Action Comics Weekly #631 (Blackhawk)
“Kissoff–that’s a Russian word, isn’t it?”
Writer – Martin Pasko
Art – Rick Burchett
Letters – Steve Haynie
Colors – Tom Ziuko
Editor – Mike Gold
These weeks just fly by don’t they? Hard to believe we’re already at the end of another issue of Action Comics Weekly. TGIB… Thank Goodness it’s Blackhawk!
We pick up, still at the White House where President Truman and Company are making their pitch to the Blackhawk Team. Ya see, the United States isn’t so much worried about LSD fomenting any Neo-Nazi movement, they’re more concerned about the Red Menace. They see LSD as having a potential role in Communist propaganda. After dismissing some of his aides, Truman gets into the real nitty-gritty with Janos and the Boys. He sees Blackhawk as being able to handle both the covert ops… and any possible “heat” that might result.
Meanwhile, back in Singapore… our gal Nat finds herself cornered by some gentlemen who wanna “ask her a few questions”. She fights them off, best she can, but isn’t able to escape. She’s injected with something-in-a-syringe and taken away.
Then, in Munich… a carrier pigeon delivers a message to the Nazis we’ve been checking in with over the past few weeks. Frau Whatsherface is seductively putting on her nylons while a dude named Dieter reads her the missive. Looks like all is going according to plan for them… also, looks like Gretchen is going to be going “incognito” pretty soon.
Back in Singapore, Blackhawk Airways is closing down… so, we can probably assume they decided to take Truman up on his offer. Mairzey reports that she was able to get her entrance visa, and we learn that she’ll be stepping in for the missing Nat. They don’t know she’d been abducted… and just assume she ran off. I guess patterns of behavior eventually catch up to ya!
We pick up a few days later, I’m gonna assume stateside, where the all-new Blackhawk Airways, Inc. has set up shop. Jan, is aroused from a nap by some bonehead. In response, our man delivers what might be the first-ever recorded Shoryuken! Turns out, this dude is just the driver for Constance Durabont… of Durabont-Cathcart Pharmaceuticals. She’s arrived to be flown to Germany… to get’a da Ell Ess Dee.
We wrap up back in Germany, where Frau Whatsherface (now wearing a short-haired wig) is preparing for the handsome Mr. Prohaska to arrive… so she can kill him… and, uh, judging by the “Next Week” blurb… maybe bang him too.
I can understand and appreciate that one my very best day I’m going to be very overly (and annoyingly) rambly and repetitive… but, when we’re dealing with all of these short serialized features… it’s kinda hard not to repeat myself. You could literally look at any of my recent Blackhawk “reviews”, and it’s going to look rather samey. I love this feature… love the art… love the mature themes. Yadda yadda yadda.
So, while all that’s great as a comics reading experience… it leaves this portion of the piece dreadfully difficult to compose. I don’t want to waste anyone’s time with tangents (I already spend whole podcasts doing that!), or pick nits just for the sake of length… but, I also don’t wanna look like I’m half-assing anything. It’s a toughie.
So, that’s where I’ll leave it. This was very much a transitional chapter… multiple scene shifts, pieces getting into place (or seemingly taken off the board altogether). I’m very much looking forward to seeing how this one shakes out!
Tomorrow: The Big Wrap-up ~aka~ The Day Before… Malvolio Arrives!