Issue by Issue – All-Star Squadron Annual #3

All-Star_Squadron_Annual_3Writer – Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas
Penciler – Wayne Boring, Rich Buckler, Keith Giffen, Rick Hoberg, Richard Howell, Carmine Infantino
Inker – Bill Collins, Frank Giacoia, Keith Giffen, Rick Hoberg, Richard Howell, Mike Machlan
Colours – Gene D’Angelo
Letterer – Lois Buhalis, David Cody Weiss

Tarantula and Wonder Woman come across some strange paperwork when stopping a bunch of thugs and decide to take it back to headquarters and put it in the magic sphere to see just what it is they have.  What unfolds is a story of the Justice Society and the return of Ian Karkull and a cadre of their old foes.  With so many villains on the loose, the only way they will be able to take care of them all is to split up and try and defeat them before whatever plan they have can come to fruition.  So away they go and we get to see some match-ups like Superman against Lightning Master, Flash versus Sieur Satan, the Spectre fighting Zor and more.  Eventually the good guys come out on top and there was really never any doubt that they would as these villains were nowhere near the calibre of foe the team is used to facing.  In the end, it all comes down to the team against Ian Karkull and it will test them to their utmost.  Once again Roy Thomas delivers a fun and action-packed tale, this time with an army of artists including Rick Hoberg, Jerry Ordway, Rich Buckler, Wayne Boring, Richard Howell, Carmine Infantino, Don Newton, Mart Nodell, Keith Giffen and George Perez.  While each man has his own unique style, the book manages to flow quite smoothly despite it.  Artistically the biggest highlight was Giffen whose Doctor Fate sequence was dark, moody and unlike anyone else’s pages and yet, still managed to fit right in with the rest of the group.  Out of everyone gathered, it was the Spectre, Doctor Fate and Hourman who stood out from the group, but whenever the Justice Society is all together, it is hard not to enjoy each and every member of the team.  Exciting, adventurous and fun, the third annual of the All-Star Squadron’s title can be considered a win on every account.

4 out of 5

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