Action 634 – Green Lantern vs Malvolio, the real Cassandra Craft, Black Canary, Nightwing & Speedy, and Blackhawk end
Very good Green Lantern cover on Action 634.
Malvolio continues his domination of Green Lantern in this chapter.
The two fight through this chapter, and though Green Lantern has the upper hand as it ends, his victory is not certain. Only this and the Superman story continue into the next issue.
Kupperberg and Carillo, bring the Phantom Stranger four-parter to a close with this issue. Tannarak and Tala watch with glee as the Phantom Stranger battles with the cat creature, which drains his power.
Dr. Thirteen gets to be the hero, killing the cat creature and freeing the Stranger. Tala vanishes, as the Stranger defeats Tannarak. Cassandra Craft returns from wherever.
While the Phantom Stranger does return later in Action Comics Weekly, Tala, Tannarak and Dr. Thirteen next are seen in the Books of Magic miniseries. Cassandra Craft has to wait many years, appearing next in Grant Morrison’s Zatanna miniseries, part of Seven Soldiers.
Wright, DuBurke and Marcos bring to an end the story of a mother’s vengeance for a daughter dead from HIV, going after those who may have been responsible for her husband’s infection.
It’s a lot of really intense fighting, and the art is superb on it.
Far better than the first Black Canary storyline, this one still did not manage to be the series that the reader’s wanted. While Dinah would continue as a supporting character in Green Arrow, she would get a miniseries of her own in a couple of years.
Wilkerson and Mandrake put Nightwing and Speedy through a lot of legal hassles as their team-up ends. At least Nightwing gets an equal share of it. Justice prevails, somewhat. The implicated British lord goes free, but is brought down by other troubles.
The best page of this entire storyline is the last, as Roy and Dick hang out with Lian and Starfire. Nightwing continues in New Teen Titans, while Speedy returns in his own storyline, under his own name, in a couple of issues.
Pasko and Burchett bring the Blackhawk story to a quick and violent end. The one undrugged Backhawk gets control of the plane, and Janos gets control of himself as they land, and seek the fake Darabont, who escaped with the LSD and the formula.
They get her, and the formula, and the Nazi base, which they leave in ruins.
The one big hit from Action Comics Weekly, Blackhawk moves into is own book right away.