ACW #607 – Blackhawk

Action Comics Weekly #607 (Blackhawk)
“Another Fine War, Chapter 7”
Writer – Mike Grell
Pencils – Rick Burchett
Inks – Pablo Marcos
Letters – Steve Haynie
Colors – Tom Ziuko
Editor – Mike Gold

Welcome folks to the… penultimate chapter for Blackhawk!  Boy, it’s going to be strange not having this as our “anchor” story anymore.

We open with Janos and Cynthia unloading some booze from their “downed” jet, in order to make room for the Red Dragon’s treasures.  Janos jokes that he’s going to have to leave Cynthia behind… which, last we knew was going to be the deal… but, he assures her that he’s a man of his word.  He loads some treasure into the jet… but not enough to trigger Sheah’s “goons”.  He also informs Cynthia that Andre Whatshisface in Saigon must never have gotten his message… otherwise, he’d have been here by now.  Andre, by the way, is a member of the Blackhawks… which is probably something I should have already researched by now!

Janos watches as a storm draws near… and he’s hopeful that it draws nearer before they set off.  Cynthia checks the cargo, and realizes that “it” is missing.  And so, she charges back into Red Dragon’s palace.  Blackhawk is stopped from following her by a goon.

Inside the palace, we find out just what “it” is.  It’s a golden idol statue.  As she goes to grab it, she is discovered by our pal, Massie… he refers to her as “Sister”, which I suppose we could take one of two ways.  These two are either long-lost siblings… or, Cynthia might just be a woman of the cloth.  I guess that might explain why she hasn’t yet succumbed to Janos’s overwhelming manliness.

Massie lunges for Cynthia, tearing at her clothes… even backhanding her to the ground.  Luckily, Janos has found his way back to the Palace… and he wastes no time charging at the baddie.

It looks like a pretty even fight… until Sheah arrives and shoots Massie in the shoulder!  She then turns her attention toward our twosome and tells them they have just enough time for an explanation… before they die!

Well, well, well… Cynthia’s a Sister.  Either to Mssr. Massie, or… she’s a Nun.  I suppose we’ll have to wait until next week for that shoe to drop.  I’m leaning toward the latter though.

I wonder what’s so special about that golden idol Cynthia ran back for… I don’t wanna fully show my ignorance and proclaim it as being of Buddhist origin… though, that was my initial thought when I saw it.  That, I dunno, might play into Cynthia’s vocation.

I’d all but forgotten about Andre… and from the little bit of research I did on the Blackhawks this past week, I’m guessing he’ll finally arrive next issue.  I mean, otherwise it would just be a really odd waste of pages, wouldn’t it?  Yeah, he’ll show up next time…

Overall, I wouldn’t call this the strongest chapter of Blackhawk, but I enjoyed it just the same.  Art is still really good, barring a few panels where Cynthia looks kind of like Elongated Woman.  Still happy to be reading it though… and will miss it when it’s gone!

Tomorrow: Tying a bow on #607!

One thought on “ACW #607 – Blackhawk

  • Billy Hogan

    The revelation that Cynthia was a nun was a big surprise when I first read this story. I don't remember the reason she was searching for the idol, but I do recall that it raised my respect for her.


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