It's time for another Superman-less issue of Action Comics. I still find it weird reading an issue of Action that doesn't feature Superman, but so far I have to admit that I've been enjoying Supes replacements, Nightwing and Flamebird. This issue is one of DC's Second Features, with the second story starring Captain Atom. Just so you know, I know NOTHING about Captain Atom. The main story is written by Greg Rucka, while Captain Atom's feature is written by Greg and James Robinson.
-This issue begins with Codename: Assassin(along with an army of Ogres)jumping Flamebird, Nightwing and the two insane Kryptonians they were battling. The Ogres are more than a match for the 4 Kryptonians which causes the 2 evil Kryptonians to flee. Flamebird tells Nightwing to follow them, which he reluctantly does.
-With Nightwing and the two crazy Kryptonians out of the picture, Assassin and his army of Ogres manage to subdue Flamebird. After tearing off her helmet, Assassin begins to pick through her head with his telepathic abilities. While in Flamebird's mind, Assassin contacts another presence in there, which causes Flamebird to burst into flames and easily dispatch of Assassin and his Ogres before leaving to search for Nightwing.
-Nightwing manages to catch up to the crazy Kryptonians and they all battle, with the Kryptonians nearly destroying a freeway. Nightwing tries to limit the damage to the freeway, and the two evil Kryptonians decide to use that distraction to make yet another getaway.
-Flamebird catches up to Nightwing and helps him clear the freeway, saving dozens of lives in the process. After that, the duo renews their search for the crazy Kryptonians.
-Other Developments: Lois Lane asks Mon-El to scan her father's grave at Arlington National Cemetery with his X-Ray vision in order to determine if Gen. Lane was truly dead. Mon-El scans the grave and Lois discovers that the body in the grave is not the body of her father... Gen. Lane gives Assassin a tongue lashing for failing to capture any of the Kryptonians he engaged, and that weird teleporting woman who works with Lane, Mirabai(?), manages to capture the two crazy Kryptonians for him with no difficulty...
-As for the double feature, I have to admit that I have no idea what was going on! Captain Atom was battling some weirdos in a castle when a flashback struck him down. While he was laying prone on the ground, a knight prepared to plunge a sword into his chest... Wha???
This was another satisfying issue of Action. I like Nightwing and Flamebird, Gen. Lane makes a great villain, and the story was good. What more needs to be said? Lois Lane now knows her father is alive, but has no solid proof, which means Gen. Lane is still free to operate under the radar. I have no idea who this weird Mirabai woman is, however I have to say I was pretty surprised that she was able to capture not one, but two crazy Kryptonians on her own. Why the hell doesn't Gen. Lane just send her out to take care of all his problems??? I really have nothing to say about the Captain Atom feature, because there wasn't enough there to make any kind of solid statement. I truly have no idea what was going on in that story! For an overall score, I'll give this comic a 7 1/2 out of 10. Once again, this was a solid issue of Action Comics, nothing spectacular, just good, decent stuff.