The Firefly returns in a two-part story, by Chuck Dixon, Staz Johnson and Joe Rubenstein, which begins in Detective 689 (Sept. 95).
Garfield Lynns makes an impressive escape from Blackgate prison, starting a fire, and then using the updrafts to carry his balloon up and way.
Once back in Gotham, he gets himself put onto Black Mask’s payroll, becoming the mobster’s arsonist on demand. He does not, however, get to meet the big man himself, which irks Lynns.
Dr.Simpson Flanders makes a cameo appearance, as we discover that he was hired by Blackgate after the events of Knightfall, and his lax recommendations for the prisoners resulted in Lynns’ escape, as well as other problems. Zehrhard, the warden of Blackgate, fires him.
Batman and Robin discover that the Firefly is working for Black Mask, after Batman adopts his Matches Malone disguise and gets the buzz from the underworld.
But what they do not know is that Lynns has fallen for a woman who lives in the same building he does, and has started romancing her.
The story concludes next issue.