June 5, 2017

Post-Crisis Pull List - October 23rd, 1986

October 23rd, 1986
DC published 6 comics, I read 5 of them.

Issue of the Week:
Hawkman (1986) 6 - "A Lion in the Streets" (Tony Isabella, Richard Howell, Don Heck) 

A lion in the streets, a lion in the shee... 

Ahem. Last issue, the Thanagarians made Ed Dawson turn back into Lionmane and now he's transformed the Midway City Zoo into his own personal jungle. While the police attempt to deal with that interesting development, Hawkwoman is sitting by the side of her husband in the hospital and refuses to leave and assist them. Her loyalty and love is admirable, but something really needs to be done about Lionmane. Fortunately, one-time foe now ally Gentleman Ghost agrees to take her place at Hawkman's side and watch him attentively. Shayera is featured on the cover of this issue and she deserves it as she proves she has the ability to deal with Lionmane. She doesn't bother with risking the same fate as her husband, trying to pummel her foe into submission in one-on-one combat, instead she leverages her other strengths. Flying him into the upper atmosphere, she causes him to turn back into Ed Dawson, a feat that takes smarts and a decent wingspan. 4/5

The Rest:
Action Comics (1938) 584 - "Squatter" (John Byrne, Dick Giordano) 

As Action Comics takes the place of DC Comics Presents as the Superman team-up title, he's joined by the New Teen Titans. If by "team-up" you mean Cyborg, Changeling, Donna Troy and Jericho attempting to contain a Man of Steel on a destructive rampage and, let's face it, "team-up" usually does mean a fight between the two parties in superhero comics. A guy named David Gundersen has switched bodies with Superman. Eh... I've said elsewhere, I'm not real keen on mind-controlled Superman stories. I'm sure the cover, depicting Superman standing over a prone Changeling with Cyborg's severed arm (the robotic one) in one hand and Donna Troy (by her throat) in the other pulled in plenty of readers, though. 3/5

Cosmic Boy (1986) 2 - "Is History Destiny?" (Paul Levitz, Keith Giffen / Ernie Colon, Robert R. Smith) 

Cosmic Boy and Night Girl continue to deal with the conundrum of being in a 20th Century that does not match their expectations of the past. Particularly they're concerned with changes that may alter the course of space travel and the eventual colonization of planets by their ancestors. They head to NASA for information but are discouraged by protestors and leave without discovering much. Nonetheless, I remain engaged by the dilemma faced by this pair of Legionnaires. 4/5

Detective Comics (1937) 570 - "The Last Laugh" (Mike W. Barr, Alan Davis, Paul Neary) 

Continued from last issue, the Joker successfully programs Catwoman to resume her criminal ways. Batman and Robin have to rescue a man Catwoman thinks is Batman's alter ego. These Barr and Davis issues are so odd. Because DC had the title cross-over with Legends before their run, it makes sense to place their work in the post-Crisis universe, but nothing about them really feels post-Crisis. Or perhaps you could say they feel as though they exist outside of continuity. In the case of Catwoman, Frank Miller was concurrently revising her origin. Sure, that story was establishing the "new" past and this could be said to be taking place in the "present," but it's not so much an issue of them contradicting as feeling like they're from two different eras. Miller's Catwoman does not seem like she goes on to be Barr's Catwoman. On the other hand, the plot of messing with Catwoman's mind to influence her morals does certainly evoke both the character's past and future. 3/5

Legends (1986) 3 - "Send for... the Suicide Squad" (John Ostrander / Len Wein, John Byrne, Karl Kesel) 

I covered Legends on episode 49 of From Kid to Flash. 4/5 

Also published by DC Comics on this day: All-Star Squadron 65 

My thanks to the site Mike's Amazing World of Comics without which this project would not be possible.

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