Issue by Issue – All-Star Squadron #23

All-Star Squadron #23Writer – Roy Thomas
Penciler – Jerry Ordway
Inker – Mike Machlan
Colours – Gene D’Angelo
Letterer – David Cody Weiss

Green Lantern, Liberty Belle, Steel and Johnny Quick are heading back to their headquarters where they discuss their missing teammates and what they are going to do about it.  Johnny has been feeling mighty jealous lately of Libby and takes off, not being able to deal with it.  Steel is also feeling a little perturbed and down on himself but there are more pressing matters at hand to focus on.  Doctor Fate and the Atom head to Fate’s tower where hopefully they can get a lead on the Spectre as he seems to be missing in action and along the way we are treated to Doctor Fate’s origin story.  Arriving at the tower, they find Amazing Man trying to steal Fate’s original helmet and a battle ensues, as well as the telling of Amazing Man’s origin too.  Roy Thomas and Jerry Ordway then leave us on a cliff-hanger, one that leaves the fate of Kent Nelson up in the air and ensures readers will want to return.  One of the best things about the series that Roy Thomas does is present us with the background stories to all of these wonderful characters.  Not only does he do that, but he references books from decades ago and takes all the info he can find to give us the most complete take on any single member of the team.  This particular issue had two great origins, that of Doctor Fate and the less spectacular, Amazing Man.  Up to this point in the series, we have not had a lot of Doctor Fate stories, much less appearances, so it was great to see the character featured for once.  While the usual roster of the team is fine on their own, it has been a little refreshing lately to see them mix it up with the Justice Society and get some different personalities in there.

4.5 out of 5

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