This issue picks right up after the last book’s climactic ending with the alien Akhet claiming the Earth as his own for the Binary Brotherhood. And as we open up on our heroes, the All-Star Squadron, they are of course not having any of it. As they proceed to take on the other-worldly visitor, they make absolutely no headway and end up defeated. It seems that anyone who battles Akhet is bound to lose and so it is that the rest of the world collectively decides to team-up if need be to defeat this conqueror. What everyone on the Earth might not know is that they have a secret weapon, one they might have forgotten about and that is the two stowaways who happen to be on Akhet’s ship – the Atom and Hawkgirl. Roy Thomas, Adrian Gonzales and Jerry Ordway deliver another solid issue of DC’s alternate timeline title and it is action packed from cover to cover with a lot scheming inbetween to boot. Of course, we also get the Squadron’s unofficial members, those bosom buddies, Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Though it is only a minor thing, it seems as if Winston Churchill has been spending more time in the United States than he has his own country at this point. Hawkgirl gets a little more time in the spotlight this go round and it is good to see as she is such an interesting character, especially to see her solo without Hawkman around. There is a surprise ending of course, but probably one that most people will not be expecting.
4.5 out of 5