Action 635 features a big crossover story, as well as the final chapter of the Green Lantern series, and another two pages of Superman. Neil Gaiman had written a story for this issue, but a disagreement with John Byrne lead to it being set aside, and this one, by Mark Verheiden, with art by Eduardo Barreto and John Nyberg.
The story by Gaiman was printed, many years later, as a Green Lantern/Superman Special. But it is very much an Action Comics Weekly story, with a number of cameos. I’m sooo close to the end of my media library, and also of Action Comics Weekly. And I debated writing about the Gaiman story here, or at its publication date.
So I am letting the media library decide. If I reach the end of Action Comics Weekly and have space, I will make my final entry on this blog about Gaiman’s version.
The story they printed is servicable, but nothing special. Weng Chan is flying Blackhawk Express, the delivery company the Blackhawks became. On the flight is Clay, Hal’s old friend from his days at Ferris Aircraft, along with an experimental engine. A south Asian dictator has shot down the plane, and taken them prisoner.
Hal is having dinner with Dinah Lance, and discussing their lives and problems, when he hears from Clay’s wife.
Here’s the dictator. Nasty looking man.
Hal decides to set out as Green Lantern to rescue him, and Dinah comes along as Black Canary.
Using the engine, the dictator takes control of a giant purple energy monster. News of this reaches Superman, who comes flying to investigate. He and Green Lantern battle the monster and keep it busy.
Black Canary rescues Weng, and they get to the computer controls.
It’s Weng who figures out the solution. Unplug the machine.
Owsley, Bright and Tanghal end Green Lantern’s run as they have produced it all along, with great art and dangling plot threads.
No one knows. We never see him again. The Green Lantern series that launches shortly leaves all this in the astral dust.