Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Human Flame vs. Heat Wave

Mike Miller
Debut: 1959
Nemesis: Martian Manhunter
Other Major Foes: The JLA, The Army of the Endangered
Appearances: 15+ comics.
Powers: Fire projecting technology. As Inhuman Flame: Flight, strength, nigh-invulnerability and size alteration.

Bio: Mike Miller was a minor inventor/thief who had a brush with the greatness of Libra. This led him to alienate pretty much the entire metahuman community, until he was transformed into the monstrous "Inhuman Flame" and trapped in outer space by Green Lantern John Stewart.

Vile Menagerie Stats
Win: Effigy (8-4)
Lose: Human Squirrel (6-7); Scorch (4-9)
Draw: 0

Heat Wave photo: Heat Wave HeatWave_00.jpg

Mick Rory
Debut: 1963
Nemesis: The Flash
Other Major Foes: Flash Rogues
Appearances: 200+ comics, plus roles in animation and video games
Powers: Fire generation.

Bio: In the Silver Age, Heat Wave was a themed robber whose rivalry with Captain Cold eventually turned toward their teaming against the Flash. Post-Crisis, he became a murderous serial arsonist pyromaniac.

Vile Menagerie Stats:
Win: 0
Lose: 0
Draw: 0

Idol Speculation:
These characters have remarkable similarities in powers, costumes, and perhaps most importantly, my general disinterest in either of them. Comic books are crawling with fire guys, in their respective circles each villain has a charisma deficiency, and both have been radically altered in recent years to try to drum up some kind of audience. In a fair match, I'd favor Heat Wave, if only for his sheer number of appearances and having given the Flash some trouble. Despite trafficking in the Martian Manhunter's specific weaknesses, the Human Flame never really put the Alien Atlas out. On the other hand, pre-Flashpoint, the Inhuman Flame reached grandiose levels of might that qualified him to take on whole teams, where New 52 Heat Wave fought Barry Allen like once and then ran right back to the Rogues.


will_in_chicago said...

Heat Wave was at least able to cause problems for the Flash, so he would be the Human Flame. Mind you, the Infuman Flame would beat Heat Wave, but likely does not exist in the new continuity. (Sorry, J'Onn's death was a cheap stunt just to show that DC can kill characters.)

Diabolu Frank said...

Yeah, I'm hoping we don't see Inhuman Flame again. The power upgrade just made a character with some interesting subtext into a generic fire troll thingamabob.

Diabolu Frank said...

The Wave of Human Flame Heat- Mike Miller vs. Mick Rory:

The Human Flame took 42.86% to Heat Wave's 57.14% of 7 votes.