ACW #621 – Deadman

Action Comics Weekly #621 (Deadman)
“Part 4”
Writer – Mike Baron
Pencils – Kelley Jones
Inks – Tony DeZuniga & Pablo Marcos
Letters – Albert DeGuzman
Colors – Daniel Vozzo
Editor – Barbara Kesel

Welcome to the last Deadman chapter… for, uh two weeks.

Picking up where we left off last week, Deadman-as-Wellman Legros is faced with the caged Brogden Twins… who are now commanding the zombie horde.  Ya see, they’re no longer Lisa and Letritia Brogden… they’re now Stella and Delia Peckshaw: The Zombie Queens of New Orleans!  He introduces himself as “Deadman”, which doesn’t really impress the girls… after all, everyone else there is a “dead man”.  He clarifies what he means, and the girls actually recognize him as the aerialist, Boston Brand… they saw him perform with the Blake Kellogg Circus back in 1969!

We shift scenes to join Madame Waxahachie, who has tired of waiting for Deadman to return.  She enters the grounds, and fights off a zombie or two with her “fetish” and “mojo”.  She finally comes across Wellman Legros, who is all hunched and prone in the middle of a darkened room.

Legros goes to attack the Madame, but something stops him… which is to say, his “passenger”.  Deadman and Legros struggle long enough for a knife to be plunged into Wellman’s chest.  This frees Boston from the vessel.  Moments later, Waxahachie kayos Wellman with a tremendous right hook.

Deadman flutters away to re-inhabit the body of Waxahachie’s assistant, Clara so they can catch up.  In a funny bit, Boston wonders if he might be unwittingly giving poor Clara a psychosis by invading her time and again.  The Madame assures him that Clara is strong enough to handle it.  We find out here that the Twins did some hoo-doo to muddy up the Brand/Legros union.

We wrap up by learning a thing or two about Delia and Stella.  Turns out they were part of a crazy family, and somehow ascended to become the Zom… er, Voodoo Queens of New Orleans.  In fact, back in 1971, they nearly took over the city.  They’re currently buried at St. Bart’s cemetery… or, at least they were!

Pretty interesting chapter… though, perhaps a bit slower than the previous three.

We find out that the Twins have become the vessel for the Zombie-Voodoo Queens of New Orleans… and that their plans are to raise an army of zombies.  Not sure if Wellman Legros was working on his own accord up to the point, or was being controlled by the girls… though, I suppose that probably doesn’t matter all that much.

Other than that, though… not a whole heckuva lot to talk about.  Still enjoying it… still really digging the art.  Just a (relatively) “quiet” outing this time around.

Tomorrow: The Truth about the Aviatrix… and Leslie!

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