Action Comics Weekly #629 (Blackhawk)
“Some Guys Can’t Take ‘No’ For an Answer”
Writer – Martin Pasko
Pencils – Rick Burchett
Inks – John Nyberg
Letters – Steve Haynie
Colors – Tom Ziuko
Editor – Mike Gold
Not really feeling an intro today, sorry about that. Truth be told, I’ve just been staring at this blank screen for awhile now trying to muster the interest in actually typing anything. That’s not an indictment on Blackhawk though.
Might be some changes coming down the pike pretty quick… doubtful it’ll really affect anybody but me though.
We pick up where we left off last issue. Blackhawk and the Boys are in the hospital, and learn that despite the best efforts of the doctors, Marcia Whatsherface was not able to pull through. Janos rushes over to Claiborne, who he blames for the entire mishegoss, however before he can haul off and slug him, he’s held back by some of his own men. Jan stomps out into the rain… but, Claiborne follows. Outside, after some pleasantries about Marcia’s promiscuity, our man finally gets to feed this creep a knuckle sandwich.
Claiborne responds in kind.
The fellas tussle until the MPs get involved, and threaten to haul Jan off to… I dunno, military jail? Claiborne calls off the cops, and… get this, offers our man yet another business opportunity.
We shift scenes to someplace outside Munich, Germany. We learn that American G.I.’s destroyed a lab where Doktor Schmeling was concocting some sort of “miracle formula”. So, maybe that’s what happened last chapter? Two men discuss this with a Frau Koblenz (do we capitalize “Frau”?), who stood before a Nazi flag mentions something about establishing a “new order”. What’s that definition of insanity again?
Back at Blackhawk Airways, Jan chats up Natalie for a bit… then they get a bit tipsy… then, naturally, they bang. This leads to an all-time classic line from our man Jan:
We wrap up with Janos receiving an invitation to Washington, D.C. from… Harry S. Truman (and we’re not talking the Sheriff from Twin Peaks)!
It’s so weird… feels like not all that much happened here, and that’s something I’d normally hold against other features… but, here… it works! Thing of it is though, if not much happened, there’s also not much to break down. But, we’ll try!
Claiborne is a real a-hole, ain’t he? Here, while Jan is mourning a woman who he felt he might have a connection (though, perhaps only a physical one) with, this goofball tells him that his sister would uh, consummate… in the line of duty. So, any feelings he has for her are built on some wrongheaded romantic ideations. Dude deserved to be punched in the face. Kinda sucks that the Blackhawks might still have to work with this guy going forward.
Jan and Nat’s scene was pretty neat. Both have valid reasons for drowning their sorrows, and find their way back into some comfortable arms. I especially love Jan’s line the next morning about, if Nat looked any happier, he’d send a sympathy card. That made me chuckle out loud… which is a rare thing when it comes to comics.
The Nazi-aside… ehhh. Kinda bored with it already, even though it hasn’t even really started. Hopefully it will prove to be interesting, though, if I’m being honest, I’d be okay with Blackhawk being a workplace dramedy. Whatever the case, at least the good guys will be interesting!
Overall, yeah… maybe more happened than I realized. I really enjoy this, and Blackhawk is probably the highlight of this Action Comics Daily exercise for me at this point.
Tomorrow: Wrapping up the 620’s!