Action Comics Weekly #632 (Black Canary)
“knock ’em Dead, Part 9”
Writer – Sharon Wright
Pencils – Randy DuBurke
Inks – Pablo Marcos
Letters – Steve Haynie
Colors – Gene D’Angelo
Editor – Robert Greenberger
It’s Canary Day… and there’s not a whole lot to say. I can’t believe this has been going on for nine weeks… and still has a few to go!
We open… in that sewer, where we found out The Deb was being held a couple weeks back. She is being held captive by Cat… and, now has bleach blonde hair? She pleads with her captor that she didn’t kill anybody… to which Cat is all, “Yeah, I know… I did.” Meanwhile, Dinah and Company are at the Contempo-Theatre devising a plan if Cat were to show her face. Remember, she’s supposed to be playing the lead role of Peter Pan in… uh, Peter Pan. Shock of shocks, she shows up!
Her fight scene with Captain Hook… who, actually kinda looks like V from V For Vendetta, goes a bit off-script. The action gets a bit too close to the crowd, which prompts Dinah to spring into action… and the art… oh boy, it gets weird… er. A woman in the audience might’ve been stabbed in the neck by an errant blade? It isn’t clear… I mean, it really isn’t clear. It’s like Sienkiewicz on mushrooms. Whatever the case, Cat manages to swipe at Canary before giving her the slip. Oh boy, am I just now noticing the “Cat and Canary” aspect of this story?
Dinah realizes that Cat likely escaped through the men’s room… because, well, the door is still swinging. While she confers with the officers… rather than, ya know, giving chase… we wrap up with the revelation that Cat is actually hiding in the back seat of Ken Glazier’s car! She holds him up, and instructs him to drive…
Now, this is more like it… and by “more like it”, I mean… more like that first Black Canary arc. This ain’t great, folks.
It’s a shame… up to this point, I’ve genuinely enjoyed this! Here though? Everything kinda falls apart. The art has been my primary complaint for this arc, and again, it’s not as though it’s bad… it’s just not very good at telling a story. Up until this point, the written story has been what has holding this one together… this week, however, the seams are beginning to show. Add to the fatigue that we’re now nine weeks into this story… and, it’s just a recipe for disinterest.
Here’s hoping this one’s able to pull it all together in its final weeks!
Tomorrow: The power of Superman compels you…