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Action 543 – Neutron returns

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Neutron is back in the Wolfman, Swan and Hunt story from Action 543 (May 1983).

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Though Superman argues against it, Neutron is released on parole, after his lawyers portray him as a victim of misfortune and Lex Luthor.  Superman does not trust him at all, and the two get into a fight the day after he gets out.  Superman carts the guy back to prison.

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Lois Lane is now on an extended assignment in the Middle East, but Superman comes to talk with her, and brings her to the North Pole to cool down a bit.  They discuss why Superman contents himself with crime, and leaves the wars and larger issues to deal with themselves.  Lois does not buy Superman’s justifications, but things are pretty cool between them right now, not just because of the icebergs.

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Returning to Metropolis, Superman sees Neutron out on the street, and goes after him again. But as he overhears Lana’s broadcast of the events, he realizes something is wrong.  Neutron was not doing anything illegal, even when he ran into Superman before.  He has been hired by the Abraxas Corporation, which has once again made Superman look foolish and irresponsible.

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Superman is furious, and goes to accuse Vandal Savage, who admits to his plan, and just laughs in Superman’s enraged face.

 

 

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Action 526 – Superman vs Neutron, and Air Wave’s new power

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Wolfman, Staton and Chiaramonte conclude the Neutron storyline in Action 526 (Dec. 81).

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Morgan Ledge gathers the Daily Planet/WGBS staff on the roof for the celebration of the return of the globe.  Lis Lane, Lana Lang, Jimmy Olsen, and of course Perry White are there. Meanwhile, Clark is frantically searching the city as Superman.  Neutron has told him that he has placed bombs throughout the city.  The art alone makes it fairly obvious that one of them is in the big glowing globe, surrounded by all his friends.  But it takes Superman until close to the end of the story to figure that out.

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Along the way, Superman runs into the H.I.V.E.  They want to get rid of the bombs as well, and could work with Superman on this goal, but prefer to try to kill him.

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Superman gets rid of the explosive globe, but replaces it with a safe one.  He captures Neutron far more easily than one might expect, encasing him while he is in his energy form.

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Air Wave gets a more series adventure in this issue, by Rozakis, Saviuk and Colletta.

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After being struck by lightning, Hal discovers that he has the ability to pick up on people’s thoughts, justas if they were broadcasts.  This comes in useful at school, when quizzed on work he hadn’t read.  But even more useful when his uncle Jack gets kidnapped.

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Jack Jordan is a District Attorney, and he has been grabbed by mob goons who want vengeance.  Air Wave’s telepathy vanishes before the end of the story, but helps him find, and save, his uncle.

 

Action 525 – Neutron debuts, and Air Wave becomes Green Lantern

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Lex Luthor is once again involved in the creation of a new Superman villain, as Neutron debuts in Action 525 (Nov. 81),the first half of a two part story by Marv Wolfman, Joe Staton and Frank McLaughlin.

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As part of a group called the TNT Trio, Nathaniel Tryon is part of a fuel rod theft at a nuclear power plant.  The men are working for Luthor, but that does then little good when the plant begins to melt down.  Superman rescues his two partners, but Nathaniel is buried in a collapse, surrounded by lead shielding, and the hero does not see him.

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He emerges with some fairly impressive powers, though not on the Firestorm or Captain Atom level.  He can absord energy, and fire nuclear blasts.  He can even turn himself into pure energy, as well as being extremely strong.  Luthor builds a suit to contain his energy.

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This story also sees the return of the Daily Planet globe to the roof of the WGBS building.  Morgan Edge is finally won over by the pleadings of Lois Lane, and agrees to its re-installation.

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Superman has his first encounter with Neutron, and the villain leaves him lying in a pile of rubble.

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Air Wave gets an enjoyable entry, by Rozakis, Saviuk and Chiaramonte.

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Hal and Karen Peterson are attending a comic convention, where a thief dresses up as comic book hero the Cosmic Corsair before trying to steal some valuable artworks.  Air Wave stops him, but suffers temporary memory loss.  Karen has to figure out how to remind Hal of who he is, without giving away that she knows his secret identity.

She does, and he captures the fake Corsair.

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The final panels are quite cute, as they dress up for a costume ball, Karen as the Corsair, and Hal as his uncle, Green Lantern.  “Who’d ever believe Hal Jordan was Green Lantern?”

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