  • Liam McGarrin

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Synopsis for "Again: Multiplex!"

The Hyena leaps upon Firestorm delivering a massive flurry of blows. The hero attempts to use his atomic restructuring powers to stop the Hyena's assault, but she moves too quickly for him to erect a defense. Hyena specializes in close-quarter combat and rakes Firestorm across the face with her diamond-tipped vibro-claws. Ronnie manages to animate a nearby electrical tower. The tower falls on top of the Hyena rendering her unconscious.

Meanwhile at the Downtown Medical Center, Multiplex comes out of his coma. During his convalescence, he had learned more about his fission powers and now uses them to escape. Multiplex absorbs all of the electricity from the medical center and becomes a physical powerhouse. He breaks through the hospital wall and runs off in search of even more power.

Elsewhere, a low-level gangster named "Spit" Shine returns to his parents, the thugs known as "Ma" Shine and "Shoe" Shine. Spit has failed to abduct Wallace Hapgood – principal of Bradley High School.

Later, Ronnie Raymond takes Doreen Day to the New York News Express offices to introduce Doreen to his father. They meet a secretary named, Hildy Park, who informs them that Edward Raymond isn't in the office. She further reveals that Raymond has only been working as a journalist for a short period of time – a revelation that comes as a great surprise to his son. Ronnie believed that his father worked as a reporter all of his life. His attention is diverted however as he learns that Multiplex has escaped.

Martin Stein meanwhile meets with private detective Liam McGarrin at a bar. McGarrin has been laboring to discover why Stein has been suffering from periodic blackouts. Stein is heavily inebriated when he finds himself transforming into Firestorm.

Firestorm manifests in downtown Manhattan. They begin fighting Multiplex, but Stein's inebriation is adversely affecting Firestorm's manual dexterity. Two of the Multiplex duplicates grab a hold of Firestorm and begin to siphon his nuclear energy directly from his body. Firestorm decides to overload Multiplex with a surplus of power. Multiplex splits into one-thousand duplicates – each of which are less than three inches in height. Unable to present a realistic threat to Firestorm, the mini-duplicates blink out of existence.

On a rooftop above the city streets, Multiplex-prime appears. He had sent his duplicates after Firestorm while the core body remained hidden, watching from the shadows. Multiplex finds a new partner in crime; a like-minded villain who harbors a hatred of Firestorm nearly as intense as his own – the Hyena.



Notes

  • This is the final issue of the series. Due to poor sales, many titles were canceled without warning as part of the Great DC Implosion of 1978. The Next Issue blurb at the close of this issue reads, "Next Issue: The abduction of Wallace Hapgood... the truth about Edward Raymond... and the senses-searing power of... Typhoon, Master of wind and sea!" What would have become Firestorm #6 was partially printed in black & white in Cancelled Comic Cavalcade #1.
  • The adventures of Firestorm continue as a back-up feature in issues of The Flash beginning with issue number 289 and concluding with issue number 304.
  • At this point in time, Firestorm in error believes the Hyena to be a man.

Trivia

  • This issue includes advertisements for the following products:
—Slim Jim beef snacks
—Grit Magazine subscription service
—Hostess Fruit Pies featuring Batman in "Batman and the Corsair of Crime"
—Batman Spectacular 68-page special
—Youth Opportunity Sales Club - Super Hang Ups
—Milk Duds sweepstakes (featuring the Joker)
—Amazing World of DC Comics special #17 (featuring the Marvel Family)
—Helen of Toy Company – Tank Trap task force game



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