Firestorm Villain: Hyena
What do you get when you cross a werewolf with giggling, babbling insanity? Why it's next up on Firestorm's Black Lantern list: The Hyena! (dial-up beware)
Here's the quick recap: (2 scans Firestorm 10)
For those who can't read, hero's girlfriend's sister (named Summer Day..yes, really) went to Africa with Peace Corps, gets bit by were-hyena, essentially.
Summer has been in therapy and has come home, but vanishes during the night. A were-hyena attacks local hospital, is stopped by Firestorm. Summer shows up at home..
Ronnie eventually wakes up and staggers to his other half for medical care. But we all know happens when you get wounded by a wereWOLF, right?
Next, we get to meet Summer's therapist, Dr. Jivan Shi. Turns out he was a high ranking doctor in the East, but US medical regulations force him to start at the bottom. (4 scans Firestorm 11)
There's another fight in the hospital. Firestorm is running a fever and having intense dreams. He loses. Good thing he can get treatment at the hospital!
Time for backstory..stuff you might've told someone earlier, Summer.
I can't help think of the Kool-Aid Man and how much he hated not being able to quit grinning. There's a fight, Firestorm is having trouble keeping his cool, Summer escapes. (3 scans Firestorm 12)
The infection vanishes when Firestorm separates, but reappears when he transform again. He finds her later.
Firestorm bursts in but, rather than using his godlike powers, goes hand-to-hand. He becomes savage and reckless, but the He-Hyena is better at that. Summer tries to intervene and calm Shi, but the two end up ripping each other up. Firestorm uses the reprieve to imprison both of them.
Unfortunately, now he can't separate anymore! The were-hyena infection is fusing his selves together. So he goes on a desperate quest to the original place Summer was infected, contacting the friendly local authorities..(3 scans Firestorm 13)
His muzzle is growing, and he has a permanent, maniacal grin now.
The friendly Prez sends him to a village. Despite godlike abilities, Firestorm doesn't have supersenses or superresiliency. He get clunked in the back of the head by local guerillas. While in captivity, the dreams intensify.
He wakes up, fully were-hyena. Ronnie appears to be mindlessly animalistic, though the other were-hyenas retain the ability to rant and rave. The subconscious Stein is unaffected, but has no control.
The nice guy in the headdress removes the hyena curse. Sadly, the mean guerrilla kills the nice man before Firestorm can get him to cure Summer and Jivan. Cue the ironic commentary on man's inherent beast..