Action 618 – Green Lantern vs the Freakshow, Blackhawk hits the air, Wild Dog goes to the press, Deadman returns, and Nightwing ends
Nightwing and Speedy in a classic Batman and Robin pose on the cover of Action 618.
Green Lantern battles the Freakshow in this chapter, by David, Howell and Starr. It takes him a bit, but Hal gets the best of them, and then tracks them to Hawkes industries.
As the story ends, Hal meets both Lillian and Veronica Hawkes.
Janos and Frederikson go from fighting over Lady Blackhawk to laughing at her in a very real, if very male, opening to this Blackhawk chapter, by Pasko and Burchett.
The team take little time to fly to the right place, landing at the plantation where they aviatrix is being held.
Wild Dog turns to the press for help about Wild Pup in this chapter, by Collins, Beatty and Nyberg.
He pretty much begs the tv reporter to not heroize Wild Pup, or even him, trying to explain how dangerous this is for the kid. The reporter is far less concerned about the boy’s safety than she might be.
Wild Dog takes a spare minute to capture a serial killer.
Deadman returns, but the series takes on a very different feel as Kelly Jones joins Mike Baron and Tony DeZuniga.
This storyline deals with rival voodoo priests. Deadman encounters a nasty one in this story, who is able to see him.
Nightwing and Speedy have their team-up come to a close with this story, by Wolfman, Patton and Poston. Dick brings Lian to meet Roy, recuperating in the hospital. Roy admits that there never was a CBI mission, he was going after Cheshire to get Lian all along. He wanted Dick’s help, but couldn’t admit the read reasons.
Nightwing’s actions in this final chapter almost merit calling it a solo series, as he also takes down Cheshire single-handed.
And it’s nice to see Dick and Starfire together at the end.
Nightwing’s series would return. This first run was heavily criticized for being more of a Speedy story than a Nightwing one, but the next would be even worse for that.