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Action 635 – Superman, Green Lantern, Black Canary and Blackhawk fight a dictator with too much power, and Green Lantern ends

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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.

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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.

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Hal is having dinner with Dinah Lance, and discussing their lives and problems, when he hears from Clay’s wife.

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Here’s the dictator.  Nasty looking man.

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Hal decides to set out as Green Lantern to rescue him, and Dinah comes along as Black Canary.

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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.

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Black Canary rescues Weng, and they get to the computer controls.

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It’s Weng who figures out the solution.  Unplug the machine.

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Owsley, Bright and Tanghal end Green Lantern’s run as they have produced it all along, with great art and dangling plot threads.

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Malvolio has a long fight with Green Lantern, but the end reveals that nothing we have seen is real, so perhaps nothing Malvolio said is true.  Who is this mysterious man?

No one knows.  We never see him again.  The Green Lantern series that launches shortly leaves all this in the astral dust.

 

Detective 715 – John Jones in flames

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It saddens me a bit that the image of the Martian Manhunter is on the cover of Detective 715 (Nov. 97).  Yes, he does play a major role in the issue, but Dixon, Nolan and Barreto do such a good job of playing him just as John Jones, there was no need to give it away.

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The Firefly never realizes that the man in front of him is a martian in disguise, and is much more interested in trying to kill Batman.  That works to John’s advantage, allowing him to get away, with the aid of Bullock.

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There are clear enough hints in the story that Jones is something more than he appears to be, but not enough to make Bullock look dumb for not catching on.

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Batman knows who he is, of course, and they meet in Commissioner Gordon’s office to discuss the case.  Gordon is not thrilled to find there is yet another man who can disappear in the middle of a conversation.

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Lynns believes that Dalbart has run out on him, and arrives at the sight of their jewel theft, wanting to take vengeance on the imagined slight.  Dalbart has no opportunity to explain what is really going on.

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It’s John Jones who explains it all to Batman, after Firefly has been taken down.  Dalbart is a thief from the future, who has mastered control of neutrinos.  He escaped into the distant past.

Dalbart does return again, a number of years down the road, in Booster Gold’s comic.

Detective 714 – John Jones comes to Gotham

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Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan and joined by Eduardo Barreto on the inks on Detective 714 (Oct. 97), as John Jones comes to Gotham, in search of a very unusual criminal.

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Wiley Dalbart is a thief, and everyone seems to want him.  Montoya and Bullock are in the process of turning him over to the Feds when he simply vanishes in a burst of light.

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Dalbart hides out in a rooming house for wanted felons.  Garfield Lynns is staying there as well, and the two conspire on Dalbart’s planned jewel theft.

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John Jones arrives in Gotham, hooking up with Bullock, who is surprised that a cop would come all the way from Colorado in pursuit of a thief.

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They have no more luck than before, as Dalbart vanishes again.  Batman and Robin join the investigation, and discover that the money left behind by Dalbart is new, but dated years in the future.

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But all of them are taken by surprise when they discover the Firefly was working with him.

The story concludes next issue.

Detective 669 – Batman vs the Trigger Twins

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Chuck Dixon, Graham Nolan and Eduardo Barreto share the conclusion of the Trigger Twins storyline in Detective 669 (Dec, 93), part of Knightquest: The Crusade.

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The Trigger Twins pull a train robbery – stealing the finds gathered by the subway system.

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Batman does much better with his rocket on this outing, using it to get alongside the subway train, and board it.

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This issue is almost entirely devoted to the robbery, and Batman stopping the duo.  It’s a pleasant change of pace from the long, multi-part storylines, although this had been built up over the past two issues.  Jean-Paul spends this issue acting like Batman, instead of stressing over it.

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The last page features the Joker, preparing to shoot his movie.

The Trigger Twins return a few years down the road, in a Robin annual.

Detective 597 – Batman rewinds the tape

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Grant, Wagner, Barreto and Mitchell conclude their story about videotaping violence in Detective 597 (Feb. 89).

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It’s a satisfactory ending, as Batman finds not only the maker of the tapes, but the crowds who get off watching them, and force them to see the injured people whose pain they have enjoyed.  Whether that actually would affect them is another question.

Not much to say about this one, but it’s the second part of the story that introduces Kitch (even though he doesn’t appear in this one), so I had to include it.

Detective 596 – Lieutenant Kitch debuts

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Alan Grant and John Wagner script Detective 596 (Jan. 89), while Eduardo Barreto and Steve Mitchell provide the art.

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The story deals with a video store owner who makes tapes of people fighting and hurting each other.  It’s an ok tale, but not one that I would have included, except that this issue introduces Lt. Kitch of the Gotham police force.

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Kitch is not the focus of the story, his role is limited to helping Batman track down the maker of the videotapes, but it does mark the beginning of really creating characters out of the Gotham police.  Up to now there had only been Commissioner Gordon, and more recently Harvey Bullock.

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At the end of the story, as Batman is being beaten and videotaped, the meta-gene bomb explodes, causing the “negative image.”  Although this is not technically an Invasion! crossover, I do like the inclusion of the bomb scene, showing that the events in this story were taking place at the same time.

 

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