Issue by Issue – All-Star Squadron #27

All-Star_Squadron_Vol_1_27Writer – Roy Thomas
Penciler – Richard Howell
Inker – Richard Howell, Larry Houston
Colours – Adrienne Roy
Letterer – David Cody Weiss

With this issue, Roy Thomas and guest penciller Richard Howell take the reader on a trip to find out what has happened to The Spectre with Doctor Fate being the hero who is intending to get to the bottom of it.  So it is that Doctor Fate does find The Spectre, first the body of Jim Corrigan beneath a lake in a protective spell and then the Wrath of God himself protecting the tomb of his long-time foe, Kulak.  At first it seems like The Spectre might be under Kulak’s control, and it does seem to look that way, but after a lengthy battle with Doctor Fate, Kulak is released and The Spectre imprisoned.  Thomas and company pour a lot of great action into this book which is quite thrilling as we never really get to see either The Spectre or Doctor Fate in action all that much and both heroes are really fan favourites when all is said and done.  Some of the Squadron is present in the book, as is some of the Justice Society as The Atom has fallen sick and needs tending to, and the rest of the heroes watch the battle between the two magical titans through Wonder Woman’s looking glass.  Howell’s art is good though it is not as polished as Ordway’s and you come to realize just how much you appreciate a certain style on a book once it is gone.  The title is then left on a cliff-hanger and it should be a lot of fun seeing where the title heads in the next issue.  Hopefully though, the rest of the Squadron appears as the last number of issues they have had to share the limelight.

4 out of 5

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