Issue by Issue – All-Star Squadron #17

All-Star_Squadron_Vol_1_17Writer – Roy Thomas
Penciler – Adrian Gonzales
Inker – Rick Hoberg
Colours – Carl Gafford
Letterer – Adam Kubert

Robotman has gone and gotten himself arrested.  He does care to be so of course, but if it proves to the world that he is human and not just a robot, then perhaps he can find a measure of peace.  The arrest has been a long time coming as a man named Slattery wants Robotman for himself, wants the technology to profit from it, whether Robotman is a man or not.  The rest of the Squadron is none too happy about it either, especially Johnny Quick and as he comes up with a plan to help his friend out.  There is a lot of testimony given, but it is not until his best friend takes that stand, that Robotman’s full story is finally revealed to the world, of how he used to be a man named Bob and instead of dying, had his brain placed in the body of the robot everyone sees in front of them today.  This was a surprisingly emotional issue of the series.  Roy Thomas does a great job of really making you fell sympathetic for our robotic hero.  The fact that he cannot physically feel anything and must always wear a constant smile upon his face must be frustrating in the extreme.  Not only that, but to see your fiancée marry another man because she believes you to be dead has really got to hurt, especially when all you have is the truth that is hard to share.  There is also a fair amount of action to keep the pace of the book up with artwork from series artist Adrian Gonzales and Rick Hoberg with some great images spread throughout the book such as the picture of Robotman in chains or the moment he and Joan embrace for the first time in his new form.  This was a different sort of issue, but a really great one without any real bad guys to speak of except for the pettiness of man.

4.5 out of 5

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