"Dead Heat for a Scarlet Speedster": The Flash learns that his old foe Heat Wave has reformed and gotten a straight job. Though this does not explain why a man in Heat Wave's costume is still attempting robberies.
The Flash #312 is an issue of the series The Flash (Volume 1) with a cover date of August, 1982. It was published on April 20, 1982.
Synopsis for "Dead Heat for a Scarlet Speedster"
The Flash learns that his old foe Heat Wave has reformed and gotten a straight job. Though this does not explain why a man in Heat Wave's costume is still attempting robberies.
Appearing in "Dead Heat for a Scarlet Speedster"
Synopsis for Dr. Fate: "Blood on the Sun"
Doctor Fate has fallen to the grip of the Lord of Chaos called Vandaemeon, who seeks to crush Fate. The mage knows that his only chance to escape the "Nihil-Verse" is to reach Kent Nelson's consort, Inza and travel through dimensions using her consciousness as a conduit. Unfortunately for Fate, Inza is not at the Tower of Fate and he is unable to locate her, dooming him to remain trapped.
At that moment, Inza is at the Museum, kissing Vernon Copeland, who has made clear his intentions towards her. Although Inza allowed this to happen, she realizes the error she has committed and tries to distance herself from the man. It is this action that allows Fate to locate Inza's consciousness, but he also notices the strange situation as her mind is confused and filled with guilt. Fate assumes that Inza is having an affair and he knows such developments would be detrimental for his human host. However, he cannot dwell on such thoughts and he creates the mystic connection with Inza's mind that will allow him to return to Earth and escape a certain death in the Nihil-verse at the hands of Vandaemeon, who is left burning after Fate casts a powerful spell on him.
Copeland notices that Inza has decided against their affair, but he tries to convince her otherwise. However, Inza is currently paralyzed as a result of Fate's mystical connection and when Copeland tries to approach her, he is pushed away with great force and is knocked unconscious as Doctor Fate materializes in the room, breaking the spell. Fate explains Inza that Kent needs to recover and instinctively, she removes the Helmet of Fate, allowing Kent to regain control of his mind and body.
Back at the Tower of Fate, Inza keeps reproaching Kent the fact that he doesn't share any information about his activities as Doctor Fate, but Kent tries to explain that most of the things he truly doesn't remember. Inza is still not convinced and she remarks that the issue is that he does not trust her at all. This virtue signaling from Inza makes Kent lose his temper as he remembers the images of Inza's mind in turmoil and heavy guilt while she was alongside another man. When Kent brings this up, Inza slaps him across the face, before she breaks down and beholds her weaknesses and faults.
Kent walks out of the room and goes to his private chamber, where he rests for a while, remembering the events that have lead him to the current situation. In his slumber, he recalls the farmer from Iowa, the gem he was following and his encounter with Vandaemeon. When he awakes, Kent finds a farewell note from Inza, who has left to clear her troubled mind. This final event cleared some doubts in Kent's mind and after taking a closer look at the Orb of Nabu and wearing the Helmet of Fate; all of the events start to make sense in Fate's mind, as he deduces that everything has been calculated by someone else and all of them have been manipulated.
When Fate goes outside of the Tower, he finds that the red gem he was chasing is now the size of the sun, covering Earth's sky completely. Fate realizes that the gem is the source of energy of Vandaemeon and that their confrontation allowed it to reach such tremendous size. Although Fate tries to fight the Lord of Chaos, his efforts are futile, as Vandaemeon has now control over the Spells of Order after their confrontation. Fate wonders who is responsible for the whole scheme and the farmer decides to reveal himself. Destroying his farmer disguise, Ynar, Lord of Order and former partner of Fate, makes himself visible, much to Fate's shock.
Appearing in Dr. Fate: "Blood on the Sun"
- Inza Cramer
- Vernon Copeland
- The Flash appeared last in The Flash #311. He appears next in Action Comics #539.
- Heat Wave appeared last in The Flash #279. He appears next in The Flash #314.
- "Blood on the Sun" is reprinted in Immortal Doctor Fate #3.
- The Flash Recommended Reading
- Doctor Fate Recommended Reading
- The Book of Fate (Volume 1)
- Countdown to Mystery (Volume 1)
- Doctor Fate (Volume 1)
- Doctor Fate (Volume 2)
- Doctor Fate (Volume 3)
- Doctor Fate (Volume 4)
- Fate (Volume 1)
- The Flash (Volume 1): The Flash #306– #313
- Helmet of Fate (Volume 1)
- Immortal Doctor Fate (Volume 1)
- JSA (Volume 1)
- More Fun Comics (Volume 1)