Issue by Issue – All-Star Squadron #45

All-Star_Squadron_Vol_1_45Writer – Roy Thomas
Penciler – Arvell Jones
Inker – Pablo Marcos
Colours – Gene D’Angelo
Letterer – David Cody Weiss

Liberty Belle has been having bad dreams of late, nightmares as a matter of fact. In them she dreams of a costumed heroine named Miss Liberty who gets killed after chasing a group of men who have stolen the Liberty Bell. What makes matters worse is that Miss Liberty is killed by being crushed by said bell and Libby believes that in some way, the dream might be prophetic and that Miss Liberty might be a past relation of hers. Roy Thomas and Arvell Jones, the two men who chronicle this tale, kind of spoiled the story with the cover to the issue but is indeed true that at the end of this issue, Libby Lawrence quits the All-Star Squadron as the only man she could call family at this point in time in her life has been killed by Baron Blitzkrieg. Yes, the Baron has returned and followed Belle and Johnny Quick to their destination and of course, being the villain he is, causes trouble for the pair and kills a man that meant everything for our heroine. He also brings along a couple of compatriots which end up being more than a match for our heroes and when all is said and done, our heroes are defeated and the Liberty Bell is stolen. Some members of the Justice Society, including Flash, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern do appear, but they are too late to prevent anything that has already happened and it is then that Libby makes her fateful decision. It is hard to say what effect the absence of Liberty Belle will have on the book, probably not a good one, but it is doubtful that Thomas would write her out. Great writing and great artwork in yet another great issue of All-Star Squadron.

4 out of 5

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