Alfred is pleased as punch when Julia gets a front page story published in the newspaper, and Detective 552 (July 1985) shares her piece at length, courtesy of Doug Moench and Pat Broederick.
It begins with a huge old tree being cut down so that a highrise can be constructed. Julia’s investigation uncovers corruption within the construction firm behind the development.
The story is a pretty basic one at it’s core, but the conceit of it being a newspaper article works well, and Broederick takes some dynamic risks with the art. The fight in the cemetery works very well.
And you have to smile at the end. The construction project is called off after Batman busts the bad guys, and though the tree is already gone, the stump is sprouting new life.
Oliver Queen sits in a camp with illegal immigrants as this Green Arrow chapter opens, by Cavalieri, Moore and Patterson.
It’s a more impressive outing for Dinah Lance, actually, as she pretends to be his lawyer, smuggles in some rudimentary equipment in her clothes, and then provides the getaway vehicle. Oliver’s driving skills seem to show that she should have been behind the wheel as well, but they get away.
The sad thing is, they really don’t achieve anything positive for the immigrants they were trying to help.
We discover that Onyx has been trailing Oliver Queen, and his figured out that he is Green Arrow. Because she is not a blind idiot. People mock Clark Kent’s glasses, but Green Arrow’s beard pretty much defies the concept of a secret identity.