Dial H for Hatemonger

Our heroes are in Canada looking for the Dial that was stolen from an abandoned Atlantean outpost. The ruthless Centipede is about to try to snag THEIR Dial. Okay, let's get to it.

Case 87: Dial H #8
Dial Holders: Nelson Jent, Mason Jones
Dial Type: Phone Booth Dial and Atlantean Dial
Dialing: The H Dial hidden in Atlantis but currently used by a Canadian soldier has Roman numerals.
Though Nelson tries to wear a mask like Manteau does to protect his core identity, he feels an overwhelming compulsion to take it off, and having taken it off, he goes so far as hallucinate the hero identities' memories, specifically team members from whatever reality is identity is from.
Name: Flame War (topical and trendy! -- sorry, maybe the term is trendING?)
Costume: A thin bald man in a white body suit embroidered with orange circuitry. The sleeves and pant legs end in flames, then dark rolled-up gloves and booties.
Powers: Jumping around on a flaming trail is but the most visual of his powers. By insulting objects (guns, cars, etc.), he can heat them up and destroy them. In effect, his insults literally burn. He also seems to psychically know what a person has been up to on the Internet.
Sighted: In Ottawa, facing off against cops, then fighting Lad Autumn.
Possibilities: A hero for our age, Flame War would be an Internet troll, or at least a hacktivist who managed to weaponize his skills with a power suit that hacks into any wi-fi. Perhaps that explains how he knows your browser history. The burning insults is another matter entirely, so I would add that he found a way to turn code into magic (à la Matrix) somehow. The REAL Flame War (whoever he may be) is apparently a member of The Insult, a team that also includes Rat Ticket and Trash Talk. What these fellows are and how they might fit into the DCU as a group isn't clear. Flame War alone has potential. With Oscar the Grouch as a companion, I'm not so sure.
Integration Quotient: 50% (a bland uniform and meta-textual powers rob him of some points, but could be the star of a superheroic techno-thriller)
Name: Lad Autumn (a mouthful, Flame War insultingly calls him Fallboy, which may actually be better)
Costume: A red spandex suit that covers the entire body except the face, which has a brown tint that may well be wood. Indeed, roots, branches and dying leaves spring out of his body at various points.
Powers: The ability to make dead trees grow out of the ground at tremendous speed, possibly even without seeds, to attack and entangle opponents for example. He also seems to be shedding dead leaves wherever he goes and can use them as momentary over.
Sighted: In Ottawa, fighting Flame War before escaping in a government helicopter.
Possibilities: Vegetable heroes - and this one is kind of Floronic Man in spandex - are usually connected to the Green, but the autumn aspect could provide an interesting spin on the concept. What if his "Swamp Thing" formula didn't quite work. What if he's slowing dying, and that illness brings on these autumnal effects? What if he was a tragic hero for whom winter was coming (to adopt a phrase)?
Integration Quotient: 70% (not much to look at, but I convinced myself with that story)

Next: More Canadian action and a BRITISH hero.



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