Issue by Issue – All-Star Squadron #38

All-Star_Squadron_Vol_1_38Writer – Roy Thomas
Penciler – Rick Hoberg
Inker – Bill Collins, Mike DeCarlo
Colours – Gene D’Angelo
Letterer – David Cody Weiss

Commander Steel and Robotman face down a tank in the city streets which is made far harder than it has to be due to civilians and a reporter getting in the way.  But prevail they do, though only after Robotman has lost his legs.  Soon after the rest of the Squadron eventually pull together to deal with a subject that Roy Thomas has rarely handled in the book, that of racism.  There is a part that is a little shocking which involves our heroes watching news footage of Amazing Man getting burned on a cross, though luckily he manages to use his powers and transform into iron to prevent it.  The course is clear obviously and the Squadron is off to Detroit to see what they can do about this new threat that is arising.  While the situation is dire, the book also manages to provide a little drama involving Commander Steel who reveals his true identity to his former wife who thought him dead, and he swears to rescue her current husband who has been captured behind enemy lines.  Making it even more awkward is the fact that Steel is still in love with her.  Thomas even manages to inject a little bit of lighthearted comedy into the book as Steel and Robotman find out that Liberty Belle and Johnny Quick are now an item, though only after they catch the two having a ‘sleepover’ at the Squadron’s headquarters.  It is also an awkward little moment, but much more fun and quite comical to see.  This was a more return to form for the team who as of late, have consisted of mainly JSA members.  While there is nothing wrong with that, when they are present, it feels more like a Justice Society book than one featuring the characters we have all come to know and love as the All-Star Squadron.  Very soon, it looks as if Thomas and company will be providing us with a lot more action and more drama than you can shake a stick at.

3.5 out of 5

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