Action Comics #879 [Newsstand]
(September 2009)

DC, 1938 Series
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Price
3.99 USD; 4.75 CAD
Pages
44
Indicia Frequency
monthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics
Brand
DC [swirl]
Barcode
070992304103 79
Editing
Matt Idelson; Wil Moss (assistant editor)
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Golden Age US; then standard Silver Age US; then standard Modern Age US
Binding
saddle-stitched (squarebound #334, 347, 360, 373, 437, 443, 449, 544, 600)
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

This issue is a variant of Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #879 [Direct Sales].

This issue is Green Shield Continuity #33. It also features "World Without [S-shield]" promotion on the cover. With this issue, more pages are added, and a "Second Feature"; in this case, Captain Atom.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Nightwing and Flamebird / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Andrew Robinson (painting); Cafu (Captain Atom headshot)
Inks
Andrew Robinson (painting); Cafu (Captain Atom headshot)
Colors
Andrew Robinson (painting)
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Nightwing [Chris Kent]; Flamebird [Thara Ak-Var]; Nadira Va-Dim; Az-Rel; Captain Atom [Nathaniel Adam] (headshot)

Indexer Notes

The Captain Atom headshot is taken from the Captain Atom second feature.

The Sleepers Part 5 (Table of Contents: 1)

Nightwing and Flamebird / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Greg Rucka
Pencils
Diego Olmos
Inks
Diego Olmos; Javier BergantiƱo [as bit]
Colors
Rod Reis
Letters
Rob Leigh

Genre
superhero
Characters
Nightwing [Chris Kent]; Flamebird [Thara Ak-Var]; Nadira Va-Dim; Az-Rel; Codename: Assassin; Zor-El (flashback, cameo); Alura (flashback, cameo); Supergirl [Kara Zor-El] (flashback, cameo); Ursa (flashback, cameo); Brainiac probes (flashback, cameo); Lois Lane; Mon-El; General Sam Lane; Lieutenant Hollister; Mirabai (finally named)
Synopsis
Codename: Assassin and his army of creatures fight Nightwing, Flamebird, Nadira Va-Dim, and Az-Rel. The latter two flee, and Nightwing also escapes, but Flamebird is captured. Codename: Assassin digs into her mind, but that releases the power of the ancient Flamebird from her. Nightwing catches up with Nadira and Az-Rel; they fight, but the fight endangers civilians, so Nightwing stops to help them as the others flee. Flamebird catches up, saving the remaining people. Lois visits her father's grave, as Mon-El stops by at Lois' request. They analyze the body, discovering it is not Sam Lane's body. Codename: Assassin reports in to General Lane on what happened; Mirabi disappears, reappearing a while later with Nadira and Az-Rel captured.

Indexer Notes

Story continued from the previous issue and continues in Superman: World of New Krypton (2009 series) #6. There is much Kryptonese dialog in this issue, but it is all translated into English.

Chapter One (Table of Contents: 2)

Captain Atom / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
James Robinson (plot, script); Greg Rucka (plot)
Pencils
Cafu
Inks
Cafu
Colors
Santiago Arcas
Letters
Rob Leigh

Genre
superhero
Characters
Captain Atom [Nathaniel Adam]; Rocket Red (flashback, cameo); Power Girl (flashback, cameo); Flash [Wally West] (flashback, cameo); Metamorpho (flashback, cameo); Elongated Man (flashback, cameo)
Synopsis
Captain Atom finds himself on a mission to destroy an enemy base that is a danger to the government. He attacks a castle, defended by an army of medieval warriors, but with ogres and warriors on strange beasts. His is easily winning the battle, but suddenly flashes back to a meeting of the Justice League, and then collapses.

We Who Are About to Die... (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

Doom Patrol / preview (from the publisher) / 5 pages (report information)

Attention, DC Nation! [July 15, 2009] (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

DC Nation / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[House Advertisements] (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 4 pages (report information)

[Ads] (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

advertisement / 3 pages (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Nightwing and Flamebird
  2. 1. The Sleepers Part 5
    Nightwing and Flamebird
  3. 2. Chapter One
    Captain Atom
  4. 3. We Who Are About to Die...
    Doom Patrol
  5. 4. Attention, DC Nation! [July 15, 2009]
    DC Nation
  6. 5. [House Advertisements]
  7. 6. [Ads]
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