Issue by Issue – All-Star Squadron #20

All-Star_Squadron_Vol_1_20Writer – Roy Thomas
Penciler – Jerry Ordway
Inker – Jerry Ordway
Colours – Gene D’Angelo
Letterer – John Costanza

Brainwave still holds the JSA hostage, still has them dreaming dreams of glory and death and will proceed to kill them unless the Squadron accepts his challenge.  Suffice it to say there is not much else they can do but play along with his little game.  Soon the All-Star Squadron are having visions of their own, facing off against the enemy forces in 1942 and one by one they start dying.  While this is going down we are treated to Brainwave’s origin story and the JSA are put through their paces even further.  It all comes down to Green Lantern, and his power might be more than Brainwave reckoned for.  This was a pretty good follow-up to last issue and concludes the two part story by Roy Thomas and Jerry Ordway and is actually better than the last book.  There was a lot of action to be found and it was surprising a little, that in the end after the Squadron went in to save the JSA members, it was Green Lantern who ended up saving everyone.  The saddest part of the entire book, or books even, was seeing all of the Squadron and JSA members falling in battle in various ways.  At least they went out fighting the good fight.  Also of interest is how much Roy Thomas can make even the worst character intriguing, in this case, Brainwave.  He has a terrible name which is probably the most off-putting thing about him but his origin was fairly enjoyable and it is a credit to Roy’s ability to make it so.  Great stuff per usual, but not the best story to have appeared in the book up until this point.

4 out of 5

1 reply »

  1. Confession: I’ve never even heard of Brainwave. Cool that the writer managed to make him stand out and exceed over what you would have expected though. This story sounds like a lot of fun!


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