Issue by Issue – All-Star Squadron #19

All-Star_Squadron_Vol_1_19Writer – Roy Thomas
Penciler – Jerry Ordway
Inker – Jerry Ordway
Colours – Gene D’Angelo
Letterer – John Costanza

The Squadron, consisting of Firebrand, Liberty Belle, Robotman, Commander Steel, Johnny Quick and new member Tarantula head to the New York World’s Fair, having been baited to go there though for what reason remains to be seen.  After battling a large robot, they defeat it and thereby pass the ‘test’ to find out why it is they were made to come here.  Before them are the JSA, in stasis and dreaming pleasant things courtesy of The Brain Wave.  What does said villain want though?  Why only for the Squadron to watch as he destroys the members of the Justice Society one by one!  This was a pretty decent issue from ongoing scribe Roy Thomas and returning inker and new penciller, Jerry Ordway.  While the story was essentially good, not a whole lot happened as The Brain Wave, to show off his skills, revealed many of the dreams that the JSA’ers were having, which in turn, really padded the book out.  Another thing that could have used just the slightest improvement was the villain’s name.  The Brain Wave does not really strike fear into the heart of do-gooders, nor anyone else for that matter.  So while there was a bit of action, the story mainly consisted of a lot of talk between the good and the bad guys.  Next issue, with the continuation of the tale it will hopefully pick back up.

3.5 out of 5

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