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alternate Action 642 – Green Lantern/Superman – Legend of the Green Flame

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I made an error earlier, I said this was intended for Action 635.  In fact, it was for 642.  I had assumed it was the earlier of the two crossover issues, simply based on the line-up that appears in the story – none of the post-635 series are included.  But the ending makes it clear that it was for the latter issue.

Neil Gaiman’s script was rejected by John Byrne.  At the time, it was a hard and fast rule that no one knew Superman’s identity, and Gaiman insisted on the characters meeting as Clark and Hal.  Neither would budge, and the script got set aside.  The story was finally published in 2001.

This special also has a large art team, divided chapter by chapter.  Eddie Campbell, Mark Buckingham, John Totleben, Jim Aparo, Kevin Nowlan, Jaosn Little, Michael Allred, Eric Shanower, Terry Austin and Arthur Adams.

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The story begins with a prologue in Berlin, shortly after the end of World War II.  Blackhawks Janos Prohaska and Weng Chan go rooting through rubble, searching for a lost weapon.  They come across the remains of the Justice Society of America, although they do not realize who these people are.  We see Sandman, and the remains of Hawkman’s wings, but it’s Alan Scott’s lantern that grabs Weng’s interest, and he takes it with him.

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Jumping to the present day, Hal is feeling lost and alone, and turns to Clark for a shoulder to cry on.  Lois Lane wrangles the two into attending a gallery opening that night.

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Catwoman makes a cameo, running into Hal.  But the catkin emerald she was interested in is not there, so Selina leaves.  Exploring the gallery, Hal comes across the lantern, on display.  He is fascinated.  It’s a Green Lantern lantern, but not one he recognizes.  He uses his ring to scan it.

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Bad idea.

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Deadman comes across the confused heroes, and tells them they are dead.  They aren’t.  Not quite.  But they have been pulled into the magical, somewhat sentient flame that powers Alan Scott’s lantern, and are between being alive and dead.

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The Flame’s burst of energy draws the attention of the Phantom Stranger.

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He convinces Hal that he does have the willpower to tame the wild magic of the flame, and get it back into its battery, dormant.

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The final page makes it clear that this was intended for issue 642.  The story printed there uses a similar marquee in its background.

Detective 786 – gifts to the Wayne boys, and the Dog Catcher makes a call

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Brubaker, Zircher and Sowd are joined by Steven Bird for the final chapter of “Made of Wood, ” the Batman/Green Lantern team-up, in Detective 786 (Nov. 03).

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Jim Gordon is in the hands of the killer, who tells him about his father, and discovering, after his death, that he had been the Made of Wood killer.  The son felt this made his father much more important of a person, his huge achievement, and so has chosen to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a serial killer as well.

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Batman gets on the trail of the man, and Alan does his bit to make Batman even more frightening than usual.

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When they confront the killer, they learn the reason behind it all.  Alan Scott had been hugely admired by the boy’s father, up to the point when he got knocked out by Sportsmaster during a fight, and Sportsmaster destroyed the father’s business, plunging him into debt and depression.  He felt betrayed by Green Lantern, and his motive was to show how weak the Lantern was.  Alan is cut to the quick by this, and genuinely remorseful.  Batman has less patience with the excuses, and no trouble taking the man down.

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After a concluding talk, in which both heroes express admiration for each other, and tell the other not to be so hard on themselves, Alan leaves Bruce a gift, the bat he had been knocked out with, which started the whole thing.  Bruce puts it with a signed photo of Alan Scott with a young Thomas Wayne.

Not a big, huge story.  But keeping it smaller and more personal made it emotionally quite powerful.

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Rick Spears and Rob G continue the saga of the Dog Catcher in this issue.

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He follows procedure, attempting to contact the dog’s owner, but Arkham tells him that the Joker has escaped.  Which is not really good news in any fashion.

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He tries asking on the street about the Joker, but everyone thinks he is crazy to try and find him.  But as his only other choice is to put the dog down, and he figures the Joker will kill him for that, he puts up notices to try to get his attention.

The story continues in the next issue.

Detective 785 – Batman and Green Lantern, and the Dog Catcher begins

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Brubaker, Zircher and Sowd continue their three-parter, which brings together Batman and Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern, in Detective 785 (Oct. 03).

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As usual, Batman prefers to work on the case on his own, even after consulting with Green Lantern.  But, as usual again, the other hero refuses to step aside.

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Jim Gordon also continues to pursue the case his way, looking back over the files on the original murders.

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Batman and Green Lantern do not get too far with their investigation in this issue, but Alan is reminded of how difficult it is to keep some sort of order in Gotham.

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Gordon has more success, and deduces the identity of the original killer.  He goes to seek out the son, and finds him.  But he has little time to take pride in his achievements before being knocked out and dragged away.

The story concludes next issue.

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Rick Spears and Rob G begin an entertaining back-up story, which will run for five chapters, the Dog Catcher.

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The main character has that occupation, and is quite content with his life as it’s going.

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Until he finds a stray dog, with a tag that claims he is the possession of the Joker.

The story continues next issue.

Detective 784 – a new murder copies a very old one, and Josie Mac gets promoted

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Patrick Zircher and Aaron Sowd join Ed Brubaker on Detective 784 (Sept. 03), which begins a three-part story that teams up Batman with Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern.

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Jim Gordon opens this story, as he fights off muggers in a park.  There is a statue of Alan Scott (never shown before), commemorating his days as Gotham’s guardian in the 1940s.

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Gordon finds a grisly sight at the base of the statue, and one that seems vaguely familiar.

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Batman consults with Gordon, and they agree that the murder likely has something to do with Green Lantern, whose weakness, not widely known, was to wood.

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Alan Scott also hears about the murder, and recalls finding a similarly carved victim at the base of the statue more than forty years earlier.  Doiby Dickles cameos in the flashback.

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Batman finds what must be the killer’s lair.  The suspicion that this is a copycat killer seems off-base, as the lair has newspapers from the 40s, but is still being used.

The story continues in the next issue.

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Josie Mac returns for a one-shot story,by Judd Winick and Cliff Chiang.

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Her partner at Missing Persons is retiring, moving to California to become private security.

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But she is moving up as well.  After so many successful cases, Josie Mac gets promoted to the Major Crimes Unit, under Maggie Sawyer, and becomes a regular player in the book Gotham Central.

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