Action 614 – Green Lantern was lobotomized?, the Phantom Stranger vs Au Puch, Speedy’s fling with Cheshire, Catwoman ends, and Black Canary gets the number wrong
Green Lantern is in outer space on the cover of Action 614, but inside his ring in the story itself.
David and Smith recap Hal Jordan’s origin in this story, as sees the death of Abin Sur, and his dying command to the ring, to find a person without fear.
This version has the ring head directly to Hal, the person with the least fear. But as nobody with without fear, the ring removed it from him. Hal is shocked, thinking he had been lobotomized, although the ring points out this is not accurate.
Hal orders his ring to restore his sense of fear, and Hal is amazed at how difficult it is to fly now. He goes to the aid of a jumper, who thinks Green Lantern’s actions are intended to show him a lesson about overcoming ones fears. A nice touch.
Kupperberg and Grindberg join with Brett Breeding on the second half of the Phantom Stranger story.
While the tale is pretty basic. The Stranger seems vulnerable to Au Puch, but reaches the writer buried deep inside, connects with him and dispels the monster. It’s the art that makes this really rock.
Nightwing and Speedy continue their struggle with Cheshire in this Wolfman, Patton and Poston tale. Speedy sees Cheshire before she shoots her target, and takes out her gun, but let’s her escape.
Roy explains to Dick his relationship with Cheshire. How they met while he was doing an undercover drug op. He left her when the op was done, unaware that he had fathered a child, until she confronted him a year or so earlier in New Teen Titans.
And though Roy and Nightwing plan how to stop her, he also meets with Cheshire behind Dick’s back.
Catwoman’s Showcase series comes to its end in this story, by Newell, Kitson and Patterson.
Catwoman kills two hotel security guards who come to investigate the ruckus in the room. This was really shocking to a lot of people. The guards were not in any way villainous, simply doing their jobs, and not even a threat to her.
Their deaths were simply part of her vengeance plot against Arthur. She left the cat brooch with him, to tie things in a neat little bundle for the police.
I suppose it’s because of the death of Holly that this story arc has never been reprinted. It was easily the best Catwoman story to date.
Catwoman would move from this to a solo miniseries in 1989.
Black Canary’s series continues to plod along, thanks to Wright, DuBurke and Marcos. Even they do not seem to be following the story closely, as Part 6 is numbered Part 4.
A lot of talking, a lot of complex plot, but Dinah does have one good fight scene, although not in costume.