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Mikhail Arkadin (New Earth)

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Mikhail Arkadin was a Russian superhero named Pozhar. He along with the JLA and the Suicide Squad came into conflict with Firestorm (Ronald Raymond), who demanded a total disarmament of the world's nuclear weapons. At the climax of this battle, Pozhar and Firestorm were caught in another nuclear explosion and merged to form a new Firestorm. This being contained Arkadin and Raymond. But although the two of them could communicate from within the matrix, Firestorm himself behaved somewhat independently, like a passionless third party.[1][2][3] Professor Martin Stein was not a part of this matrix (though he’d unconsciously shaped the new Firestorm).

Soon, the Russians tried to clone Firestorm and instead created a soulless creature called Svarozhich.[4] A mysterious man named Rasputin informed Firestorm that he was truly a fire elemental and the only way to beat Svarozhich would be to bond with it "permanently." This he did, and a new Firestorm was made of Svarozhich, Raymond and Arkadin. The human hosts were submerged and sacrificed their wills to this new Firestorm; they were no longer capable of reverting back to their human forms. In the process, it was revealed that Firestorm was meant to be Earth’s fire elemental. Martin Stein had originally been fated for that role only to have the matrix corrupted by the unexpected presence of Ron Raymond.[5] This elemental Firestorm participated in an "Elemental War", teaming up with the Swamp Thing to stop the rampage of Red Tornado and Naiad.[6][7][8][9]

During this time, Martin Stein became deranged. He convinced Firestorm to willingly dissolve its matrix when Earth's sun was threatened by the entity known as Brimstone. The professor suggested a desperate experiment to recreate the Firestorm entity with himself in sole command. Stein then took an experimental rocket into space and, with Svarozhich in tow, blew himself up. He succeeded in becoming the sole Firestorm, and Raymond and Arkadin resumed their normal lives.

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