"The Pandrakos Plot": A throng of hypnotized New York pedestrians swarm over top of Firestorm, while the Pied Piper continues to produce hypnotic rhythms issuing forth from the Pipes of Pan. Unwilling to hurt any of the innocent victims, Firestorm uses his molecular restructuring powers to t
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Synopsis for "The Pandrakos Plot"
A throng of hypnotized New York pedestrians swarm over top of Firestorm, while the Pied Piper continues to produce hypnotic rhythms issuing forth from the Pipes of Pan. Unwilling to hurt any of the innocent victims, Firestorm uses his molecular restructuring powers to turn a fire hydrant into a fire hose. He douses the crowd with city water, pushing them away from him. He then flies up to the roof of Senator Walter Reilly's townhouse and turns the hose against the Pied Piper. The Piper falls backwards, dropping the mythological pipes. Police arrive to arrest the Piper while the Pipes of Pan mysteriously disappear.
A short time later, Firestorm separates into Ronnie Raymond and Martin Stein. Ronnie drops Martin off at his apartment in Queens, and then races back to school. At Bradley High, Ronnie makes up with Doreen Day, despite the fact that his thoughts are on, Senator Reilly's daughter, Lorraine.
That evening, the Pied Piper is resting in the Men's Detention Center in downtown Manhattan when he realizes that he is slowly transforming into a satyr. Word of this reaches the ears of Firestorm who meets up with the villain as he is transferred to a local hospital. The Piper tells Firestorm that he doesn't know the present location of the Pipes of Pan. He acquired them in Athens, Greece from a merchant named Niko. Firestorm learns that a dealer named Pandrakos sold the pipes to Senator Reilly.
Firestorm flies to Athens where he discovers that the merchant trader, Pandrakos, is actually the Greek horned-god known as Pan. Pan has taken command of a vessel called the "Hermes" and transforms all of the ship's crew into satyrs. He has his pipes again and uses the music in an effort to hypnotize Firestorm. Firestorm traps Pan inside of a steel cube and dumps him into the Aegean Sea. Without anyone to hear the music, all of the effects produced by the Pipes of Pan cease. The Pied Piper returns to normal, and Firestorm flies back to New York.
Appearing in "The Pandrakos Plot"
- Helen Day (First appearance)
- Henry (Single appearance)
- New York City
- The Hermes
Synopsis for "Fate Is the Killer"
The Sailor of the Solar Winds known as Zodac arrives at the royal palace on the planet, Eternia. He warns the ruling council that the land's most powerful hero must leave Eternia forever or else he risks losing his life. Prince Adam knows that Zodac speaks of his alter ego, He-Man. He leaves the palace and summons the Sorceress in the hopes of gaining clarity as to Zodac's cryptic warning. The Sorceress tells He-Man that his arch-nemesis, Skeletor, is very close to finding the second half of the fabled power-sword. If both halves of the sword are joined, he will have the power to rule all of Eternia.
Meanwhile, Skeletor instructs his henchmen, Mer-Man and Beast-Man to scour the Eternian Sea in search of clues as to the lost sword. He eventually discovers that the sword rests in the oceans of another world in a separate dimension – a world known as Earth.
Skeletor uses the magic at his command to transport the three of them to Earth. They plunge into Earth's oceans and eventually recover one half of the power sword. Meanwhile, the super-hero known as Superman flies out over Metropolis Bay. He fights with a large sea-monster and eventually finds himself trapped in a whirling vortex. The vortex is the dimensional portal used by Skeletor, Beast-Man and Mer-Man for their return trip to Eternia.
Everyone arrives in front of Castle Grayskull. Superman assists in retrieving one of the other missing swords and gives it to He-Man. He-Man and Skeletor fight one another and impale each other upon their respective swords. Skeletor teleports back to his lair to nurse his wounds, leaving He-Man on the ground bleeding. Zodac arrives and uses his power to heal He-Man. He then creates another dimensional tunnel and returns Superman back to Earth.
Appearing in "Fate Is the Killer"
- Power Shield
- The Power Sword
- "Fate Is the Killer" was included as a special insert in the following comics with November 1982 cover dates: Action Comics #537, All-Star Squadron #15, Arak: Son of Thunder #15, Batman #353, Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew #9, Daring New Adventures of Supergirl #1, DC Comics Presents #51, Fury of Firestorm #6, Justice League of America #208, Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 2) #293, New Teen Titans #25, Superman #377, Warlord #63 and Wonder Woman #297.
- The Pan that appears in this issue is the Pre-Crisis version of Pan, and possesses physical characteristics that are slightly different from his Post-Crisis counterpart. Despite the discrepancy, it is reasonable to presume that this story is preserved in the modern historical canon.
- The Masters of the Universe story that takes place in this issue is no longer considered part of modern continuity.
- Contains a flashback of the Pied Piper, which takes place prior to the events in Firestorm #5.
- The Pied Piper appears next in The Flash (Volume 1) #325
- First appearance of Helen Day. Helen's first name won't be mentioned until Firestorm (Volume 2) #10.
- Rodin Rodriguez's name is mis-spelled as Rodriquez in this issue.
- The Sorceress that appears in the Masters of the Universe story is donned in the serpentine garb traditionally attributed to Teela. Teela, on the other hand, is dressed in a simple guardswoman outfit.
- This comic book includes advertisements for the following products:
- —Lego expert builder dune buggy
- —Bubble Yum bubble gum
- —Tyco Magnum 440 toy racing car
- —Grit Magazine subscription service
- —Lifesavers roll candy and lollipops
- —Worms novelty toy
- —TSR - Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game supplement
- —Remco - Sgt. Rock action figure
- —DC Comics - Camelot 3000, Arion - Lord of Atlantis, Supergirl and Blackhawk comic books
- —Kidco - Tough Wheels toy car collector's case
- Firestorm Recommended Reading
- Firestorm (Volume 1)
- The Flash (Volume 1): The Flash #289– #304
- Firestorm (Volume 2)
- Justice League of America (Volume 1): Justice League of America #179– #225 & Justice League of America Annual #1–2
- Extreme Justice (Volume 1)
- JLA #69– #82
- Identity Crisis #5
- Firestorm (Volume 3)
- Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men (Volume 1)
- Legends of Tomorrow (Volume 1)