Captain Planet And The Planeteers #2
Marvel (November, 1991)“Smog Gets In Your Eyes!” WRITERS: Barry Dutter & Jim Salicrup PENCILER: José Delbo INKER: Stephen Baskerville COLORIST: Sarra Mossoff LETTERER: Jim Massara EDITOR: Rob Tokar
Dr. Blight creates a smog-spewing dragon and uses it to torment a small village. The Planeteers are called to help. Linka tries to blow the smog left behind with her power, but Blight’s “super-smog” is too much for her, and she ends up at a doctor’s care. Someone uses that as an opening to plant something behind her ear for a future story. The others try to stop the dragon, but are overwhelmed. Linka awakens in time to summon Captain Planet, who follows the dragon back to Blight’s castle laboratory and stops her scheme, then is able to push the super-smog past the mountains so that it breaks up.
What they got right: I kind of like the concept of a smog-spewing dragon. There’s a subplot building which I don’t think I own the resolution to, but that’s something the cartoon never did. Along with being enjoyable.
What they got wrong: Wheeler called Linka “rooskie-tooskie” once in the first episode, but the writers seem to think he calls her that all of the time. Hardly rolls of the tongue, does it? Linka’s later “capitalist pig” line seems forced to keep showing they don’t really get along based on country politics.
Recommendation: A decent issue. If you’re curious about this show, go with the tie-in instead. This was a better follow-up to the pilot than the show had.