"Green Lantern: "Retribution"": Hal Jordan heads Carol’s penthouse at 10 State Street following a lead left by Star Sapphire, and she ambushes him. Their fight causes enough destruction and Hal divides his attention to contain the debris fr
Action Comics #603 is an issue of the series Action Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of June, 1988.
Synopsis for Green Lantern: "Retribution"
Hal Jordan heads Carol’s penthouse at 10 State Street following a lead left by Star Sapphire, and she ambushes him. Their fight causes enough destruction and Hal divides his attention to contain the debris from falling to the street. Still, Hal manages to do both things and takes Star Sapphire's ring from her finger. With the building contained, Hal defeats Sapphire on a fist fight and is about to kill her, but he doubts, and his ring can't comply to his orders. Suddenly, the police arrive and aim their guns at them, distracting Hal. Sapphire uses the chance to recover her ring and blasts everyone in the room, incapacitating Green Lantern, and now she's ready to finish him.
Appearing in Green Lantern: "Retribution"
- John Stewart (On a TV or computer screen)
- Katma Tui energy construct
- United States Air Force (Mentioned only)
Synopsis for Secret Six: "Spread Your Broken Wings and Learn to Fly"
2:59 A.M. June 7th There were forest fires in Northern California. One minute later, in San Francisco, Luke McKendrick ran to Vic Sommers, who was testing out a goggle device that’s Mockingbird have him in order to find something.
At midnight, at the Embarcadero, Luke McKendrick, Vic Sommers, Anthony Mantegna, Ladonna Jameal, Maria Verdugo, and Mitchell Hoberman gathered to watch Mockingbird’s transmission. Moments later, Mockingbird gave the team new gadgets and uniforms to become the Secret Six.
10:00 P.M. June 23rd At their headquarters in a M. Byrd and Associates Inc. warehouse, the team gathered to listen to Mockingbird’s next transmission. Mockingbird informed them that Orsonville, Kansas had been virtually destroyed 27 days prior by some sort of “acid rain” and that 917 people were killed and most of them were employees of the chemical company Technodyne, whose C.E.O. was Elvis Brockman. The team’s mission wasn’t to verify that Technodyne caused the acid rain and to discredit Brockman.
2:00 P.M. Central Time. Brockton, Kansas.
Vic and McKendrick had infiltrated a compound and a waited for a Technodyne delivery truck to arrive. As soon a second the truck arrived, they got under the truck and lost communications with Maria, as the year rode it to outside of Carmel, California.
Appearing in Secret Six: "Spread Your Broken Wings and Learn to Fly"
- Ed Flaum (Single appearance)
- Elvis Brockman (Single appearance)
- Warren Lichfield (Single appearance)
- Herbie (Single appearance)
- Monica (Single appearance)
- Barney’s Electronics
- San Francisco
- M. Byrd and Associates Inc. warehouse
- San Francisco
Synopsis for Deadman: "Talaoc's Tale"
Talaoc pontificates atop the Mayan pyramid. Deadman tries to explain to him that their unique conditions stems from the same source, but Talaoc has no interest in his words. Instead, he attacks him. As the two fight, Talaoc soon realizes that he is in fact a ghost. He ceases his attack against Deadman and tells him how visitors from the sky came to his village more than five-hundred years ago. They bequeathed to him the power to shake loose the mortal coil, thus promoting Talaoc's claim as the God of War. He tells Deadman that these visitors possessed strange weaponry that still exists today. Deadman gets a bad feeling about this and brings Talaoc back to the pyramid. He finds that Grace Kasaba and her CIA cronies have uncovered the ruins of an ancient space craft inside the pyramid. They find a cache of hi-tech weaponry. Suddenly, a piercing whine emanates from inside the pyramid.
Appearing in Deadman: "Talaoc's Tale"
- Central Intelligence Agency
- Currier (Single appearance) (Behind the scenes)
- Grace Kasaba
- Jones (Final appearance)
- Fulgencio Flores
Synopsis for Superman: "More Powerful Than a Locomotive!"
A gunman who was fleeing from Superman was thrown out of his car and landed on a railroad with a broken leg and a train coming towards him. Before the train could hit him, Superman got in the way and stopped the train. Then Superman flew away and saw a man shoot another man in a car and leave his dead body.
Appearing in Superman: "More Powerful Than a Locomotive!"
- Charles Culpepper (Single appearance)
- Bob Galt (Single appearance)
Synopsis for Wild Dog: "Censored"
Inside of Wheeler's Auto Repair and Customization, Jack and Andy heard an explosion from nearby and decided to investigate it themselves. Jack and Andy rode the latter's car and traced the explosion to Readworld, which Jack claimed was his favorite bookstore and was being picketed by anti-porn protesters earlier that afternoon, which stumped Jack, who claimed that the store was not a porn shop. Suddenly, firetrucks arrived to put out the fire at the building. Jack and Andy ran to keep bystanders away from the fire when they spotted a circle with a slash on a wall.
Meanwhile, Susan King was reporting on the nearby fire, interviewing the owner of Readworld on the absence of night watchman Landon Purdy. Additionally, Susan questioned the presence of the Legion of Morality Chairman B. Lyle Layman at the scene of the fire. Next, Susan asked if there was a connection between the Legion picketing the store and a fire breaking out, which Layman denied. At the same time, Jack and Andy were in a bar together, watching Susan interview Layman and spotted the same symbol that they saw on the burning building. Jack and Andy began to suspect that Layman had been burning books and the latter of the friends decided to go question Layman. Andy insisted that Jack infiltrated the local chapter of the Legion and investigate any suspicious activity.
The next day, Layman was outside of Mrs. Scournt's house in an attempt to recruit her into the Legion. Layman informed her of his intention to open a field office in the area, as he believed that the Midwest was a "focal point for the production and dissemination of pornography." Scournt accepted Layman's offer. Meanwhile, Lou was in Andy's office, asking him if he had any information that he could write about. Andy told Lou about a night watch man burnt to death and a local business that was burned to the ground, judging it as clear evidence of arson. Lou examined one of the photos and pointed out the same symbol that Jack and Andy saw the previous night. However, Andy dismissed it, implying that anybody could have done that and attempted to frame the Legion of Morality. Later, at a Davenport hotel, Jack arrived in a suit and tie and knocked on the door, telling the man at the door that he was there to see B. Lyle Layman and that he felt "charitable." When Jack and Layman introduced themselves to each other, the latter told the former that he was interested in joining the Legion as an "active member" and a "major contributor." Meanwhile, members of the Legion were picking up explosives.
Appearing in Wild Dog: "Censored"
- Legion of Morality (Single appearance)
- B. Lyle Layman
- Helen Scournt (Single appearance)
- Quad Cities
- Wheeler's Auto Repair and Customization
- Readworld (Destroyed)
Synopsis for Blackhawk: "Another Fine War (Part III)"
Blackhawk met with Cynthia Hastings, who told him about gold that a Frenchman named Robert Massié took from Hanoi after World War II and lost it. Massié made his way to Burma until he met a Chinese bandit called the Red Dragon. Cynthia believed that the Red Dragon was in possession of the gold. Blackhawk and Cynthia agreed to go after the gold together and split it up to share.
Later, Blackhawk and Cynthia went to an airfield where they boarded a cargo plane, rather than a fighter plane, posing as rum smugglers, in order to avoid being attacked by the Red Dragon, and took off.
Appearing in Blackhawk: "Another Fine War (Part III)"
- Cynthia Hastings
- Robert Massié (Mentioned only)
- Red Dragon (Mentioned only)
- Imperial Japan (Mentioned only)
- Office of Strategic Services (Mentioned only)
- Christopher Priest is credited as Jim Owsley in this issue.
- "More Powerful Than a Locomotive!" is reprinted in Superman: The Power Within.