Issue by Issue – All-Star Squadron #42

All-Star_Squadron_Vol_1_42Writer – Roy Thomas
Penciler – Arvell Jones
Inker – Bill Collins
Colours – Gene D’Angelo
Letterer – David Cody Weiss

The second part of Starman’s tale continues here as he finally comes to and we are told of how he was attacked by Japanese bombers who were sent to bomb Pearl Harbor a second time.  Luckily he was able to best them, but not before one managed to get away by using some new tech that rendered the plane invisible.  As it stands, Prince Daka has assembled a team of his own to steal the weapons of the All-Star Squadron so that he might use them for the glory of the Empire himself.  So it is that he, Kung, Sumo the Samurai and Tsunami break into the All-Star Squadron’s headquarters with deadly intent.  This was an especially fun issue as we have never seen our heroes be put on the defensive right in their own home.  The attack is brutal as the villains have no qualms about disabling or killing their foes while the heroes never do.  It is that mentality that will always hamper them in a fight, though some like to look at it as a strength.  So when we see Robotman get literally cut down it is pretty shocking.  In fact, it is one of the most shocking scenes to ever appear in an All-Star Squadron book and though he might only be a robot and luckily does not feel anything, it is still a sight to behold.  One by one we see the team fall including Starman, Firebrand, Tarantula and Amazing Man until only Liberty Belle is left standing.  The book is left on a cliff-hanger with Prince Daka standing triumphant and his team only just beginning in their quest of power.  This might be one time where the Squadron has faced a threat that is more than they bargained for.  Great stuff from Roy Thomas, Arvell Jones and company.

4 out of 5

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