"Plastique is Another Word for Fear!": A Canadian terrorist named Andre sits atop a fuel tower somewhere in southern New Jersey. He is armed with a bomb and threatens to destroy the station and himself unless the energy industry agrees to remove all of their financial interests from the Cana
- I am ready to die – eager to die! Death is my weapon and my lover! Take me!
Appearing in "Plastique is Another Word for Fear!"
- Plastique (First appearance)
- Andre (First appearance)
- Bert Day
- Dan Whether
Synopsis for "Plastique is Another Word for Fear!"
A Canadian terrorist named Andre sits atop a fuel tower somewhere in southern New Jersey. He is armed with a bomb and threatens to destroy the station and himself unless the energy industry agrees to remove all of their financial interests from the Canadian province of Quebec. The super-hero known as Firestorm arrives prepared to take the terrorist down. Martin Stein warns him against mocking the criminal's intentions, but Ronnie believes that the man is bluffing. He quickly learns however that he isn't. Andre detonates the bomb and the fuel facility is consumed in a massive explosion. Firestorm flies towards the pinnacle of the blast radius and begins absorbing as much thermal energy into his body as he can. He successfully keeps the damage contained to a small area. News crews and journalists crowd the scene and everyone begins assaulting Firestorm with a barrage of questions. Initially Firestorm plays up to the cameras until he realizes that one of the reporters is his own father, Ed Raymond. Nervous, Firestorm quickly flies away.
Some time later, Ronnie Raymond visits his father at the New York News Express office in Manhattan. He tries to have a conversation with the man, but Ed is too preoccupied with the recent terrorist attack to pay any attention to him.
A Canadian terrorist known as Plastique enters the Express offices. Plastique had been in league with Andre, and now operates to further a similar cause. She is armed with several palm-sized detonators that she has attached to the sides of her costume. She holds the entire news crew hostage, and threatens to blow up the building unless her demands are met. She informs the news crew that they have until 10:00 pm to remove their paper stock from Quebec-based paper mills or else she will kill everyone. Ronnie is prepared to change into Firestorm, but is concerned about exposing his secret identity in front of his father.
Meanwhile, Professor Stein sees footage of Plastique's attack on a television news station. He races down to the New York News Express office and sneaks into the maintenance closet. He shuts down all of the power in the building, allowing Ronnie and he the opportunity to change into Firestorm without risking their respective secret identities.
Firestorm manifests in front of Plastique and manages to clear the room out. Plastique throws one of her bombs towards him and he uses his molecular restructuring powers to phase his father and another reporter through the floor. The bomb detonates and Firestorm absorbs the brunt of the blast. He then uses his powers to make Plastique's costume disappear. Her supply of bombs drops harmlessly to the floor and she is quickly apprehended.
- Firestorm appears next in a four-part Earth-One/Earth-Two storyline taking place in Justice League of America (Volume 1) #207 – 209 and All-Star Squadron #14 - All-Star Squadron #15. Following that, he appears next in Wonder Woman (Volume 1) #300 before returning to his own title.
- This is the first appearance of Plastique. She appears next in Firestorm (Volume 2) #33. Plastique's earliest chronological appearance is in Captain Atom #49.
- First appearance of Bert Day. Bert's first name won't be mentioned until issue #10.
- One of the journalists present during Plastique's attack is a reporter named Dan Whether. This may or may not be a wink towards the real-world CBS Evening News anchorman, Dan Rather.
- There is a scene where Doreen Day is watching a television program entitled, "Shirley Loves Carmine". Shirley and Carmine were two romantically involved characters from the popular 1976 television series, Laverne & Shirley. The title, Shirley Loves Carmine is a nod towards a less-popular sitcom known as Joanie Loves Chachi. Joanie Loves Chachi was a failed spin-off of the popular 1974 television series Happy Days. Ironically, both Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley took place in the same continuity.
- This comic book includes advertisements for the following products:
- —Lego dune buggy expert builder set
- —Bubble Yum bubble gum
- —ABC Saturday morning cartoon lineup
- —Lifesavers roll candy and lollipops
- —CBS Saturday morning cartoon lineup
- —Remco Sgt. Rock action figure accessories
- —TSR Star Frontiers role-playing game supplement
- —Kidco toy car collector's case
- —Pan-Ocean stereo receiver offer (sponsored by: Milk Duds, Clark Bar and Zagnut)
Links and References
- Firestorm #7 entry at the Grand Comics Database
- Firestorm #7 entry at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe
- Plastique biography at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe