Issue by Issue – All-Star Squadron #34

All-Star_Squadron_Vol_1_34Writer – Roy Thomas
Penciler – Rick Hoberg
Inker – Bill Collins
Colours – Gene D’Angelo
Letterer – David Cody Weiss

Firebrand, Johnny Quick and Neptune Perkins are heading out to see if the Japanese are closing in on Santa Barbara yet, which as it turns out, they are.  It is hard going though as Johnny is in a foul mood, having just recently fought with Liberty Belle and even though they are not officially dating as of yet, he feels as hurt by the argument as if they were.  So after finding the Japanese and getting captured, Tsunami returns as which could go either way, good or bad.  Meanwhile, the Spectre is having a hard time of keeping the two worlds from destroying each other and Baron Blitzkrieg is giving Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters a run for their money.  Roy Thomas and Rick Hoberg deliver another fine issue of the All-Star Squadron doing what they do best, though at the moment their best is just not good enough.  It was fun to see Firebrand not take Johnny’s bad attitude laying down, essentially telling him she is not some second-class hero and that she can do whatever he can.  Of course with Johnny being a hothead, he leads them into the predicament in which they eventually find themselves.  Tsunami is turning out to be a very cool character even though she finds herself as a villain at the moment, though knowing the book as we do, you can see her becoming a hero at some point.  What is most interesting is the Spectre, who literally has the power to stop everything that is happening from happening except for the situation he finds himself in now.  Whatever is causing this calamity to happen must be powerful indeed if the Spectre is found helpless.  With great writing and artwork, with action and drama galore, Roy Thomas and the All-Stars keep fighting for what is right no matter the cost.

3.5 out of 5

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