Action 610 – Green Lantern goes ringless, the Phantom Stranger begins, Deadman confronts the devil, the Secret Six cut meat, and Black Canary gets into costume
Great Deadman cover for Action 610, although it really doesn’t match his story inside.
Green Lantern faces off against a sword wielding maniac without his ring in this story by David and Smith, and manages to hold him off with just his fighting skills.
To Hal’s surprise, he sees the that man is more frightened than he is. The police arrive, and the man collapses, unaware of having done anything with the sword.
Hal spends much of the rest of the story discussing his lack of fear with Arisia, who doesn’t think it’s a problem. The room service waiter gets possessed (by the same person who controlled the sword wielder, though that is not explained yet), just as Arisia opens the door to him.
The Phantom Stranger begins a series that runs sporadically through the Action Comics Weekly run. This opening chapter is by Paul Kupperberg and Kyle Baker, and takes place shortly after the events in the Phantom Stranger’s miniseries. Bruce Gordon is still palling around with him, after the Stranger defeated Eclipso, Bruce’s evil half.
In this story, the villain is a shy computer geek, into the occult, who gets taken over by his computer.
He wreaks electronic havoc until the Stranger gets involved. He wipes the computer’s memory, and the man’s, which eradicates the “demon.”
The Deadman series hits the Cold War as Deadman, in the body of Raisa Gorbachev, goes after the devil, who is inside Nancy Reagan.
The catfight is a lot of fun, as are most chapters of this Deadman serial.
Both Deadman and the devil leave the world leaders’ wives. Deadman winds up in the body of Major Kasaba, who now knows they cannot control Deadman, but still wants his help. The devil is now in the body of the CIA director, but his “boss” shows up, in the body of good ole DB Cooper again, and captures the spirit, who is really a demon named Yakim.
Pasko and Spiegle devote this installment of the Secret Six to their new mission, infiltrating Farmer Ralph’s meat processing plant.
They are taking samples of the meat there, for examination in their lab, but get caught.
Black Canary continues, by Wright, DuBurke and Marcos. There is some information about a pilot and a lawsuit, but the plot remains opaque through much of this story.
Rita and Dinah are shown talking from every conceivable angle. This might be excusable if the information made the story clear, but we get some background on Rita’s father, and his connection with loan sharks, but nothing that clearly ties together.
Still, Black Canary does get into a nifty new costume by the end of the chapter.