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Action 602 – the funeral of Katma Tui, Deadman sees a ghost, Wild Dog and the crusader, the Secret Six get murdered, and Blackhawk checks for tags

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Excellent Green Lantern cover on Action 602, though not really related to his story.

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Owsley and Kane deal with the consequences of Katma Tui’s murder, which John Stewart blames Hal for, indirectly.

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Arisia and Kilowog join the two men at Katma’s funeral, which gets crashed by a gloating Star Sapphire.  She and Hal fight it out.

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Baron, Jurgens and DeZuniga continue the Deadman story.  The CIA chief is surprised to be able to see Deadman, as surprised as he is to be seen.  But she is the one who goes on the attack, with an odd weapon that is able to hurt him.

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Hiding inside another person does not help, she can see that as well – perhaps even the way the reader can, with a glowing outline.  But the CIA chief also has a spirit inside of her.

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And this spirit looks far more suited to the ancient pyramid than anyone else.

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Collins, Beatty and Nyberg introduce the villain for this first Wild Dog storyline.

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Lyle Layman is leading a conservative crusade, spouting all the usual moralistic garbage as a justification for oppression. And, in this story, for fire-bombing a porn store.  He has a devoted following, willing to turn his words into deeds, no matter how violent.

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Pasko and Spiegle introduce us further to the new Secret Six.  Each one has suffered some debilitating ailment or injury, which prevents them from continuing with their careers.  Mockingbird offers them all high tech gear that will overcome these problems.

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At the same time, the original group gather for drinks as they await word from Mockingbird, who has a plane trip lined up for them.

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The new team head home with their devices, which abruptly stop working.  But they are still better off than the original team, who discover their plane has been rigged to crash.

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Grell, Burchett and Marcos show almost all there is to Blackhawk as he fights off four men.

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After defeating them, he gets down to business with the woman who came to hire him, Cynthia Hastings.

 

Action 601 – Green Lantern, Wild Dog, Secret Six, Deadman and Blackhawk begin, and Superman gets two pages

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Action becomes Action Comics Weekly with issue 601, running six different features in each issue.  It was not as successful as had been hoped.  The experiment lasted for less than a year, and the comic returned to it’s former format.

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Green Lantern was really the mainstay of this weekly book.  After the cancellation of the Green Lantern Corps series, Hal moved here, now one of the few people to still bear a Green Lantern ring.

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Hal had never managed his alternate identity well, and finds himself sharing John Stewart’s apartment.  This is made more awkward because John’s wife, Katma Tui, and Hal’s current girlfriend, Arisia, are also sharing the tiny suite.

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As Hal is out one day fighting some criminals, Star Sapphire comes to the Stewart apartment, seeking vengeance.  She finds Katma Tui.  Close enough.  Carol Ferris murders Katma Tui.

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Max Collins, Terry Beatty and John Nyberg continue to relate the adventures of their creation, Wild Dog.  He had debuted the previous year in his own miniseries.

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This series never really worked for me.  Wild Dog was a gun-toting vigilante, dressed as though he were a serial killer.  The art never really seemed to compliment the series.

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The Secret Six get a surprising revival, by Marty Pasko and Dan Speigle.  A short-lived spy series from the late 60’s, the Secret Six had only appeared in the History of the DC Universe since the cancellation of their book.  This strip picks up their lives many years later, aging them all.

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The six, very different, people had all been blackmailed into becoming the Secret Six by Mockingbird, who was really one of them.  Now, so many years later, Mockingbird has summoned them all again.

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Mockingbird also gathers a new group of people.  As well, we see some shady doings by the Technodyne Corporation.

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The Superman series, by Stern, Swan and Beatty, will likely get the least coverage of the various Action Comics Weekly series in my blog.  It is confined to the centre spread in each issue, and done as is it were three newspaper daily strips, though in colour.  In the first chapter, Superman comes to help a man who calls for aid.

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Mike Baron, Dan Jurgens and Tony DeZuniga begin a really wild and enjoyable Deadman storyline in this issue, in a very low-key way.  Set shortly after the events in his recent miniseries, Deadman is feeling sort of lost and aimless.

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He winds up poking around an archaeological dig in Central America, which the CIA have taken away from the academics.  Deadman is shocked when the head of the CIA operation is able to see him.

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By far the best strip to run in this weekly book is the Blackhawk one, by Grell, Burchett and Marcos, continuing in the style of the recent Blackhawk miniseries by Howard Chaykin.

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The first installment is spent mostly setting up the post-World War II environment that the adventures will take place in.  A woman comes to hire Blackhawk, who is already proving how tough he is by fighting four men from his bathtub.

Action 589 – the Green Lantern Corps rescue Superman

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Byrne and Giordano catch up with Superman in space in Action 589 (June 1987).

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He is found, unconscious and just sort of floating there, by Arisia, who brings him back to the base the Green Lanterns are using at the moment.

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Superman wakes up, still immersed in the plot of the previous issue, and it takes him a while to clue in that he is in a completely different story now.  The Green Lantern Corps who appear in this story are the line-up from the current, ongoing series. Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Katma Tui, Arisia, Kilowog, Salaak and Ch’p are the only Green Lanterns left, with the central power battery in ruins, at this point in their history.

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They are trying to find a new home for a species of intelligent worms, the last survivors of their planet.

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They find a potential mass of unused dirt in space, the same dirt left by Superman a few issues earlier.  It is still sort of “infected,” and causes some problems.

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Superman adds his will power to that of the Lanterns, and together they transform the mass into a new home for the worms.  Yay!

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