Action 626 – the dangers of duplication, Captain Marvel ends, Rafael gets free, Deadman ends, and Black Canary on the hunt
Green Lantern returns to Earth in Action 626, and one can actually perceive this cover as related to his story. Loosely.
Owsley and Bright are joined by Romeo Tanghal as Hal heads back to Earth, and comes across an apparently hollow ship heading there as well.
But inside the ship was an energy being, which duplicates what is sees. So it emerges from the ship in Green Lantern’s form.
The narration helps immensely. The creature sees an explosive action film, and destroys everyone around him. But there is no malice in this at all. Simply mindless duplication.
Captain Marvel’s series comes to a close in this chapter, by Roy and Dann Thomas, Stasi and Magyar.
Captain Nazi proves not terribly inclined to follow the orders of the ones who created him, and is eager to join the poisoning of the reservoir.
There, he comes across Billy. Recognizing him, he thinks Billy has been bound and gagged by his own enemies, and frees him. Bad move. Billy says the magic word, transforms into Captain Marvel, and then drops a hill on top of Captain Nazi. Poor guy doesn’t even make it to the end of the story.
An ending that announces an upcoming Shazam comic. Which never came. Captain Marvel would continue to appear sporadically, but would not get a series until the Power of Shazam reboot, which changed his origin, and removed this Billy Batson, and Captain Nazi, from continuity.
The action moves to Washington DC as Pasko, Springer and McLaughlin begin winding up the Secret Six. The team has learned about the agency attacking them, and realize this is the same group Durant has been fighting, and that they brought down the plane with the original team.
Mockingbird is glad they no longer think he killed them. Rafael manages to break out of his room. he confronts Mockingbird, who is simply disappointed that he took so long to escape, being the son of a magician.
Deadman’s series also comes to a close in this issue, by Baron, Jones and DeZuniga.
It’s a body-hopping, knock-down drag out fight with Deadman, Madame Waxahachie and the evil voodoo twins. With all possible bodies lost to them, they are reduced to living in rats.
Deadman returns, very shortly, in the Spectre crossover at the start of Invasion!
The body gets discovered as Wright, DuBurke and Marcos open this Black Canary installment.
We see the actress rejoicing in the news that the hooker is suspected, clarifying the guilty party.
And Dinah is certainly stylish as she goes out to look for the false lead.