Action 631 – Captain Atom concedes, Black Canary figures something out, the Phantom Stranger’s friends and enemies, Speedy goes to the parade, and Lady Blackhawk gets taken
The Phantom Stranger begins a four-part story in Action 631, and gets a cover appearance to celebrate that.
Owsley, Bright and Tanghal end the team-up with Captain Atom and Green Lantern, although I wouldn’t say they resolve it, or bring it to a conclusion.
After blasting each other, and being trounced by the alien, who escapes, Captain Atom decides that this is really more of an outer space issue than a military one, and basically gives up and leaves. Green Lantern sets out to find the creature.
Wright, Duburke and Marcos have a third murder in this chapter of Black Canary’s story.
This time the actress disguises herself as a man, in order to get picked up by a gay guy, her next victim. The man recognizes her, and knows why he is being killed, although the reader does not get informed.
The Phantom Stranger begins a four-part story, by Paul Kupperberg and Fred Carillo, that brings back supporting characters and villains from the Phantom Stranger’s old series in the 70s. Cassandra Craft, a blind psychic and the one-time romantic interest of the Stranger, had not been seen since appearing in Superman in the late 70s. She gets attacked by Tala, the Phantom Stranger’s first foe, who had last appeared in the late 70s in a Phantom Stranger/Deadman team-up in the final issue of DC Super-Stars.
Cassandra comes to see the Stranger, who is spending the evening chatting with Dr. Thirteen. I believe his last appearance was around 1980, in his own series in the pages of Ghosts.
Cassandra tells the Stranger about Tala’s return, but then Tannarak arrives with a blast. Another of the Stranger’s old foes, he had appeared the most recently, in the Phantom Stranger’s back-up series in Swamp Thing in the early 80s.
Cherie Wilkerson and Tom Mandrake are joined by Vince Giaranno on pencils as Speedy solos in this supposed Nightwing and Speedy team-up. Terrorists are on the train, but Speedy gets the little girl to safety.
But there still is a child victim, during the Orange Day Parade, as the older sister spots a bomb, and dies getting it away from the crowd.
Lady Blackhawk gets kidnapped as Pasko and Burchett open this story. But Janos has no idea, being off picking up Constance Darabont.
Darabont is cool and professional. Janos seems to have gotten over the aviatrix, for all his mourning earlier in the story.