Action 609 – Black Canary begins, Deadman takes over Reagan, Rafael gets caught, Wild Dog ends, and Oprah puts Hal on the hot seat
Black Canary gets the cover of Action 609, as her series launches.
Dinah Lance had been a regular supporting character in Green Arrow for the last couple of years, but had not been seen in costume since she left the Justice League. She does burn her old costume during this story, by Sharon Wright, Randy DuBurke and Pablo Marcos, but does not put on her old one.
Sadly, neither the story nor the art on this serial are really good. This first chapter is ok, as it largely just introduces Dinah and Oliver, and brings back Rita, a recovering addict who appeared in an issue of Green Arrow.
Another fun Deadman chapter, by Baron, Jurgens and DeZuniga, as he attends an embassy ball in the body of the director of the CIA.
The Devil has followed Deadman out of the jar, and they wind up in the bodies of Reagan and Gorbachev, as Deadman tries to find out what the devil is up to.
Things get even crazier as they jump to Nancy Reagan and Raisa Gorbachev, who begin a cat fight in front of the crowd and media.
We get to see some of the personal life of one of the new Secret Six members in this Pasko and Spiegle chapter. There is some drama with the guy and his ex-wife, as the rest of the team try to figure out what happened to Rafael.
Wild Dog’s first storyline comes to an end in this chapter, by Collins, Beatty and Nyberg.
Despite all of Layman’s actions, his people will not turn on him, and the only possible witness to his crimes in Wild Dog, who has no legal standing. So even though the villain gets defeated by the hero, he remains free and in power.
Well, at least until the woman he has seduced finds out that her son was one of the victims of his terrorists.
A madman wielding a sword is introduced at the top of the Green Lantern installment this month, by David, Smith and Bulanadi.
Hal is getting just toasted on the Oprah show. Called crazy for not having fear, his courage is also then challenged, because of the ring that protects him from injury. Arisia probably regrets coaxing him to go on the show.
And the show clearly has quite the effect on Hal, as he tosses his ring away at the end, to face the crazed killer with his bare hands.