Issue by Issue – All-Star Squadron #24

All-Star_Squadron_Vol_1_24Writer – Roy Thomas
Penciler – Jerry Ordway
Inker – Mike Machlan
Colours – Gene D’Angelo
Letterer – David Cody Weiss

Roy Thomas packs the latest issue of All-Star Squadron to the gills with everyone and their cousin, literally.  Batman finds Robin unconscious in Chuck Grayson’s lab, who also happens to be Robin’s cousin and Robotman’s good friend.  They soon head off to meet the rest of the team at headquarters while elsewhere, the Ultra-Humanite and her cronies still hold Superman, Robotman and Firebrand hostage.  Green Lantern, Johnny Quick and Liberty Belle meanwhile, stop a boat from sinking, one which is to be the next aircraft carrier of the U.S. Navy.  Steel has a chat with Tarantula who just got a new costume, we meet the new Brain-Wave and the rest of the team finally meet up with Ultra promising a big surprise.  There was a lot going on in the book and at twenty-four pages of story and art, it definitely gives you a lot of bang for your buck.  It is different, but good, to see Batman and Robin in the book.  They have not been featured too prominently before, so it shook things up a little because of it and made a nice change to see some different faces.  Also great to see is how the members of both the Squadron and the Justice Society work together, mixing their powers and skill-sets up to create a different dynamic than what we usually get.  The only slight negative, which is not really a negative at all, is how long it is taking for our collective heroes to hunt down and defeat the enemy.  With all of their smarts and all of their might, it should be no problem to find and rescue their comrades from the Ultra-Humanite.  To top it off, what makes this book even better of course, is the way Thomas focuses upon a certain character per issue, to flesh them out and make us care more about them.  This was another great issue from Thomas with some fantastic, early pencils by Jerry Ordway to make it even better.

4.5 out of 5

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