Issue by Issue – All-Star Squadron #39

All-Star_Squadron_Vol_1_39Writer – Roy Thomas
Penciler – Rick Hoberg
Inker – Bill Collins
Colours – Gene D’Angelo
Letterer – David Cody Weiss

The Squadron arrives in Detroit and run into a whole lot of racism which really starts to get Johnny Quick more than a little mad.  Soon he and the team run into the Real American, the super-powered being who is aiding the racist people of the city in trying to drive those of a different skin tone away from what is rightfully theirs.  It is a tense tale, perhaps more so than any Roy Thomas has penned before in this series as the subject matter is a bit heavier than what has come before.  As it is, the story still fits in thematically with the book as racism existed during the war, was present throughout it in many ways and still exists to this very day.  And while that material is serious, this is still a super-hero book so Thomas does his best to balance the scales between treating it with respect, but also having fun and making it a little bit exciting.  Things soon boil over in the book and it was inevitable that there would be some fighting which sees both sides come to blows.  While the Squadron tries to keep the peace between all parties involved, Amazing Man faces off against Real American with the latter getting the better of the former.  As things deteriorate the book cuts to the President who tells Green Lantern and Hawkman that there is nothing that he can do at the moment, so the two set off to back up their teammates if it is not already too late.  It is hard to say exactly where this story will go because no matter what happens, even should our heroes come out on the winning side, there will not be any real winners in a fight such as this.

3.5 out of 5

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