Adventures In The DC Universe #13
DC Comics (April, 1998)
WRITER: Steve Vance
PENCILER: John DeLaney
INKER: Ron Body
LETTERER: Tim Harkins
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Frank Berrios
EDITOR: K C Carlson
Impulse & Martian Manhunter: “Sometime In New York City”
COLORIST: Gene D’Angelo
“Green Arrow” In The Kingdom Of The Blind”
COLORIST: Bob LeRose
In the main story, Impulse sneaks out to see a local band that named themselves after him opening for a band in New York City. There he gets caught up in a case involving the Impulsives’ manager possibly cheating them, for which they hired private investigator John Jones (secretly J’onn J’onzz, the Martian Manhunter) to uncover the truth. Meanwhile, another man is looking to become their new manager. When the manager is shot, J’onn goes undercover to find the culprit but Impulse accidentally learns that it’s the would-be manager targeted by the mob, hoping to take over the Impulsives (and even trying to become Impulse’s manager) to pay them back. So the day is saved…but Impulse is still grounded.
What they got right: Impulse shows some smarts figuring out something was wrong about the would-be manager, while J’onn disguises himself as the actual manager. They worked surprisingly well together, which is what the DC Universe has over the Marvel heroes (especially lately).
What they got wrong: I don’t remember if I mentioned this in the Annual (the last time Impulse showed up in this title) but I don’t like the way they draw his hair. It’s way too big.
In the second story, Green Arrow wakes up having been blinded by a criminal gang he’s been tracking. The person responsible is the boss’s stepdaughter, who has the power to blind people, earning her the nickname Nightfall. She claims she’s being forced to help, but instead of convincing Connor Hawke (Green Arrow at the time) to stop trying to help it gives him more encouragement, unaware that she was lying. Green Arrow arrives to stop another heist, and even blinded manages to stop the rest of the gang, but Nightfall manages to escape, Connor only stopping her from escaping with the loot.
What they got right: This was a good twist, making it look like she’s a victim but she’s in fact all-in and tried to trick Green Arrow into stopping her stepfather so she could steal the money. Nightfall makes for an interesting villain.
What they got wrong: A villain that already exists in the DC Universe. This isn’t set in the DCAU unlike the other Adventures titles (although a version of Nightfall did show up in Justice League Unlimited) so why not just use her? Or was Vance trying to give her a real name finally?
Recommendation: Two really good stories. Give it a read.