Action 627- Green Lantern and Captain Atom, Mockingbird unmasks, Black Canary gets arrested, and Nightwing and Speedy begin
Nightwing gets the cover, as he (and Speedy) return to Action with two chapters in issue 627.
Owsley, Bright and Tanghal’s story becomes a team-up with Captain Atom, with the previous issue serving as a prologue. Captain Atom comes across the alien, who has taken the form of an action movie hero.
It doesn’t go smoothly, and Captain Atom figures an attack means he is hostile. Their battle draws Green Lantern, who suspects that this creature is related to the spaceship nearby.
Hal’s attempt to reach a peaceable conclusion are interpreted by Captain Atom as a diversion, and he blows up the alien’s ship. Lantern is furious. With his ship destroyed, the alien has nowhere to go.
Pasko, Springer and McLauhglin unmask Mockingbird, in a way, in this Secret Six chapter. Mockingbird unmasks on front of Rafael, to prove that he could never harm the boy. Of the six possible people who could be Mockingbird, this scene only makes sense if it is Carlo, his magician father.
But the rest of the story has the new Secret Six find proof that August Durant created the team.
Yeah, once again, Wright, DuBurke and Marcos have a problem with undynamic opening pages on the Black Canary series.
But the chapter is a good one. Canary goes to hang with the street girls, and learns what there is to learn about the suspected killer, nicknamed the Deb, and her heroin addiction. Canary helps the girls fight off some wanna be pimps, but gets picked up by the cops.
Michele Wolfman and Cherie Wilkerson have two chapters to start off the Nightwing and Speedy story in this issue, with art by Tom Mandrake. Both heroes are billed this time, but it’s still more a Speedy story.
Dick is travelling with Roy as he heads to Ireland,his ancestral homeland, with Lian. Roy uncovered some information about drug smuggling to Ireland, and was promptly fired by the CBI. Nightwing and Speedy also run into drug smuggling on the ferry they take, and wind up in the Irish Sea.
They make it to land, and the story lets us know that “the troubles” will be a big part of this as well.