Friday, August 1, 2014

Pretty Bird: DETECTIVE COMICS #563

Previously in Detective Comics...

Detective Comics #563 starred Batman and Robin in a story by Doug Moench with art by Gene Colan, who also drew the cover.  Green Arrow and Black Canary teamed up in a backup strip titled "Winner and Still Champion" written by Joey Cavalieri and drawn by Jerome K. Moore.

The story begins with Oliver Queen narrating a story to someone.  We see the Daily Star newspaper's front page article on Champion with a scathing critique by Ollie himself.  There's also a feature on Mayor Bolt's response to the crime wave.

The costumed Champion sneaks into an art gallery at night.  He thinks the art is tacky, but he knows it's valuable.  He incinerates one piece, creating a blaze that threatens to engulf the whole gallery.  He then grabs the most heavily insured piece and begins to "rescue" it by carrying it out the window.

That's when Green Arrow makes his presence known, having watched Champion from the shadows.  Ollie put out the blaze with a couple fire extinguisher arrows, but when Champion makes his aerial exit, Green Arrow shoots a line around his foot that pulls them both out into the sky.

Champion drags Green Arrow high over the Star City skyline, mocking the archer's inability to control his own flight.  That mockery soon turns to terror, though, when Green Arrow knocks back another arrow and lets it fly into Champion's jet propulsion system.  They both drop toward the street below.

Later, we learn that Oliver Queen has been recounting these events to his lover, Dinah Lance.  She asks how he knew that Champion would target the art gallery.  Ollie reveals that he found evidence at the last couple "accident scenes" where Champion saved an insured piece of equipment--evidence suggesting the accidents were caused by sabotage.  So Ollie learned that all the equipment and items were insured by the same company.  He had that company pretend to insure some worthless piece of art and then waited for Champion to come around and make his move.  Ollie even had a photographer from the Daily Star capture his takedown of Champion for the paper.

Ollie leans back, proud of himself, and remarks that his plan was a lot more productive than going to Mayor Bolt.  He tells Dinah about how Bolt cancelled the press conference when he received a phone call about his son Brucie.  The name catches Dinah's attention.

Now Green Arrow and Black Canary know--or at least have good reason to suspect--that Mayor Bolt is the costumed criminal mastermind known as Steelclaw.  What are they going to do about it?

Come back next Friday for the next part of Green Arrow and Black Canary's continuing adventures in Detective Comics...

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