Action becomes Action Comics Weekly with issue 601, running six different features in each issue. It was not as successful as had been hoped. The experiment lasted for less than a year, and the comic returned to it’s former format.
Green Lantern was really the mainstay of this weekly book. After the cancellation of the Green Lantern Corps series, Hal moved here, now one of the few people to still bear a Green Lantern ring.
Hal had never managed his alternate identity well, and finds himself sharing John Stewart’s apartment. This is made more awkward because John’s wife, Katma Tui, and Hal’s current girlfriend, Arisia, are also sharing the tiny suite.
As Hal is out one day fighting some criminals, Star Sapphire comes to the Stewart apartment, seeking vengeance. She finds Katma Tui. Close enough. Carol Ferris murders Katma Tui.
Max Collins, Terry Beatty and John Nyberg continue to relate the adventures of their creation, Wild Dog. He had debuted the previous year in his own miniseries.
This series never really worked for me. Wild Dog was a gun-toting vigilante, dressed as though he were a serial killer. The art never really seemed to compliment the series.
The Secret Six get a surprising revival, by Marty Pasko and Dan Speigle. A short-lived spy series from the late 60’s, the Secret Six had only appeared in the History of the DC Universe since the cancellation of their book. This strip picks up their lives many years later, aging them all.
The six, very different, people had all been blackmailed into becoming the Secret Six by Mockingbird, who was really one of them. Now, so many years later, Mockingbird has summoned them all again.
Mockingbird also gathers a new group of people. As well, we see some shady doings by the Technodyne Corporation.
The Superman series, by Stern, Swan and Beatty, will likely get the least coverage of the various Action Comics Weekly series in my blog. It is confined to the centre spread in each issue, and done as is it were three newspaper daily strips, though in colour. In the first chapter, Superman comes to help a man who calls for aid.
Mike Baron, Dan Jurgens and Tony DeZuniga begin a really wild and enjoyable Deadman storyline in this issue, in a very low-key way. Set shortly after the events in his recent miniseries, Deadman is feeling sort of lost and aimless.
He winds up poking around an archaeological dig in Central America, which the CIA have taken away from the academics. Deadman is shocked when the head of the CIA operation is able to see him.
By far the best strip to run in this weekly book is the Blackhawk one, by Grell, Burchett and Marcos, continuing in the style of the recent Blackhawk miniseries by Howard Chaykin.
The first installment is spent mostly setting up the post-World War II environment that the adventures will take place in. A woman comes to hire Blackhawk, who is already proving how tough he is by fighting four men from his bathtub.