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|Writers/Co-Creators:||Gary Cohn & Dan Mishkin|
|Letterer:||Albert T. De Guzman|
It's Saint Patrick's Day, and during the requisite drinking rituals, Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen overhears Dan and his sister Frank discussing terrorists, and sticks his freckled nose into their business. The terrorists, we soon learn, are leprechauns, who have done certain shady negotiations with a doctor at S.T.A.R. Labs for a type of seed that will choke with vegetation the human cities of the Emerald Isle. This seed however finds fertile ground in the middle of Metropolis and Dan has to make like a lumberjack to destroy the root, leaving Dan's Uncle Seamus and his faerie friends to corral the leprechauns. Also, Marla Bloom Associates splits from Verner.
Blue Devil: Well, Jimmy, take a look...there's your terrorists!
Jimmy Olsen: The leprechauns?! You're joking!
Leprechaun: This blunderbuss o'mine c'n fire twenty rounds a second, lad...would ya be callin' that a jest, then?
Mark Frances: They're the FLF, Jimmy--the Faerie Liberation Front! I came across them recently while conducting a series of Interviews in Ireland.
Blue Devil: Like Uncle Seamus said, when they made him fight a grizzly with nothing but silverware: "I appreciate the confidence you've shown in me!"
Blue Devil: I've got to hand it to you, Jimmy--that was a great plan! You sure you're not Irish?
Jimmy Olsen: What! You mean you never heard of the O'lsens of County Cork? You know: we're the ones who migrated to Scandinavia after the potato famine of--
So Uncle Seamus really is half man and half faerie, which, depending upon whether or not Dan somehow shares in that bloodline, could say a lot for his weirdness magnet. Seamus's mother was carried off by the King of the Sidhe. Also, Frank is apparently a jet-set journalist. I wish I had remembered this years ago when I was writing my TALES OF THE BLUE DEVIL fan fiction series. I'm sure I could have found some contrived way to work her into the plot of my reporter character.
Jimmy Olsen's a bad ass. I guess all those years of palling around with Superman learned him a thing or three. Also, he knows a lot about leprechauns. Go figure.
Cancelling the production on Blue Devil II really vexed Marla, so she's taking her production company and striking out on her own without the help of Verner Communications. Norm already had the new hats made up.
This is a great issue. No soliloquizing enemies, no protracted fight sequences, just flat-out weirdness. I love how Dan and crew take all of this stuff about the FLF in stride as though it's just another day at the office. And for this crew, it actually is. The magic stuff doesn't get all that much play at DC, but it's a lot of fun. One thing would have made this issue better--Zatanna! Okay, so I've got a bit of a crush on Zatanna. Sue me.
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