Heat Wave (comics)

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Heat Wave
Heat Wave on the cover to The Flash #218. Drawn by Howard Porter, Inked by Livesay
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Flash #140 (November 1963)
Created by John Broome (Writer) Carmine Infantino (artist)
In-story information
Alter ego Mick Rory
Team affiliations The Project
Underground Society
The Society
Notable aliases Rory Calhoun, Heatwave
Abilities Possesses a handgun sized flamethrower and knowledge of pyrotechnics and combustibles
Wears an asbestos suit that protects him from fire and heat
Pipe attached to his left arm that allows him to put out fires
New 52:
Chest based pyrokinesis

Heat Wave is a fictional supervillain in the appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, as a primary foe of the Flash. He is a member of the Rogues.

Publication history[edit]

Heat Wave was first introduced in The Flash #140 which was written by John Broome. He was first made to be a rival for Captain Cold, however in recent comics by Geoff Johns, Rory looks to Captain Cold to help him keep his obsession at bay, though Cold thinks he'll eventually become beyond help.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Born on a farm outside Central City, Mick Rory became fascinated with fire, as a child. This fascination turned into an obsession and one night, he set his family's home ablaze. His obsession was so great, that he simply watched the flames engulf his house, instead of running to get help.

After this event, Rory went to live with his uncle. His pyromania continued and he was forced to run away after locking a schoolmate in his house and setting it on fire, after the boy locked Rory in a meat locker during a field trip. He took a job as a fire eater with a traveling circus. This did not last long either, as he ended up setting the circus on fire. He has an intense fear of cold, called cryophobia. This was due to a school field trip (noted above) to a slaughterhouse, during which one of his friends locked him in a freezer. It was these events that made him desperate to fight his fire obsession and after seeing the Rogues in action in Central City, he decided to use his mania to become a villain. He created a protective costume made of asbestos (this was back before the dangers of asbestos were known), built a gun-sized flamethrower, and became Heat Wave. As he was committing crimes in Central City, it was inevitable that he'd run into the Flash, which he did quite regularly. Subsequently, he also ended up in jail quite regularly. He also became an adversary of Captain Cold, due to his aversion to cold temperatures. It was Captain Cold who introduced Heat Wave to the Rogues, and in his first appearance they teamed up to get rid of the Flash as they competed over a newscaster they had both fallen in love with and fought each other as they each tried to compete a larger crime spree, but the Flash jailed them both.

Eventually, Mick went straight, due largely to the manipulations of the Top. He took a job as a firefighting consultant, using his vast knowledge on fires and heat. He also became good friends with Barry Allen, whose secret identity as Flash was discovered by Rory years before. Rory later succumbed to an offer by Abra Kadabra of gaining respect and infamy in the world. He and four other members of the Rogues sacrificed themselves, quite unwittingly, to unleash the demon Neron.[1]

Neron returned the soulless bodies of the five to Earth, in a plan to force Flash into a deal.[2] The five Rogues each possessed incredible powers and wreaked havoc, death, and destruction before Neron was forced by Flash to halt their actions and return their souls to their bodies.[3]

Heat Wave would only briefly return to his criminal ways before abandoning them to study with Zhutanian monks.[4] Afterwards, he worked for Project Cadmus as a backup agent, but eventually quit that too and moved to the Quad Cities, Illinois area. He eventually got a job at the FBI, along with other reformed members of the Rogues. This was a spectacular failure and Rory became a villain once again after the Top arrived and undid the mental program that had kept him reformed.

In Infinite Crisis, Heat Wave became a member of the Secret Society of Super Villains.

One Year Later[edit]

In One Year Later, Heat Wave is next seen being recruited by Inertia to team up against Bart Allen. He is one of the rogues the deliver thekilling blow to Bart.He freaks out about what he and the Rogues have done and flees only to be captured by Captain Boomerang alongside Weather Wizard. He is sent to "hell planet" Salvation with the other Rogues. When the conflict starts he sides with Luthor. When they beat J"onn he's worried about killing another hero, claiming that they will kill them with rusty razors. He returns to earth with the villains who are still alive.

Later he hears Libra's offer and (off-panel) rejects it. When he hears Inertia free he decides with his fellow Rogues to kill him for their troubles. He and the other Rogues find Paul Gambi seriously injured by a group of Libra's men called the " new" rogues. He receives a new improved costume from Gambi. Heat Wave defeats his "new" rogue counterpart, Burn. Captain Cold has him kill Cold's father. While Libra tries to hypnotize the Rogues, Captain Cold tells him to watch a nearby fire. When they are fighting Inertia, he melts his boots, making him unable to move. He then helps the other Rogues kill Inertia.

Heat Wave meets with the Human Flame, who wants to buy one of Heat Wave's guns. Heat Wave is appalled by the small amount of money he is offered, and beats up the Human Flame. On his way out he blows up the fireworks factory they were meeting in, with the Human Flame still inside.

Salvation Run[edit]

Heat Wave is one of the exiled villains featured in Salvation Run along with his fellow Rogues: Captain Cold, Weather Wizard, Mirror Master, and Abra Kadabra.

Final Crisis: Rogues' Revenge[edit]

He was seen as the member of Rogues who joined Libra's Secret Society of Super Villains. In Final Crisis: Rogues' Revenge #1, however, Heat Wave and the rest of the Rogues reject Libra's offer, wanting to stay out of the game. Before they can retire, they hear of Inertia escaping and decide to stick around long enough to get revenge for being used. Heat Wave also kills Burn- a member of the 'New Rogues' organized by Libra- when the two shoot their weapons at each other, Heat Wave noting that Burn's costume was of poorer quality than his own, allowing him to burn Burn to death while he is barely sweating while subjected to Burn's own weapons.

Once the crisis is over, the unarmed Human Flame seeks out Heat Wave, hoping to purchase one of his signature flamethrower guns after his own equipment was lost in a confrontation with the Mafia. After learning that the Human Flame can only offer him $5 000, Heat Wave refuses, denouncing Human Flame as "pathetic". Noting that Captain Cold advised against this meeting and he only agreed to see what the other man had to offer, Heat Wave gives Human Flame a harsh beating, the fight concluding with Heat Wave blowing up the fireworks factory they were meeting in, noting that he had always wanted to do something like that.[5]

The Flash (Vol. 3)[edit]

Heat Wave and the Rogues visit Sam Scudder's old hideout and unveil a giant mirror with the words In Case of Flash: Break Glass written on it.[6] Rory is still on the run with The Rogues.[7]

The New 52[edit]

In this timeline of The New 52, Heat Wave is now able to shoot fire from his chest, and has issues with Captain Cold, blaming him for the breakup of the Rogues. Both villains end up being defeated by the Flash, but upon being incarcerated they meet with Cold's sister Golden Glider who recruits him for an unknown plot.[8]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Pre 52[edit]

  • In the Pre 52 continuity Heat Wave had no meta-human abilities; however, he was able to create a flamethrower that allowed him to project intense streams of flame that reach temperatures well over 900 degrees Fahrenheit.The flames his weaponry projects is so hot that it has been able to melt Flashes friction proof boots, the same boots that allow Flash to run at light speed.He also has an in-depth knowledge of fire and pyrotechnics.

New 52[edit]

  • In the New 52 continuity Heat Wave merged his DNA with his flamethrower thus granting him the ability to project and manipulate fire from his own body.

Weapons & Equipment[edit]

  • Heat Wave carries a hand held flamethrower that allows him to project a concentrated stream of fire at opponents. He wears an asbestos suit with a breathing mask that affords him protection against fire and heat. Heat Wave has a pipe attached to his left arm that can project a fire retardant which allows him to put out fires.

Other versions[edit]


Tangent Comics[edit]


  • In JLA/Avengers Heat Wave is among the villains enthralled by Krona to defend his base in #4. He is shown blasting Jocasta.


  • In the alternate timeline of the Flashpoint event, Heat Wave kills Jason Rusch in an attempt to take his place in the Firestorm Matrix, but is defeated by Cyborg. He is then sent to death row in the military Doom prison. During this time, Eel O'Brian arrives to break him out, having been hiding in the body of his cellmate Cluemaster.[9] During the prison break, Heat Wave forces an inmate to join him, after taking out another inmate Victor Zsasz and the corrections officer Atom, who controls the actions of Amazo. While retrieving his weapons, Heat Wave then attacks the guards' control room and attempts to ram Cyborg's home city of Detroit with the Doom prison.[10] Heat Wave then betrays O'Brian and apparently kills him with his flamethrower. Cyborg arrives and moves the Doom prison away from the city with his sonic weapon. When the Doom prison crashes, Heat Wave attempts to escape, but Cyborg challenges him to a fight. During the fight, Cyborg manages to defeat Heat Wave and the inmates are willing to surrender. Later, Heat Wave is imprisoned in Belle Reve with his new cellmate, when O'Brian is revealed to be alive in his new cellmate's body and gets revenge on him at the end of the page.[11]

25th Century Heat Wave[edit]


  • At the time when the "Forever Evil" storyline was happening, Grid access the files of Rhonda Pineda where the Earth-3 version of Mick Rory was a police officer alongside Leonard Snart where they have been pursuing Jonathan Allen and Rhonda. When Jonathan and Rhonda wanted the two of them to fight to the death upon being captured, Mick won the fight only for him to be killed by Jonathan anyway.[12]

Injustice: Gods Among Us[edit]

In other media[edit]



  • Heat Wave was originally going to be a villain for the third Superfriends series, in a group called the League of Evil. They were eventually changed to the Legion of Doom, and most of the planned members did not appear.

Live action[edit]

Heat Wave and Captain Cold on the 2014s The Flash TV series.
  • Heat Wave appears in The CW's The Flash. He is portrayed by Prison Break star Dominic Purcell. He makes his first off-screen appearance as Mick Rory in the episode "Going Rogue", and appears with Leonard Snart (played by Purcell's Prison Break co-star Wentworth Miller) in "Revenge of the Rogues". He and Snart were partners in a job a year ago which went wrong, resulting in Rory receiving burns over half of his body- including his upper arms- but he escaped from the ambulance on the way to the hospital and remained underground until Snart made contact, rejecting the option of skin grafts as he felt that the fire revealed his true self. In the closing moments of "Going Rogue", Snart offers Rory a heat gun that Snart stole, which Rory gladly accepts. The two work together to try and kill the Flash, Snart arguing that they will never be able to do anything in Central City without the Flash's intervention, but Barry tricks Snart and Rory into firing their weapons at each other. They are rescued by Snart's sister Lisa and are able to force the Flash's ally Cisco Ramon into recreating their weapons and revealing the Flash's identity, but in a confrontation with Barry Cold agrees that the 'Rogues' will keep the Flash's identity secret and not kill any innocent people in exchange for not being sent to the Pipeline prison.


  • Heat Wave appears in Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox in a non-speaking role. At the start of film, Heat Wave and the Rogues attacked the Flash, but Professor Zoom betrayed them and attached irremovable bombs to them. The Justice League arrived to dispose of the bombs, Superman removed Heat Wave's by gripping the bomb in his hands to muffle the explosion and save Heat Wave's life.

Video games[edit]

  • Heat Wave appears in the NES video game Batman on the first and fifth levels and shoots a Fire Gun.


  1. ^ Underworld Unleashed #1 (November 1995)
  2. ^ Flash #126 (June 1997)
  3. ^ Flash #129 (September 1997)
  4. ^ New Year's Evil - The Rogues #1 (February 1998)
  5. ^ Final Crisis Aftermath: Run! #2 (June 2009)
  6. ^ Flash Secret Files and Origins (2010)
  7. ^ a b The Flash (vol. 3) #1 (April 2010)
  8. ^ The Flash (vol. 4) #11 (July 2012)
  9. ^ Flashpoint: Legion of Doom #1 (June 2011)
  10. ^ Flashpoint: Legion of Doom #2 (July 2011)
  11. ^ Flashpoint: Legion of Doom #3 (August 2011)
  12. ^ Justice League Vol. 2 #26
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 16, 2015). "Dominic Purcell Joins Arrow/Flash Spinoff". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  14. ^ [1]

External links[edit]

  • Alan Kistler's Profile On: THE FLASH Part 1 and Part 2 - A detailed analysis of the history of the Flash by comic book historian Alan Kistler. Covers information all the way from Jay Garrick to Barry Allen to today, as well as discussions on the various villains and Rogues who fought the Flash. Various art scans.
  • Hyperborea entry for Heat Wave
  • Crimson Lightning - An online index to the comic book adventures of the Flash.