Issue by Issue – All-Star Squadron #41

All-Star_Squadron_Vol_1_41Writer – Roy Thomas, Paul Kupperberg
Penciler – Arvell Jones
Inker – Bill Collins
Colours – Gene D’Angelo
Letterer – Lois Buhalis, John Clark

After crashing into the All-Star Squadron’s headquarters, Starman passes out and we are treated to his origin tale, one that has not been told very many times before.  Roy Thomas and guest scripter Paul Kupperberg show us a side of the mysterious hero that takes him back to his roots as a young playboy millionaire who is enamoured of the colourfully costumed heroes that have been making themselves known as of late.  But Ted Knight is dissatisfied with his life.  He is bored by his playboy existence and he wants more, he wants to be one of those heroes.  Just how to go about it is the question that remains.  Soon, that solution is made known and Ted takes it upon himself to reinvent himself and do some good in the world.  As Starman, Ted starts to learn how to use the gravity rod which can do all sorts of amazing things and his first outing as a hero qualifies as a success.  The book then ends with Starman coming to from being knocked out and reveals that something is coming.  If there is one thing that this title never fails to provide, it is showing us the origins of its various members and different characters as well as making those stories both interesting and exciting.  Thankfully this story is no different and it is nice to see just how it is that Ted Knight came to be.  What really grabs your attention though is the mystery of just why Ted crashed into the Sqaudron’s headquarters and what his cryptic message meant.  Great stuff from the creative team including new penciller Arvell Jones on a title that never fails to entertain.

4 out of 5

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